When looking at electric vehicles, its important that people understand the facts, so they can make informed decisions. There is hype, but there is also reality and we want to see what a brand new electric car available now is like compared to a similar petrol version, to help us figure out, is the hype worth it?
As an example, a brand new Hyundai Kona full-electric vehicle costs $74,000, whereas a similar, high-spec brand new Mazda CX-3 with more features, such as leather seats, costs about $40,000.
Hyundai says the Kona can travel more than 400km on a full battery, though there are some caveats that can affect range, such as temperature (if it is too hot or too cold, the battery’s performance will be affected), braking, acceleration, tyres and the health of the battery. The CX-3 can do more than 750km @ 6.3L/100km, which translates to roughly $1750pa in fuel. The electric vehicle equivalent fuel cost in electricity is roughly $320pa.
Hyundai says the charging cable that comes with the car will fully charge the battery in 43 hours and it offers an extra charging station that will speed it up to nine and a half hours. There are also fast-charging stations around town that can get the battery to 80% of capacity in 75 minutes.
As electric vehicles have far fewer moving parts than traditional internal-combustion engines, there’s less to go wrong with them. This could mean that you get more use out of the vehicle and it will last longer. However, repair parts may be expensive dependent on their rarity and the electronics involved. Most likely, repairs may involve replacing the battery, which could cost more than $6000, though with a new car this will be covered under warranty for up to 5 years.
This is where the rubber meets the road: Full Electric Kona: 0 g/km and the CX-3 is 140 g/km which means its emitting roughly 1.96 tonnes of CO2 per year (based on 14,000km driven per year)
Cost, charging time and charging station infrastructure are factors to consider for sure, there is also the range anxiety (not knowing if you can make your destination before you need a charge) which is a real problem people have. However, electric vehicles should last longer, require less maintenance and are better for the environment. So if you are considering buying one new, you need to weight up what’s the most important thing to you and do the pro’s out weigh the con’s, but of course everyone has their own needs and opinions, so its truly up to you.