Some say they’re the future, some think they’re a hoax. We're here to debunk some of the myths about EVs by sharing the facts.
EV or Hybrid? What’s the difference? Here’s the three main types of Electric Vehicles you will come across in the New Zealand market:
BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle: Battery Electric Vehicles are fully electric. They run on an electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery. They are also known as ‘pure electric vehicles’ and are charged externally by being plugged into a power source.
PHEV - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle: A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle is a vehicle that runs on petrol or diesel, but is also supported by a electric battery that is plugged in and charged through an external source. These vehicles can switch between engines depending on how much power is needed. Hybrids are useful for anyone who wants to travel long distances, as the petrol engine with give you a greater range than a pure electric engine.
HEV Hybrid Electric Vehicle: A Hybrid Electric Vehicle is powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) which is supported by an electric battery. These HEVs don’t plug into an external electricity source, so they charge their batteries through regenerative braking.
If every single car in New Zealand was to swap to electric overnight, EEAC (Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority) estimates our electricity demand will only increase by about 20%. Since the growth of electric cars in our national fleet will be steady, power providers will have time to build the infrastructure to support the increase in demand for renewable electricity.
The New Zealand Government’s aim is to reach zero emissions by 2050. Transport is responsible for 47% of CO2 in domestic emissions and their target cannot be reached without decarbonising transport.