Drive TV electric vehicle feature documentary Living with Electric Vehicles will air at 12 pm on Saturday the 27 May on Nine, with a supporting 12-page print lift-out available in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Drive presenters Trent Nikolic, Emma Notarfrancesco, Susannah Guthrie and James Ward meet five people who have made ‘the switch’ and follow them on their electric vehicle ownership journey. The Drive EV feature documentary and print lift-out looks at what challenges, costs and stereotypes these real-world owners have overcome to make electric vehicles integrate into their everyday lives and homes.
“If you are part of the 86 per cent of the Australian population who lives in an urban area and travel less than 100km per day, then electric vehicle ownership can absolutely work if you want it to,” said James Ward, Drive’s director of content.
The documentary and lift out also looks at what it means to make the switch when one doesn’t have the luxury of big city infrastructure.
“Not all of our owners can charge at home, as our regional and high-density owners need to use the public network. And while it’s still desperately lagging, with a few considerations to how you go about your week, even this can be easy – with planning. However, the best part is it’s going to get even easier,” adds James.
According to data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 23,926 electric vehicles have been reported as sold over the first four months of this year. This represents an increase of 214 per cent increase over the same period last year. Based on this projection, 70,000 new electric cars will be on Australian roads by the end of the year.
“Australia presents a challenging motoring landscape. While we’re still behind the likes of many countries when it comes to charging infrastructure, we’re seeing buyer confidence like never before,” said Drive TV host and Drive.com.au managing editor, Trent Nikolic.
“For the first time we’ve seen electric vehicles outsell the more traditional hybrid model which tells us we’re starting to see buyer decision evolve beyond traditional EV ownership barriers. Living the electric dream may just be easier than you think,” said Trent.
Living with Electric Vehicles premieres at 12 pm on Saturday 27 May on Nine. All previous episodes are available now on 9Now.