I’ve done it – I made the change! First, I bought a BMW i3 in April 2017; and now I’m launching a website about the experience of buying, owning and using electric vehicles.
Why? I am hoping that my experiences – and many others I hope we will cover in future too – can help others move the same way.
I have always been a car guy – not a full-on, spend all my money on my ride 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 – so the i3 landed on our driveway.
So, what’s Drive Zero’s mission?
- To help Australian’s move more quickly to low emission personal transport.
- Share information and conversation, aim to change perceptions, opinions and generate interest in zero emissions vehicles
- Avocate for business and personal change to support this movement
We’ll be highlighting personal experiences and benefits of EV ownership – to start with, just mine, but over time I hope to spread this to cover others experiences too.
People have so many questions about EV ownership – and at the time of writing this, I am only a couple of months into the process. But I have learned heaps already, and I can’t help but want to share some of the experiences and insights I have had so far.
For example – I love researching things and figuring out solutions to problems. For example – I live in a rental property, with little scope for installing a high power EVSE (charger), for example. So I needed to figure out a home charging solution – so I’ll cover off my trial and error of getting a usable system in place.
Rinse and repeat across many more “What about this?” questions people have about ‘going electric’ – that’s where we hope we can get stuck in.
In addition, for our sins, 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. This means we will also have a uniquely local focus on EV ownership and usage.
A little about me
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 that’s about 15 years. I spend most of my time running Point Hacks which helps people earn and use frequent flyer points effectively.
Yes, I appreciate the irony in promoting one of the most polluting ways to travel (in a plane) on one hand and then launching a website about zero emissions transport on the other. You could say there’s some internal conflict there. Maybe I’ll address that in a future post.
I hope to get some additional contributors and partners in running the site in the near future, so we’ll introduce them when the time comes.
Thanks for reading!