Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity and it's easy to see why. With many environmental benefits as well as great ad
Buying Electric at Macarthur Automotive Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity and it's easy to see why. With many environmental benefits as well as great advantages to the driver, there has never been a better time to make the switch.

Benefits of buying electric

Government Incentives - The Australian Government offers a $3,000 rebate, tax breaks and stamp duty benefits for purchasing electric vehicles. The eligibility criteria for the rebate and tax break differ from state to state, so please check the information on your State Government website before purchasing. QLD - Rebate for EVs priced under $58,000. Visit Queensland Govt Website for more information. NSW - Rebate for EVs priced under $68,750. Visit NSW Govt Website for more information. VIC - Rebate for EVs priced under $68,740. Visit VIC Govt Website for more information.
Low Running Costs - Electric and Hybrid cars are cheaper to run and maintain. While electricity costs may vary depending on rates, it is still a significantly lower cost than fuel and costs nothing at all if you have solar. This enables cost of fuel savings for EV (Electric Vehicles) owners and significantly reduces costs for PHEV and Hybrid owners as well. Service and maintenance costs are also lower as electric vehicles have fewer moving parts therefore requiring less maintenance. Some insurance companies may offer lower premiums as an incentive for buying electric.
Environmental Benefits - Electric, PHEV and Hybrid vehicles have numerous environmental benefits, unlike standard petrol or diesel vehicles. They do not produce any harmful exhaust emissions and they reduce greenhouse gases, which in turn helps to combat climate change. Their near silent engines minimises noise pollution and allows for a calm driving experience.

Types of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Explained

When it comes to types of electric vehicles, the choices people can buy go far beyond those powered by batteries alone. In today's ever-growing electric car market, car buyers can find all types, including options that rely on fuel cells or combine a gas engine in hybrid and plug-in hybrids. When talking about EVs, we generally refer to three main types of electric vehicles: hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV).

    Mild Hybrid These do not plug in. Hybrid electric vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine and one or more electric motors, which uses energy stored in batteries. This gives you longer range. The car’s computer manages operations between the two motors and uses different techniques to save fuel throughout your day-to-day drive.
    Plug-in Hybrid PHEVs use both petrol and electrical energy to power the car. Depending on your model, some favour petrol energy over electrical energy and some favour electric energy over petrol. The only way to increase a PHEVs’ battery charge is to plug it in.
    Electric Like their plug-in hybrid cousins, these cars need to be plugged in to receive electrical energy and charge the battery. They have no internal combustion engine and are the most eco-friendly option because they produce zero drive-time C02 emissions.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is electric servicing like?


    Hybrid & plug-in hybrid Servicing

    A hybrid service will be similar to your usual fuel car service. Your vehicle may need a wheel alignment or an oil change. Car brakes also cause significant issues if they go unserviced. Although your hybrid car is more efficient than one that runs only on a petrol engine, it still goes through natural wear and tear, and requires regular servicing.

    Electric Servicing

    Electric motors are sealed units that do not require regular servicing as they do not have lubricants such as oil or ancillaries like spark plugs and filters that need to be replaced often in order to remain in optimum working condition.

    Where can I charge my car?


    With electric cars increasing in popularity charging your electric vehicle has never been more convenient with new charges popping up each and every day in shopping centres and service centres around the state. Please see the NSW gov map to find all the charging stations near you

    What is the best percentage to charge up to?


    ​An EV’s battery life can be best maintained by avoiding charging it to 100% on a regular basis. A battery will be less stressed when only charged to around 80% for ideal battery life.

    How long do batteries typically last?



    Battery packs are usually guaranteed by the car manufacturer for eight years or 160,000km


    Battery packs are usually guaranteed by the car manufacturer for eight years or 160,000km, the general consensus that EV batteries last for between 10 and 20 years.