Given Drive Zero has been around for a while – and we’ve been quiet for the last few months – I thought it was about time I thought over and re-explained what the site is about and what I hope you can get from it.
I started getting interested in electric cars in 2017 – and around the same time this same site launched. I have a habit of making websites about stuff I get super interested in researching, and wow – there’s so much information (and mis-information) out there about electric cars.
A lot of that information is not relevant to Australians though, which is where we hope to come in.
So, why do we share our experiences with electric cars here on Drive Zero? I’m planning that we can provide some useful, real-world and actionable information to help you make a more informed decision about whether an electric car might work for you.
My first EV (Electric Vehicle – you’ll see that acronym a lot) was a used BMW i3 in April 2017. I charged it using a slightly unorthodox 10 metre extension cable ((heavy duty, mind you) running down the length of our driveway each night – it was a huge leap of faith to buy, but it worked out amazingly well.
I traded up and now run a BMW i3s, which is like an urban traffic go kart, and a Tesla Model X – an electrified (and expensive, unfortunately) family SUV.
I’m also a co-founder of a fledgling public EV charging network – EV Up. As as a result, while Drive Zero will try to give you the facts about the various public charging options, we won’t critique or comment their efforts as I’m obviously not a neutral by-stander.
So, what’s Drive Zero’s mission?
- Provide a resource of information to allow Australian’s to make a more informed decision about Electric Vehicle ownership
- Share information and conversation, and aim to change perceptions and opinions with real-world experiences
- And ultimately, to help Australian’s move more quickly to low emission personal transport.
We’ll be highlighting personal experiences and benefits of EV ownership – not just mine, but from other owners as well.
People have so many questions about owning and using an EV – and I’m now 2+ years and three electric cars into this new world, so hopefully between me and the other contributors to the site, we can help you learn about this too.
Australia is several years behind the curve globally when it comes to electric vehicle adoption. We collectively live in one of the sunniest places in the planet, with a fast-growing base of home solar power, and with the large percentage of the population concentrated into a small number of urban areas. Surely we should be leading the charge, so to speak – but no. So Drive Zero will continue to have a uniquely local focus on EV ownership and usage.
Some useful resources we’ve made already
Looking to get stuck in? Then these are some of our most useful articles for people just getting interested in EV’s that you can read now:
- The differences between EV’s, BEV’s, PHEV’s and which could work for you
- Beginners guide to charging electric cars in Australia
- Mapped: Electric Car Charging Stations & Locations in Australia
- How I charge my electric car at home: a look at my simple (and cheap) EV charging setup
A bit more about me and the other writers you’ll find on Drive Zero
I’m Keith – and live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. I have made websites for a living for as long as I have been in jobs, so at least 15 years. I used to write and run Point Hacks, which helps people earn and use frequent flyer points effectively – which is now under new ownership. And… I’m now a bit of an EV enthusiast.
I have always been a car guy – not a full-on, spend every last cent on my car kind of enthusiast, but most-definitely interested in many things ‘car’ and motorsport, and more than willing to appreciate cool machinery.
Like many, I blame my Dad.
In recent years, with the slow but steady increase in options available for lower emissions motoring, I was finding it harder to get enthusiastic about ICE (the traditional Internal Combustion Engine) powered cars that usually I would have found interesting. The need for humans on our planet to consume fewer resources is evident, in my opinion, and while as consumers we are buying more and more efficient vehicles, and this is some form of progress, moving to sustainably powered vehicles is a whole new ball-game – and where we should be headed to make a real difference.
I found myself scoping out options for a second car in our family, and going electric was the only way this decision was heading – which is when the i3 landed on our driveway.
Myself and the other writers we have at Drive Zero hope you get something useful from the site – so thanks for reading!