EV (Electric Vehicles) Archives - Melbourne EV Show 22-24 Sept 2023

Abarth 500e – the first full-electric model in Abarth history

Zagame Fiat is excited to introduce the Abarth 500e – the first full-electric model in Abarth history.

The very first public showing of the car in Australia is at the 2023 Melbourne EV Show.

Combining performance, electric power, style and a new exciting sound, the Abarth 500e turns advanced technology into adrenaline and sustainability into performance.

The Abarth 500e is the most responsive, exciting and Abarth in urban driving and the fastest and most enjoyable in suburban driving. The electric architecture performs better than petrol thanks to an improved weight distribution, better torque and a wider wheelbase. It is one second faster in the urban pickup, which means 50% faster acceleration from 20 to 40 km/h than its petrol-powered counterpart.

Equipped with a 42-kWh battery coupled with a powerful e-motor, it combines the performance of the Scorpion with the innovation of electric mobility.

Outside of city driving, on hairpin bends, from 40 to 60 km/h it can reach the target speed in just 1.5 seconds—much faster than its petrol version, which lags behind by 15 meters, reaching 60 km/h a second later. On the open road, it performs overtaking maneuvers faster than its petrol version, reaching a speed of 100 km/h (starting from 60km/h) when its petrol counterpart is still driving at 91 km/h, with a difference of approximately one second.

Three exclusive driving modes are available which focus on performance – Turismo, Scorpion Street and Scorpion Track – giving customers total freedom to fully enhance the sporty set-up and unleash the power of their Abarth in every challenge on the road.

With a battery range up to 252km, and a supporting fast charging of up to 85kw in direct current (DC), the Abarth 500e ensures plenty of driving excitement. It takes less than 5 minutes to build up sufficient energy reserve for daily mileage requirements (around 40 km) and the fast charge reaches 80% of the range in only 35 minutes.

Abarth’s signature and unmistakable “roar” can be heard thanks to the Abarth Sound Generator that accompanies every trip with the 500e. This standard feature on the model highlights the vehicle’s performance, reproducing the sound of an Abarth petrol engine inspired by the famous Record Monza exhaust.

Abarth 500e debuts two distinct all new exterior colors to the Abarth line-up: Acid Green & Poison Blue. The eye-catching exterior is enriched with dedicated 18” diamond-cut titanium grey alloy wheels which bring the driver closer to the road with their holding performance and aggressive and sharp design.

Inside, sportiness and style find their fullest expression with its premium Alcantara interior, a racing material that provides a dark sporty look and fine touch feeling. The unique sport seats with integrated headrest bring the Acid-Green Scorpion – lasered on the Alcantara – inside the cabin and the Acid Green & Poison Blue double stitching provide visual continuity from the seats to the door panels.

The Abarth 500e launches into its new era with an updated touchscreen infotainment system, with a 10.25” tablet combined with a 7” TFT full digital cluster which provides intuitive information with a seamless experience. Paired with premium JBL audio, the driver is completely immersed into the driving experience.

The Abarth 500e will launch in Australia with the exclusive limited edition Scorpionissima. Only 1,949 units will be produced worldwide, with the number of units reflecting the year the Abarth brand was founded.

Scorpionissima customers can rest assured they will stand out from the crowd, available exclusively in Acid Green or Poison Blue with unique ‘Abarth’ decals applied to the side profile of the vehicle (Acid Green paired with black “Abarth” decals, and Poison Blue paired with white “Abarth” decals). These units will be the first ones to arrive in the country, expected later this year.

Following Scorpionissima, Abarth 500e will be available in a Turismo, offering great performance, unique style and the original Abarth sound. Customers can choose among five thrilling colors: Antidote White, Venom Black, Adrenaline Red, plus the brand-new Acid Green and Poison Blue, which make the Abarth 500e stand out from the crowd.

Please go to zag.com.au or visit Zagame Fiat for more information.

EV – article – pr release – Tonale

*Source: Zagame

Zagame Alfa Romeo presents the all-new Tonale Hybrid, the model that marks a new era of connectivity and electrification, while remaining true to Alfa’s Italian sportiness. 

