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So, Drive Zero?

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.

My first full charge of my i3 at home

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:

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.

My Dad rallying a BMW 2002 in the mid 1970s.

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!

Keith enjoys nerding out about Electric Vehicles, owning a BMW i3, Tesla Model X and now, running Drive Zero .

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  1. What about the Hyundai Ioniq? It has been around for over a year in overseas markets (including right hand drive) and Hyundai Australia have had examples testing in Australia (one has also had a going over by ANCAP). So… it should be on sale here soon (certainly a lot sooner than the Jaguar.

    1. Hey Les – thanks for commenting! There haven’t been any rumblings about the Ioniq being confirmed yet that I am aware of and would love to see it here, especially as the Renault Zoe is now confirmed too. More options are usually always better. I’ll keep an eye out, for sure, and will write it up as soon as I find anything.

      For now my focus is on producing some beginner guides to the existing models on sale (or that are confirmed will be on sale) in Australia. If you have any ideas or feedback though – comment here or email me: keith@drivezero.com.au

  2. Hi there. Have only come across site today and must say that I am impressed. I am an i3 owner of near to 3 years duration, living in Brisbane. Wonderful car that really represents the future of personal mobility.

    Re the Hyundai Ioniq I can add that from what I understand a certain extent of the 3 version range should be available in Aus very soon. Whether that be mild hybrid, plugin or full EV is still unclear. Hopefully the latter two prevail. I have had the opportunity to preview a blue coloured EV Ioniq here in Brisbane a few weeks ago and while it is not the same as being based a “clean sheet EV
    design” like the i3 I was still pleased with what I saw. A case of more choice, definitely the merrier. The Qld government Qfleet had the EV here on loan from Hyundai to evaluate.

    1. Nice to hear from you Gary, and that’s pretty cool you got that preview of the Ioniq. Hopefully the full EV makes it’s way to Australia in 2018.
      Would you and your i3 be up for being featured on the site as an ownership story? Keen to spread the world of how people are owning and using EVs in the real-world.

  3. Nice website, glad I discovered it. I live in USA where BEV, PHEV, and hybrid are slowly increasing in market share. Unfortunately the popularity of pickup trucks and SUVs, whether the owners need that size of a vehicle is debatable, continues to remain strong, and sales of regular sedans (saloon or hatchback) continues to be less percentage of the new car market.
    I think the main issue with adoption of BEV is the cost and range. It seems the major adoption areas for BEV are the high tech, high income cities, where these cars are mostly used for short commutes (at least in miles or km) and using less than the maximum range on other types of use. Many of the BEV owners have access to charging stations at work, home or conveniently located along their routes. It must be quite challenging for apartment dwellers to own a BEV.
    The move to BEV dominance over ICE will take many years, but these are the formative years that history will see was the dawning of the new age of transportation.
    I look forward to watching the increase of sales and support for BEV in OZ, and the rest of the world.

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