EV Models and Where to Buy
EVs make excellent family or fleet vehicles since they’re much cheaper to run and maintain than an equivalent petrol or diesel powered vehicle”. But which one is right for you?
There are an increasing number of new EVs and PHEVs coming onto the market (we’ll update this information so you know when new models will be available to purchase), and used car importers are now bringing in a range of used EVs and PHEVs too – you’ll find them on TradeMe and other car auction sites.
Here’s a list of EVs you might like to consider:
This five seater hatchback has a range of 170km on full charge and can be fast-charged. You can buy one of these secondhand for about $10,000-25,000.
An excellent town car, with fantastic acceleration and a range of up to 180 km. Buy new for $85,0000
A versatile vehicle, this can be a two-seater van or a seven seat family wagon. It has a good average range of 120km, can be fast charged, and has an import price from $20,000.
Tesla Motors Model X
Combines the space and functionality of a sport utility vehicle and the uncompromised performance of a Tesla. With an average range of 465 km you’ll expect to pay between $129,000-$200,000k.
Arriving late 2016, this EV has a range of 133km and seats five. It can be fast charged and may cost $40,000 to $62,000 on arrival in New Zealand.
Tesla Motors Model 3
Still in development, this powerful sedan seats five and has a range of 346km. It will cost $35,000USD, and online deposits of $1000USD are being accepted for an expected rollout in 2018.
Mitsubishi iMiev / Peugeot iOn
You get a range of 100km in this four seater hatchback. It can be fast-charged and used models start at $12,000, imported only.
Ioniq gives you the power of choice. Each model, all-electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid, is based on a dedicated vehicle platform designed to enhance efficiency, comfort and handling. $60,000 and 219km range. (Full EV model)
The LDV EV80 Pure Electric Van is here. Key features include a maximum payload of 1,000kg, safe and high-efficiency large-capacity lithium iron phosphate battery technology that can be fully charged in 2 hours PLUS zero emissions. Retails at $80,0000.
Coming in 2018. You get a 1.6 turbo engine in this five-seater small SUV. With a range of 300km-470km models start at $31,990.
Kia Soul EV
Kia Soul EV gives you the power of choice. Each model, all-electric and fully charged, is based on a dedicated vehicle platform designed to enhance efficiency, comfort and handling. $35,000 and 150km range. (Full EV model)
Plug in Hybrids
Audi A3 e-tron
Combines sportiness and luxury you expect from an Audi with the benefits of a hybrid, $69,900. 222km-130km range in both hybrid and electric mode.
Combining the BMW eDrive and a 3-cylinder petrol engine, this offers both an electric driving experience and unlimited mobility – $69,000.
BMW X5 xDrive40e
Combining the versatility of an SAV, the control of xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive, and EfficientDynamics eDrive technology – $149,000.
Looks and performs like a sports car, but offering the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid – $276,000.
Mercedes Benz GLE500e
The first plug-in hybrid in this model range, combines a 333 hp V6 engine with a 116 hp electric motor, $150,000.
Mercedes Benz S 500 e
The S 500 offers an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration and emission-free driving for up to 33km, $255,000
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
New Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle boasts all the comforts and refinements of the Outlander range and brings a host of new technologies and touches throughout, from $59,990.
Porsche Cayenne S ehybrid
A luxury model with an everyday driving range of 36-38kh, purchase new from $172,000.
Volvo XC90 T8
A luxury high-performance plug-in hybrid SUV offering comfort, safety, and a high level of efficiency for $110,900-$134,900
Where to get a used EV
Second-hand EVs are imported from the UK and Japan. In the UK and Japan, EVs get tax breaks and other financial incentives, which are passed on to New Zealand buyers.
Because EVs need very little maintenance, even one that has clocked 10K is almost like new. You might like to look for these cars on TradeMe Motors. You’ll find the likes of Nissan Leaf available for less than $20,000. This will help you lower your upfront investment to switch.
Trying an EV first
If you don’t know much about EVs, you don’t need to jump right in and buy one. If you’d like to test drive another kind of EV, click on any of the links below to arrange directly with the manufacturer:
You could also try contacting Blue Cars for a 4 or 7 day rental of a Nissan Leaf, and an introductory lesson on EV driving and charging. If afterward you decide to buy a Leaf, Blue Cars will negotiate a $500 discount off the purchase price. They also provide mobile and fixed charging options.
Become a member of Drive Electric
Becoming a member of Drive Electric is all about committing to the vision of a totally electric New Zealand. You’ll be part of the conversation that will help shape infrastructure and legislation around EV.
You’ll also get:
- Access to professional advice
- Discounted tickets to events
- Opportunity to help shape the future
- Regular information updates about EVs in New Zealand including policy, funding announcements and news.
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