Switching to an electric vehicle (EV) can be a great way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and future-proof your transportation needs against rising fuel costs and increasing restrictions to petrol vehicles. EVs are predicted to be the same price as their petrol counterparts by 2026 and 30% cheaper by 2030. EVs produce lower emissions over their lifetime when compared to petrol or diesel vehicles. Charging an EV from grid electricity can be about half the cost of fuelling a petrol car, and even less so when charging from rooftop solar or a home battery.
If you own or rent in an older home, make sure to chat with an electrician and your landlord about your existing infrastructure before buying an EV to check it can handle the additional electrical load, as older homes may not have adequate electrical supply. If you live in an apartment, make sure you check with your body corporate about where you can safely charge your EV.