Electric Vehicles in Victoria

Mazda EV

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto commented on the upcoming plans. Marumoto was asked how Mazda will hit tougher emissions targets in Europe in 2020 and 2021, and as part of his answer, he revealed:

“…the first Mazda battery-electric vehicle will hit the market next year. Finally, we will introduce plug-in hybrid models from 2021 or 2022. So we will eventually achieve the target, although we will have some difficulties in 2020.”

Marumoto also said next year’s electric Mazda wouldn’t come from the Toyota partnership:

“We are jointly developing a new EV architecture with Toyota, but we will first introduce our own EV on a Mazda architecture in 2020.”

There’s no information about what kind of model the electric Mazda might actually be. There’s also no indication of where Mazda may release the EV — will it come to the US, or just Europe, considering the publication, and the subject of EU emissions?

For what it’s worth, Marumoto said later in the interview, “we don’t make cars only for Europe.”

 

Used EV

The strongest argument for buying a used EV (or any used vehicle) is that re-using existing products conserves both your money and the world’s finite resources.

Think about the energy it took to build a car – from mining its constituent minerals to the molten steel and aluminum that formed its frame and body.

Consider the electricity used to power those factories, forges, and mills. Think about the transportation stream – the locomotives, ocean-going freighters and semi tractor-trailers that hauled the vehicle to your locale.

There’s a large expenditure of resources – energy used and emissions released – just to get that car to the point of sale.

FAQs

DEFINITIONS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

 

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) A car that runs purely on electric power, stored in an on-board battery that is charged from mains electricity (typically at a dedicated chargepoint).
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) A car with a combination of a traditional internal combustion engine and a rechargeable battery, allowing for either pure electric-powered driving or extended range from a combination of the petrol engine and electric motor.
Plug-in vehicle (PiV) A blanket term for any vehicle with a plug socket, including BEVs and PHEVs.
Electric vehicle (EV) Can be used as a catch-all term for BEVs, PHEVs and REx, but often used to refer to pure electric vehicles i.e. BEVs.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) A 100% fossil fueled hybrid car. The most common is the Toyota Prius. A small battery is charged through regenerative braking that generates some electric power in tandem to a combustion engine, but all energy originates from petrol.
Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) A zero-emissions vehicle, or ZEV, is a vehicle that emits no exhaust gas from the onboard source of power. Harmful pollutants to the health and the environment include particulates, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, ozone, lead, and various oxides of nitrogen.
What is an EV?

 An EV is an electric vehicle that can be driven using electricity without relying on any combustible fuels.

What is an ICE vehicle?

ICE stands for Internal Combustion Engine, like gas, or diesel, etc.

What happens to an EV battery at the end of its lifecycle?

Recycling facilities for Lithium batteries have been operating since the 1990s. Many depleted EV batteries serve a second life in home or commercial storage before finally being dismantled for recycling at end of life.

What is the top speed of an EV?

Basic EVs have a top speed of about 150km/h. Acceleration is brisk and quick, because EVs have all of their torque available from a stop, unlike ICE vehicles which have to speed up in RPM and shift gears to accelerate the vehicle. Dollar for dollar, EVs are more pleasant and fun to drive than their ICE counterparts.

How far can an EV go?

 That depends on the size of the battery, it’s condition, and driving conditions. Much like a cell phone battery, the demands placed on the battery affect how many hours it will run before requiring a recharge. Current range varies from 60km – 500km on a single charge. Daily range is double or triple that number due to the ease of destination and opportunity charging. Some heavy commercial use  may require several charges daily. These occur during times when the vehicle is sitting.

What is destination or opportunity charging?

Destination charging means using public charge stations when you and your vehicle have reached your destination, like your work place, or a hotel, airport, B&B, etc. Opportunity charging means using public charge stations at parkades, the mall, the grocery store, etc. If you’re parking for 45 minutes, why not charge for 45 minutes?

How many kms will the battery in my EV last?

The battery is not designed to last any particular driving distance. Modern EV batteries are engineered to last ten years of service, and have about 70% battery capacity remaining at that time. Some will last longer, some will expire earlier, depending on type of use, geographic location, and the driver’s charging habits.

What maintenance requirements does an EV have?

Regular service includes wheel rotation, brake and suspension inspections, wiper blade replacement, wiper fluid top up, lubrication of door hinges, cabin air filter replacement, etc. These service items can be carried out at any competent mechanical facility. Yearly battery health reports are encouraged, at supporting franchised dealers.

What is the warranty on an electric car?

Japanese manufacturers typically include a 3 year comprehensive and a 5 year powertrain warranty from new. European manufacturers typically include a 4 year comprehensive warranty from new. Used EV’s carry the balance of the original warranty. Many carry a separate “loss of capacity” warranty. Our staff can supply more detailed information regarding specific vehicles.

What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

It is a hybrid electric vehicle that uses batteries that can be recharged by plugging it in to an external source of electric power. These cars have both an electric motor as well as an internal combustion engine. Their all electric range varies between 20-90Kms depending on the size of the battery.

What is an extended range electric vehicle?

It is an electric vehicle equipped with an auxiliary power unit known as a “range extender”. This small ICE powers a generator which charges the EV’s main battery. When battery power is depleted, the ICE range extender will power the vehicle until as long as there is fuel in the tank.

Does my EV have a spare tire?

No, most newer vehicles don’t come with a spare tire. Instead they are equipped with a compressor and a bottle of tire sealant to “repair” the tire so you can get to a proper facility.

Does my EV have a regular 12v battery?

Yes, the 12v battery is used to power the accessories in the vehicle such as the lights, audio and heated seats, power windows, and heater.