CULTURE: Expert tips for choosing an electric vehicle

Electric vehicles (EVs) have emerged as a powerful force reshaping the automotive industry and steering it towards a more sustainable future. With a growing global awareness of environmental issues and a collective push for cleaner energy alternatives, EVs are gaining momentum at an unprecedented pace.

David Nyambuya, CEO of EV Charging Australia, recently shared his insights with Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine for people considering investing in an electric vehicle. 

Usability – consider how often you use a vehicle 

“It’s important to consider the return on investment. If your car often sits not doing anything, spending that extra bit of money on an EV may not benefit you” says David. 

“If you use your vehicle a lot, you’ll likely save on fuel costs. If you invest in solar or charge at the right time, David says you can charge your vehicle for as little as nine ten dollars, which will give you around 400 kilometres.”

Value over time

While investing in an EV is currently more expensive than a traditional vehicle, David says one of their benefits is their ability to hold their value over time. 

“We’ve got Teslas in our fleet that have done over three hundred thousand kilometres. They’re still going and you couldn’t tell the difference between them and a brand new one.  

“Knowing you can have this vehicle and keep it for a very long time gives you that added peace of mind.”


Improvements in battery technology, particularly the development of high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, have addressed concerns about limited range and lengthy charging times. 

“There’s a fear about having to spend thousands of dollars getting a charging station installed which is not true. You can keep it charged through your normal socket at home, although this will take a long time.” says David. 

Vehicle choice

With car manufacturers investing heavily in designing sleek, cutting-edge electric models, there are more options than ever to choose from.

While David remains a fan of the Tesla, he admits there are also a lot of other good brands on the market. 

“We have a Hyundai Ioniq in the fleet and have never had any issues with it. The price point is competitive as well. I’ve had the pleasure of driving the BYDs and at around fifty thousand dollars they’re quite competitive and very comfortable too.” 

Try before you buy

If you’re thinking about buying an EV, David’s number one tip is to take  one on a long test run. 

“We lease our vehicles out to Uber drivers, people on holiday or even companies thinking about transitioning to electric. We find that after a week, most people are ready to convert to EV.”

The EV revolution represents a fundamental shift in the way we view and interact with transportation. As the car industry races towards a greener future, EVs will play a central role in creating a more sustainable and environmentally conscious world – one that we can all be part of. 

We wish you the best of luck in your EV journey!


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