The Fastest EVs in New Zealand

EVs are known for their instant torque and speed off the mark.

Acceleration speed is not just a ‘vanity’ spec – it reveals more about the drivetrain than battery size or motor power output.

Batteries are heavy, so a larger battery requires more power to move the vehicle.

The power rating (kW) alone does not tell you how performant the EV is.

That’s where the 0-100 km/h rating comes in.

The quickest EVs under $100k

  • 1. Tesla Model 3 LR

    0-100 km/h4.4 seconds

    The Long Range Model 3 offers outstanding range, performance, and handling. There is no other sedan that compares in its price range.

    At the end of 2021, the Long Range model had a battery upgrade (75 to 82 kWh, range from 580 to 602 km).

    • Price increased on 15/3/22 from $82,900 to $86,900.
    • Price increased on 17/6/22 to $91,200.

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  • 2. Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin

    Volvo XC40 Recharge
    0-100 km/h4.9 seconds

    Dual motor.

    See specs

  • 3. Hyundai IONIQ 5 LR AWD

    0-100 km/h5.2 seconds

    With its dual motors, the All-Wheel-Drive IONIQ 5 is the fastest of the lot.

    It has the Limited trim - which includes the 'vision' roof (a large retractable sunroof). This can be upgraded to the Solar Roof.

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  • 4. Kia EV6 Earth

    0-100 km/h5.2 seconds

    The EV6 is the first of a new generation of vehicles based on EV-only drivetrains.

    With its roomy interior, and futuristic design (inside and out), the EV6 points to where we are headed with EVs. Earth has dual motors and a long-range battery.

    It also offers 1600 kg towing capacity.

    Price increased on 17 Jun 2022 from $95,500 to $99,900.

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  • 5. Hyundai IONIQ 5

    AFTER REBATE$71,365
    0-100 km/h6.1 seconds

    The IONIQ 5 has won multiple 'car of the year' awards in NZ. The first EV from Hyundai to be built on an electric-only platform, the mid-sized SUV is impressive in many ways.

    Unfortunately, supply issues during 2022 hampered the sales numbers.

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The quickest EVs over $100k

Some of the fastest EVs offer the same performance as a million-dollar supercar.

The fastest McLaren supercar is the 765LT Spider. It does 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and costs $659,000 in New Zealand.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale accelerates in 2.5 seconds and retails for $906,000 in NZ.

  • 1. Porsche Taycan

    Porsche Taycan
    0-100 km/h2.8 seconds

    There are numerous Taycan variations, the fastest being the Turbo S (specs below). Its 2.8-second acceleration is exceeded only by the Tesla Model S Plaid.

    The most popular Taycan variation in NZ is the 4S (0-100 in 4s, 365 km range, 390 kW power).

    See specs

  • 2. Tesla Model 3 Performance

    0-100 km/h3.3 seconds

    The Model 3 Performance is the quickest car - when compared to price - and has been for some time.

    Its dizzying acceleration is extraordinary, given that it was priced under $100k until only mid-2022.

    In NZ it's as popular as the Model 3 Long Range.

    Price rose 15/3/22 from $95,900 to $100,900.

    Price rose 17/6/22 to $103,900.

    See specs

  • 3. Audi RS e-tron GT

    0-100 km/h3.3 seconds

    The RS e-tron GT is Audi's flagship vehicle.

    Offering supercar performance, the RS e-tron offers extra power and torque over the straight GT. It comes at a cost, with most of that going into performance - as the RS and the GT look similar from the outside.

    Price increase from $273,500 to $277,090 in mid 2022.

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  • 4. Tesla Model Y Performance

    0-100 km/h3.7 seconds

    Dual motor all-wheel drive.

    See specs

  • 5. BMW iX M60

    0-100 km/h3.8 seconds

    The top-spec iX M60 is a luxury SUV offering outstanding performance.

    See specs

Every EV in New Zealand, the fastest to slowest

All EVs in NZ, including, new, used, and upcoming vehicles, ranked by acceleration.