Named after one of Italy’s highest mountain passes, the Tonale Hybrid encapsulates the organic curvatures, bends and lines found in nature. Signature features like the V Scudetto Grille and available 20-inch five-hole wheels, echo the classic tenets of Alfa Romeo design.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale Hybrid is available in two trims – Ti and Veloce – and soon the line-up will be joined by the Tonale Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV), launching late 2023.

Featuring a 1.5L 4-cylinder, petrol engine coupled with 7-speed dual clutch transmission and a 48V battery, the Tonale Hybrid is a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle capable of producing 118kW at 5750rpm and 240Nm at 1500rpm.

The Variable Geometry Turbocharger, a unique offering in the segment, enabling the Tonale Hybrid to offer diesel-like fuel-economy of 5.6L/100km, with petrol performance while managing to meet stringent emissions regulations.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale Hybrid has class-exclusive capabilities of travelling under EV conditions at low speed and while parking (<15 km/h) and utilising the 48V battery to assist the vehicle with performance. It is capable of silent starts due to the 15kW electric motor and an energy recovery to the 48V 0.8kWh battery during periods of decelerating and braking.

The interior of Tonale Hybrid has been inspired by the successful racing history of Alfa Romeo and promotes passion and drive ability, courtesy of its dynamic and powerful forms. Sporty sophistication is apparent from every vantage point with the Alcantara® seats, leatherette finishes and tech components like the new Cannocchiale Digital Display. The 12.3-Inch TFT instrument cluster and 10.25-Inch touchscreen infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, provide the driver access to ample amounts of information.

Fully equipped with an array of advanced driver assist systems and security features that assist the driver by enhancing their field of vision, making instrumentation easier to see and enabling collision-avoidance capabilities. A 360° Surround View Camera is available with four cameras providing a full view of the vehicle and its surrounds.

The ‘3+3’ headlights, with new full-LED adaptive matrix were developed in conjunction with Marelli, make up a unique frontline for the car and simultaneously provide daylight, dynamic turn signals and a ‘welcome and goodbye’ feature (activated when the driver turns the car on or off).

The unique Brake-by-Wire technology, guarantees a strong pedal feel, immediate response and added safety benefits. Frequency Selective Dampers (FSD) improve the handling of Tonale Hybrid while retaining a comfortable ride. Koni® is Alfa Romeo’s historical technological partner and has developed the FSD shock absorber for Tonale. FSDs are able to change the level of hydraulic shock damping via an additional frequency sensitive valve to compensate road surface inputs.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale Hybrid redefines the segment with class-leading steering feel and engagement with its 13.6 steering ratio.

EuroNCAP have published a 5-star safety rating for the Alfa Romeo Tonale Hybrid and will be tested by ANCAP in late 2022.

Please go to www.zag.com.au or visit your nearest Zagame Alfa Romeo for more information.

EV – article – pr release – 500e

*Source: Zagame

Zagame Fiat is pleased to introduce the Fiat 500e – the first full-electric model in Fiat history and 100% designed, engineered and manufactured in Turin, Italy.

Totally new but unmistakably Fiat 500, the Fiat 500e is a clear evolution of the original 1957 Fiat 500, incorporating quintessential design cues and pairing them with an extraordinary electric experience.

Head-turning Italian design, fun-to-drive features and new safety inclusions have made the new Fiat 500e the most awarded Fiat model in history with the vehicle achieving 39 awards since it’s European launch, notably Best Small Electric Car for the city by What Car? Best Small Car and Car of the Year at the Electrifying Awards, and Best Car at the Marie Claire Sustainability Awards.

The Fiat 500e is one of the most environmentally friendly cars on the market, scoring a maximum five-star rating from the Green New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and it was the first vehicle in history to achieve a maximum score of 10/10 in Energy Efficiency Index.

The Fiat 500e is equipped with a front-mounted electric motor outputting 87kW and has a peak torque output of 220Nm, enough to push the new 500 from 0-100km/h in 9.0 seconds and supports three charging modes. A DC fast charging rate of 85kW is offered as standard with a 0-80% charge capable in 35 minutes. 

