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Did you know, the MG ZS EV offers the most affordable electric car available in Australia? With a driving range of over 260km and an impressive range of safety features, it needs to be seen to be believed.
Before you take the leap, we’ve put together six essential things that you should know about electric cars to get you up to speed.
1. They can be cheaper over time
Although electric cars can be a little pricier to begin with, they can be cheaper in the long run. Electricity is inexpensive compared to petrol or diesel on a per-kilometre basis – especially if you charge smartly by opting for off-peak times.
Another benefit of driving an electric car is that they usually need less maintenance because you don’t have to change engine oil or transmission fluids. With considerably fewer moving parts, maintaining and electric vehicle is easier and less expensive. Because electric vehicles use regenerative braking, there is way less wear and tear than in a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle.
2. You’ll lower your emissions
Traditional cars are run using internal combustion engines, whereas electric cars use electrical energy stored in a rechargeable battery. When you opt for an electric vehicle, you’ll be helping out the environment by reducing damaging air pollution caused by exhaust emissions.
Because an EV only produces emissions from the production and distribution of the energy used in charging them, they’re way better for the environment. For customers looking to reduce their carbon footprint further, using renewable energy (such as solar) can lower your impact even more.
3. There are so many options
Not all electric vehicles operate in the same way. In fact, there are four main types of EVs that offer different advantages:
- Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) run only on electricity and have no combustion engine. For that reason, the battery capacity determines how far you can drive on one charge.
- Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) have both an electric motor and petrol engine. For HEVs, they can either run as parallel hybrids, where the two motors can run independently, or as a series hybrid, where the petrol engine acts as a generator to charge the battery.
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) use fuel and electricity. When the battery power runs out, the combustion engine takes over.
- Fuel-cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) use compressed hydrogen and oxygen from the air to generate electricity to power the car’s motor. These vehicles only emit water vapour and have a longer driving range, but there are very few hydrogen refuelling stations in Australia.
4. What about charging?
Lots of customers ask us about charging their electric vehicles. Where are the charging stations? Is it expensive? Is it complicated?
For the average electric car, there are a few different ways to charge. Most come with their own charging cords and you can plug them into your socket at home – either into the wall or into a home wall charging box.
Alternatively, public charging stations can provide affordable and fast charging times (as little as one hour) compared to charging at home. There are over 2,000 public charging stations all over Australia, and that number is growing as EVs increase in popularity.
5. Smooth sailing
The one thing people are always telling us about their MG electric vehicles is how quiet they are. That means a more peaceful driving experience and less noise pollution. Without any transmission, electric vehicles also provide a smoother ride – and the low centre of gravity means improved handling and comfort.
6. There’s a subsidy
Did you know many Australians are eligible for a government subsidy to help them afford their new electric vehicle? For Victorians, the first round of the program includes 4,000 subsidies, each valued at $3,000. The value of subsequent stages has yet to be announced.
For electric vehicle purchases from May 2021 more than 20,000 subsidies will be offered in total – spread out over three rounds until the rebates have all been allocated.
Known as the ZEV Subsidy, the program is available to all Victorian residents and businesses with premises in the state and for cars (not motorcycles or other vehicles) under $68,740.
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