From new brands entering the Aussie market for the first time to established names debuting their first-ever EVs, 2024 is an exciting time for the diversity of electric vehicle choices. If you’re considering making the leap into electrified driving, here are some of the most noteworthy models to look out for arriving on our shores shortly.
Renault’s first EV, the Megane E-Tech, is coming in early 2024. It’s an all-electric version of the French carmaker’s classic Megane hatchback with SUV stylings. The E-Tech is equipped with a front-wheel-drive electric motor, which boasts 160kW of power and 300Nm of torque.
It draws energy from a 60kWh battery pack, enabling a decent 0-100km/h acceleration time of just 7.4 seconds. In European WLTP testing, the E-Tech offers a substantial driving range of 454km.
Chinese EV maker SERES is expanding into Australia. Plans are underway for its SERES 3 to hit the Australian market. Akin to the Hyundai Kona in size, the mid-sized SUV is capable of a modest 300km range and reaches 100km/h in 8.9 seconds.
Only launched in 2016, SERES is still a young company, so it’ll be interesting to see whether teething problems have been ironed out. In the 3 model, SERES promises 5-seater full-size leather seats and plenty of storage space.
The Skoda Enyaq range – tailored for the Australian market – is slated for a July 2024 debut. It will feature two upgraded variants, with the flagship RS leading the pack. Apparently the most powerful Skoda ever built, the Enyaq electric SUV will come in a long-range rear-wheel drive and RS four-wheel drive coupé.
The Enyaq’s battery has a generous 82kWh gross capacity, offering an impressive claimed WLTP driving range of up to 570km. Additionally, it features a more potent 210kW rear electric motor, replacing the prior 150kW unit.
After an unsuccessful two-year stint in the Australian market a decade ago, Chinese EV automaker Chery is returning to Australia. Launching its Omoda 5 EV in the first half of 2024, Chery has rivals BYD and MG in its sights.
The mid-sized SUV has a 61kWh battery, delivering an estimated WLTP range of 450km. Powering the Omoda 5 EV is a lone electric motor, generating 150kW of power and 340Nm of torque. The setup allows a respectable 0-100km/h acceleration time of 7.8 seconds.
Coming at the tail-end of 2023, the Subaru Solterra is the marque’s first-ever EV. Another mid-sized SUV, the Solterra, has adopted a new system that drives the front and rear wheels with separate motors. The result? A symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
Its dual-motor powertrain offers 160kW of power and 337Nm of torque, while the Solterra’s 71.4kW lithium-ion battery affords it a WLTP-tested range of 414km on a single charge.
Jeep’s debut fully electric vehicle, the Avenger, boasts six terrain modes and best-in-class 200mm ground clearance for any outdoor adventure. The mid-sized SUV is exclusively front-wheel drive, so it is not designed for off-roading.
The Jeep Avenger is equipped with a 115kW electric motor delivering 260Nm of torque and a 54kWh battery. It boasts an estimated electric range of 400km, according to WLTP testing. The Avenger operates on a 400V electrical system and is compatible with DC charging, offering speeds of up to 100kW.
The new brands entering the Aussie market for the first time and established names debuting their first-ever EVs include the Renault Megane E-Tech, SERES 3, Skoda Enyaq, Chery Omoda 5 EV, Subaru Solterra and Jeep Avenger.
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