Elec­tric cars – do the maths

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Ac­cord­ing to APEV, if you drive a ve­hi­cle that con­sumes eight litres of petrol per 100km, and petrol costs $2 per litre, then you’re spend­ing $16/100km. On the other hand if you charge your elec­tric ve­hi­cle up us­ing overnight off-peak elec­tric­ity at 15c/ kWhour, it’s go­ing to cost you around $3/100km. The En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity es­ti­mates the cost of run­ning an all-elec­tric Mit­subishi ImiEV or Nis­san Leaf at be­tween $300 – $450 a year, com­pared to about $1,000 for a Hy­brid Toy­ota Prius or $2,000 for a 1.5-litre Toy­ota Corolla. if you charge your elec­tric ve­hi­cle up us­ing overnight off-peak elec­tric­ity at 15c/kWhour, it’s go­ing to cost you around $3/100km

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