Event Highlights Archives - Melbourne EV Show 22-24 Sept 2023

Abarth 500e – the first full-electric model in Abarth history

Zagame Fiat is excited to introduce the Abarth 500e – the first full-electric model in Abarth history.

The very first public showing of the car in Australia is at the 2023 Melbourne EV Show.

Combining performance, electric power, style and a new exciting sound, the Abarth 500e turns advanced technology into adrenaline and sustainability into performance.

The Abarth 500e is the most responsive, exciting and Abarth in urban driving and the fastest and most enjoyable in suburban driving. The electric architecture performs better than petrol thanks to an improved weight distribution, better torque and a wider wheelbase. It is one second faster in the urban pickup, which means 50% faster acceleration from 20 to 40 km/h than its petrol-powered counterpart.

Equipped with a 42-kWh battery coupled with a powerful e-motor, it combines the performance of the Scorpion with the innovation of electric mobility.

Outside of city driving, on hairpin bends, from 40 to 60 km/h it can reach the target speed in just 1.5 seconds—much faster than its petrol version, which lags behind by 15 meters, reaching 60 km/h a second later. On the open road, it performs overtaking maneuvers faster than its petrol version, reaching a speed of 100 km/h (starting from 60km/h) when its petrol counterpart is still driving at 91 km/h, with a difference of approximately one second.

Three exclusive driving modes are available which focus on performance – Turismo, Scorpion Street and Scorpion Track – giving customers total freedom to fully enhance the sporty set-up and unleash the power of their Abarth in every challenge on the road.

With a battery range up to 252km, and a supporting fast charging of up to 85kw in direct current (DC), the Abarth 500e ensures plenty of driving excitement. It takes less than 5 minutes to build up sufficient energy reserve for daily mileage requirements (around 40 km) and the fast charge reaches 80% of the range in only 35 minutes.

Abarth’s signature and unmistakable “roar” can be heard thanks to the Abarth Sound Generator that accompanies every trip with the 500e. This standard feature on the model highlights the vehicle’s performance, reproducing the sound of an Abarth petrol engine inspired by the famous Record Monza exhaust.

Abarth 500e debuts two distinct all new exterior colors to the Abarth line-up: Acid Green & Poison Blue. The eye-catching exterior is enriched with dedicated 18” diamond-cut titanium grey alloy wheels which bring the driver closer to the road with their holding performance and aggressive and sharp design.

Inside, sportiness and style find their fullest expression with its premium Alcantara interior, a racing material that provides a dark sporty look and fine touch feeling. The unique sport seats with integrated headrest bring the Acid-Green Scorpion – lasered on the Alcantara – inside the cabin and the Acid Green & Poison Blue double stitching provide visual continuity from the seats to the door panels.

The Abarth 500e launches into its new era with an updated touchscreen infotainment system, with a 10.25” tablet combined with a 7” TFT full digital cluster which provides intuitive information with a seamless experience. Paired with premium JBL audio, the driver is completely immersed into the driving experience.

The Abarth 500e will launch in Australia with the exclusive limited edition Scorpionissima. Only 1,949 units will be produced worldwide, with the number of units reflecting the year the Abarth brand was founded.

Scorpionissima customers can rest assured they will stand out from the crowd, available exclusively in Acid Green or Poison Blue with unique ‘Abarth’ decals applied to the side profile of the vehicle (Acid Green paired with black “Abarth” decals, and Poison Blue paired with white “Abarth” decals). These units will be the first ones to arrive in the country, expected later this year.

Following Scorpionissima, Abarth 500e will be available in a Turismo, offering great performance, unique style and the original Abarth sound. Customers can choose among five thrilling colors: Antidote White, Venom Black, Adrenaline Red, plus the brand-new Acid Green and Poison Blue, which make the Abarth 500e stand out from the crowd.

Please go to zag.com.au or visit Zagame Fiat for more information.

KONA Electric and IONIQ 5 N to star at Melbourne EV Show

News Release

  • Hyundai’s electrified charge continues with a pair of new all-electric models set to star
    at this month’s Melbourne EV Show
  • All-new KONA Electric will make its Australian debut and IONIQ 5 N will make its first
    Melbourne appearance, following its recent track debut at World Time Attack Challenge
  • The Hyundai stand will also showcase newly crowned 2023 World Car of the Year
    IONIQ 6 & 2022 World Car of the Year IONIQ 5
  • Melbourne EV Show happens September 22-24 at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition
    Centre: melbourneelectricvehicleshow.com.au

12 September 2023 – Hyundai’s electrified charge continues with a pair of new all-electric
models set to star at this month’s Melbourne EV Show.

