It's 2022, a V8 is almost unheard of. How easy is it owning/charging an EV in Sydney? Let's take a look.
Ok first things first, so you got your first EV or maybe you've rented one for a few days with Sixt. It's exciting, it's just like the day you got the L's. The driving experience in amazing, you're saving $ without the need for the petrol pump ($$$) and for probably the first time ever you no-long have the guilt factor driving vs taking public transport. But what do you do when you need more JUCE?
Well firstly you might not need to worry about finding a EV Charging Station as much as you think. Buying/renting an EV with 500, 400 or even 300 Km range really has no relevance to how much real range you'll get out of an EV in city driving. Why?
EVs are more efficient in urban environments vs extra-urban (highway). It's the complete opposite of Petrol or Diesel vehicles (which are more fuel efficient on highways). Petrol and Diesel cars are very inefficient in slow moving road environments. Petrol and Diesel engines need to rev normally at a minimum of 1500 to 2000 revs travelling in urban environments (20 Km/h). Which in the greater picture of things is really inefficient because the no of revs maintains a 110 Km/h in a higher gear (highway driving). Urban driving burns more fuel than highway driving.....
An EV works on the opposite more $ logical way powering your vehicle vs a Petrol or Diesel powered vehicle. With an EV you use more power the faster you travel.. Which is perfect for Sydney driving. Using electric motors you can simply use less Amps (power) to the electric motors moving slowly through traffic, then use that instant power/ torque where it counts. This way of driving is not entirely new to Sydney either. Almost all cabs and half of the Ubers in Sydney are Hybrid vehicles using almost no fuel in bumper to bumper traffic.
Your EV charges itself! Yes it sounds unreal but it's true, it's called Regenerative Braking. It works by collecting the Kinetic energy from your EVs wheels traction/ gravity resistance to the road. It's particularly effective when one uses one petrol driving. Meaning instead of using the break pedal to slow down, one simply takes their fool off the accelerator and lets the force of the Regenerative Braking kick in (but please remember to use the actual brakes when you need to stop). This means it's really quite impossible to measure the REAL range of an EV in a city environment. Because it depends on what kind of a driver you are doing and how you drive. Are you a bumper to bumper driver?
Are you thinking about buying your first EV? Here are some helpful EV buying guides by JUCER.
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