With more and more Aussies switching to electric, you might be wondering if you should make the move too. But what does it all mean and can you get behind it?
We visited Shire GWM dealership Dominelli GWM to lift the bonnet on electric vehicles, how they work and their latest EV model, the GWM Ora.
Electric vehicles, or EVs, have been grabbing headlines for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that they became a viable consideration for everyday Aussie families. This is thanks to a combination of factors all working in tandem; the influx of EV and hybrid models, the government’s commitment to better charging infrastructure and its generous EV rebate encouraging more of us to make the switch.
So, why go electric?
Well, there’s the clear benefit of saving the planet. Driving an EV results in lower greenhouse gases and air pollutants than petrol and diesel cars. Transport emissions account for 20% of Australia’s total emissions so EVs offer a huge potential to make a positive impact.
Fans of electric cars will tout the many benefits over internal combustion engine cars. The most popular performance-related reasons might include regenerative braking (lifting your foot off the accelerator without touching the brake pedal to slow the car down to a stop), instant torque (fast to accelerate), better handling and the quietness that comes with an electric engine.
With all these benefits, it’s hard to argue the case otherwise.
The average Aussie drives around 40km a day, and some EVs such as the new GWM Ora can drive up to 310km on a single charge for the Standard model and 420km for the Extended range. This means that you’re only doing a full charge once a week. Easy!
Charging is simple and straightforward with a growing network of charging stations around the country. If you’re unsure of widespread availability, check out PlugShare, ChargeFox and EV Connect – apps that will show you charging stations around the country including the Sutherland Shire, or visit Transport for NSW’s interactive public charging station map.
Whilst the initial outlay of buying an electric vehicle might put off some, it could well be worth it in the long run. If you look at the total cost of ownership (TCO) of running a car, EVs can actually work out a lot more cost effective. EVs are significantly cheaper to run, with estimated fuel savings of up to 70% and maintenance savings of around 40%.
In addition, if you consider the current government rebate of $3,000 when you buy a new electric car, you could be driving one away sooner than you think!
Especially if you set your sights on the new electric GWM Ora.
Starting at $41,045* for the Standard model and $47,045* for the Extended, the new GWM Ora is in a class of its own.
With a head-turning new design and sleek exterior, this car will be the envy of your friends. Compact and nimble for easy navigation through crowded streets, the Ora has an electric powertrain providing instant torque for a smooth and quiet ride. Ideal for daily commutes, it’s the perfect choice for city driving.
Both models include the following:
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 10.25” Full Colour Touch Screen Infotainment System
- Single pedal driving
- Keyless entry system
The electric Ora comes from a family of safe and stylish cars from GWM. If you’re still getting to grips with this new automotive brand, check out the latest releases from GWM – the new Ora Ultra and the new Ora GT. Both deliver greater luxury with a real sporty exterior and inclusions such as a heated steering wheel, massaging front seats and panoramic sunroof. For a limited time, customers can also receive a GWM Charging Station valued at $1690 or while stocks last.
Quickly becoming the fastest growing vehicle brand in Australia, GWM offers buyers a hard-to-beat list of benefits such as a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a 7 year warranty, 5 year roadside assist and 5 year capped price servicing.
Sydney’s preeminent GWM dealership Dominelli GWM is located right here in the heart of the Sutherland Shire. A family owned business since 1969, Dominelli prides itself on delivering exceptional value and service for its many customers each and every day.