A little more than ten electric car models will enter the Australian auto market in 2021, giving drivers who are looking to switch to clean transport a little more choice, but not necessarily more money in their bank account.
Australia has been dubbed a “laggard” in the transition to electric vehicles that is accelerating in many other countries, but it is encouraging to see that some car makers are continuing to test the market here despite government inaction on a transition to clean transport.
A federal EV strategy originally to be released in mid-2020 has now morphed into a leaked draft “future fuels” discussion paper that contains no targets, no fuel standards, and nothing new beyond the roll out charging infrastructure which it has been doing anyway.
Instead, the Coalition government is essentially leaving “market forces” to do the rest, ignoring the highly effective policy measures taken by trading partners overseas.
So what does this mean for EV choice in Australia?
Another twelve (to be exact) electric models will bring Australia’s grand total of available all-electric models to 30. Here is a run-down on what 2021 and beyond promises to bring in terms of new EV models in Australia, and when.
One of the first off the rank in 2021 will be the Porsche Taycan, the arrival of which Porsche Australia is already preparing for with the installation of fast chargers at all its centres. The Porsche Taycan will be available in three variants from the “entry-level” $191,000 4S, to the to the $269,100 Turbo and the top-of-the-line $339,100 Turbo S. For more details and specifications, read here.
2021 Hyundai Kona EV
The refreshed Kona Electric will arrive in the first half of 2021, although how early that is is not yet set in stone. As Australia’s second-most popular electric car after the Tesla Model 3, expect a warm welcome for the new electric which will have the same 64kWh battery and long 484km driving range, but with a new styling that does away with the honeycomb” grille” in favour of a sleek nose and new location for the charging port. Read more here.
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