With rising petrol costs, the phasing out of traditional combustion engines, government rebates and increased focus on infrastructure, there is no doubt that Electric Cars are the way of the future.

However, the Electric Vehicle (or EV) landscape can be a tricky one for newcomers… Understanding the various types of EVs, the set-up needed to own and charge one, and the logistics and considerations required for taking longer trips are just a few examples of what owners need to navigate. The Drive Electric Car hub provides everything you need to make this new world a little easier to understand.

Which EV is right for you?

Which EV is right for you?

Are you thinking about getting a Electric car but not sure where to start? We can help!

Types of Electric Cars

Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) – “Hybrid”

A closed-loop hybrid is currently the most common type of electrified vehicle. Hybrids combine a traditional petrol engine with a battery and electric motor to reduce fuel consumption. The battery in the hybrid is charged through driving so they never need to be plugged in. Brands who produce hybrids include Toyota, Lexus, Kia and Haval.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) – “Plug-in”

Like a hybrid, PHEVs feature a petrol engine that works in tandem with an electric motor. Here though, the battery is bigger, allowing a PHEV to drive anywhere from 40 to 100km on electric power alone. As the name suggests, PHEVs need to be plugged in to recharge the battery. Brands who produce plug-in hybrids include Mitsubishi, Ford, Peugeot and BMW.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) – “EV”

The poster children of electric cars, EVs are fully-electric vehicles featuring a large battery array that powers one or more electric motors. With driving ranges of anywhere between 250 to 600km, EVs require charging, either at home or at public charging stations. Brands who produce EVs include Audi, Nissan, MG and of course, Tesla.


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A short history of Electric Vehicles

Sebring-Vanguard Citicar


The Sebring-Vanguard Citicar offered around 64km range at up to 60km/h. Over 4000 were built.
General Motors EV1


The GM EV-1 was the first 'big brand' electric car. With a 26kWh battery, it had a range of about 130km.
First Toyota Prius Hybrid


The launch of the hybrid Toyota Prius marked a significant step in eco-friendly transportation.
Tesla Roadster


The original Tesla Roadster was based on a Lotus Elise and featured a 53kWh battery.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV released


The 16kWh Mitsubishi i-MiEV was the world's first modern highway-capable mass-production EV.
Nissan Leaf launched


The Nissan Leaf was the first mass-produced all-electric vehicle for the global market.
First plug-in hybrid (PHEV)


The original plug-in Chevrolet (Holden) Volt, had a range of around 61km, as well as a petrol engine.
Tesla Model S launched


The Tesla Model S was the first ground-up EV from the US brand.
BMW i3 launched


The BMW i3 was the world's 'greenest' car and used innovative design and lightweight materials.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives in Australia


The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the first plug-in hybrid SUV.
Tesla Model 3 launched


With an affordable price and impressive range, the Model 3 brought electric cars to a broader audience.
Faster than fast!


The VW ID R's record-setting run at Pikes Peak showcased the potential of EVs for competition.
Sales milestone


In 2020, global electric vehicle sales topped the 10-million mark.
Changing times


The Tesla Model Y becomes the best-selling car in Europe. The first time for an electric vehicle.

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The petrol 2025 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman will be sold alongside the electric version, according to the company’s top engineer.


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News | 9 Oct 2023

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News | 6 Oct 2023

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News | 5 Oct 2023

The fastest car in Ford Australia showrooms – the high-performance Mustang Mach E GT electric vehicle – does not get a five-star safety rating because it is missing one key piece of technology.

Ford Mustang Mach-E concedes sales defeat to Tesla Model Y before it arrives in showrooms
News | 5 Oct 2023

Ford Australia’s first electric passenger car – the Mustang Mach E – is due in local showrooms by the end of this year, but the company has foreshadowed it won’t be a sales challenger to the top-selling Tesla Model Y.

Australia’s best-selling electric cars of 2023, with three months to go
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