3 Ways You Can Start Preparing For The Electric Vehicle Switch

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3 Ways You Can Start Preparing For The Electric Vehicle Switch

Price of fuel giving you a migraine? Want to do your best to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment? Feel like being part of the future, and not part of the past?

There are endless reasons to switch to an electric vehicle, but the first two listed above are by far the best. Current fuel prices are at record highs, soaring well above two bucks a litre. And with many countries declaring that all new vehicles will be zero-emission by 2040, it’s clear that the world is starting to take carbon emissions pretty seriously.

So, with the likelihood of all cars being electric sooner or later, why not reap the benefits of incredibly affordable running costs right now, while petrol and diesel are at eye-watering prices? In this post, we walk you through 3 ways to start preparing for the electric vehicle switch.

1. Think about which type of electric vehicle you want

There are a few different types of electric vehicle, so it’s important to make sure you know what you want before buying. Electric vehicles currently come in these main options:

  • Battery electric vehicles (BEVs)
    Fully electric vehicles with a battery – they don’t use any other fuel source like petrol.
  • Full hybrids (FHEVs)
    Vehicles that use petrol to charge the electric battery.
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
    Vehicles that can run on petrol and electric battery, but are charged by being plugged into a charging station.
  • Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)
    Vehicles that are powered by hydrogen, oxygen and an electric battery.

2. Invest in a home charging station

A home charging station is the only way to go if you’re planning to invest in a PHEV or a BEV. This way, you can always charge your car overnight before heading to work in the morning – just like you’d charge your phone. Not all home charging stations are the same, so you have to decide which electric vehicle you’re going to buy before installing the charging station at home.

Charging stations can cost anywhere from the $1000 mark to a few thousand dollars, but they quickly pay themselves off: it costs about $20-$30 to charge a fully electric vehicle from empty to full. Compare that with the running costs of a small petrol hatchback when fuel is over $2/L, and the dollars saved will add up in no time.

3. Go for a test drive

This is the fun part. Go test some cars! There are electric vehicles to suit all types of budgets these days, so go out and have some fun with them (*cough* Tesla Model S)

When you’re ready to make the switch to an electric vehicle, get in touch with the experts at Carbroker.com.au. As Australia’s leading team in car brokerage, Carbroker pride themselves on being able to find you the best deal, guaranteed. They have a network of over 2000 car dealerships across the country, playing them off against each other so that you get the best price. Check out your electric vehicle options through the team at Carbroker.