Why you should consider an eco-friendly car

March 13, 2019 9:52 am | Peter Warren, peterwarrenrenault.com.au, peterwarrentoyota.com.au

What if you could upgrade your car and save the planet at the same time?

Eco-friendly, or "green", cars are the way to go if you're planning to upgrade in 2019. Green cars are those that produce considerably fewer emissions than your standard petrol or diesel car – usually electric vehicles (EV) or plug-in hybrids like the Renault ZOE. They're more popular than you might think: The total number of EVs purchased throughout the world surpassed 3 million worldwide in 2017, a 50 per cent expansion of the year prior, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

This number is only expected to grow, with IEA predicted scenarios that would see 125 million EVs on the road by 2030. How's that for a hype train? It's time to jump on board and consider an EV of your own in 2019. Here's why.

Electric vehicles are better for the environment

Traditional petrol and diesel vehicles produce both greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide trap heat within the Earth's atmosphere and are thought to effect climate change. Meanwhile, air pollutants like carbon monoxide impact the quality of the very air we breathe and may contribute to various illnesses.

With transport – both private and public – contributing as much as 13.9 per cent of Australia's carbon emissions, a widespread switch to electric vehicles is a real opportunity to stay the hand of global warming.

Electric vehicles are cheap to run – and getting cheaper

With increased investment and production, electric vehicles are becoming more affordable. The IEA points to the falling price of batteries, with an almost 80 per cent decrease in prices between 2010 and 2017.

Let's take a look at the Toyota Camry SL, for example. The popular sedan is available with a four-cylinder petrol engine ($44,333 driveaway) or as a hybrid ($45,464 driveaway). There's a relatively small price difference between the two options, but a significant gap between ongoing fuel costs, according to the Australian Government's Green Vehicle Guide.

The Toyota Camry SL four-cylinder petrol sedan comes in at $1,961 per year, almost a whole $900 more expensive than the hybrid, which came in at $1,069 per year. Compare this to a completely electric car, such as the Renault ZOE Life which launched in 2018 with a driveaway price of $51,990, and your annual fuel costs fall as low as $577.

Switching to an electric car doesn't only save the environment – it can help protect your wallet. To learn more about green cars, or to give one a test drive, contact your nearest Peter Warren Automotive dealership today.