Most Popular EVs in New Zealand

The most popular full EVs in New Zealand, ranked by nationwide registration numbers.

All Time

Monthly number of units registered, and total units for period.
  • 1. Nissan Leaf

    18,201
  • 2. Tesla Model 3

    7,225
  • 3. Tesla Model Y

    4,227
  • 4. Hyundai Kona

    2,348
  • 5. MG ZS EV

    2,102
  • 6. BYD Atto 3

    1,688
  • 7. Hyundai IONIQ

    1,167
  • 8. Polestar 2

    Polestar 2 2024867
  • 9. Hyundai IONIQ 5

    719
  • 10. Kia EV6

    Kia EV6 GT690

BEV Units Registered (All Time)

VehicleNewUsedTotal
Nissan Leaf6901751118201
Tesla Model 3721697225
Tesla Model Y422614227
Hyundai Kona234532348
MG ZS EV210202102
BYD Atto 3168801688
Hyundai IONIQ1157101167
Polestar 28661867
Hyundai IONIQ 57190719
Kia EV66900690
Kia Niro6561657
Nissan e-NV2000624624
Tesla Model S361127488
MINI Cooper SE4671468
Peugeot e-20844113454
Audi e-tron41115426
BMW i3241179420
Tesla Model X40113414
Volkswagen e-Golf33144375
Mercedes-Benz EQC3032305
Jaguar I-PACE26224286
Mercedes-Benz EQA2681269
LDV eDeliver 32480248
BMW iX32330233
Lexus UX300e2220222
Peugeot e-20081698177
Renault Zoe66110176
Porsche Taycan1396145
Audi e-tron GT96096
LDV eT6089089
Renault Kangoo80383
Mazda MX-3076076
LDV eDeliver 973073
BMW iX65065
BMW i462062
Mercedes-Benz eVito36036
Volvo C40 Recharge34034
Opel Mokka-e33033
Kia Soul EV02828
Volvo XC40 Recharge22123
MG 502323
Volkswagen ID.302323
ŠKODA Enyaq18321
Mercedes-Benz EQB19019
Fiat 50014418
Opel Corsa-e10616
Volkswagen ID.421315
Honda E01111
Kia Niro Plus10010
Mercedes-Benz EQS909
LDV MIFA 9404
Ford Mustang Mach-E224
Mercedes-Benz EQV202
Peugeot e-Partner101
Nissan Ariya011
SsangYong Korando101
Sources: Waka Kotahi, Ministy of Transport | Research and graphs: evdb.nz
Unclassified: LDV EV80, LDV V80, NISSAN VANETTE, BYD E6Y, MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER, MERCEDES-BENZ B250, HONDA INSIGHT, MERCEDES-BENZ SMART, MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS, BMW I, BYD E6H, VOLKSWAGEN E-UP, NISSAN NOTE, FORD FOCUS, PEUGEOT ION, TOYOTA PRIUS, VAUXHALL VIVARO, AUDI Q4 E-TRON, FORD FIESTA, VAUXHALL MOKKA-E, VAUXHALL CORSA-E, LDV DELIVER 9, PEUGEOT EXPERT, NISSAN FP01L18, HONDA CIVIC, HONDA FIT, AUDI Q7, FORD FAIRLANE, TESLA ROADSTER, NISSAN FORKLIFT GYN02-L250,

Last Month (December 2022)

Monthly number of units registered, and total units for period.
  • 1. Tesla Model Y

    868
  • 2. Tesla Model 3

    413
  • 3. BYD Atto 3

    318
  • 4. MG ZS EV

    287
  • 5. Nissan Leaf

    168
  • 6. Hyundai Kona

    68
  • 7. Peugeot e-208

    49
  • 8. MINI Cooper SE

    33
  • 9. BMW iX3

    30
  • 10. LDV eT60

    27

BEV Units Registered (December 2022)

