Hybrid Electric Car Import Options for Australia

Hybrid electric car import options are set to dramatically increase for Australia.


This is long overdue considering the seriousness of climate change and the urgent need to reform the Australian transport sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hybrid Electric Car Import Options for Australia

New import regulations allow the direct import of ANY hybrid and / or electric car to Australia – as long as it was not sold here new.

Even for hybrid electric car models that WERE sold here new, variants of those models may still be allowed for import providing they are significantly different to the locally sold model.

Attraction of Hybrid Electric Cars

The main attraction for consumers (other than feeling good about doing something to combat climate change) is that hybrid vehicles typically use between 2.7 to 6L / 100 km.

Most hybrids also have a driving range considerably higher than standard internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, with over 1,000 km for some models depending on size, weight and of course fuel tank capacity – which is a great time saver as it reduces refueling stops.

Electric vehicles are quiet and have much lower running costs – this all depends on fuel prices and electricity rates which vary, but currently for most Australians, the $ / km of an electric car would generally be about 20% of a standard vehicle as a general guide.

Maintenance is also minimal due to many fewer moving parts and regenerative braking allowing the brake pads to last much longer than a regular car. The need for oil changes and timing belts is gone and owner’s of electric cars are really only left with brakes, steering, electrical, suspension and tyres.

Electric cars obviously have zero emissions at the source so are great for local air quality – of course their underlying efficiency relates to the source of the electricity in the first place which is still predominantly produced from fossil fuels. And you need to consider the efficiency of producing the electricity plus line losses in delivery, and further efficiency losses in charging / discharging.

In time the hope of course is that a move to renewable energy sources coupled with battery storage to stabilise the grid (and in particular the ability to charge your electric car using stored energy from your home solar system) will lead to as close to a nil greenhouse gas emissions transport option as is possible.

We are just at the start of the hybrid electric car revolution with solar, wind and battery technologies set to advance dramatically in coming years, along with hybrid electric car technologies as these all move towards the mainstream and receive more Government support.

In the not too distant future, ICE vehicles will be seen in a negative light, and we will wonder how we ever hung onto them for so long.

Changes to the Australian Market for Hybrid Electric Car Import

Popular import models include the Nissan Leaf fully electric, Nissan Note e-Power hybrid, Nissan NV200 electric van, Nissan Serena e-Power, Toyota Crown hybrid, Toyota Estima hybrid, Toyota Harrier hybrid, Toyota Alphard and Vellfire hybrids, Toyota Noah hybrid, Voxy hybrid and Esquire hybrid, Toyota Rav4 hybrid, Subaru XV hybrid, and Honda Odyssey hybrid.

Current hybrid options use different technologies, including straight HEV (hybrid electric vehicle), PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) which also allows charging from the grid, and Nissan’s e-Power system where the petrol motor only charges the battery which then powers the electric motor.

If fuel economy is important to you then kei cars (small Japanese cars with 660cc engines in non-hybrid, non-turbo, hybrid and hybrid turbo) are also available – kei car import options.


The following choices will be updated on an ongoing basis.


Daihatsu Rocky 1.2L Hybrid

Daihatsu Rocky hybrid Premium G HEV silver


Honda Freed 1.5L Hybrid

SEVS approval pending

Honda Freed Hybrid Modulo X

Honda Fit Shuttle 1.5L Hybrid

Honda Fit Shuttle hybrid

Honda Fit (Jazz) 1.5L Hybrid (GP5, GP6)

2013+ Honda Fit hybrid (GP5, GP6, GR3)

Honda Fit (Jazz) 1.5L Hybrid e:HEV (GR3)

Honda Fit hybrid import GR3 silver

Honda Odyssey 2.0L Hybrid

2016+ Honda Odyssey 2.0L Hybrid (RC4)

Honda Vezel 1.5L Hybrid

2013 - 2019 Honda Vezel 1.5L Hybrid (RU3, RU4)

Honda CR-V 2.0L Hybrid

Honda CRV hybrid silver front left

Honda Grace 1.5L Hybrid

Honda Grace hybrid import blue

Honda Stepwgn Spada 2.0L Hybrid (RP5)

Honda Stepwgn hybrid Spada green

Honda Stepwgn Spada 2.0L Hybrid (RP8)

Honda Stepwgn import RP8 blue


Lexus RX 450h 3.5L Hybrid (GYL10)

Lexus RX 450h hybrid GYL10

Lexus RX 450h 3.5L Hybrid (GYL20)

Lexus RX 450h hybrid Japan silver

Lexus LS 500h 3.5L Hybrid

Lexus HS 250h 2.4L Hybrid

Lexus HS 250h hybrid

Toyota Alphard 2.5L Hybrid 40 Series

Toyota Alphard hybrid 40 series gold

Toyota Vellfire 2.5L Hybrid 40 Series

Toyota Vellfire hybrid 40 series white

Toyota Alphard 2.5L Hybrid 30 Series

Toyota Alphard hybrid

Toyota Vellfire 2.5L Hybrid 30 Series

Vellfire hybrid import

Toyota Alphard 2.4L Hybrid 20 Series

Toyota Alphard hybrid 20 series

Toyota Vellfire 2.4L Hybrid 20 series

Toyota Vellfire hybrid

Toyota Estima 2.4L Hybrid

2019 Toyota Estima Hybrid

Toyota Esquire 1.8L Hybrid 80 Series

Toyota Esquire Hybrid

Toyota Noah 1.8L Hybrid 80 Series

Toyota Noah Hybrid

Toyota Noah 1.8L Hybrid 90 Series

Toyota Noah hybrid import sparkling black pearl crystal shine (202)