Fully equipped with an array of features the Fiat 500e offers a driving ease in the urban environment and includes an all-new braking system, Adaptive Cruise Control (iACC), Lane Centring (LC), rear-view parking camera and blind spot monitor.

The full EV nature of the new Fiat 500e is clearly identified by the logo on the liftgate, carrying also a distinctive light blue accent colour. The new 500 logo has been designed to introduce the “e” into the well-known 500 logo. The same logo is also visible in the side at the back end of the daylight opening moulding.

The inside of the Fiat 500e has been just as thoughtfully designed as it’s outside with great focus on the quality of fit and finish. Occupants will immediately recognise a contemporary interpretation of the timeless style reflected by some unique design cues, including the classic Fiat dashboard insert, the two-spoke steering wheel and the rounded cluster make a clear connection with the 1957 original 500

An unmistakable 500 glass roof comes standard with the Fiat 500e and fills the interior with light, creating a bright and welcoming ambiance. The vehicle is also equipped with a retractile curtain, in order to share the interior ambient when the sunrays are too intrusive.

Bridging the new era is a touchscreen infotainment system, with a 10.25” tablet combined with a 7” TFT full digital cluster which provides intuitive information with a seamless experience. The huge 10.25” tablet becomes the unsurpassed protagonist of the dashboard area. Paying homage to the birthplace of the Fiat 500e the new wireless charging pad, conveniently positioned under the 10.25” infotainment system, features the Turin skyline.

Please go to zag.com.au or visit your nearest Fiat Dealership for more information.

A journey to the future

*Overseas model shown

Electric vehicles might be gaining rapid popularity today, but did you know that PEUGEOT produced its first electric vehicle in 1941? The PEUGEOT VLV, which meant Véhicule Léger de Ville or Light City Vehicle, was developed during a period where petrol rationing meant that alternative energy sources needed to be found. With a 12 volt battery and a driving range of 80km, PEUGEOT technology and style has changed a bit since then. 

Today, PEUGEOT is accelerating its electrification journey both globally and in Australia. With a range of dynamic plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and electric PEUGEOT vehicles recently arriving down under, and a rapid introduction of several more from 2024, it is an exciting time for the brand and Australian consumers.

In March 2022, PEUGEOT Australia launched the brand’s first plug-in hybrid electric variants of the popular 3008 SUV and stylish 508 Fastback. Since this milestone, the range of Peugeot PHEVs available locally has expanded to include the free-spirited 308 GT Sport Hatch PHEV and the versatile 508 Sportswagon PHEV. 

As the journey continued, PEUGEOT proudly launched its first fully-electric vehicles in the Australian market this year. The first eagerly awaited 100% electric vehicle was the e-Partner light-commercial van, followed by the compact, yet premium e-2008 SUV.

Committed to offering Australians a comprehensive range of PEUGEOT’s next generation vehicles, 2024 will see the 100% electric, 100% irresistible E-208 and versatile E-Expert Van arriving in Australia, alongside another bold hybrid option, the 408 PHEV. This local influx of additional electrified vehicles reflects the brand’s direction globally, as PEUGEOT responds to the needs of a changing world. In fact globally, the brand is on track to have every model in the PEUGEOT line-up electrified by the end of 2023 and globally launch five new electric vehicles throughout this year and next.  

Always looking ahead, PEUGEOT continues to invest in the future with unique vehicles such as the electric INCEPTION CONCEPT vehicle, which explores new technology and dedicated platforms embodying PEUGEOT’s vision for future electric vehicles. 

Behind the dynamic new drivetrains, PEUGEOT continues to build on the brand’s reputation for sleek, contemporary and alluring design. It’s fitting that PEUGEOT’s next-generation vehicles were the first to proudly wear the brand’s bold new Lion emblem, with many also displaying the signature three claw LED rear light display which reflect the brand’s iconic DNA. 

Explore a range of PEUGEOT Australia’s plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles on display at the Melbourne Electric Vehicle Show 22-24 September. 

