New analysis shows electric vehicles may save the Aussie Summer road trip during cost of living crisis
A new analysis released by the Climate Council today has revealed that Australian drivers taking a Summer holiday road trip in an electric vehicle can save up to 79% on the cost of filling up an average petrol car.
The analysis of popular holiday routes reveals:
battery electric vehicles can save up to $297 on a journey on popular holiday routes from Melbourne and up to $225 with a more fuel-efficient petrol car;
battery electric vehicles can save up to $293 on a journey on popular holiday routes from Brisbane and up to $219 with a more fuel-efficient petrol car; and
battery electric vehicles can save up to $167 on a journey on popular holiday routes from Sydney and up to $131 with a more fuel-efficient petrol car.
Solar Citizens acting CEO Joel Pringle said, “We’re seeing massive fuel cost savings from electric vehicles and in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis that could very well save the Summer road trip for many families.
“Electric vehicles running on sunshine and cheap renewables is a huge cost of living win for Australians, and as electric vehicle prices come down it’ll become the new normal."
“Millions of us run our homes on solar, the next logical step is to save money by running our cars on sunshine too.
“Many Australians are ready to get in the driver’s seat of an electric car, but the price and availability keep them locked out.
“The sooner we get national Fuel Efficiency Standards, the sooner we get more affordable electric vehicle models and expand second-hand options. Until we have Fuel Efficiency Standards that match Europe, we risk carmakers using Australia as a dumping ground for unwanted, more polluting car models.
“There are many more electric vehicles available to car buyers in countries like New Zealand that have strong Fuel Efficiency Standards. The Australian Government’s lagging on Fuel Efficiency Standards is the sole reason that we have less affordable vehicle options to choose from.
“Solar Citizens analysis from last year also showed if the Federal Government implemented a strong Fuel Efficiency Standard Australians could save at least $11 billion in fuel cost savings over five years, including $4 billion for regional Australia.
“We keep hearing the same message over and over from Australians – give us the vehicles we want, at a fair price point and we’re ready to make the switch,” Mr Pringle said.
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