5 cheap EVs in Australia
BYD Atto 3
Due to start its first deliveries in July, the BYD Atto 3 is priced from $47,131.55 (to be precise) drive-away before adding any potential rebates (eg: $3,000 in Victoria).
China’s BYD (Build Your Dreams) is only outsized by Tesla globally when it comes to electrified vehicle success, and this small SUV is among its latest models. It claims a minimum range of 320km and decent performance from its single e-motor powering the front wheels.
The independent Australian BYD importer is promising a smaller and cheaper BYD Atto 2 compact hatch that will launch before the end of 2022, with a target pricing of circa-$35,000.
Cupra is a performance brand spun off from SEAT, the Spanish subsidiary of Volkswagen. The Born is Cupra’s version of the VW ID.3 small electric hatch.
The Born is confirmed for Australia by early 2023 at the latest, with pricing before on-road costs (and rebates and discounts) between $50,000 and $60,000.
Okay, that’s not bargain basement, but the Born offers performance not far off the VW Golf GTI hot hatch, and a claimed driving range between 420km and 540km depending on the battery choice.
Ford E-Transit Custom
Ford is compiling a whole squadron of enticing and exciting electric vehicles globally. The Mustang Mach-E is on-sale in the USA, and the full-size F-150 Lightning is rolling into American dealerships.
In Australia, the blue oval has been more pragmatic with its initial forays into EVs, confirming the E-Transit van and smaller E-Transit Custom are on the way.
The latter could be one of the cheapest EVs on sale in Australia when it arrives in the second half of 2023, priced under $60,000 (before rebates).
That would also make it the most expensive Transit Custom to buy, but running costs would be much lower than the diesel models. How much lower, we’ll have to wait and calculate, as Ford is yet to release powertrain details.
MG ZS EV
Not an all-new model, but an update of Australia’s second-most popular battery electric vehicle, the MG ZS EV.
In its current form, the small SUV has an under-sized range and some ergonomic glitches. Those are being addressed in the update, with highlights being a bigger battery with a 320km range, and a smarter and more user-friendly infotainment system.
Deliveries start in Australia in Spring 2022, but increased prices have already been announced, starting at $46,990 for the entry-level Excite.
The original electric vehicle remains one of Australia’s most affordable, even though pricing climbs from $1000 to $50,990 (plus on-road costs) when an update arrives in August.
While the new Leaf doesn’t bring with it any performance improvement from its current single e-motor and 40kWh battery that combine to provide a 270km claimed range, for some drivers, this short-trip city focussed capacity will be sufficient for their needs.
However, Nissan is also bringing out the Leaf e+, which has a bigger battery providing more power, a claimed 380km range, and costs $61,490 (plus on-road costs).