Top 5 Reasons to Go Electric
Electric vehicles (EVs) are rapidly gaining popularity in Australia, and for good reason. As the country (and world!) continues to grapple with climate change, switching to an EV is one of the most effective steps an individual can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, there are a myriad of benefits that come with owning an EV extending far beyond the environmental. Here are the top five reasons Australians are switching to EVs.
They are cheaper to maintain and run
While they can come with a hefty price tag initially, EVs are often cheaper in the long term when it comes to maintenance and running costs. With fewer moving parts, no oil changing, and no regular engine servicing required, EVs generally require less ongoing maintenance over their lifetime. Additionally, with electricity less expensive than petrol, EV owners can save a significant amount per annum on fuel expenses. According to the Electric Vehicle Council, the cost of charging an EV is roughly equivalent to around 50c per litre of petrol. Over time, this can equate to thousands of dollars in savings.
They are safer and smoother to drive
EVs are renowned for their smooth, quiet operation and instant torque. Unlike petrol-powered cars, which require time to build up speed, EVs can accelerate quickly and smoothly, making for a more enjoyable ride—particularly in stop-and-go traffic. Additionally, with their lower centre of gravity and air-pockets in the front and rear, EVs tend to be more stable and responsive on the road, and more shock absorbing in the event of impact. This translates to a safer overall driving experience.
They support energy independence
Australia currently relies heavily on imported oil to meet its energy needs. By switching to an electric vehicle, drivers can help to support energy independence for Australia by reducing demand and susceptibility to market fluctuations. By using domestically produced electricity to power their vehicles, EV drivers can help to promote a more stable and sustainable energy future for the country.
They afford owners tax benefits
The Australian government offers a range of incentives to encourage people to switch to an EV, including tax credits and rebates. Additionally, EV drivers may be eligible for reduced registration fees and lower stamp duty rates. These incentives can help to offset the upfront costs of purchasing an EV and make them more affordable for Australian drivers.
They are better for the environment
Perhaps the most significant benefit of EVs is their environmental friendliness. In Australia, the transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, so by switching to an EV, drivers can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable future. According to the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, driving an EV can reduce emissions by up to 80% compared to a petrol-powered car. This reduction in emissions can help to slow the pace of climate change and preserve the natural beauty of Australia for generations to come.