There’s plenty of hype about electric vehicles (EVs); understandably, since we’re on the brink of a motoring transformation in Australia with more models hitting our streets and EVs gain popularity.
A recent survey indicates that more than 75% of locals would consider buying one. Drivers are wanting smarter, quieter, faster, less-polluting, cheaper-to-run cars that they can charge at home. With this transport ‘revolution’ on our doorstep, let’s tackle the main myths surrounding EVs.
1. EVs are expensive
True, EVs cost more than petrol cars to buy. Current prices range from $44.9k to over $100k, but costs are coming done with predictions that they’ll be cheaper than gas guzzlers by 2025. It’s when you factor in running costs that EVs come out on top. EVs cost 70% less per km to power than petrol cars, saving you $1600 on annual fuel costs. And because EVs have fewer moving parts, you’ll also save on maintenance costs.
2. They’re a passing fad
The EV industry is booming. Every major car manufacturer has skin in the game. Current projections indicate electric vehicles will account for 57% of new car sales by 2040, and Sydney’s eastern suburbs are tipped to be a hotspot. We can expect a major shift this year with more affordable cars available: the Tesla 3, Hyundai Kona and Ioniq, Nissan Leaf and more. For utes and work cars, expect to see fast and tough models in the next few years. Note: we are way behind the rest of the world, with high proportions of EV ownership already in many Asian and European countries.
3. I’ll run out of charge
Until recently, range - i.e how far can I drive without running out of charge - was one of the biggest issues with EVs, however, you can now buy cars that can drive 230 to 500km on a single charge. Since city drivers generally have a 40km return commute, you’ll only need to charge two to three times a week. Less if you commute by public transport.
4. There’s nowhere to charge
While 90% of people will charge their car are home, we still need public charging. Luckily, you can now charge locally at on-street public charging stations provided by Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra Councils. Park and power up whilst surfing at Bondi beach, watching the footy at Coogee Oval, attending community venues, and shopping at Double Bay or Randwick. Beats an inconvenient trip to a petrol station.
Elsewhere, charging stations are springing up in shopping centres, community venues and along highways all over Australia. Check the plugshare.com app for all available charging points.
5. They aren’t really that good for the environment
The transport sector is responsible for almost one quarter of the eastern suburbs’ total greenhouse gas pollution and cars are the main cause of Sydney’ pollution. Even when grid-powered, EVs emit 22% less emissions than petrol cars. EVs offer an alternative pathway; one that can be powered by renewables, reduce emissions and air pollution. And EVs are blissfully noise-free! It’s a win-win.
For more info:
As published in The Beast magazine August 2019 edition.
Image: EVs charging at new public charging station at Bondi Beach