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 quiet to drive
Safe from international oil wars and Christmas time price gouging
Q. how much can i save on fuel costs?
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. It depends
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.
With that many factors at play we simply recommend a test drive in our models to see if they are suitable for your requirements.
The average Australian commute is around 40km per day. If you only charge at home, and have a standard commute, even an older leaf with 110km range would easily suit most peoples daily commute. Destination chargers (i.e. a charger at work or the holiday shack), and fast chargers through out the state open a whole range of travel options. We recommend you factor in saving 1/4 of the battery capacity when planning trips. Ie a 100km range vehicle can be relied on for a 75km commute in all conditions for the foreseeable future.
If you have any questions, talk to us and take a drive in your terrain and see if its the best solution for you.
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!
Q.How long does it take to charge?
10 Amp Portable charger supplied with all our vehicles - 12 km /hour, No Installation cost.
15 Amp Portable charger - 20km /hour, 15Amp PowerPoint required, $
Hardwired 7 kW EV Charger - 40km /hour, Installation required, $$
Hardwired 25 kW DC Charger - 140km /hour, Installation required, $$$$
Public AC charging (7-22kW) = 40km /hour Public DC fast/rapid charging (25-50kW) = around 300km/ hour
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 transferred into the estimated range of the vehicle at that point in time.
Q.How do you change a tyre?
A. Use the Conti- Mobility Kit
Our Nissan Leaf vehicles use a tyre repair kit called a "Conti-Mobility Kit". This is a similar principle to many "on the go" bike repair kits. The kit lives in the boot of the car and used to inflate the wheel. Theres a great video on how to use the kit here. It is recommended that the tyre is repaired by a qualified technician before driving distances.
Q. What happens when the battery needs changing?
A. We have the capacity to replace Nissan leaf batteries up to 40kWh. Currently we are using second-hand batteries from donor vehicles. In other jurisdictions companies are manufacturing aftermarket replacement batteries. Manufacturers in New Zealand and the 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 centre of the car that contains the vehicle reversing camera, AC control, radio and maps. We can convert the headset with Australian maps, english audio and Australian radio frequencies however 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 provide a mechanical warranty for our cars for 6 months or 7000km (Whichever comes first). We also warranty the batteries against excessive degradation for 3 years (ZE1), 2 years (AZEO 30kWh) and 6 Months (AZEO 24kWhs). We also offer a 30 day return policy - terms and conditions apply.
Q. Do electric cars actually reduce c02 emissions
A.Yes, but it depends on your electricity
The manufacture of the battery in the electric car uses a lot of resources. However over time it repays itself because they use less energy (more efficient) and can be powered off 100% renewable energy. This study from Europe shows that a normal petrol car produces 258 grams co2 per km, whereas a Nissan Leaf powered with renewables (Norway Hydro) produces 73 grams per km. In the German grid with a large burden of coal power plants (a bit like NSW or Victoria) the Leaf produces 150 grams per km.
Simply put, if you must drive, drive electric. If you drive electric charge from renewables.
Q. Are there any publicly available chargers in Australia?
Lots in fact. The “PlugShare” map below shows quite a few. they have a great app for the phone too!
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.