The Ioniq Electric is a sporty little hatchback with a hybrid, plug in hybrid and fully electric option. Starting from $38,900 the Ioniq is one of the more affordable electric vehicle options in Australia.
The battery has been boosted to 38.3kWh which improves range (it can travel up to 311km) but means it takes longer to charge, taking six hours to complete a full charge on a 7kWh charger.
The Kona Electric is a touch more expensive than the Ioniq with an RRP of $60,140 but it also has a longer range of up to 500km - no range anxiety here!
It’s currently the only small 100% electric SUV on the market in Australia boasting 395Nm of torque with a five star ANCAP safety rating.
The Renault chairman might be an internationally wanted fugitive but don’t let that put you off the Renault Zoe. It first entered the Australian market in 2017 and at $50,000 it’s a tad expensive for a tiny entry level compact electric vehicle.
It may be tiny but it’s impressive - always a good thing - able to travel up to 394km on a single charge.
The Leaf is priced at $49,990 which is pretty expensive for a hatchback, but that’s the price you pay for saving the environment. Driven by a 350V electric motor it has a range of up to 270km and is capable of two-way charging via its Japanese-standard CHAdeMO charging port. This means the car can store energy in off-peak power-grid times and then use it to power up your home in on-peak times - however for this it requires hardware not available in Australia for at least another 12 months.
The Nissan Leaf recently received a five-star ANCAP safety rating and is packed with active safety technology.
Tesla Model S
Would it even BE a list of the best electric cars if we didn’t mention Tesla?!
Tesla’s Model S is pretty much the poster child of electric cars so it would be remiss of us not to include them in this list. The Model S first went on sale in Australia in 2014 and has recently been refreshed for 2021 with an RRP of $132,718.
The Model S boasts the longest range and fastest acceleration of any electric vehicle in production, able to travel up to 628km able to go from 0-100 in 2.1 seconds.
How to choose an electric vehicle
You should choose an electric vehicle that suits your needs, so consider how far you travel each day, where you can recharge your car, how many people you need to transport, whether you live in the city or the burbs, and whether your route is typically flat or hilly because this can impact the range.
You should also consider where and how often you need to charge your car. Figure out where your local charging stations are and if there are any available in places you travel to regularly, such as up and down the coast.
If you’re transitioning between a petrol guzzler and an EV, a hybrid could be the perfect option for you.
Don’t forget to take many test drives so you can actually get behind the wheel and see how the vehicle performs on the street.
Once you’ve made your decision and know exactly what you want, speak to the team at OnlineAuto! We’ll help you find a good deal on an electric car and potentially save you thousands.
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