KONA Electric and IONIQ 5 N to star at Melbourne EV Show

News Release

  • Hyundai’s electrified charge continues with a pair of new all-electric models set to star
    at this month’s Melbourne EV Show
  • All-new KONA Electric will make its Australian debut and IONIQ 5 N will make its first
    Melbourne appearance, following its recent track debut at World Time Attack Challenge
  • The Hyundai stand will also showcase newly crowned 2023 World Car of the Year
    IONIQ 6 & 2022 World Car of the Year IONIQ 5
  • Melbourne EV Show happens September 22-24 at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition
    Centre: melbourneelectricvehicleshow.com.au

12 September 2023 – Hyundai’s electrified charge continues with a pair of new all-electric
models set to star at this month’s Melbourne EV Show.

All-new KONA Electric will make its Australian debut and IONIQ 5 N will make its first
Melbourne appearance, following its recent track debut at Sydney’s World Time Attack
Challenge with Drift King Kenichi Tsuchiya at the wheel.

The Hyundai stand will also showcase newly crowned 2023 World Car of the Year IONIQ 6
and 2022 World Car of the Year IONIQ 5.

“The Melbourne EV Show will provide a terrific showcase for our exciting new range of
electric vehicles,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ted Lee.

“With all-new KONA Electric and the high-performance IONIQ 5 N, alongside our World
Car of the Year-winning IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, the Hyundai stand will highlight our
continuing commitment to bringing advanced electrified vehicles to Australia,” he said.

Held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Melbourne EV Show will
present new and soon-to-be-released electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, as well as
charging options and accessories.

The three-day event from September 22-24 will also feature EV Live presentations, a
Formula E race car, Formula E simulation challenge, as well as an e-bike and scooter test

KONA Electric

Forthcoming KONA Electric will complete the all-new KONA line-up and boasts a choice of
powertrains (99kW &150kW), with up to approximately 500km of all-electric range
(64.8kWh battery)*.

KONA Electric is packed with technology, including active air flaps, Vehicle-to-Load (V2L)
outlet, Head-Up Display (HUD), i-PEDAL driving mode, Smart Regenerative Braking
System, battery pre-conditioning, heat pump and battery heater.

It also features over-the-Air (OTA) software update capability and an extensive suite of
SmartSenseTM driver assistance and advanced active safety technology

*Final specifications including range will be communicated at a later date


As Hyundai N’s first EV, IONIQ 5 N represents a new segment of driver-focused high
performance EVs through the integration of new technologies and elevated racetrack

IONIQ 5 N elevates the three pillars of N performance by leveraging motorsport-bred
technologies and years of electrified ‘Rolling Lab’ development:

  • Corner Rascal: Body and chassis reinforcements provide high torsional rigidity and direct steering feel, enabling rally-inspired dual-motor AWD cornering, with N Drift Optimiser among an array of tech that enhances performance & driving fun
  • Racetrack Capability: Up to 478kW with N Grin Boost engaged, and increased
    endurance with industry-leading thermal management and regenerative braking
  • Everyday Sportscar: N e-shift and N Active Sound + deliver an electrifying sports car
    experience with tactile feel and immersive sound

A special one-day pre-sale event (September 15), in the lead up to the Melbourne EV
show, will give eager enthusiasts the opportunity to be among the first in Australia to take
delivery IONIQ 5 N.

Customers will be able to order IONIQ 5 N online via the Hyundai Australia website ahead
of initial deliveries in Q1 2024 – vehicles will be built to order in each customer’s chosen
combination of option(s) and exterior colour.

For complete Melbourne EV Show details visit: melbourneelectricvehicleshow.com.au

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IONIQ 5 N Pre-sale Opening Soon

News Release

  • A single-day (12-hour) IONIQ 5 N pre-sale on September 15 will give customers the opportunity to be the first in Australia to own Hyundai’s first-ever high-performance EV
  • Customers will be able to order IONIQ 5 N online via the Hyundai Australia website ahead of initial deliveries in Q1 2024
  • Vehicles will be built to order in each customer’s chosen combination of option(s) and exterior colour
  • Pre-sale customers will receive a special gift package that includes a Hyundai N x Pelican case set and N merchandise
  • IONIQ 5 N will be offered in a single highly equipped variant at $111,000 (MLP)

1 September 2023 – A special pre-sale for IONIQ 5 N in September will give eager enthusiasts the opportunity to be among the first in Australia to take delivery of Hyundai N’s first high performance, all-electric model.