All-new KONA Electric will make its Australian debut and IONIQ 5 N will make its first
Melbourne appearance, following its recent track debut at Sydney’s World Time Attack
Challenge with Drift King Kenichi Tsuchiya at the wheel.

The Hyundai stand will also showcase newly crowned 2023 World Car of the Year IONIQ 6
and 2022 World Car of the Year IONIQ 5.

“The Melbourne EV Show will provide a terrific showcase for our exciting new range of
electric vehicles,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ted Lee.

“With all-new KONA Electric and the high-performance IONIQ 5 N, alongside our World
Car of the Year-winning IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, the Hyundai stand will highlight our
continuing commitment to bringing advanced electrified vehicles to Australia,” he said.

Held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Melbourne EV Show will
present new and soon-to-be-released electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, as well as
charging options and accessories.

The three-day event from September 22-24 will also feature EV Live presentations, a
Formula E race car, Formula E simulation challenge, as well as an e-bike and scooter test

KONA Electric

Forthcoming KONA Electric will complete the all-new KONA line-up and boasts a choice of
powertrains (99kW &150kW), with up to approximately 500km of all-electric range
(64.8kWh battery)*.

KONA Electric is packed with technology, including active air flaps, Vehicle-to-Load (V2L)
outlet, Head-Up Display (HUD), i-PEDAL driving mode, Smart Regenerative Braking
System, battery pre-conditioning, heat pump and battery heater.

It also features over-the-Air (OTA) software update capability and an extensive suite of
SmartSenseTM driver assistance and advanced active safety technology

*Final specifications including range will be communicated at a later date


As Hyundai N’s first EV, IONIQ 5 N represents a new segment of driver-focused high
performance EVs through the integration of new technologies and elevated racetrack

IONIQ 5 N elevates the three pillars of N performance by leveraging motorsport-bred
technologies and years of electrified ‘Rolling Lab’ development:

  • Corner Rascal: Body and chassis reinforcements provide high torsional rigidity and direct steering feel, enabling rally-inspired dual-motor AWD cornering, with N Drift Optimiser among an array of tech that enhances performance & driving fun
  • Racetrack Capability: Up to 478kW with N Grin Boost engaged, and increased
    endurance with industry-leading thermal management and regenerative braking
  • Everyday Sportscar: N e-shift and N Active Sound + deliver an electrifying sports car
    experience with tactile feel and immersive sound

A special one-day pre-sale event (September 15), in the lead up to the Melbourne EV
show, will give eager enthusiasts the opportunity to be among the first in Australia to take
delivery IONIQ 5 N.

Customers will be able to order IONIQ 5 N online via the Hyundai Australia website ahead
of initial deliveries in Q1 2024 – vehicles will be built to order in each customer’s chosen
combination of option(s) and exterior colour.

For complete Melbourne EV Show details visit: melbourneelectricvehicleshow.com.au

Content for this sponsored article provided by Hyundai

carsales EV Live Stage will be hosted by Watts Under The Bonnet podcast’s Greg Rust & Nadine Armstrong

Nadine and Rusty – Hosts of Watts Under the Bonnet: The Electric Vehicle Podcast. carsales.com.au.

Presenting the EV Live Stage for the carsales Melbourne EV show is the trusted duo of Nadine Armstrong and Greg Rust, hosts of Watts Under the Bonnet: the electric vehicle podcast.

Join Australia’s favorite car podcast hosts, Greg Rust and Nadine Armstrong, at the carsales Melbourne EV Show!

Greg and Nadine will be hosting the carsales EV Live Theatre over the three days, engaging on a range of exciting EV topics. They’ll be joined by experts and thought-leaders in industry panels, fireside chats, and keynotes, leading the charge to a greener future. As experts in the EV industry, Greg and Nadine are sure to put on a great show and provide the audience with the knowledge they need to make the switch to electric energy in 2023.

Rust brings decades of local and international broadcast experience, acclaimed for his work in the motorsport industry. Passionate about cars of all types, an automotive commentator, MC, podcaster and host, ‘Rusty’s face and voice are synonymous with Formula 1, MotoGP and homegrown V8 Supercars and was a regular on Fox Sports, Channel 10 and various television networks around the world.  Rust’s ability to connect with an audience through heartfelt human-focused storytelling is unrivalled. 

Armstrong carved a career as a motoring journalist before the online revolution, when print media was king and new-car buyers turned pages to make well-informed buying decisions. Over two decades later, Armstrong is the Consumer Editor of carsales where she draws on a wealth of experience behind the wheel as an auto expert and new car road tester. She can regularly be seen and heard on television and radio bringing consumer-focused opinions, news and reviews to the mainstream chat. 

