At five times lower than the global average, Australia is currently behind much of the world when it comes to an intake of low-carbon and electric vehicles. In Australia, electric vehicle sales make up just 2% of the new car market, making it difficult to access affordable used models of low emission vehicles.
That doesn't mean the future of electric cars in Australia isn’t bright. The significant savings in running costs, from the enormous fuel savings to reduced maintenance costs, not to mention the benefit to the environment, is seeing more Australians showing an interest in the market. With a 2021 study by the Electric Vehicle Council indicating 54% of Australians would consider purchasing an electric vehicle as their next car, manufacturers are paying attention too, releasing more low emission models into the market, giving eco-conscious drivers plenty of choice.
From tiny to tough, here are the top CO₂ performing vehicles sold in Australia according to the Green Vehicle Guide.
1. Hyundai IONIQ
Affordable and efficient, the soon-to-be discontinued Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or completely electric vehicle. Whisper-quiet, the IONIQ delivers state-of-the-art technology, a stylish, smooth driving experience, and a range of up to 311 kilometres.
While the IONIQ is certainly the most popular low-emission vehicle sold in Australia, it is not the most accessible. Given its extreme popularity, used models are snapped up almost the moment they become available - make sure to refresh Pickles sales often to get ahold of the popular vehicle.
2. Hyundai Kona
A 100% electric small SUV, the fast-charging Hyundai Kona Electric delivers an impressive range of up to 484 kilometres with zero emissions. The EV also boasts refined styling and the latest technology including regenerative braking, inbuilt satellite navigation and digital driver display.
3. Tesla Model 3
Built for safety, the fully electric Tesla Model 3 offers superb handling and smart design. Boasting a metal structure that is a combination of steel and aluminium, the mid-size vehicle is as strong as it is sporty. Available in three variants with rear-wheel drive, long range, and performance options, the Tesla Model 3 claims an outstanding range of up to 602 kilometres.
4. Lexus UX 300e
With the power of an SUV and the ease of a hatchback, the UX 300e is Lexus’ first all-electric vehicle. Thoughtfully designed for city convenience and outback adventure, the luxurious vehicle’s high-output motor and high-capacity battery delivers a range of up to 360km on a single charge.
5. Kia Niro
With an outstanding electric range of 460 kilometres, fast acceleration and superior handling, the eye-catching, all-electric Niro EV offers drivers an appealing combination of style, SUV versatility and the latest in technology and safety.
6. Renault Kangoo ZE
Zero Emissions urban delivery van, the zippy Kangoo Z.E is available in long wheelbase with a standard 4m3 of load capacity. With a range of up to 200 kilometres, the quiet but strong van is a delight to drive, practical and has low running costs.
7. Mercedes-Benz EQA
Built in Germany and boasting an impressive driving range of up to 454 kilometres, the all-electric EQA is a luxurious compact SUV vehicle by Mercedes. With front wheel drive and powered by a 66.5kWh battery pack, expect all the luxury and technology of a Mercedes with zero local emissions.
8. Kia EV6
Powerful acceleration, fast charging and an impressive range of up to 528 kilometres, the Kia EV6 is a sleek and sporty Large SUV. Available in three variants, the Kia EV6 has a 77.4kWh ‘Long Range’ battery, and packs a serious punch when it comes to style and state-of-the-art technology.
9. Tesla Model S
With a range of up to 637 kilometres, the Model S is Tesla’s flagship vehicle. With high tech, ultra-strong architecture, futuristic interiors and sleek exteriors, the model S is seriously stylish, but a monstrous tri-motor performance that sees the Model S hitting top speeds of 322 kilometres per hour, also makes this a car for lovers of substance.
10. MINI Cooper SE
Stand out from the crowd in the fully electric MINI Cooper SE. With a 233km range, the Mini isn’t the car for long road trips, but its compact size and punchy sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds make it the perfect style perfect pocket rocket for city dwellers.
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