EMIS­SIONS STATE­MENT

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page - Aver­age emis­sions per ve­hi­cle, top 15 brands (grams CO2/km) Source: Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion 2017

ELEC­TRIC CARS

133 155 157 159 163 173 176 177 184 184 196 207 215 219 ser­vice sta­tion are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar but for now are largely ex­clu­sive to lux­ury brands.

Aus­tralia’s big­gest sell­ing plug-in hy­brid, the Mit­subishi Out­lander PHEV from $50,490, has rel­a­tively small over­all vol­ume.

The game-changer could be the plug-in ver­sion of Hyundai’s Ioniq (main pic­ture), which is likely to be sharply priced and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally mar­keted when it launches in De­cem­ber.

Among early adopters, there are plug-in ver­sions of the Volvo XC90, Porsche Cayenne and Panam­era, the Mer­cedes C350e, GLE500e, and S500e li­mou­sine.

BMW has the broad­est spread among the Ger­man brands, with PHEV ver­sions of the 2 Se­ries com­pact peo­ple-mover, 3 Se­ries and 5 Se­ries sedans, and the X5 SUV.

No range anx­i­ety thanks to the petrol en­gine back-up. With up to 50km of elec­tric driv­ing be­tween charges, some own­ers may not need to use petrol on the daily com­mute.

Elec­tric driv­ing range is op­ti­mistic. Limited ac­cess to recharge points be­yond the house­hold. The petrol en­gine is re­dun­dant most of the time.

Tesla is the world’s best known brand but there will be a flood of com­pe­ti­tion from Jaguar, Porsche, Mer­cedes and BMW among oth­ers, some im­mi­nent or within two years.

Show­rooms await the Jaguar i-Pace, Porsche Tay­can, Mer­cedes EQ and BMW iX3 (which will join the i3 and i8).

The main­stream won’t miss out. Hyundai launches an all-elec­tric ver­sion of the Ioniq in De­cem­ber, while Nis­san’s new Leaf is due mid-2019.

Kia is look­ing to launch its e-Niro elec­tric SUV next year and fol­low up with two or three mod­els over the next cou­ple of years. Volk­swa­gen and Re­nault are poised to en­ter the mar­ket in a sim­i­lar time frame.

The driv­ing range on the above EVs varies. Ex­pe­ri­ence shows, as with fuel con­sump­tion la­bels, claims of be­tween 250km and 500km are op­ti­mistic.

Prices are yet to be an­nounced but ex­pect a start­ing price of at least $50,000: twice the price of a con­ven­tional hatch but half as much as the cheap­est Tesla.

Emis­sions are not from the tailpipe but from the en­ergy sup­plier, zippy per­for­mance, al­most si­lent mo­tor­ing.

Driv­ing range is op­ti­mistic. Limited ac­cess to recharge points be­yond house­hold and pub­lic charg­ing points. Bat­tery dead? You’ll need a tow truck, not a jump start.

HY­DRO­GEN CARS

This could be the end game but it’s a case of chicken ver­sus egg. Hyundai is about to in­tro­duce its sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion hy­dro­gen car and Toy­ota is test­ing a fleet of fuel cell ve­hi­cles lo­cally.

But for now there is just one re­fu­elling point at Hyundai’s of­fice in Syd­ney. Toy­ota uses a mo­bile re­fu­eller on the back of a truck to fol­low its fleet. The ACT Gov­ern­ment is about to in­stall a hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling point as part of a trial of 20 Hyundai Nexo SUVs.

You can re­fuel as quickly as a petrol car and get the same range.

The tech is pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive and there’s scant re­fu­elling in­fras­truc­ture.

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