Based on Statistcs’ forecast for 2028, EV sales in Australia will grow by 122%, including both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). A recent surge in global warming and climate change has influenced Australian consumers to switch from owning Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) to more environmentally friendly automobiles. Most Aussies choose BEVs over PHEVs, but there are still buyers who want both battery and petrol power. PHEVs are popular among this group of buyers and they will continue to grow in popularity. In this blog post, we will explore the Top 5 popular Plugin hybrid EVs in Australia.
1) MG HS Plus EV
The MG HS Plus EV is a notable Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle offered by MG Motors in Australia. There are two ranges available in Australia, MG ZS PLUS EV Exite(Starting from $48,990 driveaway) and MG ZS PLUS EV Essence(Starting from $51,990 driveaway).
The MG ZS Plus EV boasts a 10.1″ touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3″ virtual cockpit, and impressive efficiency with a 1.7L/100km (combined) fuel consumption rate. It delivers a robust 189kW/370Nm output through dual-motor technology and a 16.6kWh battery, providing a dynamic electric driving range of 63km (NEDC). Safety is ensured with the MG Pilot active safety suite, and driver comfort is enhanced with a six-way electric seat. Stylish 17″ alloy rims complete the package, all backed by a 7-year battery warranty and a 7-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, making it a comprehensive choice for eco-conscious drivers.
2) Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV is a remarkable plug-in hybrid that offers an impressive electric range of 54 kilometres, making it ideal for urban commutes and short trips. Its 13.8kWh battery capacity ensures you have sufficient energy for your journeys. For longer adventures, the hybrid petrol power option kicks in, providing the range needed for longer road trips.
One of the standout features of the Eclipse Cross PHEV is its Super-All Wheel Control. It is perfect for off-road enthusiasts seeking thrilling adventures. With three variants to choose from, including the ES, Aspire, and Exceed, you can select the one that suits your needs and preferences. Powered by a 2.4L plug-in hybrid engine, this SUV delivers both efficiency and power. It has 94kW of power and 199Nm of torque for exhilarating acceleration. Notably, it achieves an impressive fuel economy of just 1.9L/100km, emphasizing its commitment to sustainability. When it comes to affordability, the Eclipse Cross PHEV stands out among electrified SUVs, with a price range between $47,290 and $55,990 (excluding on-road costs).
The BMW 330e is a prime example of the brand’s commitment to electrification within the realm of luxury sedans. This Plugin hybrid model of the beloved BMW 3 Series medium sedan combines a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor, resulting in a robust 185kW of power during regular operation. However, the true thrill lies in the over-boost function, which injects an additional 30kW into the mix, propelling the vehicle from a standstill to 100km/h in a mere 6.0 seconds.
In addition to its impressive powertrain, the BMW 330e caters to environmentally conscious drivers with its electric-only driving range of 60 kilometres. Furthermore, with a combined fuel consumption rate of just 1.9L/100km and CO2 emissions of only 48g/km, this medium sedan showcases the future of sustainable motoring. With a price starting at $98,700 (excluding on-road costs), the BMW 330e makes it an enticing choice for those who desire a harmonious blend of performance, efficiency, and style.
4) Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge
In a bold move towards sustainability, Volvo has bid farewell to traditional internal combustion vehicles in Australia. Instead, their lineup now exclusively features vehicles with eco-friendly technologies, including mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric options. Among these eco-conscious choices is the impressive Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge.
Formerly known as the T8 Polestar, the Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge embodies the brand’s commitment to electrification. Beneath the XC60 T8 Recharge’s sleek exterior lies a more significant 18.8kWh battery pack, enabling an impressive 75-kilometre electric-only driving range. The combination of a 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine with a rear-mounted electric motor delivers a robust system output of 335kW and 709Nm. With a starting price of $101,990 (excl. on-road costs), the XC60 T8 Recharge is a compelling choice in the medium SUV category.
5) Lexus NX450h+
The Lexus NX450h+ is setting new standards in the world of plug-in hybrid SUVs with its impressive powertrain and eco-friendly features. Under the hood, this vehicle boasts a 2.5-litre petrol engine, similar to the NX 350h, but takes it a step further with the addition of two permanent-synchronous motors—one at each axle. This combination results in a peak power output of 227kW, making it the most potent NX model to date. What truly distinguishes the NX450h+ is its substantial 18.1kWh lithium-ion battery, which ranks among the highest capacities for plug-in hybrids. The NX450h+ achieves an impressive all-electric driving range of up to 87 kilometres, significantly reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption.
In addition to its outstanding performance and eco-friendliness, the Lexus NX450h+ offers a premium driving experience. Lexus NX450h+ comes with a price tag of $90,923 (excluding on-road costs).
Lexus Australia has paused the order for NX450h+ with two years of wait time for the last buyers.
In conclusion, plug-in hybrids reshape Australia’s auto scene, providing eco-friendly choices. They bridge combustion and electric tech for balance. With charging growth and emissions cuts, they transform transportation sustainably. All mentioned Plugin hybrid models are available to order in Australia Except Lexus NX450h+. Please refer to the manufacturer’s website for exact pricing and updates on EV incentives offered by the Australian government.