There are two main types of electric car:
- All-battery electric cars – an all-electric car solely fuelled by a battery that is charged by plugging it into an electrical outlet. These have a range of 120−170kms.
- Plug-in hybrid cars : These are powered by a battery that is charged by plugging it into an electrical outlet, and also a gasoline engine powered by petrol. After the electric battery is exhausted, the car continues to operate using its petrol powered engine.
How you use your car and the range you need will be deciding factors in what type of electric car you choose. If you need to travel out of cities where there may be less charging infrastructure then a hybrid may be the best option.
There are a range of makes and models of electric cars in New Zealand (new and second hand) with a number of manufacturers releasing battery electric and plug in hybrid versions of existing models.
Check out Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) vehicle total cost of ownership tool – it’s a fantastic way to see what new vehicles are available in New Zealand and their operating costs.