Why buy an EV (electric vehicle) over I.C.E

There are a number of reasons to buy an electric vehicle over an ICE vehicle, but are electric cars worth it? For those considering making a new vehicle purchase, offering company EVs, or upgrading their fleet, we’ve pulled together a summary of the core differences of battery power versus ICE (Internal Combustion Engine).

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They’re Greener

Research has shown that electric cars are better for the environment. They emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants than petrol or diesel cars. And this takes into account their production and electricity generation to keep them running. Experts broadly agree that electric vehicles create a lower carbon footprint over the course of their lifetime than do cars and trucks that use traditional, internal combustion engines.

What’s more, because of their batteries, electric cars can be more energy-intensive to build than ICE vehicles. However, recycling EV batteries or using them in energy storage devices can prolong their service lives. 

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Cheaper/greener to run

Electric motors are more efficient than traditional internal combustion engines that burn fossil fuels. Added to this, particularly here in New Zealand, electric vehicles are drawing their power from renewable power sources, meaning that they’re almost always much greener than conventional cars to run. 

Recharging EV batteries with electricity is nearly always cheaper than filling an ICE vehicle with petrol or diesel too – particularly if you charge at home (or even better, at the free chargers). 

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Efficient performance

Electric vehicles tend to be more energy efficient in stop-and-go traffic as well and electric motors actually react faster than mechanical engines. Electric cars tend to be much quieter than gas vehicles. That noise reduction can improve performance and quality of life and lead to a smooth ride on the road. All of these factors combined make for a better performance and experience as both a driver and passenger.

Less Maintenance

Electric vehicles also have significantly less moving parts than conventionally-fueled vehicles, and therefore require much less maintenance. There’s no oil changes, fuel filters, timing belts or mufflers to replace. Over time, that will add up to a significant amount of time and savings. 

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In summary 

(If not right now, very soon) EVs have significant advantages over ICE due to subsidies, electricity cost advantages, lower maintenance, and higher residual value. While many of the plug-in electric vehicles available today have a higher initial cost than ICE vehicles, don’t let that scare you away. Government incentives, in the form of rebates, are rapidly levelling the playing field.

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