Myths

We're here to bust the myths around EVs and why we think they're wonderful!


The specs myths

 

The average New Zealander travels less than 29km a day by car which is well within the 100km range of a typical EV.

*A Nissan Leaf, the most popular battery EV in New Zealand, has a range of up to 120km for its generation 1 model. Newer models have longer ranges and more high-end vehicles have much greater ranges. https://www.energywise.govt.nz/on-the-road/electric-vehicles/electric-vehicle-range/

 

Petrol or Diesel cars convert around 20% – 30% of their energy into moving the car where EVs can convert over 90%. https://www.energywise.govt.nz/on-the-road/electric-vehicles/advantages-and-challenges-of-evs/  

 

If you combine all the emissions produced when making the raw materials, battery and vehicle EV’s give off 60% less emissions over their life span than a petrol car. EV’s are also cheaper to run costing the equivalent of 30c a litre to fuel up. Did you know that 100% of the electricity that Mercury generates is renewable and 80% of New Zealand’s total electricity generation is as well? https://www.energywise.govt.nz/on-the-road/electric-vehicles/advantages-and-challenges-of-evs/

 


Purchasing myths

 

EV’s are much cheaper to run than diesel or petrol vehicles at the equivalent of 30c per litre. As EV’s become more popular, they become more affordable to buy.
https://www.energywise.govt.nz/on-the-road/electric-vehicles/advantages-and-challenges-of-evs/ev-running-costs/

 

Our partners Nissan, Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen are all actively selling EV’s across New Zealand. Rather than buying new you can also buy second hand https://www.mercury.co.nz/Products/electric-vehicles/savings-calculator


Battery myths

 

With more than 500 charging stations across New Zealand, you can always find somewhere to stop and top-up. The handy electric highway app shows you’re your nearest charging stations along your journey. https://www.mercury.co.nz/Products/E-transport/electric-highway

 

EV batteries are built to last. EV manufacturers are offering increasingly longer warranties on batteries of up to 10 years or more. If the batteries are taken care of the will last even longer. https://www.energywise.govt.nz/on-the-road/electric-vehicles/ev-battery-life-and-charging/

 

Plug in at home, at work or anywhere you like. All you need is a 3 pin plug. If you’re in a rush, use the Electric Highway to find a fast charger near you. https://www.mercury.co.nz/Evie/Charge-anywhere

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