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Best EVs Under $50K in Australia 2024

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The EV revolution is underway in Australia, and with government incentives and falling prices, going electric is becoming a more attractive option than ever. But what if you’re on a budget? Fear not, eco-conscious drivers! Here’s a breakdown of the best EVs you can grab for under $50k (before on-road costs) in 2024:

 

1. GWM Ora

ora cat extended

The Most Affordable Option: Taking the crown for the cheapest EV in Australia is the GWM Ora is shaking things up as one of Australia’s most affordable EVs. With a starting price of  $35,990, it boasts a quirky two-tone design and a decent 310km claimed WLTP driving range. It comes loaded with tech features and safety systems, all backed by a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty for peace of mind.

GWM Ora Standard Range Extended Range Ultra GT
Price (MSRP) $35,990 $40,990 $43,990 $46,990
Torque 250 Nm 250 Nm 250 Nm 250 Nm
Power 126 kW 126 kW 126 kW 126 kW
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 8.3 s 8.2 s 8.2 s 8.2 s
Efficiency (WLTP) 146 Wh/km 141 Wh/km 182 Wh/km 182 Wh/km
Range (WLTP) 310 km 420 km 325 km 325 km
Useable Battery 45.4 kWh 59.3 kWh 59.3 kWh 59.3 kWh
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2. BYD Dolphin

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Quirky & Competitive: Fresh on the scene, is the BYD Dolphin, starting at a budget-friendly $38,890. Offered in two variants, it provides up to 427km of range and supports fast charging. Both models come with a unique rotatable touchscreen infotainment system and a comprehensive safety suite. Plus, they’re built on a dedicated EV platform and utilise BYD’s safe and durable Blade Battery technology.

BYD Dolphin Dynamic Premium
Price (MSRP) $38,890 $44,890
Torque 180 Nm 310 Nm
Power 70 kW 150 kW
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 12.3 s 7.0 s
Efficiency (WLTP) 133 Wh/km 143.8 Wh/km
Range (WLTP) 340 km 427 km
Useable Battery 44.9 kWh 60.5 kWh
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3. MG4

mg4

Hatchback Hero with Impressive Range: The MG 4 is a compelling choice for those seeking a feature-packed electric hatchback. Starting at $39,990, it boasts three battery sizes offering up to a whopping 530km of range. The MG4 offers both AC and DC charging options, with the long-range variant boasting impressive charging speeds. Standard features include a large touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ensuring a comfortable and connected driving experience. Just like the Ora and Dolphin, the MG 4 is covered by a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty for both vehicle and battery.

MG4 Excite Essence Long Range
Price (MSRP) From $39,990 From $46,990 From $52,990
Torque 250 Nm 250 Nm 350 Nm
Power 125 kW- 150 kW 150 kW 180 kW
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 7.2 s -7.7 s 7.2 s 6.5 s
Efficiency (WLTP) 130-184 Wh/km 138 Wh/km 140 Wh/km
Range (WLTP) 350 – 450 km 435 km 530 km
Useable Battery 50.8 kWh/62.1 kWh 62.1 kWh 74.4 kWh
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4. MG ZS EV

mg zs ev

The Refreshed Electric SUV: If you’re looking for an electric SUV that won’t break the bank, the MG ZS EV is a strong contender. Following a facelift, it now starts at $40,990 and comes in two variants offering up to 440km of range. Standard equipment on the base model includes a larger touchscreen, full LED headlights, and a comprehensive suite of safety features.

MG ZS EV Excite Essence Long Range
Price (MSRP) From $39,990 From $42,990 From $46,990
Torque 280 Nm 280 Nm 280 Nm
Power 130 kW 130 kW 115 kW
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 8.2 s 8.2 s 8.5 s
Efficiency (WLTP) 177 Wh/km 177 Wh/km 177 Wh/km
Range (WLTP) 320 km 320 km 440 km
Useable Battery 49 kWh 49 kWh 68.3 kWh
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5. BYD Atto 3

byd atto 3

A Top Seller with Established Presence: The BYD Atto 3 has taken the market by storm, quickly becoming one of the best-selling electric cars. This small to medium SUV starts at $48,011 and offers two battery options with a maximum range of 420km. Similar to the Dolphin, it boasts BYD’s Blade Battery technology and a V2L adapter, allowing you to power appliances outside the car. While it only comes in one high-spec variant, it’s packed with features like a panoramic sunroof, a rotatable touchscreen infotainment system, and a full suite of driver-assist technologies.

BYD Atto 3 Standard Range Extended Range
Price (MSRP) $48,011 $51,011
Torque 310 Nm 310 Nm
Power 150 kW 150 kW
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 7.3 s 7.3 s
Efficiency (WLTP) 144 Wh/km 183 Wh/km
Range (WLTP) 345 km 420 km
Useable Battery 49.9 kWh 60.5 kWh
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So, which EV is right for you?

Consider your needs and priorities. The GWM Ora offers the most attractive price tag, while the MG4 boasts the longest potential range. If colourful design is your thing, the BYD dolphin might be your perfect match. Ultimately, all these EVs offer a compelling combination of features, technology, and range, making them excellent choices for budget-conscious Aussies looking to join the electric vehicle revolution.

Remember: Don’t forget to factor in government incentives that can further reduce the purchase price of your chosen EV!

Note

The prices listed start with MSRP and are subject to change in future. Please visit official sites for up-to-date pricing!

The WLTP range estimates are based on standardized laboratory testing and may vary in real-world driving conditions. Factors like driving style, vehicle configuration, battery health, climate control usage, and environmental conditions can all influence the actual range.

While our home charger recommendation considers the charging speeds of an EV, a perfect fit depends on your home’s power supply and solar setup. Contact our EV charging experts to get the most out of your EV!

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