Follow Greg and Nadine on Instagram for the latest MEVS updates 💡

Greg Rust: https://www.instagram.com/thrusta1/

Nadine Armstrong: https://www.instagram.com/nadine_drives/

carsales announced as naming rights partner of the inaugural 2023 Melbourne EV Show

Wednesday August 23, 2023

carsales has today announced it will be the naming rights partner of the inaugural Melbourne EV Show 2023. Partnering with ABF Group, carsales will present the first national EV show in fifteen years.  

The carsales Melbourne EV Show 2023 is a one-stop shop for everything EV and will deliver consumers the chance to explore a comprehensive showcase of electric vehicles. This includes plug-in hybrids, e-bikes, e-scooters, charging options and accessories as well as the first hybrid McLaren.  

As Australia’s #1 for cars, the partnership builds on carsales’ leading automotive expertise and passion for educating consumers on all things EVs.  

In addition to naming sponsor for the three-day event, carsales will be presenting the EV Live Theatre– featuring the hosts of its highly successful Watts Under the Bonnet: The Electric Vehicle podcast – Greg Rust and carsales Consumer Editor, Nadine Armstrong.  

Nadine and Rusty – Hosts of Watts Under the Bonnet: The Electric Vehicle Podcast

The podcast series allows listeners to stay in the know about the hottest releases, put their minds at ease as common EV myths are busted, and hear from people who have swapped the bowser for the battery.  

Electric vehicles offer significant environmental advantages due to their lower running costs and advanced technologies. carsales is playing a key role in guiding Aussies through the journey to electric. 

In the past 12 months, carsales saw a YoY increase of 8.2% in electric car searches online, and the Electric Vehicle Council’s yearly recap recorded 83,000 registered electric vehicles in Australia. The growing popularity of EVs in Australia demonstrates the importance of providing eventgoers with a 360-degree view of this fast-charged space.  

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership as naming rights partner with the 2023 Melbourne EV Show,” said carsales Managing Director, Paul Barlow.  

With carsales’ expertise, we have a responsibility to provide consumers with the information they need to understand electric vehicles, the role EVs can play in their lives, relative benefits and potential challenges.  

Our recent carsales onsite survey found 42% of respondents have considered purchasing an electric vehicle and around 24% say they believe they’ll be driving an EV by 2030. People are considering electric vehicles however there are still a number of unanswered questions and uncertainties – we look forward to shedding insight at the event next month,” continued Barlow.  

Up 56% YoY, there has been considerable growth in electric car models available in Australia – with 91 models currently available (148 variants) – and some exciting new models set to be launched at the event.  

We couldn’t have a better naming sponsor in carsales as we present the first national EV auto show in Melbourne,” said Ray Evans, CEO, ABF Group.

The event promises to bring some exciting features including several new EV’s launching at the event, new products never before seen in Australia, and the impressive Formula E race car. We are looking forward to reimagining the EV show with modern eyes and welcoming tens of thousands of EV enthusiasts across the weekend,” continued Evans.

The 2023 carsales Melbourne EV Show will take place between 22 – 24 September at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, with exhibitors including Polestar, GWM, Audi, Hyundai, McLaren, FONZ, and more – tickets are available from Ticketmaster. 

For further information, visit carsales.com.au or https://melbourneelectricvehicleshow.com.au/

Unveiling the ABB Gen 2 Formula E at Melbourne EV Show!

The ABB Gen 2 Formula E electric race car is coming to Melbourne! Melbourne is home to the much-loved Formula 1…but have you heard of Forumula E? This is the second time a Formula E car has been displayed in Australia, and it’s a must-see for any fan of electric racing or sustainable transportation.

The Gen 2 Formula E car is a technological marvel. It’s powered by a 54 kWh battery that can propel the car to speeds of up to 200 mph. The car is also equipped with a number of innovative features, such as regenerative braking and a “Fanboost” system that allows fans to vote for their favorite driver to receive a temporary power boost.

The car on display is a Gen2 Formula E race car. It was designed by the FIA, the governing body of motorsport, and it represents a seismic shift for the series with the design setting it apart from any other motorsport series. The car is sleek and aerodynamic, with a distinctive black and blue livery. It’s also relatively small, measuring just 5.2 meters long and 2 meters wide.

The ABB Gen 2 Formula E electric race car is a showcase of the latest technology in electric vehicles. It’s a powerful, efficient, and innovative machine that represents the future of racing. If you’re interested in seeing the future of racing, be sure to check out the ABB Gen 2 Formula E electric race car at the Melbourne EV Show!