Three cars that prove electric vehicles are the future
Imagine putting your foot down at the lights and accelerating in complete silence. Imagine never having to visit a gas station again and saving thousands every year.
You're imagining the future of motoring – electric vehicles. They're better for the planet, easier on your wallet, and despite what you may think they can be a lot of fun too. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of choice in electric vehicles (EV) in Australia, but that's all about to change when these three incredible cars are unleashed.
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is amongst the most widely available EVs in the country. They come with a number of features that make them very appealing to first time EV purchasers, including:
- A driving range of up to 200 km for the 2017 model and over 300 km for the 2018.
- Charges to 80 per cent in 35 minutes using a DC fast 55 kW unit.
- A top speed of 165 kph.
- Respectable 0-100 kph time of 9.9 seconds.
The most compelling feature of the Hyundai Ioniq is undoubtedly its class-leading range. If the claimed range for the zippy 2018 model is accurate, you could get from Sydney to Canberra on a single charge. To experience Australia's next favourite EV from the driver's seat, register your interest with Peter Warren Warwick Farm and you'll be the first to hear when it's available.
The Renault Zoe is set to be Australia's most affordable electric vehicle upon its release in late 2018. Despite its reported sub $50,000 price point, it's absolutely packed with features that make it a great option for the daily commute.
It's incredibly safe with features like airbags, emergency brake assist, automatic dusk sensing headlights, rear parking sensors and camera and remote central locking. It's also packed with conveniences you might not expect from such an affordable car, such as a 7 inch touchscreen, Bluetooth capability and a five year/100,000 km battery warranty.
As if that wasn't enough the car produces no harmful emissions at all, and is reported to have an impressive range of 300 km.
If you're looking for an electric vehicle with personality the Kia Soul is your best option. Its quirky-cool design is wholly unique and infectiously fun, unlike any other EV on the market.
It's more than just a pretty face, however. Its 109 horsepower engine powers it from 0-100 in just over 8 seconds – and its acceleration from a standstill is incredibly rapid thanks to the instant torque supplied by the electric motor.
What's more, the Kia soul may just be the greenest car ever built. From its headliner trim to the carpet the car's eco-friendly plastics are made from recycled plant-based materials like corn and sugar cane. It may not be the most practical but its might be the fastest, most exciting and most environmentally friendly of all the cars in its class.
Don't miss out on the Kia Soul when it's released later in 2018. Get in touch with Peter Warren Kia in Warwick Farm to make sure you're the first to know.