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Don’t gloss over ICE vehicles

 |  David Gibson  | 
While it’s great Peter Blank enjoys his classic car, his recent letter about electric vehicles (EVs) contains many inaccuracies.

EVs offer cheaper costs on long trips because you start the trip with around 400 km of range from home charging at cheap overnight electricity rates.

A sensible driver on a 655 km journey would stop for at least a couple of half-hour breaks anyway which double as charging stops.

Peter glosses over how 95% of EV charging is done at home overnight very cheaply, saving the owner $1000’s a year.

Eight years is the time the batteries are guaranteed, not their total life.  Many EV batteries are recording 500,000 kms with minimal battery degradation. The reuse of older tech Nissan Leaf batteries as electricity storage devices is already available, and recycling solutions within New Zealand are actively in development.

The new car market is already 20% EVs, and the used EV market is growing apace, EVs offer total cost of ownership over 5 years at substantially lower rates than ICE vehicles.

That includes the initial purchase cost (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority NZ)

EV purchase price parity with an equivalent ICE is already available on some models.

Ford is actively producing electric vehicles, including the F150 utes with production forecast to rise from 70,000 in 2023 to 83,000 in 2024. (Ford USA)

On-street charging stations for UK apartment dwellers are widespread making up about 25% of the total.

EVs perform substantially better than ICE in cold climates. (Norway survey)

What’s pushing the public demand for EVs is that once people drive one, they realise they are simply better cars.  Maybe Peter should take a test drive?


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