The online pre-sale on the Hyundai Australia website will open on September 15 for 12 hours, starting at midday and running through until midnight AEST.

IONIQ 5 N will only be available to pre-order on this date, which coincides with N Birthday – the day the N brand was unveiled for the first time, at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show.

Customers will be able to configure IONIQ 5 N in their combination of options and exterior colour before securing their order with a $2,000 deposit, with initial deliveries scheduled for Q1 2024.

Pre-sale customers will receive a special gift package which includes a Hyundai N x Pelican set featuring two cases and a torch, as well as additional N merchandise, with a total value of around $1,000.

IONIQ 5 N will be offered in a single highly equipped variant at $111,000 (MLP) with a choice of two options: Vision Roof at $2,000 and Matte Paint at $1,000.

Vehicles will be built to order in each customer’s chosen combination of option(s) and exterior colour – there is no pre-configured specification for IONIQ 5 N.

The IONIQ 5 N palette includes Performance Blue Matte, Performance Blue, Abyss Black, Cyber Gray, Ecotronic Gray, Atlas White Matte, Atlas White, Gravity Gold Matte and Soultronic Orange.

Detailed Australian specifications for IONIQ 5 N will be announced closer to launch.

“The IONIQ 5 N pre-sale event will give our N-thusiast customers the chance to be the very first in Australia to experience Hyundai N’s spectacular first all-electric vehicle,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ted Lee.

N-thusiasts can get their first taste of IONIQ 5 N at World Time Attack Challenge, in the model’s Australian debut (Sydney Motorsport Park on September 1 & 2). Legendary “Drift King” Keiichi Tsuchiya of Japan will pilot IONIQ 5 N in a series of demonstration laps throughout the two-day event.


As Hyundai N’s first EV, IONIQ 5 N represents a new segment of driver-focused high performance EVs through the integration of new technologies and elevated racetrack

IONIQ 5 N elevates the three pillars of N performance – ‘Corner Rascal’, ‘Racetrack Capability’ and ‘Everyday Sportscar’ – leveraging motorsport-bred technologies and years
of electrified ‘Rolling Lab’ development:

  • Corner Rascal: Body and chassis reinforcements provide higher torsional rigidity and direct steering feel, enabling rally-inspired dual-motor AWD cornering
  • Racetrack Capability: Up to 478 kW with N Grin Boost engaged, increased endurance with industry-leading thermal management and regenerative braking
  • Everyday Sportscar: N e-shift and N Active Sound + deliver an electrifying sports car experience with tactile feel and immersive sound

N Drift Optimiser is among an array of high-performance driving technologies integral to IONIQ 5 N, all designed to deliver even more fun around the racetrack.

N Pedal prioritises fast and exhilarating cornering over energy efficiency. By utilising decelerative force, an aggressive weight transfer is created, resulting in sharper corner

IONIQ 5 N is also fitted with responsive features to deliver an electrifying sports car experience. Drivers can engage with a symphony of high-performance sound from N Active Sound + immersive driving noises, while N e-shift connects you to the car like never before with tactile virtual gearshifts.

A technological tour de force developed on the E-GMP platform, IONIQ 5 N features WRCinspired integrated drive axle all-wheel drive with dual electric motors delivering a combined 478 kW with N Grin Boost applied.

High-performance hardware includes electronically-controlled suspension, an electronic limited slip rear differential (e-LSD), and forged 21-inch aluminium wheels wrapped in bespoke 275/35R21 Pirelli P-Zero tyres.

A quick-ratio steering rack and N-tuned brakes, featuring 400mm front discs clamped by four-piston monobloc calipers, further demonstrate IONIQ 5 N’s track bred pedigree.