VehicleNewUsedTotal
Tesla Model Y8680868
Tesla Model 34130413
BYD Atto 33180318
MG ZS EV2870287
Nissan Leaf0168168
Hyundai Kona68068
Peugeot e-20849049
MINI Cooper SE33033
BMW iX330030
LDV eT6027027
Hyundai IONIQ 525025
Polestar 224125
LDV eDeliver 924024
Hyundai IONIQ22022
ŠKODA Enyaq18018
Lexus UX300e12012
Mercedes-Benz eVito12012
Mercedes-Benz EQA9110
BMW i410010
Opel Mokka-e707
Volvo XC40 Recharge606
LDV eDeliver 3505
Nissan e-NV200044
Audi e-tron314
Kia Niro404
Jaguar I-PACE303
Kia EV6303
Mercedes-Benz EQC202
Opel Corsa-e022
Fiat 500112
Porsche Taycan011
Tesla Model S011
Kia Niro Plus101
Volvo C40 Recharge101
BMW iX101
Sources: Waka Kotahi, Ministy of Transport | Research and graphs: evdb.nz
Unclassified: BMW I, MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER, TOYOTA PRIUS,

12 Months Ended December 2022

Monthly number of units registered, and total units for period.
  • 1. Tesla Model Y

    4,227
  • 2. Nissan Leaf

    3,878
  • 3. Tesla Model 3

    2,785
  • 4. BYD Atto 3

    1,688
  • 5. MG ZS EV

    1,109
  • 6. Polestar 2

    Polestar 2 2024821
  • 7. Hyundai Kona

    785
  • 8. Kia EV6

    Kia EV6 GT690
  • 9. Hyundai IONIQ 5

    484
  • 10. Peugeot e-208

    365

BEV Units Registered (12 months ended December 2022)

VehicleNewUsedTotal
Tesla Model Y422614227
Nissan Leaf29235863878
Tesla Model 3278142785
BYD Atto 3168801688
MG ZS EV110901109
Polestar 28201821
Hyundai Kona7841785
Kia EV66900690
Hyundai IONIQ 54840484
Peugeot e-2083587365
Kia Niro3320332
Hyundai IONIQ2990299
MINI Cooper SE2761277
BMW iX32240224
Mercedes-Benz EQA2031204
LDV eDeliver 31820182
Lexus UX300e1790179
Mercedes-Benz EQC1621163
Audi e-tron1278135
Peugeot e-20081266132
LDV eT6089089
Jaguar I-PACE70474
LDV eDeliver 973073
BMW i462062
BMW iX60060
Porsche Taycan43245
Audi e-tron GT43043
BMW i3192443
Tesla Model S04242
Mercedes-Benz eVito36036
Nissan e-NV20003535
Volvo C40 Recharge34034
Opel Mokka-e33033
Mazda MX-3031031
Volvo XC40 Recharge22123
Mercedes-Benz EQB19019
ŠKODA Enyaq18018
Opel Corsa-e10616
Fiat 50014216
Renault Kangoo12012
Kia Niro Plus10010
Mercedes-Benz EQS909
Volkswagen e-Golf088
Renault Zoe628
Tesla Model X077
LDV MIFA 9404
Ford Mustang Mach-E224
Volkswagen ID.4224
Volkswagen ID.3044
MG 5033
Mercedes-Benz EQV202
Honda E022
Peugeot e-Partner101
Nissan Ariya011
SsangYong Korando101
Kia Soul EV011
Sources: Waka Kotahi, Ministy of Transport | Research and graphs: evdb.nz

2022 (Year to Date)

Monthly number of units registered, and total units for period.
  • 1. Tesla Model Y

    4,227
  • 2. Nissan Leaf

    3,878
  • 3. Tesla Model 3

    2,785
  • 4. BYD Atto 3

    1,688
  • 5. MG ZS EV

    1,109
  • 6. Polestar 2

    Polestar 2 2024821
  • 7. Hyundai Kona

    785
  • 8. Kia EV6

    Kia EV6 GT690
  • 9. Hyundai IONIQ 5

    484
  • 10. Peugeot e-208

    365

BEV Units Registered (2022)

