Buying an Electric Car?
We quite often get asked about the cost benefit's of electric vehicles, their safety, and are they worth purchasing over a petrol-powered car.
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Buying an electric vehicle is saving one Kiwi family nearly $2500 a year in running costs.
Paul and Maggie Peterson did not set out to look at electric cars when they decided to replace their Toyota Avensis this year as they assumed they would be too pricey.
Instead, they thought they'd buy a small, fuel-efficient petrol car. "We were thinking about getting maybe a Suzuki Swift or a little Toyota Vitz or something like that," said Paul.
Then one of the cars they were shown at Dave Allen Motors was a 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car. At $16,000, it was only about $3000 more than the petrol cars they were looking at. "The price surprised me," said Paul.
"I thought that they were vastly more expensive, but actually it was an economic purchase outright and the maintenance, the ongoing running of the car is far better value. Financially it's a no-brainer for us, and from an environmental perspective, it's just awesome to know there are no more emissions going into the atmosphere every time we drive. There's no smell, there's no exhaust, it's really quiet, it's safe."
Another surprise came during the test drive around Hamilton when Maggie discovered the Nissan Leaf had a lot more power than she expected.
"There are no gears to change and it just goes so smoothly and so powerfully uphill without any sort of effort, and it can go from zero to 100 very quickly."
Although they are concerned about the environment, Paul said ultimately the decision to buy the car was a pragmatic one.
They needed a reliable, economical car for his daily 22km commute from home to work. "Every week that worked out to be about $50-$60 in petrol, but with the electric car it works out to about $7-$8 a week in electricity…That makes a huge amount of sense financially for us," he said.
Trips to the petrol station are no longer on the to-do list, instead, at the end of his daily commute, Paul simply plugs the car into a standard electrical socket in his garage. Using a standard 240-volt outlet, it takes about eight hours for the car to fully charge, giving it a range of around 100km.
It can plug into any standard outlet, so if he needs to, Paul can also plug in his car at work and charge it during the day or use a fast charger when out and about.
Their kids, six-year-old Logan and four-year-old Sally are also big fans of the car.
"I like it because it doesn't pollute the air," said Logan. "Petrol cars have exhaust pipes and the smoke that comes out of them pollutes the air. Electric cars like our one don't have exhaust pipes so they don't pollute the air with smoke."