FAQ’s

Why should I buy an EV?

Economic and environmental factors  are the top reasons for considering electric-powered alternatives to vehicles that run on conventional fuels such as gasoline, propane and diesel.

  • Lower Cost
  • More Reliability
  • No pollutant Emissions
  • Quieter
  • Lower Overall Emissions
  • Overnight Charging
  • Reduced Oil Consumption

What is the range of the EV’s? How far can I go before I run out of power/charge?

Each vehicle will be different. The Blade Electron for example, will travel around 100km of city driving on one charge. This will depend of course on terrain, speed, driving style, and whether the heater or air conditioning are being used.

How long does it take to charge an EV?

It generally takes 7-8 hours to charge from flat to fully charged. Charging overnight in the garage is a great option.

Are there any public charge stations in Canberra?

Better Place have plans to implement a network of charge stations around Canberra in 2011. Better Place’s investment in Canberra will include the installation of charging points in homes, offices, shopping centres and other car parks, where EV owners will be able to plug their vehicles in to be charged.

How long will the battery last in a recharge vehicle such as Blade or iMiEV?

For the past two years Electrons owned by various Victorian councils have been kept outside in all weather without any cover 24 hours a day seven days a week.

During that time data collected by the University of Ballarat has shown no appreciable deterioration in the capacity of the battery packs.

And Electron batteries absorb and deliver more energy the warmer the weather gets.

In a15 year old iMiEV it is anticipated that the battery will recharge to 85% of its original capacity.

What are the environmental benefits of EV’s?

  • EVs can use electricity from anywhere including sustainable energy resources such as wave, wind or sun.
  • EVs produce zero emissions at the point of use.
  • An elect ric motor is 400% to 600% more efficient than a petrol fueled internal combustion engine. They have to be. On average, a 30 mpg petrol fueled internal combustion engine car uses only 5% to 10% of the energy of its fuel, whereas the EV converts 70% to 80% of the battery’s pack into propulsion, for the same mile.
  • Even if an EV is fueled by coal fired power plant they are still run 400% to 500% more efficiently than a petrol fueled combustion engine.
  • EVs emit no pollutant from the tailpipe, so they’re cleaner for the environment and better for everyone’s respiratory health.

What does zero emissions mean?

Zero emission refers to an engine, motor, or other energy source, that emits no waste products that pollutes the environment or disrupts the climate.

How do electric vehicles work?

A fully electric vehicle is powered by energy from a rechargeable battery instead of an internal combustion engine.  The battery is recharged by plugging it into a power supply. Electric cars are very reliable and easy to maintain. They are quite simple, in mechanical terms. Therefore there is less to go wrong. There is less overall wear and tear on your car and less parts that have to be replaced.

Read more about the benefits of electric vehicles here.