Ready to join the eco-friendly revolution? We’ve got your complete guide to buying or selling a hybrid or electric vehicle. If you aren’t sure about your options or where to start, we’ve collected all the key info you need to know, including the basics of owning an electric or hybrid, how to charge your vehicle and which electric cars Australia has available right now.
The different hybrid and electric options
An all-electric vehicle is just like it sounds—it runs purely on electricity which powers a lithium-ion battery. Electric cars produce zero emissions, making them the most eco-friendly option.
A hybrid car uses both electricity and petrol. Your car’s engine will charge the battery while your idling, driving, or through regenerative braking. With better fuel economy and lower emissions than a regular car, hybrids are a great eco-friendly option if you’re not ready to go full-electric.
Plug-in hybrid/electric (PHEV)
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is similar to a hybrid vehicle, but with one key difference: you can recharge your battery from an external power source. You’ll have three sources of fuel in a PHEV—traditional petrol, battery charging while driving and external charging.
Most major manufacturers offer at least one electric or hybrid hatchback in their fleet. If you’re looking for an all-electric model, try the Hyundai Ioniq Electric If you’re after a hybrid vehicle, Toyota has been pumping out classics like the Toyota Prius and Toyota Corolla Hybrid for over a decade.
The fastest-growing class of electric or hybrid vehicles. Standouts include the Hyundai Kona Electric which set the local standard for all-electric SUVs when launched in 2017. If you’re looking for something for off-road adventures, Mitsubishi electric options include the Outlander PHEV and the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Toyota’s electric SUV car, the BZ, is being unveiled in 2021. Ford is also about to offer the electric Mustang Mach-E SUV but it won’t be available in Australia.
Tesla jumpstarted the electric vehicle revolution with their Model 3 sedan, and since then other car manufacturers have been offering classic sedan models with a hybrid or electric engine. Available sedans include BMW electric car options like the 3 Series and 5 Series, and the popular Toyota Camry Hybrid.
If you have an electric car or PHEV, you’ll need to either take your car to a charging station or plug it into an electrical socket. Charging stations are much faster but they’re not widely available in Australia yet. When plugging in at home, always check the manufacturer’s guidelines to confirm approximate charging times for your chosen model. You can also get a ‘wall charger’, which is a fast-charging device for your home.
If you’re an early adopter of eco-friendly technology and are now looking to sell your car, there’s some key information to include. When listing your car on Gumtree, set the engine type as ‘Hybrid/Electric’ so it’s more visible to shoppers. Share your estimated fuel savings during ownership and add details of the driving range you’ve achieved in your car.
Ready to start shopping for a lower emissions ride? We’ve got electric and hybrid vehicles on Gumtree, or you can check out our picks for the best electric cars and best hybrid cars for Australian buyers.