Most Australian drivers considering buying an electric vehicle “in the next few years” want vehicle-to-charge or vehicle-to-grid technology, a recent survey by The Driven and Jet Charge reveals.
And they may well have to wait that long, because with no signals at the federal level to bring more EVs to the country, many EV waiting lists are stretching into 2022 and, in some cases, 2023 and 2024.
The findings underscore the huge interest Australian drivers are now taking in electric vehicles. With gas prices soaring above $2.20, and despite little federal government Support ,more drivers than ever are looking for a car that requires less money spent on energy and maintenance.
We’ve seen it in electric vehicle allowances from automakers like Hyundai and Kia that sold out within hours and a few minutes. We have also seen it in soaring prices for used electric vehiclesbecause there are enough drivers who are tired of waiting for an EV and are willing to pay more for one now.
Therefore, the results of the 1,248 people who took The Driven and Jet Charge survey couldn’t be more timely: the information presents a snapshot of what potential electric vehicle owners – who made up 44% of respondents – want in their next car.
It’s no small feat that according to these results, only 15% are willing to wait for EVs to cost the same as combustion cars.
Perhaps most notably, the survey results point to the growing awareness among Australian drivers of how their cars can fit in with other parts of their lives. The findings also underscore just how ready Australian drivers are to embrace new technologies, especially in a world where transport and energy integrate and support each other.
Not only could your next car help you power your home or transport energy and get you a better price for it, but it could also be used as a big mobile battery for camping, work or anywhere else.
The majority of respondents say they are interested in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-load (V2L) technologies such as that found in the Nissan Leaf (in the case of V2G) and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 – in the case of V2L (no wonder these models sell out in hours and minutes.)
According to the results, 72% of EV drivers are interested in either V2L or V2G, and 66% of non-EV owners are also interested.
Other findings include responses from the 56% of respondents who already own an electric vehicle, most charging was done at home or on a public fast charger. Most EV owners plug in at home 2-3 times a week (45%) and about a third plug in daily.
Most EV owners go to a public charger occasionally – less than once a week – while only 8% use a public charger more than once a week.
Results from the Driven and Jet Charge survey also show that most EV owners have off-street parking at home and can charge in their own driveway or garage. This indicates that absorption is much slower for those living in apartments or terraces as recharging is a more complicated affair.
With a recent report from Accenture and financial services company Plenti showing that owning an electric vehicle and charging solar power on the roof can help drivers save thousands of dollarsit is therefore not surprising that most of the people surveyed already have solar panels on the roof.
However, far fewer have a storage battery at home: only 29% have one, and only 12% plan to install one, while 65% have no intention of installing one. make. This is perhaps unsurprising, and an indication of a reluctance to spend around $15,000 on a storage battery when that money could be invested in a new electric vehicle with V2L or V2G.
The Driven and Jet Charge intend to conduct more surveys of EV habits and charging preferences. What questions do you think we should ask next time?
Bridie Schmidt is Associate Editor for The conduitsister site of Renew the economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018 and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emission transport must play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and offers it for rent on evee.com.au.