What you need to know about Electric Cars

The tide has turned, and many New Zealanders are now considering the purchase of Electric Cars.

With savings on petrol, and the general well-being of knowing you’re doing your part for the planet, EV’s are becoming ‘the new normal’ around the globe.

Charging your EV

EV Charging at home

All EVs are sold with a charging cable that plugs into any standard 3-pin powerpoint that you’ll have at home.

This provides a ‘slow charge’ that will charge your EV overnight while electricity costs are usually at their lowest. 

Alternatively, you can purchase a charging unit that gets professionally installed at your home, which gives you the option of ‘fast charging’.

You can find lots of information about Charging your EV here on the GenLess government website.

EV Charging while out

There are now plenty of charging stations in all towns and cities around New Zealand.

The government is also subsidising companies to roll-out many more charging stations, so the ‘range anxiety’ (running out of juice while out) that people have feared in the past is becoming less of an issue.

While there are some free public charging points, generally you’ll pay either at the station while you charge, or via an account you can set up prior.

Electric Car Charging Stations in Tauranga

Total Cost of Ownership

WOF and Registration

You’ll pay the same for WOFs and Registration

At this point Warrant of Fitness and Registration costs are equal for all vehicles, regardless of whether they’re powered by electric, petrol or hybrid engines. (Diesel can have slightly different registration costs)

Resale Prices

The comparison below shows 8 year old PHEV’s holding their value against their Petrol/Diesel equivalents.

2013 Outlanders advertised on TradeMe

(Sample from TradeMe Motors – July 2021)

2013 Outlander Petrol and Diesel Vehicles

  • VRX 64,000kms $24990
  • 4WD 63,000kms $21989
  • 4WD 66,000kms $22945
  • 4WD 113,000kms $17950
  • VRX 133,000kms $21990
  • LS 137,000kms $17995
  • LS 192,000kms $12000


2013 Outlander PHEVs

  • PHEV 29,000kms $26989
  • PHEV 41,000kms $27880
  • PHEV 62,000kms $25950
  • PHEV 90,000kms $22450
  • PHEV 90,000kms $23990
  • PHEV 109,000kms $20989
  • PHEV 110,000kms $22990

Road User Charges (RUC)

There’s currently no RUC for Electric Vehicles

Road User Charges (RUC) are paid by vehicles powered by Diesel that drive on the road, to help pay for new roading and maintenance.

This is because Diesel fuel costs less per litre, so it can be used cheaply in machinery that doesn’t drive on the road (eg: tractors).

Alternatively, Petrol has the road taxes included in the cost per litre.

EV’s don’t have road taxes included in their electricity cost, so Road User Charges will eventually be introduce on a per kilometre basis.

The Government has announced that it will extend the Road User Charges exemption for electric vehicles to 31 March 2024, saving drivers around $800 per year (Quoted from Stuff.co.nz).

Servicing Costs

EV servicing costs are roughly the same as Petrol/Diesel models

As technology changes, so will the costs of servicing. With fewer moving parts in the powertrain, it makes sense that eventually the cost of EV maintenance and repairs will be cheaper than Petrol or Diesel powered vehicles.

Comparison for 2021 Outlander

(Pricing as at September 2021)

3 Year Total

Types of Electric Vehicles

There are 4 types of common electric cars:


Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

These have both electric and petrol/diesel engines.

The battery is charged while you drive, but can also be charged from an external power supply. Generally considered the most practical option, especially if you do longer trips beyond the range of the battery by itself.


Battery Electric Vehicle 

100% battery operated, no petrol/diesel engine.

While these are essentially the most ‘environmentally friendly’, being limited to travelling just the range of the battery can be inconvenient, especially on longer trips requiring multiple charging stops.


Hybrid Electric Vehicle 

Uses both electric and petrol/diesel engines, but don’t have a way to externally charge the battery.

The petrol/diesel engine charges the battery so the vehicle can run short distances using an electric engine. These were some of the original EVs in New Zealand (think Toyota Prius). They’re not as popular now as technology progresses as they weren’t overly efficient. 


Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle 

Powered by Hydrogen to generate electricity.

These vehicles are very environmentally friendly, but still quite rare in passenger vehicles, and require large hydrogen tanks. They are currently being developed more for the trucking/transport sector.

Clean Car Rebate

Get cash-back on your new EV

To help New Zealand reach its carbon-neutral goals, the government is now offering a cash rebate on new and newly imported Electric Vehicles.

Our Outlander PHEV and new Eclipse Cross PHEV models are both eligible for the $5750 rebate, making it a great time now to purchase a new EV.

You can find out more here on NZTA government website:

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The Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle Range

Mitsubishi offers two Electric Cars of the PHEV type.

They run twin electric motors, supplemented with a 2.4 Litre petrol engine, and controlled by Mitsubishi’s acclaimed Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC).

  • Twin-engine 4WD
  • 55km electric range
  • Fast-charge to 80% in 25 minutes
  • Up to 650km total range (electric plus petrol)
  • 8-year battery Warranty
  • 5 Star ANCAP Safety Rating
  • 6 Stage Regenerative Braking that charges the battery while driving

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

Eclipse Cross PHEV - Electric Vehicles

The perfect cross between fuel-free around-town driving and high-performance, open-road adventure.

Pricing from $49,990 +delivery costs

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - Electric Vehicles

A larger SUV that does everything a family vehicle should and many things no other SUV can.

Pricing from $52,990 +delivery costs

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