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Some research on electric cars/ hybrids

Ban on petrol cars

‘Also, petrol cars are increasingly being banned across the world. In some countries no new petrol car will be allowed to be sold after 2025. However, most countries will allow petrol cars to be sold till 2040.


Hybrids: Toyota Prius and Honda Insight (they don’t need charging)

Plug-in hybrids (PHEV): like the Chevrolet Volt

All-electric cars: like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Ford Focus Electric and Chevy Spark EV run on electricity and use electrons as their solitary source of energy.  [Source]. Also BMW I3 60AH



Expect such cars to sell well below $35 in the next 5 years. These cars save $2K in running costs each year, so are increasingly becoming economic to run. The higher initial cost (compared with $20k) can then be recovered within 7-8 years. Currently, doesn’t make sense to switch to such a car.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are expected to reach cost parity with conventional cars between 2021 and 2025. However, the lower operational and maintenance cost and superior driving performance of EVs (e.g. quick acceleration, low noise) means that for most customers, the value proposition of an EV could surpass conventional cars even earlier [Source]


According to, the average New Zealand car travels 39km a day, which is 14,235km a year. If your car gets 10L per 100km, that’s $2,847 a year on fuel. In contrast, an EV can cost $524 to run a year, and that’s including maintenance. [Source]

But overall economies don’t always add up:

Petrol is not (yet) quite expensive enough to make a hybrid the accountant’s vehicle of choice. With petrol at $1.50/L, and based on travelling 15,000km/year and the above consumption figures, it would take many years to gain back the difference in purchase prices between the base Prius and the Camry. Ditto for the Honda. But that’s assuming petrol prices won’t rise! [Choice]

But prices are falling:

A newly imported second generation 2013 Nissan Leaf (possibly the most popular family EV), for example, costs around $30,000, while a first gen model from 2011 can be got for under $20k. [Source]


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