Toyota Voxy 1.8L Hybrid 80 Series

Toyota Voxy Hybrid silver

Toyota Voxy 1.8L Hybrid 90 Series

2024 Toyota Voxy hybrid attitude black mica (218)

Toyota Harrier 2.5L Hybrid 60 Series

Toyota Harrier hybrid

Toyota Harrier 2.5L Hybrid 80 Series

2023 Harrier hybrid red

Toyota Harrier 2.5L PHEV 80 Series

2024 Harrier PHEV hybrid gray

Toyota C-HR 1.8L Hybrid

Toyota CH-R hybrid

Toyota Crown Crossover 2.4L Turbo Hybrid / 2.5L Hybrid

Crown Crossover import bronze black

Toyota Crown 2.5L / 3.5L Hybrid

Toyota Crown Athlete Hybrid

Toyota Crown 3.5L Hybrid

Toyota Crown hybrid GWS204

Toyota Sienta 1.5L Hybrid (NHP170)

Toyota Sienta Hybrid

Toyota Sienta 1.5L Hybrid (MXPL10 / 15)

Toyota Sienta 1.5L Hybrid (MXPL10 / 15)

Toyota Sai 2.4L Hybrid

Toyota Sai hybrid

Toyota Corolla Axio 1.5L Hybrid

Corolla Axio hybrid NKE165

Toyota Corolla Fielder 1.5L Hybrid

Toyota Corolla Fielder Hybrid

Toyota Corolla Touring Wagon 1.8L hybrid

Toyota Corolla Touring wagon red

Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8L hybrid

Toyota Prius PHV 1.8L Hybrid (ZVW35)

Toyota Prius PHV plug-in hybrid ZVW35

Toyota Prius PHV 1.8L Hybrid (ZVW52)

Toyota Prius PHV plug-in hybrid blue Japan

Toyota Prius PHEV 2.0L Hybrid (MXWH61)

Prius PHEV Japan yellow

Toyota Prius 1.8 / 2.0L Hybrid (MXWH60 / 65)

2023 Prius hybrid Z black front

Toyota RAV4 2.5L Hybrid PHV

Toyota RAV4 hybrid PHV red

Toyota Raize 1.2L Hybrid

Toyota Raize hybrid Black Mica Metallic X07 Turquoise Blue x Mica Metallic B86 XH6 left front

Toyota BZ4X EV

Toyota BZ4X EV blue Japan

Toyota Vitz 1.5L hybrid

Toyota Vitz hybrid Jewela NHP130 import to Australia dark blue


Mazda 3 Hybrid 2.0L (Axela Hybrid)

Mazda 3 hybrid Axela hybrid blue


Mercedes Benz S-Class 222 series S400 Hybrid sedans SWB and LWB

Mercedes S400 hybrid sedan


Delica D:2 1.2L Hybrid

Delica D2 hybrid Speedy blue metallic YB ZWG

Delica D:2 Custom 1.2L Hybrid

Delica D2 Custom hybrid Pure white pearl - mineral gray metallic 2-tone roof CA ZVR ZMW

Mitsubishi Delica Mini 660cc Hybrid & Hybrid turbo

No longer allowed for import. Model Approval suspended May 2024.Mitsubishi Delica Mini Red

Mitsubishi EK Space 660cc Hybrid

No longer allowed for import. Model Approval suspended May 2024.

Mitsubishi EK X 660cc Hybrid & Hybrid turbo

No longer allowed for import. Model Approval suspended May 2024.2024 Mitsubishi EK X

Minicab MiEV

Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV


Nissan Leaf Gen 1 EV

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf Gen 2 EV

Nissan Leaf NISMO

Nissan Leaf e+ 62kW EV

Nissan Leaf e+ AUTECH

Nissan Note e-Power HE12 1.2L Hybrid

Nissan Note ePower Nismo (E12) thumb

Nissan Note e-Power E13 1.2L Hybrid

Note hybrid e-Power red front

Nissan Aura e-Power 1.2L hybrid

Aura hybrid black gold roof

Nissan Kicks e-Power 1.2L hybrid

Kicks hybrid e-Power orange black roof front

Nissan Serena e-Power 1.2L Hybrid

Nissan Serena Hybrid 27

Nissan Serena e-Power 1.4L Hybrid

Nissan Serena hybrid AUTECH red black roof

Nissan Ariya EV

Nissan Ariya EV import gold

Nissan X-Trail 2.0L Hybrid

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid

Nissan E-NV200 EV

Hybrid electric car import Nissan NV200

Nissan Fuga 3.5L Hybrid

Nissan Fuga Hybrid


Subaru XV 2.0L hybrid

Import Subaru XV hybrid to Australia dark blue front


Suzuki Solio 1.24L Hybrid

Solio hybrid MZ flame orange pearl metallic gun metallic two-tone roof

Suzuki Solio Bandit 1.24L Hybrid

Suzuki Solio Bandit hybrid MV premium silver metallic gun metallic two tone roof (FBZ)

Suzuki Spacia 660cc Hybrid & Hybrid turbo MK53S

Suzuki Spacia Custom hybrid

Suzuki Spacia 660cc Hybrid & Hybrid turbo MK54S & MK94S

Spacia Custom hybrid black

Suzuki Hustler 660cc Hybrid & Hybrid turbo

Suzuki Hustler hybrid yellow

Suzuki Swift AZ Hybrid

Suzuki Swift AZ Hybrid

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