IONIQ 5 N’s exterior is headlined by an N Mask graphic fascia featuring air curtain and air flap apertures, a lip spoiler, and EV N-exclusive ‘Luminous Orange’ lower highlight which continues into the side skirts.

A wing-type rear spoiler, orange-accented rear diffuser and air outlet, plus an array of black trim parts complete IONIQ 5 N’s aggressive image.

The motorsport theme continues inside with N-branded interior elements including the newly designed N steering wheel, sports seats, scuff panels and metal pedals.

*Australian specifications and features will be confirmed closer to launch and may differ from those listed above.

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The All-new GWM Ora EV

The Ora combines a classic design aesthetic with 100% electric power with up to 420km of driving range. Find out why the Ora is the perfect vehicle for inner city driving.

With the recent release of GWM’s first addition to their electric vehicle line, the GWM Ora, this is one unique, zippy, and funky car that combines a classic design aesthetic with 100% electric power for up to 420km of driving range.   

The brand-new Ora line-up will consist of 4 models: Ora Standard Range, Ora Extended Range, Ora Ultra, and Ora GT.  

Available with two battery options, a 48kWh battery offering WLTP range of 310km and a 63kWh battery offering WLTP range of 420km, the GWM Ora has the flexibility for a variety of different driving scenarios. Charging from just 10% capacity to 80% is possible in just 41 minutes on the 48kWh option. 

Outputs of 126kW of power and 250Nm of torque, which can be delivered through a one pedal driving mode, provide instant performance whenever it is needed. 

Starting at just over $40,000 driveaway, and with the decreasing costs of battery technology recently due to lower raw material prices, it has enabled GWM to reduce prices on the entire GWM Ora range. This is just one of the many reasons why choosing EV’s like the Ora is a smart move when buying a car. 

In line with its other GWM stablemates the Ora comes equipped with a wide range of features for maximum comfort and convenience. Some of the unique headline features on the Ora are: 

  • 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • LED lights with Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) 
  • 10.25-inch full colour instrument cluster 
  • 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen 
  • Apple CarPlay 
  • Wireless charging 
  • Leatherette seats 
  • 6-way electric driver’s seat 
  • Heated, power-adjustable door mirrors 
  • 360 degree around-view camera 
  • 7 SRS Airbags 
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian, cyclist & crossing detection 
  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go 
  • Blind Spot Detection + Lane Change Assist 
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) 
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) 
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA) 
  • Lane Centre Keeping (LCK) 
  • Emergency Lane Keep (ELK) 
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) 
  • Camera-based driver drowsiness detection 

In addition, almost every conceivable safety feature has been made standard across the Ora range and it has already been awarded with a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. 

Like all GWM products, the new GWM Ora is backed by a 7-year / unlimited km warranty, 5-years roadside assistance and 5-years Capped Price Servicing. The battery receives coverage for 8-years.

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What you need to know about transitioning to an EV

After some initial hesitation, the future is starting to look greener for EVs in Australia. A recent survey by CEDA showed that 42% of participants would buy an EV for their next purchase. The federal government passed a bill to make electric vehicles provided by employers to employees more affordable, while state governments are installing more public charging stations around the country. 

With more EV makes and models being released and government legislation to help make these sustainable dreams a reality, now is a great time to trade in your petrol guzzler for an electric alternative. But how exactly do you do that? 

We’ve broken down what you need to know about costs, charging and how we can help make your switch to an EV easier. 

A wide range of rides 

The number of electric vehicle makes and models available in Australia is rising. The Electric Vehicle Council reported that 8.4% of all new cars sold as at June 2023 have been EV’s, more than double compared to all of 2022. You can already choose EVs from popular brands such as Hyundai, Mazda, Kia and Tesla, and with more companies entering the market, there will be a bigger range of price points that make it much easier to find an EV that fits your sense of style – and budget.

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So, how do you pick the right one for you? One way to make sure you love your new car is to try it out with an EV subscription. An electric car subscription takes away a lot of the guesswork – and can help get you behind the wheel of an electric vehicle with fewer questions and more excitement.

Plugging into the future of driving 

With tech improvements, and government and fuel company commitments to add charging stations around the country, powering up your electric vehicle is also becoming easier – both at home and on the go. 

