Q. WHY CHOOSE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE?
A. Apart for some planet saving good vibes electric vehicles are
More fun to drive
Heaps less maintenance
Cheaper to run and maintain
Not stinky and really quite to drive
Safe from international oil wars and Christmas time price gouging
Q. HOW MUCH CAN I SAVE ON FUEL COSTS?
A. Electric cars can save the average Australian driver over $1,500 per year on fuel costs. As a rough rule of thumb electricity will drive your car at around 1/3 of the cost of petrol
Q. HOW FAR WILL MY CAR GO?
A. The range of your vehicle depends on a number of factors. Including original battery size, age of vehicle, charging history, terrain, driving speed and temperature (eek).
With that many factors at play we simply recommend a test drive in our models to see if they are suitable for your requirements.
If you only use home charging and have a standard commute we recommend dividing the quoted range by 3. I.e. a 24kWh leaf with 100km range would easily suite a 33km commute (66km round trip). This allows plenty of juice in the battery for headlights and heater in winter.
If you have a destination charger (ie a charger at work or the holiday shack) we recommend you factor in saving 1/4 of the battery capacity. I.e. a 100km range vehicle can be relied on for a 75km commute in all conditions for the foreseeable future.
If you are unsure, talk to us and lets take a drive in your terrain and see if its the best solution for you.
Q. What kind of chargers can I use with the electric vehicles you offer?
Level 1 chargers, also called Type 1 chargers. This included household power point and can be found anywhere there is a normal 10amp power point. The maximum rate of charge is 2.3 kW and can add 100km in 8.7 hrs
Level 2 chargers, also calledType 2. These are wall charger found in homes, hotels, workplaces. The maximum rate of charge is 7.4 kW and can add 100km of range in 2.7 hrs. Other level 2 or Type 2 chargers you might find are located in shopping centres, public car parks, on-street parking and can be up to 22 kW, providing 100km of range in 55 mins.
Level 3 chargers, also called Type 3. These are fast chargers used for intercity travel and are often found along major routes or in a growing number of petrol stations. They can charge up to 350kWh, however the maximum rate of charge our electric vehicles can take is 50 kW which will provide 100km range in 24 mins.
Q. DO I NEED TO INSTALL A CHARGER AT MY HOME?
Our current models are suitable to be charged from a 10A 240v powerpoint. However we recommend that the circuit be tested by an electrician to ensure the cabling is in tip-top condition. If you want to install a new power cable to the vehicle it makes sense to install a dedicated charger. They reduce any chance of electrical issues and some even come with the ability to directly divert your solar power to your car, whenever the sun is shining!
We will be soon uploading details of our chargers and accessories.
For more information on this topic visit the Evolution Australia
Q.DOES THE BATTERY DEGRADE OVER TIME?
The battery in electric vehicles gradually degrades over time. Nissan leafs batteries tend to fade at between 3-5% per year. A 4 year old vehicle has on average over 85% of its original battery capacity. When we sell a vehicle we tell you the condition of the battery and its level of degradation. This is transfered into the estimated range of the vehicle at that point in time.
Q. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BATTERY NEEDS CHANGING?
A. Aftermarket replacement batteries are just starting to enter the market. Manufacturers in New Zealand and the Netherlands have announced affordable battery replacements. We are looking forward to testing and evaluating these products and helping to bring replacement batteries to our customers in the future
Q. DOES MY CAR SPEAK JAPANESE?
A. Only if you want it to
The cars that we import from Japan are fully compliant with Australian requirements. We automatically change the dashboard to english language so the basic driving commands are simple and obvious.
The headset is a unit in the center of the car that contains the vehicle reversing camera, AC control, radio and maps. As a rule we upgrade this headset with Australian maps, english audio and Australian radio frequencies. If you want to save $500 on your car, you can brush up on Japanese language skills, use your phone for maps and crank out tunes through bluetooth connected mobile.
Q. DOES MY CAR COME WITH A WARRANTY
We want to make sure your electric car experience is wonderful so we warranty our cars for 6 months or 7000km (Whichever comes first).
EV – Electric Vehicle
kWh – “Kilowatt hour” measure of energy relating to charging rate and battery capacity.
SOH – State of Health. Relating to the vehicle’s overall battery condition. Measured on a % basis.
SOC – State of Charge. Relating to the current charge remaining in the vehicle battery. Measured on a % basis.
Regenerative Braking – Motor based braking system which recycles the energy created from breaking and charges the battery system
Type 1 – AC Charging plug end which connects to Type 2 chargers. (Car to charger)
Type 2 – AC Charging socket which accepts Type 1 cables. (Charger to car)
CHAdeMO – Direct Current Fast charging ports.