Promoted by car manufacturers, the claims were supported at least by Ergon Energy’s Townsville based EV trial in 2012/13 which found running costs of about $4 per 100 kilometres – substantially cheaper than petrol or diesel fuelled similar sized cars.

The electricity to charge an EV works out at around a third as much per kilometre as buying petrol for the same vehicle 1.

And now people can calculate the running costs of EV’s across a range of brands and models.

Ergon has launched a new Smarter Energy webpage on its web site to showcase new technology including EVs and the charging costs for different brands and models.

It’s all about making it easier for people to access information that could help with their decision making.

And EV’s aren’t the only technology the page showcases. Consumer interest in battery storage is growing while solar PV systems have become mainstream said Marketing Manager Network Samantha Schultz.

And for Sam, the ability to calculate fuel savings when switching to an EV is one of the stand-out features of the page.

“Calculating the fuel savings is easy. Simply use the drop down boxes to select your current make, model, year and car body type, the number of kilometres driven in a week, month or year and an estimated price per litre of fuel.

“The fuel costs per year are calculated as well as savings on fuel per year against your choice of electric vehicle. You can change the tariff used to charge your selected EV and see the difference in savings as well,” she said.

Ergon’s research shows customers are seeking information from a trusted and independent advisor.

“And that is where we can help them. Customers are telling us they have a genuine interest in electric vehicles, battery storage and solar energy.

“However they want impartial and factual information that helps them in the purchase process to make informed decisions about what they buy and how they use this technology or product.

“They are telling us they are not getting that at the moment and this new section of our website will be a significant help to them, “she said.

While the Smarter Energy webpage is primarily about information, it’s also about educating customers about EV’s, solar and battery storage.

“Customers know about these new technologies and in fact there are more than 110,000 solar PV systems connected to our network. And while it is early days for battery storage, the interest is already there and customers are starting to seek impartial information.

“Likewise with electric vehicles, the interest is there however sales are still slow due in part to pricing and a lack of charging infrastructure.

Ergon recognises this and has mapped its network for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations from Toowoomba to Cairns bringing the electric car super highway another step closer.

We appreciate your feedback. If you would like to comment on this article please email talkingenergy@ergon.com.au

Footnotes:

  1. Source - Benefits of electric vehicles as outlined by the Australian Electric Vehicles Association on website http://www.gumtree.com.au/scam-security-centre/buying-on-gumtree/the-ultimate-electric-cars-buying-guide/