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 Long Range

    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. Hyundai IONIQ 5 Long Range 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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  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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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  • 5. Tesla Model 3

    AFTER REBATE$66,275
    0-100 km/h6.1 seconds

    The Model 3 sedan is the most popular EV bought new in NZ.

    The combination of price, performance, and range is unbeaten in its category.

    At the end of 2021, Tesla added 10% capacity to the battery (50 to 60 kWh, range from 448 to 491 km, acceleration from 5.6 to 6.1s (slow down due to heavier battery).

    The name changed from Standard Range Plus to just "Tesla Model 3" - Rear Wheel Drive.

    • Early March 2022 price rose from $66,900 to $68,900.
    • Mid-March 2022 price rose to $72,400.
    • Early May 2022 price rose to $73,200.
    • 17 Jun 2022 price rose to $74,900.

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  • 6. Nissan Leaf 62 kWh E+

    AFTER REBATE$61,365
    0-100 km/h6.9 seconds

    The E+ does not just have a bigger battery but a more powerful motor (160 kW compared to the standard 110 kW Leaf), giving it quicker acceleration and more torque.

    While most Leafs on the road are used imports, among NZ New vehicles, 80% are the 62 kWh E+.

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  • 7. Tesla Model Y

    AFTER REBATE$67,575
    0-100 km/h6.9 seconds

    Introduced into NZ in 2022, the Model Y is like the Model 3, but longer and taller.

    Even with the front trunk and roomier boot space, it offers similar efficiency and performance as the Model 3

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  • 8. MINI Cooper SE

    AFTER REBATE$52,715
    0-100 km/h7.3 seconds

    The electric Mini has had slow but steady sales since introduced in 2020. The small hatchback has a shorter range compared to other EV hatchbacks (note that Mini claims a 233 km range - but this is only possible if you are driving on 50 km/h roads).

    In March 2022 price increased from $59,990 to $60,400, then to $61,340 in July.

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  • 9. Kia EV6 Air Long Range

    AFTER REBATE$70,365
    0-100 km/h7.3 seconds

    Price increased on 17 Jun 2022 to $83,990.

    Dropped on 1 Sep 2022 to $78,990.

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  • 10. BYD Atto 3

    AFTER REBATE$46,865
    0-100 km/h7.3 seconds

    The Atto 3 crossover is the first EV from the massive Chinese BYD marque to hit NZ shores. Although very similar in spec to the 2022 MG ZS EV, it is marginally quicker (with 0-100 km/h in 7.3s compared to 8.6s).

    Price increased from 52,990 to 55,990 (1/9/22)

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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.

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  • 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

  • 6. BMW i4 M50

    0-100 km/h3.9 seconds

    The i4 M50 is powerful. The first all-electric M-car from BMW, it's a sign that times are changing.

    Seen as a natural competitor to the Tesla Model 3 Performance, the all-wheel-drive i4 offers a well-designed interior, familiar to BMW drivers.

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  • 7. Audi e-tron GT quattro

    0-100 km/h4.1 seconds

    The GT quattro is similar in many aspects to the RS, but with lower power and torque.

    Like the RS it has very fast DC charging capability (270 kW).

    Price increase from $194,500 to $197,090 in mid 2022.

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  • 8. Tesla Model 3 Long Range

    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.

    See specs

  • 9. Audi e-tron S Sportback

    0-100 km/h4.5 seconds

    The S or Sports version of the e-tron offers two motors on the rear axle and one up front.

    The impressive performance does come at a cost, making the vehicle quite inefficient in terms of electricity consumption.

    Price rise from $189,900 to $190,400 for MY 2023.

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  • 10. BMW iX xDrive50

    0-100 km/h4.6 seconds

    The iX is a large SUV aimed at the luxury market. Its massive interior space is only matched by its massive 112 kWh battery.

    One of the longest-range EVs available, it is also one of the quickest.

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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 Long Range 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
BMW iX xDrive50 4.6 s630 km$197,900
Polestar 2 Long Range Dual 4.7 s487 km$104,900
BMW i7 xDrive60 Future4.7 s607 km$276,900
Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Future4.7 s444 km$100,900
Jaguar I-PACE 4.8 s470 km$159,000
Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Future4.9 s418 km$97,700
Tesla Model Y Long Range Future5.0 s505 km~$95k
Tesla Cybertruck Future5 s480 km~$110k
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
Kia EV6 GT-Line 5.2 s484 km$111,990
Hyundai IONIQ 5 Long Range AWD 5.2 s460 km$94,990
Kia EV6 Earth 5.2 s506 km$99,990
Lexus RZ 450e Future5.6 s362 km~$90k
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
BMW iX1 xDrive30 Future5.7 s438 km~$100k
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$163,900
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 s395 km$109,900
BMW iX3 6.8 s460 km$114,900
Audi e-tron 50 quattro Used6.8 s341 km$115k+
Nissan Leaf 62 kWh E+ 6.9 s385 km$69,990
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 Long Range 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 Long Range 7.3 s420 km$59,990
Hyundai IONIQ 5 Long Range RWD 7.4 s481 km$89,990
Polestar 2 Standard Range 7.4 s478 km$76,900
Polestar 2 Long Range 7.4 s551 km$86,900
Volvo C40 Recharge Future7.4 s400 km$83,900
Volvo XC40 Recharge Future7.4 s425 km$83,900
Nissan Ariya Future7.5 s360 km~$80k
Lexus UX300e 7.5 s315 km$79,900
Toyota bZ4X FWD Future7.5 s510 km~$79k
Hyundai Kona 64 kWh 7.6 s484 km$79,990
MG 5 EV 7.7 s344 km$53,000
Subaru Solterra AWD Future7.7 s530 km~$85k
Kia Niro (1st gen) Used7.8 s455 km$64k+
Kia Niro 7.8 s460 km$68,990
Nissan Leaf 40 kWh 7.9 s270 km$61,990
Hyundai IONIQ 6 Future8 s379 km~$85k
MG 4 Future8 s435 km~$55k
Peugeot e-208 GT 8.1 s362 km$63,990
Opel Corsa-e Future8.1 s337 km~$62k
MG ZS EV (1st gen) Used8.2 s263 km$42k+
Honda E Advance 8.3 s222 km$63,000
Peugeot e-2008 8.5 s320 km$73,990
Audi Q4 40 e-tron Future8.5 s521 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
ORA Good Cat Future8.5 s336 km~$55k
ORA Good Cat GT Future8.5 s420 km~$60k
SsangYong Korando e-Motion 8.5 s339 km$59,990
Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 8.6 s426 km$91,800
MG ZS EV Long Range Future8.6 s440 km~$70k
MG ZS EV 8.6 s320 km$49,990
ŠKODA Enyaq IV Future8.6 s340 km~$75k
Audi Q4 35 e-tron Future9 s341 km~$80k
Fiat 500 Future9 s331 km~$60k
Mercedes-Benz EQB 250 9.2 s433 km$99,900
Volkswagen ID.3 9.6 s420 km$75,000
Volkswagen e-Golf Used9.6 s232 km$45k+
Hyundai Kona 39 kWh 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$35k+
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 24 kWh Used11.9 s115 km$9k+
Nissan Leaf 30 kWh Used11.9 s145 km$19k+
LDV eDeliver 3 12 s243 km$65,539
Nissan e-NV200 (40 kWh) 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 September 30, 2022