Choosing your electric vehicle
Australia’s electric vehicle (EV) market is expanding, which means there’s now more choice than ever with battery electric vehicles, plug-ins and hybrids available. If you’re considering buying an electric vehicle in Perth, here are some things to consider.
Electric cars: Your buyer’s guide
If your next car is going to be an EV, these simple tips could help you find the right EV for your lifestyle.
- Consider your driving habits.
Do you drive a lot in peak hour? Do you like to get away for the weekend? An EV can be perfect for all of these scenarios but you’ll want to choose a make and model to suit the way you use your car.
- Work out what kind of EV would suit you.
If you’re making the transition between petrol and electric cars, a hybrid (or HEV) could be perfect. If you’re looking to cut out your petrol station visits entirely, you might want a fully electric car. Learn about the different types of EV to find out what suits your goals.
- Do your research.
Practically every big-name car manufacturer has at least one EV in their range now – and the range is expanding constantly. Online reviews and car publications are a great source of information about the features and modes of each type of EV.
- Find your local charging stations.
There’s two reasons for this: You can learn more about where to charge your EV in Perth AND you’ll have the chance to see different EVs in action. You could speak to their owners if you spot one charging – all of the EV drivers we know are more than happy to chat about their EV!
- Take a test drive.
This is the fun part! Get behind the wheel and see how your favourite EV models actually perform on the streets.
Calculate your savings.
The calculation should include the car’s purchase price, the maintenance cost (minimal) and the running cost (registration, insurance, electricity Vs petrol). Also most EVs have a separate warranty for the battery, so make sure you have a good understanding of this warranty. Find out the life expectancy of your battery and be aware that your battery can have a second life in your house as storage.
Do EVs cost more than other cars?
Yes, at the moment anyway. When you compare the purchase price of an EV against a similar model of petrol-fuelled car, the electric version will generally cost more. This is likely to change over the coming years as car and battery companies scale up their production, improve their efficiencies and increase competition in the growing EV market.
The good news is that the running costs of an EV are generally a lot less than petrol cars. Your EV doesn’t need an oil change and a lot of other maintenance that a petrol or diesel engine needs. Charging at public stations is often free or there’s just a small fee involved. Charging at home could cost you less if you take advantage of our EV tariff and renewable energy options over the longer term.