Most EVs come with an adapter that lets you charge your electric vehicle using a standard outlet. But if you’re looking for a faster way to get powered up and back on the road with confidence daily, you can have a home smart charger installed. 

Regardless of how you decide to charge at home, an AGL EV Electricity plan can help you keep your vehicle juiced up for less. 

AGL has also partnered with bp pulse to make charging on the go simple, accessible, and affordable. 

Busting EV range myths 

These days, electric vehicles are better equipped to handle long days of work, road tripping and running errands. 

Think about what you really use your car for day in and day out. How long is the drive to work, kids’ sports or the shops? Do some rough maths, then take the kilometre range of the vehicle you’re looking at (or if you’re not sure yet, you could take 353km which is the estimated average range of  EVs globally) – and divide this by your estimated average daily travel distance. That should give you a rough idea of how often you’ll have to charge. Several car manufacturers offer ‘long range’ versions of their EV models and there several popular models available in Australia with ranges of more than 450km. That’s a lot of road! 

Planning to hit the highway with your friends and family on a road trip? You can easily map out your route to ensure you hit a public charging station along the way, and if you’re driving a Tesla, the inbuilt GPS navigation will work it out for you which makes planning super simple! Some of the best EV chargers feature speedy Direct Current (DC) charging – with some models jumping from 20% to 80% charge in just 15 minutes – that can have you rolling along again by the time you’ve finished lunch.

Do the maths on making the switch 

Buying a new car is always a big financial decision, but when it comes to electric vehicles, there are some additional considerations aside from just the price tag. Electric vehicles are generally more cost-effective to run, and these savings can help to offset the initial upfront cost. 

Perhaps the most obvious way electric vehicles can save you money on running costs is by reducing how often you need to fill up at the petrol station (in the case of a plugin hybrid) – or eliminating it altogether! While you’ll still need to pay for charging, this is typically far less costly. Your exact savings will vary based on a range of factors, including petrol and energy prices, but you can use this calculator to estimate how much you could save. 

For example, let’s say you wanted to travel 100km. The average EV will generally require about 15kWh of electricity to charge the battery enough to cover that distance. If you could charge your EV at a rate of $8c/kWh (a great low overnight rate currently offered by one EV Energy plan), that comes out to about $1.20. Compare that with the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics report that says Australians use an average of 11.1 litres of petrol to cover 100km. With petrol costing an average of 188/litre in the week ending 30 July 2023 according to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, you’d have to spend around $20.86 to drive your 100km. That’s quite a bit of potential savings through electric. 

Another way that EVs are expected to be more cost-effective to run is by requiring fewer trips to the mechanic. Electric vehicles typically have fewer internal components than petrol-fuelled vehicles, meaning less need for regular servicing and fewer parts that may need replacing. What this could mean in terms of savings over a 5 or 10 year period is very difficult to predict or quantify, but it is another factor to keep in mind. 

Transitioning to an electric vehicle might be easier than you think. AGL has the experience to help you navigate this process.

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Unveiling the ABB Gen 2 Formula E at Melbourne EV Show!

The ABB Gen 2 Formula E electric race car is coming to Melbourne! Melbourne is home to the much-loved Formula 1…but have you heard of Forumula E? This is the second time a Formula E car has been displayed in Australia, and it’s a must-see for any fan of electric racing or sustainable transportation.

The Gen 2 Formula E car is a technological marvel. It’s powered by a 54 kWh battery that can propel the car to speeds of up to 200 mph. The car is also equipped with a number of innovative features, such as regenerative braking and a “Fanboost” system that allows fans to vote for their favorite driver to receive a temporary power boost.

The car on display is a Gen2 Formula E race car. It was designed by the FIA, the governing body of motorsport, and it represents a seismic shift for the series with the design setting it apart from any other motorsport series. The car is sleek and aerodynamic, with a distinctive black and blue livery. It’s also relatively small, measuring just 5.2 meters long and 2 meters wide.

