Most Popular EVs in New Zealand

The top 10 most popular full electric cars, ranked by number of units registered new in NZ.

All Time
  • 1.

    Tesla Model 3

    3,408
  • 2.

    Hyundai Kona

    1,360
  • 3.

    MG ZS EV

    824
  • 4.

    Hyundai IONIQ

    772
  • 5.

    BMW i3

    404
  • 6.

    Tesla Model X

    401
  • 7.

    Nissan Leaf

    383
  • 8.

    Tesla Model S

    361
  • 9.

    Volkswagen e-Golf

    331
  • 10.

    Audi e-tron

    304

Top Used Imports (All Time)

Nissan Leaf13504
Nissan e-NV200586
BMW i3445
Renault Zoe107
Tesla Model S66
Volkswagen e-Golf35
KIA SOUL27
Volkswagen ID.317
Jaguar I-PACE17
MG 514
Current month (October 2021)
  • 1.

    Hyundai Kona

    UNITS136
  • 2.

    MG ZS EV

    UNITS99
  • 3.

    Tesla Model 3

    UNITS97
  • 4.

    Kia Niro

    UNITS31
  • 5.

    Hyundai IONIQ 5

    UNITS22
  • 6.

    Mercedes-Benz EQC

    UNITS20
  • 7.

    Audi e-tron

    UNITS18
  • 8.

    MINI Hatch

    UNITS11
  • 9.

    Hyundai IONIQ

    UNITS10
  • 10.

    Nissan Leaf

    UNITS9

Top Used Imports in October 2021

Nissan Leaf207
BMW i313
Tesla Model S5
Nissan e-NV2004
Volkswagen e-Golf4
Audi e-tron4
MG 54
Hyundai Kona1
SKODA ENYAQ1
Volkswagen ID.31
12 months ended October 2021
  • 1.

    Tesla Model 3

    UNITS2,327
  • 2.

    MG ZS EV

    UNITS822
  • 3.

    Hyundai Kona

    UNITS675
  • 4.

    Kia Niro

    UNITS175
  • 5.

    Hyundai IONIQ

    UNITS160
  • 6.

    Audi e-tron

    UNITS156
  • 7.

    MINI Hatch

    UNITS105
  • 8.

    Mercedes-Benz EQC

    UNITS99
  • 9.

    Nissan Leaf

    UNITS91
  • 10.

    Porsche Taycan

    UNITS90

Top Used Imports 12 Months Ended October 2021

Nissan Leaf2471
Nissan e-NV200112
BMW i378
Tesla Model S29
Volkswagen e-Golf19
Volkswagen ID.317
MG 514
Porsche Taycan10
Honda E9
Jaguar I-PACE9
Current year to date (2021)
  • 1.

    Tesla Model 3

    UNITS2,246
  • 2.

    MG ZS EV

    UNITS704
  • 3.

    Hyundai Kona

    UNITS624
  • 4.

    Kia Niro

    UNITS170
  • 5.

    Hyundai IONIQ

    UNITS155
  • 6.

    Audi e-tron

    UNITS131
  • 7.

    MINI Hatch

    UNITS99
  • 8.

    Porsche Taycan

    UNITS90
  • 9.

    Mercedes-Benz EQC

    UNITS90
  • 10.

    Nissan Leaf

    UNITS76

Top Used Imports in 2021

Nissan Leaf2061
Nissan e-NV20077
BMW i372
Tesla Model S28
Volkswagen e-Golf18
Volkswagen ID.316
MG 514
Porsche Taycan9
Volkswagen ID.48
Jaguar I-PACE8

Changelog

  • October 21 – Hyundai Kona has 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-308 appear in the top 10 for the first time (in that month).

*Caveats

Data for the BMW i3 is problematic. Some of the i3’s (the REx edition) are effectively a unique form of plugin hybrid rather than full electric. This data has not been recorded consistently in the NZ MVR database. However here I’ve included all i3’s (both standard and REx variations).

By James Foster
Updated as at October 31, 2021