Most Popular EVs in New Zealand

The top 10 most popular full electric cars*, registered new in NZ.

The Tesla Model 3 continues to be the market leader, holding the top position with some massive September 2021 numbers. Also of note is appearance of IONIQ 5 and the Peugeot e-208.

All Time
  • 1.

    Tesla Model 3

    UNITS3,311
  • 2.

    Hyundai Kona

    UNITS1,224
  • 3.

    Hyundai IONIQ

    UNITS762
  • 4.

    MG ZS EV

    UNITS725
  • 5.

    Tesla Model X

    UNITS401
  • 6.

    BMW i3

    UNITS400
  • 7.

    Nissan Leaf

    UNITS374
  • 8.

    Tesla Model S

    UNITS361
  • 9.

    Volkswagen e-Golf

    UNITS331
  • 10.

    Audi e-tron

    UNITS286

Top Used Imports (All Time)

Nissan Leaf13297
Nissan e-NV200582
BMW i3432
Renault Zoe107
Tesla Model S61
Volkswagen e-Golf31
KIA SOUL27
Volkswagen ID.316
Jaguar I-PACE16
Hyundai IONIQ10
Current month (September 2021)
  • 1.

    Tesla Model 3

    UNITS1,066
  • 2.

    MG ZS EV

    UNITS122
  • 3.

    Hyundai Kona

    UNITS84
  • 4.

    Kia Niro

    UNITS39
  • 5.

    Hyundai IONIQ 5

    UNITS32
  • 6.

    Peugeot e-208

    UNITS29
  • 7.

    Mercedes-Benz EQA

    UNITS25
  • 8.

    Hyundai IONIQ

    UNITS21
  • 9.

    Mercedes-Benz EQC

    UNITS21
  • 10.

    LDV eDeliver 3

    UNITS17

Top Used Imports in September 2021

Nissan Leaf141
BMW i35
Nissan e-NV2003
Tesla Model S3
Jaguar I-PACE2
Volkswagen ID.42
Tesla Model 31
Honda E1
KIA SOUL1
Volkswagen ID.31
12 months ended September 2021
  • 1.

    Tesla Model 3

    UNITS2,245
  • 2.

    MG ZS EV

    UNITS723
  • 3.

    Hyundai Kona

    UNITS553
  • 4.

    Audi e-tron

    UNITS156
  • 5.

    Kia Niro

    UNITS153
  • 6.

    Hyundai IONIQ

    UNITS152
  • 7.

    MINI Hatch

    UNITS110
  • 8.

    Nissan Leaf

    UNITS93
  • 9.

    Porsche Taycan

    UNITS88
  • 10.

    Mercedes-Benz EQC

    UNITS84

Top Used Imports 12 Months Ended September 2021

Nissan Leaf2435
Nissan e-NV200122
BMW i369
Tesla Model S25
Volkswagen ID.316
Volkswagen e-Golf16
MG 510
Porsche Taycan10
Honda E9
Jaguar I-PACE8
Current year to date (2021)
  • 1.

    Tesla Model 3

    UNITS2,149
  • 2.

    MG ZS EV

    UNITS605
  • 3.

    Hyundai Kona

    UNITS488
  • 4.

    Hyundai IONIQ

    UNITS145
  • 5.

    Kia Niro

    UNITS139
  • 6.

    Audi e-tron

    UNITS113
  • 7.

    MINI Hatch

    UNITS88
  • 8.

    Porsche Taycan

    UNITS88
  • 9.

    Mercedes-Benz EQC

    UNITS70
  • 10.

    Nissan Leaf

    UNITS67

Top Used Imports in 2021

Nissan Leaf1854
Nissan e-NV20073
BMW i359
Tesla Model S23
Volkswagen ID.315
Volkswagen e-Golf14
MG 510
Porsche Taycan9
Jaguar I-PACE7
Volkswagen ID.47

*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 September 30, 2021