The ABB Gen 2 Formula E electric race car is a showcase of the latest technology in electric vehicles. It’s a powerful, efficient, and innovative machine that represents the future of racing. If you’re interested in seeing the future of racing, be sure to check out the ABB Gen 2 Formula E electric race car at the Melbourne EV Show!

Electrifying Australia: 5 Benefits of Switching to an Electric Vehicle

In recent years, the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has revolutionised the automotive industry and sparked a global shift towards sustainable transportation. Australia, known for its vast landscapes and unique environmental challenges, is now experiencing a surge in EV adoption. As more Australians consider making the switch, it’s crucial to understand the numerous benefits that come with embracing electric mobility. In this blog, we’ll explore the advantages of transitioning to an EV, including the enticing tax incentives available. 

Environmental Impact

Electric vehicles have a significantly lower environmental impact compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. In Australia, the transportation sector accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions. By switching to EVs, Australians can contribute to reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change.  

According to a study conducted by the Electric Vehicle Council, a transition to electric vehicles in Australia would result in an economy-wide CO2 emission reduction of 43% below 2005 levels by 2030. This shift towards cleaner transportation aligns with Australia’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a low-carbon future. 

Cost Savings

Switching to an EV can lead to substantial cost savings over the vehicle’s lifetime. Although the upfront cost of purchasing an EV may be higher than that of a conventional vehicle, the long-term financial benefits are significant. Electric vehicles have lower operating costs due to the significantly cheaper cost of electricity compared to fossil fuels. According to the EVC, charging an EV costs about 70% cheaper per kilometre than refuelling a petrol or diesel vehicle .  

Additionally, maintenance expenses are reduced as EVs have fewer moving parts, resulting in fewer repairs and lower servicing costs. In terms of tax incentives, the Australian government Australian government Electric Car Discount Bill exempts EVs from fringe benefit tax and import tax if they’re below the luxury car tax threshold ($84,916).

Energy Independence and Resilience

Australia’s dependence on imported petroleum places a heavy burden on the economy and exposes it to geopolitical uncertainties. Switching to EVs presents an opportunity to reduce this dependence and enhance energy resilience. By utilising domestic renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, Australians can take control of their energy future.  

Australia has vast renewable energy potential, with abundant sunshine and wind resources. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) states that transitioning to electric vehicles can support renewable energy integration and storage. EVs can serve as energy storage units, allowing excess energy generated from renewables to be stored and used during peak demand periods, further strengthening the energy grid. 

Enhanced Driving Experience

Electric vehicles offer a unique and enjoyable driving experience. The instant torque provided by electric motors ensures rapid acceleration, providing a smooth and responsive ride. EVs typically have high torque from a standstill, allowing for quick acceleration in city driving conditions. Some electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and Model 3 can reach 0-100 km/h in under 5 seconds, providing a thrilling driving experience.  

Additionally, EVs are quieter than conventional vehicles, creating a more serene driving environment. The absence of engine noise and vibrations enhances the overall comfort of the ride. The availability of various EV models, from sedans to SUVs, ensures that there’s an electric vehicle suitable for every lifestyle and preference.

Government Incentives and Support

To accelerate the transition to electric mobility, the Australian government and state-level authorities offer a range of tax incentives and support mechanisms. These incentives vary across different states but generally include grants, rebates, and tax credits for EV purchases. For instance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) provides financing options, green car loans, and grants to support the growth of the EV market. State governments, such as Victoria and New South Wales, offer additional financial incentives to encourage EV adoption.  

These incentives can significantly reduce the upfront cost of purchasing an EV and make it a more attractive option for consumers. Additionally, the government has committed to expanding the charging infrastructure network to support widespread EV use. 

Final Thoughts

Switching to an electric vehicle in Australia offers numerous benefits that extend beyond personal transportation. From significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change to achieving energy independence and enjoying an enhanced driving experience, EVs are transforming the way we move. With enticing tax incentives, grants, and the government’s commitment to expanding charging infrastructure, now is the perfect time to consider electrifying your commute. By joining the electric revolution, Australians can contribute to a sustainable future while reaping the financial and environmental rewards of electric mobility.

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