It’s a question that I have been asking myself for the past 5years when I first drove a Plug in Hybrid. The efficiency was so good and that time we had just started having fuel supply issues. Unfortunately it wasn’t easy to afford one that time. I was one of those guys who believed Hybrids and electric cars were the future. But another question came into my head, will it be the future for everyone?
Fast forward 2019, Zimtorque.net started the #drive_electriczim initiative which led to the launch of the online dealership Zimtorque e-Mobility which will be selling official EVs from Peugeot, Tesla, Nissan and Hyundai. Then came 2020 the lockdown year, Zimbabwe Regulatory Authority launched the e-mobility awareness campaign in November, which was graced by the Minister of Energy and CEO of ZERA. For those who don’t know what ZERA is? It is an organization that regularizes the energy and power service providers in Zimbabwe. Additionally they are also working on a framework policy to create an industry for e-Mobility. Also in 2020 the World EV day was launched in September.
Okay, now to the question is Zimbabwe ready for e-Mobility? Oh well I had to embark on a journey to see what were the questions regarding the electric cars and who would buy. As a supplier of these vehicles I did comparisons of a fossil fuel car and electric car in the same category
Nissan LEAF vs Honda Fit Hybrid or GE6 (2010 permitted to be imported into the country)
This is our first comparison of the affordable range and based on Zimtorque.net tests.
|Price landed $10 000 base spec||Price landed $5 000|
|Full charge range 140km||Full tank range 650km|
|Service interval 30 000km Service cost $100usd||Service Interval 8 000km Service cost $300|
|Full charge at Home 6 hours from normally 9pm to 6am (off peak) Charging station 30 minutes |
You can charge at home or anywhere with available electricity
|Full tank time average 5 to 10 minutes dependent on availability |
No option to refuel or keep fuel at home
|Charge costs $3.50usd per 140km |
either at home or charging station
|$14.70usd for 140km at $1.05usd|
|Cost in a month charging everyday $98||Travelling 140km every day cost in a month $408|
|Cost in a year $1 176||$4 896|
The table above clearly shows the Nissan Leaf in a year saves you close to $3 720 if you are travelling 140km every day. Let’s say there is a massive power cut, the portable charger on an electric car allows you to charge at any plug point whereas when there is no fuel you only option is expensive black market which can be most likely $1.50.
Some might say these are hatch backs are small we like SUVs or double cabs. Below is another comparison the above mentioned class.
|Toyota Land Cruiser |
Toyota Hilux All 4 wheel drive
| Hyundai Kona |
Tesla Model X
All 4 wheel drive
|Price landed $55 000-$85 000||Price landed $55 000- $85 000|
|Full charge range 600km||Full tank range 600km|
|Service interval 10 000km Service cost $350||Service Interval 40 000 km Service cost $200|
|Full tank time average 5 to 10 minutes Dependent on Availability No option to refuel or keep fuel at home||Full charge at Home 8 hours to 10 hours from normally 9pm to 6am (off peak Charging station 30 minutes) You can charge at home or anywhere with available electricity|
|$117.30 full tank for 600km at $0.85||Charge costs $15usd per 600km either at home or charging station|
|Travelling every week cost in a month $469.20||Cost in a month $60|
|Cost in a year $5 630.40||$720|
Once again it also shows the EV saves you $4 910 in weekly running costs for a big car. Understandably there is factors of charging stations for example you wouldn’t want to be restricted from your travels, but this however helps to plan and budget accordingly. Every new thing has its phases but in my own opinion you will need to make the move for the future now. Who knew PCs were going to be replaced by Laptops or Laptops were going to be replaced by Tablets? All these developments are there to make things easier and more efficient.
Can our grid handle this?
Yes it can as people will only mostly charge their vehicles off-peak which is between 9pm and 6am when there is not much use of electricity. With ZESA coming up with net metering we are going to see some solar service providers giving excess power to the grid that you will ensure reduced power cuts. Another option would be either to charge at work whilst you in the office.
In conclusion I have been driving Hybrids and Electric vehicles for the past 6years now in Zimbabwe, yes they are drawbacks but some of them they are back up support and obviously charging stations, power cuts are not really an excuse as I managed to continue driving. But remember when influx of cars started in Zimbabwe they were not many service stations in Zimbabwe but look at us now. The future is here now rather take advantage of it now and save now for later. On the other hand there has been a question of if I want to go to kumusha? The question is how many times do you go kumusha? On average how many times do you travel long distance?
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