Vehicle0 - 100 km/hRangePrice
Tesla Model S Plaid Future2.1 s637 km~$224990
Tesla Model X Plaid Future2.6 s547 km~$209990
Porsche Taycan 2.8 s390 km$381,900
Tesla Model S Future3.2 s652 km~$175990
Tesla Model 3 Performance 3.3 s547 km$103,900
Audi RS e-tron GT 3.3 s472 km$277,090
Kia EV6 GT Future3.5 s424 km$139,900
Tesla Model Y Performance 3.7 s514 km$108,900
BMW iX M60 3.8 s566 km$238,900
Mercedes-Benz EQS AMG 53 Future3.8 s587 km$310,900
BMW i4 M50 3.9 s510 km$137,900
Tesla Model X Future3.9 s580 km~$190990
Audi e-tron GT quattro 4.1 s487 km$197,090
Tesla Model 3 LR 4.4 s602 km$91,200
Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Future4.4 s500 km$124,900
Audi e-tron S Sportback 4.5 s380 km$190,400
Audi SQ8 e-tron Sportback Future4.5 s513 km~$195k
BMW iX xDrive50 4.6 s630 km$204,800
Polestar 2 LR Dual 4.7 s487 km$104,900
BMW i7 xDrive60 Future4.7 s607 km$276,900
Volvo C40 Recharge Twin 4.7 s444 km$100,900
Jaguar I-PACE 4.8 s470 km$159,900
Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin 4.9 s418 km$97,700
Tesla Model Y LR Future5.0 s505 km~$95k
Tesla Cybertruck Future5 s480 km~$110k
Polestar 3 Future5 s610 km~$160k
Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 5.1 s411 km$154,400
Hyundai IONIQ 6 LR AWD Future5.1 s550 km~$100k
Ford Mustang Mach-E LR Future5.1 s540 km$109,990
Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited 5.1 s454 km$117,990
Kia EV6 GT-Line 5.2 s484 km$111,990
Hyundai IONIQ 5 LR AWD 5.2 s460 km$97,990
Kia EV6 Earth 5.2 s506 km$99,990
Lexus RZ 450e Future5.6 s362 km~$90k
BMW iX1 xDrive30 Future5.6 s438 km~$100k
Audi Q8 e-tron Future5.6 s582 km~$150k
Audi e-tron 55 quattro 5.7 s441 km$151,500
BMW i4 eDrive40 5.7 s590 km$109,900
Audi e-tron Sportback 5.7 s452 km$171,000
Mercedes-Benz EQA 350 Future6 s432 km~$105k
Hyundai IONIQ 5 6.1 s384 km$79,990
Tesla Model 3 6.1 s491 km$74,900
BMW iX xDrive40 6.1 s425 km$169,600
Ford Mustang Mach-E SR Future6.1 s440 km$79,990
Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro Future6.2 s488 km~$110k
Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4MATIC 6.2 s360 km$109,900
BMW iX3 6.8 s460 km$118,900
Audi e-tron 50 quattro Used6.8 s341 km$115k+
Nissan Leaf e+ 6.9 s385 km$72,990
Toyota bZ4X AWD Future6.9 s459 km~$90k
Tesla Model Y 6.9 s455 km$76,200
Hyundai IONIQ 6 LR RWD Future7 s614 km~$92k
BMW i3 60Ah Used7.2 s145 km$25k+
MINI Cooper SE 7.3 s203 km$61,340
BMW i3 120Ah Used7.3 s308 km$55k+
Kia EV6 Air LR 7.3 s528 km$78,990
BMW i3 94Ah Used7.3 s245 km$35k+
BYD Atto 3 7.3 s345 km$55,490
BYD Atto 3 LR 7.3 s420 km$59,990
Hyundai IONIQ 5 LR RWD 7.4 s481 km$89,990
Polestar 2 Standard Range 7.4 s478 km$76,900
Polestar 2 LR 7.4 s551 km$86,900
Volvo C40 Recharge 7.4 s400 km$83,900
Volvo XC40 Recharge 7.4 s425 km$83,900
Nissan Ariya Future7.5 s360 km~$80k
Lexus UX 300e 7.5 s315 km$79,900
Toyota bZ4X FWD Future7.5 s510 km~$79k
BYD Atto 2 Future7.5 s330 km~$40k
Hyundai Kona LR 7.6 s484 km$79,990
MG 5 EV Used7.7 s344 km$53k+
Subaru Solterra AWD Future7.7 s459 km~$85k
Kia Niro (1st gen) Used7.8 s455 km$48k+
Kia Niro 7.8 s460 km$68,990
Nissan Leaf 7.9 s270 km$63,990
Hyundai IONIQ 6 Future8 s379 km~$85k
MG 4 Future8 s435 km~$55k
Peugeot e-208 GT (1st gen) 8.1 s362 km$64,990
Opel Corsa-e 8.1 s383 km$59,990
MG ZS EV (1st gen) Used8.2 s263 km$40k+
Honda E Advance Used8.3 s222 km$63k+
ORA Good Cat Future8.3 s310 km~$60k
ORA Good Cat GT Future8.3 s420 km~$70k
Peugeot e-2008 8.5 s320 km$73,990
Audi Q4 e-tron Future8.5 s528 km~$90k
Kia EV6 Air Standard Range 8.5 s394 km$75,990
Volkswagen ID.4 Pro Future8.5 s485 km$79,990
Opel Mokka-e 8.5 s363 km$69,990
SsangYong Korando e-Motion 8.5 s339 km$59,990
Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 8.6 s426 km$91,800
MG ZS EV LR Future8.6 s440 km~$70k
MG ZS EV 8.6 s320 km$49,990
ŠKODA Enyaq IV Future8.6 s340 km~$75k
Mercedes-Benz EQB 250 8.9 s371 km$99,900
Fiat 500 Future9 s331 km~$60k
Volkswagen ID.3 Used9.6 s420 km$75k+
Volkswagen e-Golf Used9.6 s232 km$45k+
Hyundai Kona SR 9.7 s305 km$69,990
Mazda MX-30 9.7 s200 km$74,990
Hyundai IONIQ 9.7 s311 km$65,990
Hyundai IONIQ (1st gen) Used9.9 s200 km$30k+
Volkswagen ID. Buzz Future10.2 s423 km~$115k
Volkswagen ID.5 Pro Future10.4 s516 km$85,490
Kia Soul EV Used11.2 s80 km$14k+
Renault Zoe Used11.4 s300 km$30k+
Peugeot e-Partner Future11.7 s275 km~$70k
Nissan Leaf (1st gen) Used11.9 s115 km$9k+
Nissan Leaf (2nd gen) Used11.9 s170 km$19k+
LDV eDeliver 3 12 s243 km$65,539
Nissan e-NV200 Used14 s200 km$54k+
LDV eDeliver 9 18.4 s236 km$85,990
Renault Kangoo ZE Used22.4 s160 km$45k+

By James Foster

James has been tracking the NZ EV transition since 2016.

Updated as at November 30, 2022