Why buy an Electric Vehicle?
EVs are cheaper to run
EVs are significantly cheaper to run, including fuel savings of up to 70% and maintenance savings of around 40%.
For an average car travelling 13,700 km per year, this could amount to an annual fuel saving of $1000, or $1200 if the EV is able to charge overnight on an off-peak tariff.
Battery electric vehicles (BEVS) have a lot less moving parts than a petrol or diesel car. There is relatively little servicing and no expensive exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, radiators and many other parts are not needed in an EV.
EVs offer a great driver experience
EVs can also lead to an improved driver experience since the vehicles are much quieter, smoother and cleaner. The smoother battery engine removes the noise and heat generated by petrol and diesel-powered engines. EVs are also easy to operate and offer a low-effort driving experience. The vehicles inherent quietness while driving reduces stress in traffic - an attribute that most do not fully appreciate until they have experienced it.
EVs are considered by experts and users as having a greater technical performance than internal combustion engine cars.
Regenerative braking: Most EVs come with some form of regenerative braking system – lifting your foot of the accelerator – without touching the brake pedal – will slow the car down to a complete stop.
Faster to accelerate: EVs deliver instant torque so they can accelerate much faster than comparable internal combustion engine cars. With no gears to work through, an EV can apply full power as soon as you touch the accelerator.
Better handling: Many EVs have been built with the battery running underneath the vehicle, as opposed to the front or rear of the vehicle. This lowers the centre of gravity and provides greater handling.
They’re quiet: At low speeds, EVs produce almost no noise, making them more pleasant and fun to drive.
EVs are environmentally friendly
EVs offer the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and harmful tailpipe emissions, especially when paired with renewable energy.
In Australia, the transport sector accounts for almost 20% of the total emissions. Transport emissions are the second largest source of emissions (after the energy sector) and the fastest growing source.
Battery electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, reducing the harmful air pollution from exhaust emissions. Pairing an EV with renewable energy, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage can further reduce GHG emissions.
EVs can meet most people’s daily travel needs
EVs meet most people’s daily travel needs. The average Australian drives around 40km a day. The exact range of an EV will depend on a number of factors including the type of EV, the battery, the type of roads driven and your driving style.
Most EVs can easily drive 200km. Increased battery technology will also increase EVs’ driving range, with new models able to travel at least 400km on a single charge meaning that most people would only need to top up their battery every day or fully charge it once a week!