With the recent release of the latest Tesla models, it’s easy to write off electric vehicles as too expensive. However, whilst we wait for the Tesla X to become more affordable - and hope that CyberTruck really will be sub-$100k - there are a range of budget and family friendly electric vehicles that can help introduce you to the future of travel.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
With a range of up to 230km and a DC charge time of 33 minutes (only available in certain locations - see PlugShare), the Hyundai Ioniq comes in a variety of hybrid, plug in hybrids and electric vehicle options, with 5 seats for plenty of space. Most importantly, it is one of the most affordable electric vehicles in Australia, coming in at around $45,000.
Hyundai Kona Electric
An electric car based on the petrol SUV of the same name, the Hyundai Kona Electric offers 2 battery sizes that offers a range between 300km and 500km. It’s labelled as Australia’s first electric small SUV, and is priced around the $60,000 mark.
Suitable for those looking to buy their first EV, the Reanult Zoe has a range of up to 300km and 5 seats for those with families. It begins at around $47,000 and again has the option of 2 different battery types depending on the sort of range you need.
Similarly to the Renault Zoe, the Nissan Leaf is the perfect car for those looking to buy their first EV. A smaller 5-seater, the Leaf begins at around $55,000 with a range of 270km. An old hand at EV’s, Nissan has implemented the e-pedal, a regeneration program to save on energy and battery.
With a carbon-fibre body and a blend of sustainable materials and tech, this agile little car does better for 2, but will make room for 4 and can be offered with a petrol engine that will produce energy for the battery. It’s price begins at about $68,700 for the standard version, which has a range of 260km.
Tesla Model 3
Having recently landed in Australia and famous for being at the forefront of electric vehicle technology, the Tesla Model 3 has all the trademarks of Tesla whilst also remaining affordable. This model begins at about $60,000 and has a range of up to 480km, and also possesses one of the shortest charging times of all electric vehicles.
So, if you’re looking for an affordable and environmentally friendly option, it’s worth looking at these models, with numerous options to fit those with a generous budget.
We're also going to be looking at electric vehicles that will cost you less than $30k in coming weeks, so please stay tuned!