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Watch out, Tesla Model Y rival! New Chinese brand Skywell bringing 2025 EVA 5 electric car to Australia

The EVA 5 is also known as EV6, ET5 or BE11 overseas.

Yes, the relentless cascade of new car brands landing in Australia continues with Skywell, a Chinese car brand set to be sold under importer EV Automotive.

EV Automotive already brings commercial vehicles to Australia, but the first passenger electric car, the EVA 5 SUV as it’ll be called, is coming next.

While a local arrival isn’t expected until the end of 2024, according to the importer’s most recent relevant updates, the Skywell BE11, as it’s currently known in its home market, has some details that will likely make it here.

The EVA 5 won’t, however, follow its home line-up of two battery sizes with two trim levels each, totalling four variants. There’s a ‘Comfort Version’ and ‘Luxury Version’ with a 520km claimed electric driving range, and the same two variants for a 620km version.

Here instead, EV Automotive says three WLTP ranges (350km, 400km and 490km) will be available, with batteries sized at 52kWh, 72kWh and 86kWh.

The EVA 5 SUV will be 4720mm long, 1908mm wide and 1696mm tall - and so should end up being a more affordable rival to the likes of the Tesla Model Y or Kia EV6.

In fact, the Skywell BE11 was also originally badged as ‘EV6’ in China, as well as being called the ET5. Of course, the former wasn’t going to fly in other markets.

Given EV Automotive’s existence as a commercial vehicle importer, it already has presence in most capital cities around the country where it’s possible customers will be able to collect an EVA 5.

“All of our vehicles can be collected from our capital city depots in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth with no delivery fee applicable,” the importer’s website says.

“For all other locations, the cost of transport from those depots to your location can be arranged at an additional fee.”

CarsGuide has contacted EV Automotive for any further information that may be available at this early stage, including pricing, availability and any plans for the brand going forward.

Chris Thompson
Racing video games, car-spotting on road trips, and helping wash the family VL Calais Turbo as a kid were all early indicators that an interest in cars would stay present in Chris’ life, but loading up his 1990 VW Golf GTI Mk2 and moving from hometown Brisbane to work in automotive publishing in Melbourne ensured cars would be a constant. With a few years as MOTOR Magazine’s first digital journalist under his belt, followed by a stint as a staff journalist for Wheels Magazine, Chris’ career already speaks to a passion for anything with four wheels, especially the 1989 Mazda MX-5 he currently owns. From spending entire weeks dissecting the dynamic abilities of sports cars to weighing up the practical options for car buyers from all walks of life, Chris’ love for writing and talking about cars means if you’ve got a motoring question, he can give you an answer.
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