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Blog Post Wednesday 26 October 2016

Petrol vs. Electricity: What's Cheaper to Run a Car

Petrol vs. Electricity: What's Cheaper to Run a Car

If 20 years ago you’d have talked about the growth of electric vehicles, everyone would have had an image of a population of golf carts and milk floats. Slow, whirring, short ranged - not more than souped up bumper cars.

These days, electric and hybrid vehicles are no longer just the green warrior’s ride, or the badge of a suburban soccer mum. Led by the celeb-cool of the Tesla, every manufacturer from Audi to Volkswagen has an electric car in the works or already on the road.

How Electric Cars Work

There are three kinds of electric and hybrid cars: BEVs, HEVs and PHEVs.


BEVs are Battery Electric Vehicles. Their nickname on the playground is ‘plug-in’ because you literally plug them in to charge them. They get all of their power from batteries and so have no internal combustion engine. These guys produce very little, if any, air pollution.


HEVs are Hybrid Electric Vehicles and they’re powered by both petrol and electricity. They have regenerative braking which means their batteries also charge when you brake - which is an incredibly nifty piece of technology.


PHEVs are Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles are powered a number of ways: they can either be plugged in to recharge, use regenerative braking, but they also take petrol. PHEVs have an electric engine as well as an internal combustion engine.

Because all of these electric and hybrid vehicles have a reduced dependence on petrol, they emit less pollution into the environment. They are all very energy efficient as well. In a nutshell - hybrids are great. 


Types of electric vehicles

If you’re liking the sound of an electric car, you’ll be interested to know that Australia has a number of hybrid vehicles already on the market. These include:


BEVs - BMW i3, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Model S, Blade Electron and the Nissan LEAF (which doesn’t even have a tailpipe because it produces no CO2 emissions).

HEVs - Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Honda Jazz.

PHEVs - Holden Volt, Toyota Prius and the Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV.


And they’re here to stay.

It’s safe to say that the electric car is not just a trend, so it might be worth asking, what does owning an electric car really mean? Will it save me money, and if so - how much? And if there’s no engine under the bonnet, can I use the extra space to pop my shopping in there??

The questions are endless.

And while we may not be able to answer all of your hybrid car queries, here’s something we can help you with: calculating how much you’ll save with an electric car.


Introducing the Click Energy EV calculator

We created this handy little number cruncher to help our customers equate the cost of a “full charge” to a “tank of petrol”. This simple calculator allows you to work out, based on your distributor zone, the electric car model you drive (or have your eye on) and your weekly mileage to give you the cost of charging your car.

Click EV calculator


Where do the numbers come from? The rates are based on our new Click EV plan, which is an electricity plan built for specifically for electric vehicle owners. Because that’s how much we like you.

Find out how much you’ll save

Try it for yourself here to find out how much you can save: 

Not only will you be pleasantly surprised at the amount of money you’ll save on petrol, but you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re being kinder to the environment. And that deserves a big thanks from us here at Click Energy.