Electric Vehicles – An Alternative to Petrol

Nowadays there are a multitude of engines and fuel sources for our vehicles. Each has their upsides and downsides. This article is meant to be a reference in helping you choose the best powertrain/energy source for your lifestyle. Today, we discuss the merits and drawbacks of Electric.

Electric Vehicles:

Taking the hybrid concept a step further, electric vehicles (EVs) use no fuel and produce no emissions, although some posit production requires more energy and natural resources to make EV components compared to a normal petrol engine. Running costs are minimal. As with hybrids, driving style and environment can significantly impact EV range and performance. Driving aggressively quickly drains an EV’s batteries, as do hills or mountains, while heat or hot climates can degrade storage capacity. As such, EVs are most optimal for individuals who have easy access to vehicle charge ports and do a lot of their driving in cities or have shorter commutes. On the plus side, because EVs have far fewer moving parts than cars with internal combustion engines, they tend to have stellar reliability, with longevity only limited by battery condition.

EVs aren’t all that established in Israel. The most established line of EVs is the Renault Fluence ZE, produced by a company called Better Place in conjunction with Renault. It should be noted that Better Place is no longer in business; it is no longer possible to buy a new model, and all pre-owned model upkeep and maintenance will be performed by Renault. The Fluence ZE is very economical to drive and cheap to insure, as most EVs are, but range is limited to 100 kilometers per charge – perfect for city or suburban commutes, not so great for long highway trips. Charging EVs can actually be accomplished right outside your house, and in the case of the Fluence ZE, one can have a charger built inside your garage for a fee.

At present, there are no new EVs on sale in Israel. If you are really set on an EV, an alternative is a plug-in hybrid such as the Mitsubishi Outlander. Consisting of an electric motor, battery, and a petrol engine, these vehicles have an electric-only range of between 32 – 64 kilometers before the petrol motor kicks in to recharge the onboard batteries. In the case of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid, electric-only range is rated at 52 kilometers. This class of vehicle perfectly bridges the gap between hybrids and EVs. Efficient, practical, cheap to run, and without the anxiety of range restrictions, plug-in hybrids should make your short list of cars to consider.


Visit our website at www.zvicars.com to view additional incentives beyond the 12% when you buy P2P, or call us to explore your options for a car at (972) 02-991-3115. For those interested in researching the car buying process in Israel, check out our ‘How to Buy a Car’ page at www.zvicarsblog.wordpress.com

Efficient Alternatives to Petrol – Part Two

Nowadays there are a multitude of engines and fuel sources for our vehicles. Each has their upsides and downsides. This article is meant to be a reference in helping you choose the best powertrain/energy source for your lifestyle. Today, we discuss the merits and drawbacks of hybrid cars.

Hybrids

Hybrids are a great choice for the environment. They produce less carbon dioxide emissions, and are very efficient, particularly in city driving – even beating out diesels in urban environments that feature a lot of stop and go traffic. If your lifestyle involves significantly more city driving than highway driving, a hybrid might very well be the car for you. It needs to be said, however, that how one drives a hybrid has a large effect on efficiency. Really pushing a hybrid powertrain quickly drains its battery packs, forcing the engine to kick in and work hard, which burns more petrol.

 

In Israel, there is not much diversity in the hybrid segment; our market features either iterations of the Toyota Prius or the Honda Insight. In general, the Toyotas are mechanically excellent and employ advanced technology, but are expensive to repair whereas the Hondas are cheap to repair but make use of more basic technology. If you’re looking for a hybrid to transport more than 5 people in Israel, your sole option is essentially the Toyota Prius +, but that’s not a bad thing! Not is it the same price as the Mazda 5, another 7-seater, it uses half as much fuel, and Prius buyers are eligible for government subsidies. In addition, discounts on the Prius + may be found on zvicars.com*.


Visit our website at www.zvicars.com to view additional incentives beyond the 12% when you buy P2P, or call us to explore your options for a car at (972) 02-991-3115. For those interested in researching the car buying process in Israel, check out our ‘How to Buy a Car’ page at www.zvicarsblog.wordpress.com

*when available.

Efficient Alternatives to Petrol – Part One

Nowadays there are a multitude of engines and fuel sources for our vehicles. Each has their upsides and downsides. This article is meant to be a reference in helping you choose the best powertrain/energy source for your lifestyle. Today, we discuss the merits and drawbacks of diesel.

Diesel:

Efficiency:

Drop for drop, diesel fuel contains 50% more energy than petroleum. Although typically more expensive than petrol engines, diesel engines achieve higher fuel economy, especially on the highway, than their conventional counterparts. If you plan on keeping your car for many years and your driving involves a significant amount of highway commuting, then a diesel engine should make your short list. A real world example would be the VW Golf TDI, which achieves 18.6L/km on the highway – just a hair short of a comparable hybrid.

Driving Characteristics:

Diesel engines produce much more torque (the force that throws you back into your seat when you accelerate – than petrol powertrains). This is a boon when driving in the city, where glass-smooth pull can really help you fill holes in traffic. On the whole, however, diesel engines produce less horsepower, and are slower to 100 KPH than petrols. Its important to note that diesels tend to not be as refined as petrol offerings; more vibrations pass through the cabin, especially at idle.

Reliability:

In theory, diesel powertrains tend to be more durable than petrol engines. Unfortunately, in practice – in Israel – gas stations and garages  often water down their diesel supply which drastically reduces the life of the engine compared to petrol and can be expensive to repair. Regarding emissions: manufacturers have many different ways of meeting countries’ emissions requirements. The most common involves spraying a diesel exhaust fluid catalyst into a vehicle’s exhaust flow. This fluid, know as DEF or ADBLU, needs to be refilled every several thousand kilometers in order to for your diesel vehicle to be emission-compliant. Mercedes-Benz in particular are known for their line of very reliable, very efficient diesel engines.

In the next installment, we will discuss the pros and cons of hybrids, and their presence in the Israeli market.


Visit our website at www.zvicars.com to view additional incentives beyond the 12% when you buy P2P, or call us to explore your options for a car at (972) 02-991-3115. For those interested in researching the car buying process in Israel, check out our ‘How to Buy a Car’ page at www.zvicarsblog.wordpress.com