What are the Benefits?
We all know EVs are good for the environment, but that’s not the only reason to switch to an Electric Vehicle.
Slash greenhouse gas emissions
EVs emit 80% less CO2 than an equivalent petrol vehicle when being driven in New Zealand because electricity generated here is typically at least 80% renewable (mostly from hydro, geothermal and wind).
Lower lifecycle emissions
Battery EVs emit 60% fewer climate change emissions over their full life cycle than petrol vehicles, even when you take into account raw material extraction, battery manufacture, vehicle manufacture and shipping.
No more petrol station visits
Charging at home is the most convenient way to keep your vehicle ready to go. For longer trips, there are public chargers at least every 75km on most of the state highway network. You’re almost never too far from your next charge, and the charging network is growing all the time.
Cheap to run
Charging at home off-peak is like buying petrol at around 40c/litre, depending on your electricity retailer. And battery EV motors have so few moving parts there is less to maintain or go wrong.
A quick & quiet ride
With no gears to work through, an EV is able to apply full power as soon as you touch the accelerator – and there’s no engine noise. They’re great hill climbers and regenerative braking means they recharge going downhill.
Plug into any power point
Charge your EV inside or outside, in any weather. (Just ensure your equipment is designed for use in New Zealand, and for the conditions in which it will be used.)