It looks like electric cars are here to stay, and with New Zealand's goal to reduce carbon emissions for the next few years, this might be the best time to say goodbye to your petrol car and switch to an electric vehicle.
Perhaps one of the main concerns of curious buyers is how long an electric vehicle can last and how far. After all, you don't want to run out of juice and get stranded in the middle of nowhere. The exact distance a fully-charged EV can drive will still depend on the model of the electric vehicle and there are many options available that can get you far.
If you're considering getting an electric vehicle, you're not alone. In fact, more than 40% of Kiwis today said that they would consider getting an electric vehicle. Read along for our EV guide to help you choose the right EV for you.
Battery Electric Vehicle
BEVs are charged by plugging them into an external electricity source such as a regular electrical socket or charging unit, similar to your home appliances. You may also charge them at one of the public charging stations in the country.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
A PHEV has two types of motors and works in EV-only mode until most of the stored power in the battery is used. Once the store power is used, the petrol/diesel engine will automatically take over. Note that some PHEV models might take longer to charge, so make sure to check their features if you decide to get one.
There are many options for used BEVs and PHEVs to choose from in New Zealand. Both new and used models can save you money, except of course a used model is more affordable and will cost you less. On the other hand, buying a new one means more advanced features and better battery range. In the end, your decision should be based on your needs and budget.
The length of an EV's charging time depends on its model, battery size, and other factors.
|Charging type/unit||Charging time|
|Standard wall-socket (the regular sockets you have in your home)||10 hours for a 100 km of driving range|
|Outdoor socket (weatherproof outlets you find outside)||6 hours|
|Dedicated charger (with a single-phase charger installed in homes)||4 hours with a single-phase charger|
|Fast chargers (usually found in public electric vehicle charging stations)||40 minutes|
Good thing there are more than 400 charging stations throughout New Zealand, and you can search most of them through the PlugShare app, which you can download on Android, iOS, and in your web or mobile browser.
There are two kinds of public charging stations: public fast and public slow. You can find public fast-charging stations all over the country, and it usually costs $10 per 800 km, and you can recharge your battery to 80% in just 20 minutes. Aside from that, fast-charging stations come with tethered cables, so you don't have to bring your own. Please note that majority of hybrid EVs are not compatible with fast charging. Public slow charging stations are usually free but may take longer to recharge your EV. They're typically located in public areas where you can park, such as shopping malls, parking buildings, and hotels.
That's right! EVs are one of the most reliable vehicles on the market today, thanks to their electric engines, which have 90% fewer moving parts than a traditional engine. You have lesser chances of experiencing malfunctions and other issues with your car.
Like any other cars, EVs still need an occasional inspection to ensure it's in good condition and to replace major components such as brakes, tires, etc. Still, other than those, EVs do not require engine maintenance and are easier to repair.
Transport makes up a large percentage of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and making a switch to EV will positively impact the environment. The average petrol or diesel car in New Zealand emits about 2.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas every year. By switching to an EV, you can do your part in reducing carbon emissions and saving our environment. According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), it produces 80% less CO2 emissions than petrol vehicles and has no tailpipe emissions, which means fewer fumes and cleaner air.
EVs are changing the way of transport in New Zealand, and many are expected to switch as EVs continue to become cheaper and more charging stations are being built all over the country. They have become more affordable throughout the years since the drop of lithium-ion battery prices. Aside from that, petrol pricing is expected to rise, which means higher costs if you keep using your petrol car. Owning and using combustion-powered vehicles may not be cost-effective in the long run as emissions regulations worldwide are expected to become stricter and push their prices into a more expensive price range.
According to statistics, the average Kiwi driver drives about 12,500 kilometers annually, which means you spend around $2500 in petrol—a lot more expensive than if you drive an electric vehicle which would only cost you approximately $500 for the same distance.
Overall, EVs give you more. It's quieter, making listening to music and conversing with your passengers much better. They cost less, easier to maintain, and great for everyone's health.
Charging your EV overnight is one of your best options to save money, which is also why it's important to have the right power plan and power provider for your needs. With the right provider, it costs around 30 cents of electricity to charge your EV.
Keep your appliances and electric vehicle charged up and ready-to-use at all times with the right power plan!
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