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Benefits of Electric Cars: Top 5 Advantages of Electric Vehicles – CarsGuide


The ‘electric cars vs petrol cars’ debate is a curious one, since there’s not really a whole lot to debate: EVs don’t use fossil fuels and thus don’t emit the kind of harmful greenhouse gases that make Mother Nature, and her favourite daughter Greta Thunberg, very sad indeed.

And they also – arguably at least – offer a more exciting driving experience due to their ability to deliver instant torque and a smoother, quieter ride. 

Traditionalists may go out of their way to rain on the EV parade ( “What about range?! What about the comforting rumble/high-howlings of an internal-combustion engine?!”) but the fact remains that the advantages of electric cars far outweigh the disadvantages, despite what the naysayers may decry. 

Or they would, if they weren’t so expensive, but that playing field is slowly levelling itself out as well.

While, admittedly, the whiff of some premium unleaded or the roar of a V8 engine may trigger a primal part of your brain labelled ‘need for speed’, the time has come to say a potentially teary-eyed farewell to ICE vehicles as they start to bephased out over the next decade or so (faster if you live in some European countries, which are banning the sale of petrol and diesel-powered vehicles, some, like the UK, as soon as 2030), paving the way for EVs to rule the roads. 

For those not ready to part ways with their gas-guzzlers just yet, allow us to make your break-up a little more seamless by presenting the many electric vehicles benefits that will likely have you seeing EVs in a whole new light. 

1) They’re better for the environment

Looking for compelling environmental benefits of driving an EV? How about this: green cars produce zero emissions, mercifully sparing the atmosphere from any further unwanted greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide (not to mention the other nasties and particles you get from diesel exhausts). 

It’s true that harmful greenhouse gases can be created during the production of electric vehicles, bur many car manufacturers are working to rectify this issue.

Audi already has carbon-neutral plants in Brussels and Győr, with the aim for the company to be entirely carbon neutral by 2025. 

Swedish brand Polestar has set itself the lofty goal of creating a 100 per cent climate-neutral car, the Polestar 0, by 2030, thus eradicating all carbon emissions from its production process.

Polestar, which has also committed to recycling battery components and using renewable materials like cork in its vehicles, has also been commendably transparent about the carbon footprint it currently has by releasing carbon-impact reports on its EVs (Google them if you’re having trouble getting to sleep one night).

The electricity used to power EVs may also be generated in plants that create greenhouse gases – particularly if you live in coal-loving Australia – but with renewable energy like wind, solar and hydro available, it’s still entirely possible to go the carbon neutral route when powering up your EV. Run it off your own solar panels and it’s not only zero-emission, but zero cost as well.

States like Tasmania, with its love of hydro, also offer green motoring for EV owners.

2) Reduced fuel costs 

If you’ve ever wondered “Are electric cars cheaper to run?”, the answer is a resounding “Yes”.

Have an EV and access to solar energy? Congratulations – you’ll never have to pay a cent for fuel ever again. 

If you’re in the position of having to charge your EV with electricity taken from the grid, you’ll naturally have to pay for it, but the cost will be significant cheaper when compared to what you’d fork out to fill your tank up with petrol or diesel.

The Australian Electric Vehicle Council reports that EV owners will pay around 70 per cent less to keep their EVs going compared to those who own internal-combustion-engine vehicles, resulting in potential yearly savings of $1600. 

3) Efficiency

According to the US Department of Energy, EVs convert over 77 per cent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels, whereas ICE vehicles only convert about 12-to-30 per cent of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.

This means less energy is needed to power an EV, thus saving you valuable money that can be put toward more important things, like purchasing fuzzy dice made of recyclable materials for your rear-view mirror.

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4) Less maintenance required 

There are around 20 moving parts in the motor of an EV, compared to about 2000 in an ICE vehicle. 

With no need for engine oil, pistons, or even complex transmissions (most EVs use only one gear) EVs require very little in the way of regular servicing, saving you even more money to put toward the fuzzy dice. 

5) Government incentives 

It’s true that the Australian Federal Government hasn’t exactly stepped up to the plate to incentivise the purchase of EVs and encourage uptake, but that’s not the case for a few of our county’s more forward-thinking states and territories. 

For NSW residents interested in electric vehicles, benefits include a $3000 rebate for the first 25,000 EVs purchased for less than $68,750, and stamp duty exemptions for EVs purchased for under $78,000. 

There are also stamp duty exemptions in the ACT and Tasmania, and a $1500 stamp duty reduction for five years from 2022 in the Northern Territory (the NT is also offering free registration for five years from 2022; the ACT has free rego for two years).

Victoria’s incentives include a $3000 rebate for the first 4,000 EVs purchased for less than $68,740, with an incentive amount for an additional 16,000 EVs still to be determined.



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