High performance. Low maintenance.
Quiet. Exhaust free. Money saving.
Australia could eliminate 6% of greenhouse gas emissions if we all drove a battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) charged by renewable energy.*
* Electric Vehicle Council of Australia, 2020
The average Australian drives 15,000km and spends around $2,160 on petrol per year. An electric vehicle would cost around $600 per year for the same distance travelled. That’s a saving of $1,500 a year.
An electric vehicle has fewer moving parts than a regular car, so there’s less to go wrong, less time in the workshop, and cheaper maintenance.
Exhaust pollution causes over 1,700 deaths and health costs of approx. $3.3 billion in Australia each year. Switching to an electric vehicle helps all of us.*
* Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (2005), Health Impacts of transport emissions in Australia
“I have a Nissan Leaf. I love this car! With rooftop solar panels and a battery I have spent $190 for house and car electricity in the past quarter. Prior to this I spent $450 per quarter on petrol alone. So far I’ve done 15,000 km of pollution-free driving!”
Dr Kim Loo, from Doctors for the Environment
We’re excited to introduce the Good Car Company who are importing affordable recent model Nissan Leafs and Nissan eNV200 electric vans from Japan using a community bulk buy model.
“Best car I’ve ever driven. The running costs are virtually zero. It’s great value for money and it’s good fun to drive.”
Matt Kean, NSW Energy and Environment Minister, Renew Economy Podcast
Electric cars make up for their higher manufacturing emissions within eighteen months of driving*. They have no exhaust fumes, just clean, quiet, emissions-free driving.
*Union of Concerned Scientists
80% of people recharge at home using a standard plug or a fast charger. If you need to fill up while you’re on the road there’s an app for that. PlugShare will find your nearest charging station and even help you plan your trip.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a hybrid electric vehicle, with a battery that can be recharged by its on-board engine and generator, as well as by plugging it into an external source of electric power.
A battery electric vehicle (BEV) is a pure EV, or only-electric vehicle. It exclusively uses energy stored in the rechargeable battery pack.
In Australia, private cars are our main mode of transport, with more than 70% of trips taken by car. As the Australian Electric Vehicle Association explains, if you drive a car, the least-worst option is to drive an EV.
Manufacturing impact is similar, in fact currently EVs have a slightly greater impact than the equivalent size petrol or diesel car. Manufacturing a medium-sized EV produces approx 25 tons of CO2-e and 3.75 MWh of expended energy.
Operating emissions are far less. The average Australian motor vehicle travels 14,000 km per year, producing about 2700 kg of CO2 per year. EVs do not emit CO2.
University of Queensland research estimates that a typical EV charged using the average Australian electricity grid mix generates approx 50% fewer emissions compared to a typical Australian petrol or diesel car. If EVs are charged from 100% renewable energy, then charging emissions are practically zero.
For further information see the Australian Electric Vehicle Association’s detailed review of EV’s environmental impact.
The Australian Electric Vehicle Association has a master EV list setting out the pricing and specifications of all Australian available BEV and Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV) models.
As at 2020, the lowest-priced new EVs included the MG ZS EV and Renault Zoe from approx $47,000 and the Hyundai Ioniq electric from $53,900. The highest-priced new EVs included the Audi e-tron from $153,700 and the Tesla Model X Performance from $196,000.
The second hand market for EVs is growing. The Good Car Company lists second hand Nissan Leafs from $18,000.
Approximately 80% of EV drivers charge their EV at home or work. If your home has rooftop solar then your charging costs will be substantially reduced as you are supplying some of your own energy. You can use a regular power point to charge overnight or have a dedicated car charger installed for faster top-ups.
There are more and more public chargers being installed in Australia by companies including the NRMA and ChargeFox. Public charging costs vary from free up to approx 40c per kw (as at 2020). PlugShare is an app which keeps track of all charging points around the world. It even has a built-in route planner.
Yes! Combining rooftop PV with battery storage and an electric vehicle can more than halve the payback period for your home solar system, and will give you emissions-free driving.
You can also consider a Clenergy’s ezShade system which doubles as a carport and solar power station.
The Electric Vehicle Council has a vehicle guide with a link to the website of each type of EV available in Australia.
Local EV sellers include:
Audi – Artarmon and Mosman
BMW – North Shore (Chatswood and Mosman)
Hyundai – Chatswood
Nissan – Chatswood
Tesla – Sydney CBD