Why Subscribe to an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle?
When it comes to the future of mobility, Electric Vehicles (also more commonly known as EVs) are at the forefront of many people’s minds – and with good reason! There are many benefits to driving an electric vehicle, including significant cost savings and being a more environmentally friendly way to drive.
As with trying anything new, the idea of driving an Electric Vehicle can feel exciting and some people may have questions about how it all works and if it is ‘right for me?’. The good news is that EVs are very easy to run, and with a wide variety of Electric Vehicle types available – they can be right for almost everybody.
Carly will work with you to determine which Electric Vehicle type would best suit your needs, and assist you with the subscription sign-up process. Car subscription is a great way to trial an Electric Vehicle without making a long-term financial commitment. If you are not loving your EV or would like to try another one, remember you can always switch your car to another model or cancel your subscription anytime – just give Carly 30 days notice.
Benefits of Driving an Electric Vehicle
Benefits of Driving an Electric Vehicle
If you are interested in subscribing to an electric or hybrid vehicle, or need more information about how car subscription works please get in touch.
Commonly Asked Questions about subscribing to an electric vehicle
A Fully Electric Vehicle (also known as a Battery Electric Vehicle or BEV) runs on a battery-powered engine and must be charged via an electrical power source (such as a powerpoint in a garage or a publicly accessed charging station). Hybrid-Electric Vehicles (HEVs) are powered by a petrol engine supported by a battery engine and the battery is charged when driving so it is never necessary to plug into an electrical power source. There is also a Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) which allows the driver to choose the electric engine to power the vehicle (great for emission free short journeys) and then continue on with the petrol engine when the battery charge is depleted. The battery in a Plug-in Hybrid can be recharged via an electrical power source.
When you subscribe to an EV, Carly will provide a charging cable and adapter needed to charge your vehicle through an electrical power source or dedicated EV station. A Hybrid Electric Vehicle does not need to be charged from an external power source as the battery is recharged when driving.
You can charge your EV at home, at work, at a friend’s place – anywhere there is safe access to an electrical power source. When you are out and about or travelling, there are a variety of public locations across Australia that accommodate charging Electric Vehicles. Many places such as highways, supermarkets and parking lots, support EVs with a dedicated charging station. To find your closest public charging station, view the government transport Charging Map.
Most newer electric vehicles made after 2018 will have an approximate driving range of 300+ kms per single charge, but be sure to consult the manufacturer guidelines first as the exact number varies by brand and model. If you frequently drive long distances, you will need to assess the amount of kms against the driving range of the vehicle to ensure it fits your needs. [Source]
Electric Vehicles are significantly cheaper to run, with an average in fuel savings of up to 70% pa and maintenance savings of up to 40% pa. For an average car travelling 13,700 km per year, this could amount to an annual fuel saving of $1000, or $1200 if the EV is able to charge overnight on an off-peak tariff. [Source]
Battery Electric Vehicles BEV
BEVs are Fully-Electric vehicles that are powered solely by electricity, and do not have a petrol engine, fuel tank or exhaust pipe.
Plug-in Hybrid-Electric Vehicles PHEV
PHEVs are powered by both petrol and electricity. They have a battery-powered plug-in engine that does most of the work before the combustion fuel engine takes over to increase the car’s range.
Non Plug-in Hybrid-Electric Vehicles HEV
Instead of using an external plug to charge the vehicle, the electricity generated by the HEV’s braking system is used to recharge the battery. This is called ‘regenerative braking’ and is also used in BEVs, HEVs and FCEVs.
Fuel-cell Electric Vehicles FCEV
Your Guide to understanding Electric Vehicle Terminology
AH (Amp Hours)
The measurement of a battery’s charge capacity by the hour. For example ‘the battery has 320 Ah before you will need to recharge’.
AC (Alternating Current)
This is a type of electrical current that switches its direction back and forth at regular intervals.
DC (Direct Current)
An electrical current that flows in one direction. This is the type of power that is produced by batteries.
DC Fast Charging
Direct Current (DC) fast charging is the quickest way to charge an electric vehicle.This will fully charge an average electric car in 30 to 40 minutes.
The distance you can travel on pure electric power before the battery requires a recharge.
EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicles)
EREVs feature an auxiliary power unit, usually an internal combustion engine, that acts as a generator to recharge the battery when it runs out. EREVs are generally favoured by people needing to drive long distances.
A Regenerative Braking system captures kinetic energy during deceleration, storing it in the battery so it can be used as electricity to power the electric motor.
The location of a power source where electric vehicles can be plugged in and charged.
A dedicated infrastructure or area that safely supplies electricity to recharge Electric Vehicles.
EV incentives often refer to the subsidies given by governments to encourage the uptake and use of Electric Vehicles.
A unit of energy used to measure a battery’s power capacity. The bigger the battery, the bigger the driving range.
This is the current standard of battery used to power electric vehicles. The life of a Lithium-ION battery is approximately 8 to 10 years.
Level 1 Charging (Slow)
Level 1 charging refers to charging your Electric Vehicle using a household 120V power outlet and is generally the ‘out-of-the-box’ solution that comes with an EV. This is generally the slowest way to charge an EV.
Level 2 Charging (Faster)
Level 2 charging is done via a separate charging station that can be installed at your home. The higher voltage generated by the station means you can charge your Electric Vehicle up to 5 times quicker, and is a much more efficient way to recharge your EV.
Level 3 Charging (Fastest)
Level 3 charging is the fastest way to charge an Electric Vehicle. To charge an EV via a level 3 power source, you will generally need to find a public charging station that is equipped with quick charging equipment.