H ybrid vehicles have been used by local government for some time now, but the march to all electric is on. The latest to get on board is the Yarra Ranges Council on Melbourne’s outer fringe. As prices have come down, all electric vehicles (EV’s) are now a viable option for everyone.
Council wants to get its CO² levels down to 30% by next year, so EV’s are part of the plan. Two new Hyundai Iconiq EV’s will join the council fleet, in fact. But in this case, they will be getting a free charge up each day, by the council’s existing PV solar.
CO² emissions from EV’s is much lower than those with petrol engines, even while charged from mains power. A small, petrol engine car puts out about 4.8 tonnes of CO² each year, but an EV is much less. A small EV when charged on the Grid, adds about 2.5 tonnes of CO² each year, so nearly 50% less. So, by not using mains power at all, they will not be using any fossil fuel to run. This set up will be closely watched by others, that are thinking to take up the idea up too.
The Hyundai Iconiq is a small EV, that on their website costs between $49,000 and $55,000 drive away. A similar petrol engine car will cost a lot less than that, about half.
This isn't a plug for Hyundai, but this car sure looks good, seems to have a lot that buyers want.
Even though EV’s still cost more to buy, the cost of running them falls all the time. But Hyundai says that its Iconiq EV’s will save owners about $2000 a year in total costs. This is on 20000km and petrol at $1.50 a litre. So, it seems that the days of petrol engine cars could be coming to an end, sooner than many thought?