EVs have zero emissions at the tailpipe and therefore can contribute to local air quality improvements. This is a key driver towards development of low emission vehicle policies outlined in the Road to Zero document. Further carbon emission reductions are also a likely impact of these policies. In addition, the death of 9-year old Ellah Kissi-Debrah has now been attributed to being caused by air pollution and is a stark reminder that improvements must be made.
EVs in particular are easier to drive than internal combustion engine cars, they are all automatic and have more torque (pulling power) available at lower speeds so are effortless to get moving from stationary
EVs have lower running costs and total overall costs of ownership – despite higher purchase price (currently). Maintenance is far easier as there are fewer moving parts, therefore servicing costs are much cheaper. It is forecast that the purchase price will be similar to petrol and diesel vehicles within the next 10 years or sooner.
EV battery ranges are increasing rapidly
All the major manufacturers now have, or are about to bring to market, EV and PHEV vehicles.
In addition to passenger cars, more and more commercial vehicles including small and mid-size vans are coming to market. E-cargo bikes are also a viable and affordable option for local trips.