Why Electric Cars
Why Choose An Electric Vehicle?
The cost of charging an EV is like buying petrol for 30 cents a litre.
No more petrol tax to pay!
The cheapest and easiest way to charge your EV is by plugging it in overnight at home. You can do this by plugging into a standard power point using the portable charging cable that normally comes with your EV, or plug into a fixed charging unit. An overnight charge will cost up to $3 per 100km.
Electric vehicles are often more expensive to purchase, especially if buying new, but cost far less to operate than petrol and diesel vehicles – the equivalent of paying 30c per litre for petrol. This means that if you look at the total cost of owning a vehicle, an EV is a great option for your next car.
There are many reasons for you to choose an electric vehicle
over a petrol or diesel vehicle.
Cheaper to run
The cost of charging an EV is equivalent to paying around 30 cents per litre for petrol.
Charge up at home
EV’s can be charged anywhere there is a power point, just like charging your cellphone. You can wake up to a ‘full tank’ every morning by plugging in at home, and never have to go out of your way to a petrol station again.
Electric cars don’t have a tailpipe and produce no exhaust emissions that cause local air pollution.
EV’s are significantly quieter than petrol or diesel vehicles.
Reduce your carbon footprint
New Zealand has seen an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by switching to renewables. This significant reduction in emissions is because 80% of New Zealand’s electricity is generated from renewable sources. There are also many other advantages to using this home-grown energy compared with using imported fossil fuels.
Fewer lifecycle emissions
Even when you take into account raw material extraction, battery manufacture, vehicle manufacture and shipping, EV’s emit 60% fewer climate change emissions over their full life cycle than petrol vehicles.
EVs can convert well over 90% of energy from their batteries into moving the car. This compares to 20% – 30% energy conversion for a petrol or diesel vehicle.