VehicleNewUsedTotal
Tesla Model Y422614227
Nissan Leaf29235863878
Tesla Model 3278142785
BYD Atto 3168801688
MG ZS EV110901109
Polestar 28201821
Hyundai Kona7841785
Kia EV66900690
Hyundai IONIQ 54840484
Peugeot e-2083587365
Kia Niro3320332
Hyundai IONIQ2990299
MINI Cooper SE2761277
BMW iX32240224
Mercedes-Benz EQA2031204
LDV eDeliver 31820182
Lexus UX300e1790179
Mercedes-Benz EQC1621163
Audi e-tron1278135
Peugeot e-20081266132
LDV eT6089089
Jaguar I-PACE70474
LDV eDeliver 973073
BMW i462062
BMW iX60060
Porsche Taycan43245
Audi e-tron GT43043
BMW i3192443
Tesla Model S04242
Mercedes-Benz eVito36036
Nissan e-NV20003535
Volvo C40 Recharge34034
Opel Mokka-e33033
Mazda MX-3031031
Volvo XC40 Recharge22123
Mercedes-Benz EQB19019
ŠKODA Enyaq18018
Opel Corsa-e10616
Fiat 50014216
Renault Kangoo12012
Kia Niro Plus10010
Mercedes-Benz EQS909
Volkswagen e-Golf088
Renault Zoe628
Tesla Model X077
LDV MIFA 9404
Ford Mustang Mach-E224
Volkswagen ID.4224
Volkswagen ID.3044
MG 5033
Mercedes-Benz EQV202
Honda E022
Peugeot e-Partner101
Nissan Ariya011
SsangYong Korando101
Kia Soul EV011
Sources: Waka Kotahi, Ministy of Transport | Research and graphs: evdb.nz

Highlights

  • Dec 22 – ~2474 BEVs registered. Skoda Enyaq (finally) makes an appearance.
  • November 22 – over 2,700 BEVs. First reg’s of LDV MIFA. Again, the Model Y, Atto 3, and Model 3 are most popular.
  • October 22 – Low EV numbers (~1,300). First reg’s of LDV eT60 ute, Opel Corsa-e, Opel Mokka-e.
  • September 22 – over 2,600 BEVs, incl. 1,500 Tesla Model Y’s. First reg’s of Volvo C40 recharge, and Kia Niro Plus.
  • August 22 – over 2,800 units, with the Model 3, Model Y, and Atto 3 taking the top spots. First appearance of Mercedes-Benz EQB, EQV, three Genesis models, and the Ssangyong Korando SUV.
  • July 22 – around 950 units, the first appearance of BYD Atto 3.
  • June 22 – The first appearance of Tesla Model Y.
  • May 22 -The first appearance of BMW i4 and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
  • April 22 – Low numbers overall.
  • March 22 – Appearance of Kia EV6 (first demo models), another strong month for Tesla Model 3.
  • January 22 – Low numbers (irregular supply), the appearance of BMW IX3.
  • December 21 – Tesla Model 3 still strong (> 600). Polestar vehicles make an appearance (34 regs). BMW IX vehicles appear.
  • November 21 – Lexus UX300e, and Peugeot e-208 are in the Top 10 for the first time. Tesla Model 3 is back on top, and IONIQ 5 is in 3rd place.
  • October 21 – Hyundai Kona has the most units registered, IONIQ 5 in 5th place.
  • September 21 – A massive 1,066 Tesla Model 3’s registered, Hyundai IONIQ 5, and Peugeot e-3008 appear in the top 10 for the first time (in that month).

By James Foster

James has been tracking the NZ EV transition since 2016.

Updated as at December 31, 2022