EV Specifications Guide

This represents the kilometres that each vehicle can travel on a full charge.

Claimed Range
This is the driving range that is specified by the manufacturer of the vehicle.

Real Range
The real-range figures we provide are an aggregate of various consumer sources and represents a driving range that an average person can achieve in normal driving conditions.

As there are many variables that determine the driving range of an electric car, individual results may vary, which is why we have provided an average figure.

This value represents how effective the vehicle is at converting stored electrical energy into drivable kilometres. It is measured by Watt-Hours per Kilometer travelled (Wh/km). 

Claimed Efficiency
This is the efficiency of the vehicle that is provided by the manufacturer.

Real Efficiency
This is the efficiency of the car according to an aggregate of consumer feedback and represents a value that is in line with what an average driver could expect to achieve.

Individual results will vary, efficiency is particularly dependent on the style of driving. Heavy or spirited driving of an electric car will result in a significant decrease in vehicle efficiency.

This is the rate at which the vehicle consumes energy. It is presented as Kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres (kWh/100km). 

To calculate the energy cost, simply multiply the cost of electricity by the figure we provide for each vehicle.

Example:
A car with an efficiency of 17.5 kWh/100km
&
An electricity rate of 30c per Kilowatt Hour

$0.30 x 17.5 = $5.25

The vehicle above would consume $5.25 of electricity for every 100 kilometres travelled or 5.25 cents per kilometre.

Battery Capacity

This is the total capacity of the battery. Some manufactures will state the maximum capacity whilst others will state the maximum usable capacity.

To keep things simple and reduce any confusion, we have decided to only state the total maximum capacity as it appears this is the more widely accepted standard of communicating battery sizes of electric cars.

We provide both the regular and fast-charge times of each vehicle.

Regular Charge
Charging using a level 2 or wall-box charger, these can be installed at home or are available as destination chargers all around Australia.

Fast Charge
Charging using a high-powered commercial-grade fast charger. These are generally only available as destination chargers and are made available by a service provider. An example of a well-known fast charger is a Tesla Supercharger. Charge Fox and Charge Point also provide fast chargers within their network.

Charge Time
This is the time it takes to charge the vehicle’s battery from 0 to 100%. Shorter times are more desirable than longer times, however, the size of the battery does play a critical role and thus, charge time should not be the sole indicator of charge performance.

Charge Speed
This is the pace at which a vehicle can accept its charge. For example, a car that can charge at 80km/h will accumulate 80kilometres of drivable range for every hour it is connected to the charger. This figure is considered one of the most important figures in charging as it directly translates to the real world and can easily be compared among vehicles regardless of battery size or charger. Cars with higher charge speeds are considered to be better than those with slower speeds for obvious reasons.

Charge Power
This is the raw rate at which the vehicle can accept its charge, it is measured in Kilowatts and is also the value that is used to convert to the human-friendly ‘charge-speed’ which we mentioned above. Cars which have a higher charge power are considered to be technologically more advanced than those with lower figures.

Charge Port
This is the connector type that is equipped with the vehicle. Generally, vehicles will accept both a level 2 and a fast charge connector. The connector on the charger must match the connector of the vehicle for it to connect and charge. In some circumstances, an adapter can be used to make 2 different connectors compatible with each other.

Power
This is the power output of the vehicle from all combined motors. It is represented in Kilowatts (kW). The higher this number is the more power a vehicle has.

Torque
This is the rotating force from the combined motors of the vehicle. It is represented as Newton Metres (Nm). Vehicles with higher levels of torque are more capable of pulling heavier loads.

Where an ICE vehicle produces maximum torque anywhere from 1200-RPM and above, an electric vehicle produces its maximum torque at 0-RPM. This is what makes an electric car feel so quick off the line.

0-100km/h
This represents the vehicles ability to move from a standstill to a  speed of 100 km/h under full acceleration on a flat road. It is measured in seconds.  

It is generally considered that cars that can accelerate to 100 in under 5 seconds are considered to be high performance. 

Top Speed
This is the maximum speed the vehicle is capable of travelling at full throttle. Whilst for some lower-powered vehicles this figure may represent the limit of performance, the majority of electric cars today are speed limited and therefore this figure tends to have little to do with a vehicle’s comparative performance. 

The price that we provide for each vehicle is the average Australian drive-away price in AUD.

It includes all of the on-road costs and is the price that anyone can expect to pay to receive possession of the vehicle.

We aggregate this data from dealer sites, classified directories and other consumer sources.

Prices between states may vary and they do not include any discounts or promotions that may be running.

This is the volume of storage space that a vehicle has with all seats folded in their upright position. The value is represented in Litres and includes the boot or hatch area and frunk (front trunk).

Max Cargo Space
This is the volume of storage that also includes any extra space that can be achieved by folding seats in their down or closed position. Hatchbacks, SUVs and Station Wagons are typical vehicle types that are capable of increasing their cargo space.

This of course comes at the cost of reducing the number of occupants that can be seated ion the vehicle. 

 

This represents which wheels drive the vehicle. There are 3 drive types on the market today for electric cars.

FWD – Front Wheel Drive
The electric motor or motors drive the front wheels of the vehicle only. This is generally the most cost-effective configuration for a vehicle. 

RWD – Rear Wheel Drive
The electric motor or motors drive the rear wheels of the vehicle only. This is considered to be more favourable than FWD as it provides better driving dynamics and has a ‘sportier’ feel. 

AWD – All Wheel Drive
The electric motor or motors drive all the wheels of the vehicle. This is considered the best configuration for both performance and safety as it provides the highest levels of traction and provides the vehicle’s computer with the ability to modulate power to wither the front or rear for a dual-motor vehicle, or even to each individual wheel for a tri or quad motor vehicle.

Electric cars in Australia will generally have 2 stated warranties.

The first is the regular warranty which covers all the vehicles components (minus the battery). Most manufacturers provide 3 to 5-year vehicle warranties, with kilometres varying from 80,000 to unlimited.

The other is for the battery. As the battery is one of the most expensive components of the vehicle and has a limited lifespan, many manufacturers will provide a longer warranty for the vehicle’s battery than the rest of the vehicle. Some manufacturers even extend this to the motor and drive train components.

Electric car battery warranties tend to be around 8 years and 160,000 kilometres, with exceptions to some manufacturers that may provide more or less.

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