Making the switch to an electric vehicle can be an exciting and rewarding decision. Not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint, but you’ll also be saving money on fuel and maintenance costs in the long run. However, it can feel like a big step to take, especially if you’re not familiar with EVs.
What You Need To Know
Here are some things you will want to consider when making the switch:
- Cost: EVs can be more expensive upfront, but they’re often cheaper to operate over time. Savings on fuel and maintenance costs can add up, and there are many government incentives and rebates available to help offset the initial cost. To learn more about Australia’s plan to make EVs more affordable, see our blog to find your state’s specific incentives or you can find a list of the least expensive EVs currently available in Australia via Gizmodo’s article here.
- Experience: EVs offer a quieter, smoother ride, as they do not have a clutch, gearbox, or tailpipe. Not to mention, the faster acceleration and regenerative braking means a more enjoyable start and stopping experience for many drivers. It’s also important to note that with fewering moving parts, they typically require less maintenance than traditional petrol-powered vehicles.
- Environmental impact: EVs produce zero emissions, which is a major benefit for the environment. However, the production of EV batteries and the electricity used to charge them can have an environmental impact. Overall though, 73% of Aussies agree that making the switch to EVs is an important step to reaching net zero emissions goals.
- Range: One of the biggest concerns for Australians is range anxiety – the fear of running out of charge while on the road. With a total of 3,000 charging points to cover Australia’s 7.692 million square kilometres, as reported by Savvy, this range anxiety is not unfounded. The good news is that Australian state governments and companies are taking the need to expand charging seriously. New South Wales alone has committed to installing 30,000 chargers by 2026, according to Gizmodo. The other positive is that modern EVs have significantly improved ranges, and many can now travel over 300km on a single charge.
- Charging infrastructure: EV charging stations are becoming more prevalent, but a question many face, especially city-dwellers, is how to charge at home without access to off-street parking. For those with a private garage or driveway, installing an at-home charger is the most convenient and cost-effective option, but we’re committed to public charging solutions near where people live, work, and play to make EV ownership for every Australian, regardless of where they live.
With improved range, charging infrastructure, and cost savings, it’s easier than ever to make the switch to an EV. As you do your part to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future, we’re doing ours by supporting Australian governments, businesses, and individuals by powering positive energy with reliable, accessible, affordable, sustainable, and future-proof EV charging solutions.