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New electric vehicles due in Australia in 2022

Australians will soon have a range of new electric cars to choose from, as car makers respond to growing demand.

There are currently just over 30 pure-electric cars to choose from in Australia, but you can expect that number to grow noticeably in 2022.


While we will have to wait a little longer for Volkswagen’s much-anticipated ID range (currently on sale in Europe, but not due here until at least 2023), there are still an array of new electric cars bound for local showrooms this year, across a range of segments and price ranges.

Here’s a list of every new electric car coming to Australia this year

Over the next weeks or so we will follow up by a dive into a curated selection of those new models.



Audi E-Tron S

While the E-Tron GT sedan will likely draw the headlines at Audi upon its arrival in the third quarter of the year, don’t forget the tri-motor Audi E-Tron S, priced from $165,600 before on-road costs for the E-Tron S, or $172,700 for the E-Tron S Sportback.

In S mode the E-Tron S produces a mighty 370kW and 973Nm, the latter figure representing the highest ever in the Audi stable, behind the defunct Q7 V12 diesel.

An 86kWh lithium-ion battery enables 413km of claimed ADR range in the normal E-Tron S, increasing to 418km with the more aerodynamic Sportback body style.



BMW i4

The 2022 BMW i4, BMW’s answer to the Tesla Model 3, is expected by March 2022. The all-electric sports sedan will be offered in two models to start: the eDrive40, priced from $99,900 plus on-road costs, and the i4 M50, from $124,900.

The eDrive40 is powered by a 84kWh battery, and is claimed to deliver a driving range of 590km (according to WLTP protocols). A single motor driving the rear wheels delivers 250kW and 430Nm, and a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds.

The i4 M50 features the same 84kWh battery, but adds a motor to drive the front wheels, for total outputs of 400kW and 795Nm in overboost mode. The M50 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.9 seconds – about the same as BMW’s petrol-powered M3 Competition.



Mercedes-Benz EQB

The seven-seat Mercedes-Benz EQB SUV is expected here in the second half of 2022.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it will offer a range of electric powertrains in front and all-wheel-drive configurations, with battery capacity starting at 66.5kWh.

The EQB350 4Matic has a power output of 215kW and a driving range of 419km (WLTP). A less potent (and less expensive) EQB250 variant is also expected.

The EQB isn’t the only electric Mercedes-Benz model set to arrive in Australia this year, with the brand confirming the EQA350 small SUV, EQE large sedan, EQS flagship sedan, eVito delivery van, and EQV and eVito Tourer people movers for launch by the end of 2022.

The Mercedes-Benz EQE is the second model to use the German marque’s new MEA electric vehicle platform, and will go on sale in the latter part of the year. Details are scarce, with only one variant confirmed thus far: the EQE350, which features a 90kWh battery and can deliver 215kW to the rear wheels.



Model Segment Timing Read more
Audi E-Tron S Large SUV Q1 2022 Pricing
Audi E-Tron GT Large car Q3 2022 Details
BMW i4 Medium car Q1 2022 Pricing
BYD Yuan Plus (among other cars) Small SUV Feb-April 2022 Details
Citroen e-C4 Small SUV Under close consideration Details
Cupra Born Small car Nov/Dec 2022 Details
Ford E-Transit Large van Mid-2022 Details
Genesis GV60 Small/mid-size SUV H1 2022 Details
Genesis Electrified GV70 Medium SUV H1 2022 Revealed
Genesis Electrified G80 Large car H1 2022 Revealed
Hyundai Ioniq 5 58kWh Medium SUV Sometime in 2022 Details
Kia EV6 (base and GT-Line) Medium SUV Feb/March 2022 Details
Kia Niro Electric Small SUV Q3 2022 Revealed
Kia EV6 GT Medium SUV Late 2022 or early 2023 Details
Mercedes-AMG EQS53 Upper large car April 2022 Details
Mercedes-Benz EQA350 Small SUV H1 2022 Revealed
Mercedes-Benz EQV People mover Q3 2022 Details
Mercedes-Benz eVito People mover/van Q3 2022 Details
Mercedes-Benz EQB Medium SUV H2 2022 Revealed
Mercedes-Benz EQE Large car H2 2022 Revealed
MG ZS EV Small SUV Q3 2022 Revealed
Ora Good Cat Light car Sometime in 2022 Details
Peugeot electric car (unnamed) Unconfirmed Sometime in 2022 Details
Polestar 2 Medium car January 2022 Pricing
Porsche Taycan (base RWD) Large car Early 2022 Pricing
Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo Large car Early 2022 Pricing
Porsche Taycan GTS sedan Large car Q2 2022 Pricing
Renault Kangoo EV Small van Q4 2022 Details
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric Small SUV Rumoured for late 2022 Revealed
Skoda Enyaq iV Medium SUV Possible in 2022 Revealed
SsangYong Korando E-Motion Medium SUV Under strong consideration Details
Tesla Model Y Medium SUV Expected in 2022 Details
Toyota BZ4X Medium SUV Q4 2022 Revealed
Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Small SUV Q3 2022 Pricing
Volvo C40 Recharge Small SUV Q4 2022 Revealed

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