It’s time To Take EVs Mainstream

Myth-busting!

All You Need to Know About Renting Electric VEHICLES

 

EV Myth Busting

 

Did you know that the FIA Formula E Championship only races on tight, nippy street circuits around the world? And for good reason. They want to debunk the idea that high-performance electric vehicles (or EVs for short) are still in development – only found on test tracks around the world. Instead, they want EVs on city streets so everyone can get to experience their features and capabilities firsthand.

 

Of course, it helps that they are quiet, emission-free and, let’s be honest, fun to drive.

 

The e-revolution is well and truly underway and if you haven’t driven an electric car yet, maybe it’s time. The easiest way to take an EV for a spin? Make your next rental an electric one (or Win 1 of 3 Tesla experiences*)

Together with SIXT Car Rental, we’re busting the most common myths around driving – and renting – electric cars:

 

Myth #1 Electric vehicles aren’t readily available...

Woman driving EV
In fact, SIXT has one of the largest fleets of electric cars for rent in Australia – and you can pick up an MG ZSEV or Tesla Model 3 at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports.

 

Myth #2 EVs are still tricky to charge ...

Charging EV
First things first, an ever-expanding network of fast-charging stations across Australia means any concerns around charging your car should be a thing of the past.
SIXT suggests downloading the PLUGSHARE app for routes and charging stations, and of course their staff will give you a full tutorial and answer any questions you may have at pick up.
Believe it or not, charging your electric vehicle at a charging station is not that different to filling up your car at the pumps. It’s as simple as inserting the charger, pressing start, pressing stop, and returning the charger to its ‘holster’.
And despite what you may have heard, it’s relatively quick. At DC fast-charging stations, EVs can be charged to about 80% capacity in around 20 – 30 minutes. Which means you can charge your vehicle while in a meeting – or grabbing a coffee.
Even better, you don’t have to return your car fully-charged. Enjoy zipping around the city, safe in the knowledge that SIXT will happily recharge the vehicle on its return.   

ReCHARGE YOUR WEEKEND

Exclusive to Flight Centre Business Travel, we’ve partnered with SIXT to give 3 lucky customers the chance to WIN a Tesla experience* and e-lectrify your next weekend away.

 

Myth #3 … and have limited range

Driving EV Aerial View
Range anxiety is real. Essentially it’s a driver’s concern that they won’t have enough charge to get home – or to the next charging station. But with better batteries delivering increased range and more public chargers being installed by the day, this is becoming less of a problem.
But just how far, on average, can an EV take you?
In Australia, most electric rentals can travel more than 500 km on a single charge, which is pretty impressive. It means EVs have more than enough range for the majority of users – and you’ll probably be able to return your vehicle without ever needing to recharge.
Of course, if you do need to cover significant distances (this is Australia, after all), SIXT can advise on the best routes and charging stations along the way.

 

Myth #4 e-Rentals are expensive to run

EV Cost Comparison
This couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the Electric Vehicle Council, an average EV costs around AUD$4.50 in electricity charges to travel 100 kilometres, compared to AUD$16.65 for the average petrol car in Australia.
It’s worth noting that SIXT customers using a Tesla will not pay for any charging done on the Tesla, NRMA or Chargefox network, while SIXT customers using an MG will not pay for any charging done on the NRMA or Chargefox network.

 

Myth #5 EVs have no oomph

EV Power
This is probably one of the biggest myths when it comes to EVs – that their overall performance leaves a lot to be desired. 
In reality, electric cars can be very fast as their torque is delivered almost instantly. For example, the Hyundai Kona EV can accelerate just as fast as its turbo-petrol equivalent, and the Tesla Model S can do 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds – much faster than most supercars.
EVs also handle brilliantly, and have a great reputation when it comes to urban driving (proving far more efficient than their fuel-based counterparts). But at the end of the day, all you need to know is that an EV drives just like a normal car, only powered by electricity in the form of its battery.
The team at SIXT will walk you through the car and explain everything before you leave the lot, to make sure you are comfortable and confident in your choice of vehicle.

 

Another myth? The idea that EVs aren’t as good for the environment as they like to make out. This is one idea we’re happy to debunk. 

 

The transport sector remains of the biggest sources of emissions in Australia – and an EV charged from a renewable power source produces almost zero emissions. In addition, a reduction in conventional vehicle use has been found to improve urban air quality and reduce traffic noise. 

 

There’s little doubt that EVs will play an important role in our greener, cleaner future. Why not leap into the driver’s seat and give one a try?

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