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Electric Vehicles

ResearchAndMarkets.com estimates that Electric Vehicles will account for 48 percent of all new cars sold globally by 2030. With statistics like that, it’s easy to see that Electric Vehicles are going to be a large part of the future of transport.

What are Electric Vehicles?

Electric Vehicles are cars or other vehicles that are powered by electricity rather than liquid fuels such as petrol, diesel or LPG.

There are a few different types of Electric Vehicle currently available to the Australian market:

Battery Electric Vehicles

These vehicles are 100% powered by electricity stored in a battery and charged by an external charging outlet.

 

 Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

These vehicles have a combination of electricity and liquid fuel so can be both plugged in to recharge and filled up with fuel.

 

 Non Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

These vehicles are much like Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles however, instead of needing to be plugged in, they use the electricity generated by the vehicle’s braking system to recharge the battery. This technology can also be used in all other types of Electric Vehicle.

Why Electric Vehicles?

There are a number of benefits to owning an Electric Vehicle:

Cheaper to Run

Whilst Electric Vehicles may currently cost more than a standard Internal Combustion Engine car to purchase, the running costs are very different. An average petrol car costs around $14 per 100Km. An average electric car costs around $4 per 100Km. The saving increases if you charge your electric vehicle at free charging stations or from your home solar system.

Cheaper to Maintain

Battery Electric Vehicles have around 99% less moving parts than your standard Internal Combustion Engine which means they are easier and less costly to maintain.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles still have an Internal Combustion Engine so they are more costly to maintain than a Battery Electric Vehicle.

The biggest possible maintenance cost with any Electric Vehicle is battery replacement. The average Electric Vehicle Battery warranties are valid for around 8 years/160,000 Kms. Batteries currently cost around $10,000 each however, the cost of batteries is expected to drop to around $5000 by 2030. That means you are looking at roughly $625-$1250 per year when averaged out. Batter recycling and repurposing initiatives will help reduce the cost of batteries over time.

Cheaper Registration

The Queensland Government currently charges lower registration costs and discounted stamp duty for Electric Vehicles which helps to offset the initial outlay and provide greater savings over time.

Eco-Friendly

According to the Queensland Government, approximately 13% of Queensland’s total greenhouse gas emissions currently come from transport. That is second only to Stationary Energy Production such as power stations that power businesses and households.

When charged from a renewable energy source such as a home solar system, Electric Vehicles become carbon neutral saving up to 3.4 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to an Internal Combustion Engine vehicle.

As demand increases for Electric Vehicles, the manufacturers of the vehicles are putting pressure on battery manufacturers to use renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. In fact, Tesla has plans to make their batteries with 100% renewable energy. The electric vehicle manufacturers themselves are also using more recycled materials in the production of the vehicles as this enables them to make vehicles lightweight, durable and eco-friendly.

Enjoyable to Drive

Without an internal combustion engine, electric vehicles provide less vibration and reduced traffic noise whilst driving. They feel just like any other vehicle to drive and as they are lighter than traditional cars, they can accelerate quicker. When it comes to driving around town, you’ll never have to stop and pump fuel into your battery electric vehicle as you just charge it up when you get home!

EVs in Australia

See a Electric Vehicle Guide for passenger vehicles now available in Australia.  

Compare Your Car

Compare the emissions of your current car versus transitioning to an electric car with the calculator resource provided by the Electric Vehicle Council Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy an electric vehicle?

Car dealers are now starting to stock a wider range of electric vehicles. Most dealerships list their vehicles on www.carsales.com.au where you can specify “Electric” in your search and see what is available in a particular area or across Australia.

Where can I charge my electric vehicle?

Most electric vehicle owners charge their vehicles at home. Otherwise, if required, you can charge them at charging stations. For your nearest charging station, go to www.plugshare.com

How far can I drive without having to recharge my electric vehicle?

Every make and model of electric vehicle is different and as technology improves, the range has been increasing. On average, a full charge will last from 135 to 637 Km before needing a recharge depending on the model and driving style.

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

At home, your electric vehicle will be fully charged overnight.  At a public fast charger, most electric vehicles can be fully recharged within 15-30 minutes.

Do electric vehicles need to be serviced?

Although there are a lot less moving parts with an electric vehicle, they do still need regular servicing like any vehicle.  This will ensure that your brakes, suspension, tyres and general safety are maintained properly.

How do I know if it’s worth buying an electric vehicle?

The Electric Vehicle Council has a fantastic calculator you can use to work out the cost of your current internal combustion engine vehicle with an electric vehicle.

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