A comprehensive list of all the Electric Cars and EVs currently being sold in New Zealand. This page is regularly updated as new NZ EVs are released
Electric Cars are the future for New Zealand's Car and Vehicle fleet. However EVs (Electric Vehicles) still only make up a tiny fraction of the total cars sales in New Zealand. We have compiled a comprehensive list of most of the current Electric Cars NZ available in New Zealand, as of the beginning of 2021.
There are a number of reasons why electric cars haven't yet taken off in New Zealand. The main reasons being price, a lack of selection and range, and many not having the best performance, especially when compared to their petrol equivalents. Also many electric cars and hybrids just look plain ugly when compared to their petrol equivalent models. The other problem with EVs, is that some vehicle categories are not catered for with the current EV offerings. eg Utes, small trucks and vans. Luckily this is now changing, and more and more brands are now releasing new EV models around the world.
We are passionate about electric vehicles, and the many advantages they offer over their fossil fuel equivalents. We believe that more should be done in New Zealand to increase the uptake of Electric Cars. We think the NZ Government can also help increase the uptake of EVs, by offering subsidies or removing GST on them, to incentivise people to buy EVs instead of cheaper petrol equivalent vehicles.
Our 2021 Electric Cars NZ list only contains pure electric vehicles. So it doesn't contain hybrids, or plugin hybrids, which both have combustion engines in them.
The current makes and models of electric cars NZ currently for sale in the New Zealand market at the time of writing this article include the following. If you find we have missed a make or model, or any of the details are not correct, please leave a comment below the article.
Tesla is one of the main reasons electric cars are now so popular. They have managed to make electric cars cool again, with top styling that makes their models look as good as, if not better than regular and luxury combustion engine cars. Teslas are also packed full of the latest tech features, which in most cases surpass the EV competition. Tesla are to electric cars, what Apple were to mobile phones.
Tesla Model 3 NZ
The Tesla Model 3 is Teslas entry electric car model. It is however a luxury car, so it is still higher priced than many electric cars being sold in New Zealand. Tesla have recently released a new 2021 Model 3, which improves on it even more. The model 3 comes in a range of different models with different upgrades, including longer range and higher performance models. At the time of writing, the Standard Tesla Model 3 NZ starts from about $75,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimate range of about 500km, and a 0-100km/h time of 5.6 seconds. More info on the Tesla Model 3 NZ website.
Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model Y
These are higher spec cars, that cater more to the higher luxury market. Telsa have released some new updated models in 2021. In many cases they are higher spec with better ranges. More info on the other Tesla EV Models sold in NZ.
Tesla Cybertruck NZ
This is one of only a few example of pure electric Ute / electric small trucks that we have seen. It has a very controversial design that people either love or hate. There is no release date yet for this. More info on the Tesla Cybertruck NZ.
Nissan Leaf EV
This is one of the best known electric cars in New Zealand. The Nissan Leaf EV NZ starts from around $62,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimated range of up to 470km WLTP cycle, and a 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds. More info on the Nissan Leaf EV NZ website.
Hyundai are becoming a more popular electric car producer in New Zealand with both a small SUV and and car. Hyundai tend to have both fossil fuel and electric versions of the same same model.
Hyundai Kona Electric NZ
This is a compact SUV and there are a few different models available. The Hyundai Kona EV NZ starts from around $79,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimated range of about 449km. More info on the Hyundai Kona EV NZ website.
Hyundai IONIQ Electric NZ
This is an electric sedan. The Hyundai IONIQ EV NZ starts from around $66,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimated range of about 449km. More info on the Hyundai IONIQ EV NZ website.
Kia Niro EV NZ
This is a compact SUV. The Kia Niro EV NZ starts from around $78,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimated range of up to 455km depending on model. More info on the Kia Niro EV NZ website.
Renault Zoe NZ
This is a small compact EV from the French brand Renault. The Renault Zoe NZ starts from around $66,000 NZD + ORCs. There currently appears to be a new model coming to the NZ market for 2021. More info on the Renault Zoe NZ website.
MG ZS EV NZ
This is a compact SUV type of EV from the MG Brand. The MG ZS EV NZ starts from around $49,000 NZD + ORCs, making it one of the cheapest EVs available in NZ. More info on the MG ZS EV NZ website.
Volkswagen E-Golf NZ
This is a small compact EV from the Volkswagen. The Volkswagen E-Golf NZ starts from around $70,000 NZD + ORCs. It has an estimated range of up to 220km, and a 0-100km/h time of approximately 9.6 seconds. More info on the Volkswagen E-Golf NZ website.
BMW i3 NZ
This is a small compact car from BMW. The BMW i3 NZ starts from around $79,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimated range of up to 260km in everyday use. More info on the BMW i3 NZ website.
Audi E-Tron NZ
This is a full size SUV with two electric motors. The Audi E-Tron NZ range starts from around $120,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimated range of up to 336km WLTP cycle, and a 0-100km/h time of approximately 7 seconds. More info on the Audi E-Tron NZ website.
Jaguar I-Pace 2021 NZ
This is a electric SUV. The Jaguar I-Pace NZ starts from around $162,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimated range of up to 470km WLTP cycle, and a 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds. More info on the Jaguar I-Pace NZ website.
Mercedes-Benz EQC NZ
This is a premium electric SUV catering for the upper end of the market. The Mercedes-Benz EQC NZ starts from around $143,000 NZD + ORCs. This has an estimated range of up to 434km, and a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds. More info on the Mercedes-Benz EQC NZ website.
Porsche Taycan NZ
This is a premium electric sports car that appear to compare well in both looks and performance with some Tesla models. It comes in a range of different models, with the more expensive models having better performance specs. The Porsche Taycan NZ starts from around $174,000 NZD + ORCs. The most basic model has an estimated range of up to 310 km, and a 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds. More expensive models have better range and acceleration. More info on the Porsche Taycan NZ website.
Errors and omissions excepted. Prices are current as at 3/02/2021 from either the manufacturers website, or from the AA car price website. They exclude other costs like ORCs. People must do their own research and check the specs and prices themselves.