Remember climate change? The world’s greatest challenge and most pressing problem before COVID-19? The global protests led by Greta Thunberg, the pressure and the push-back to reduce carbon emissions. Unfortunately but understandably, climate change has had to take a back seat as the life-threatening issues around coronavirus dominate both the news and just about every element across the globe.
But there is an interesting relationship between COVID-19 and climate change that is yet to get large-scale coverage and we’ve made the connection to the motor vehicle market. The lockdowns of manufacturing, suspension of air travel, fewer cars on the roads, and fewer ships in the oceans are reducing carbon emissions. Before and after satellite images in big-polluting countries such as China, clearly show a much clearer and cleaner environment during the COVID-19 shutdowns.
A photo on social media by a resident in India revealed a view of the nearby mountains which most of the population in that city had never seen because it was always obscured by smog. The waters in the Venice canals are the cleanest in centuries with even sea life returning.
While at the moment these are only interesting observations and make for great social media photos, it’s highly likely that once the coronavirus emergency subsides, the climate change conversation will once again make the front pages.
Electric Vehicles: Overview
This is sure to put the spotlight on electric and hybrid vehicles. Buyers will be making big decisions when it comes to their next new car purchase. Apart from badge, model, size and colour, you’ll have to include - petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric power.
Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) were perceived as somewhat of a novelty by many, and while options like electric car hire purchase were emerging, the range remained a major factor and the lack of charging stations a significant deal-breaker.
As these challenges have been addressed, there's a mounting push in the community to combat climate change by minimizing carbon emissions. Engine manufacturers have invested significantly in research and development of energy-efficient systems, and as a result, the popularity of EVs is on the rise.
We took a browse around some of the major manufacturers to see what’s on offer in EV models and other energy efficient issues.
Pioneers of the Electric Revolution: Notable EV Manufacturers and Their Offerings
Toyota was an early adopter with its Prius range and continues to be a leader in the hybrid market. However, the big news out of Toyota…according to ‘industry sources’, the Land Cruiser V8 is being discontinued. Toyota is phasing out the petrol and diesel V8s in favour of their V6 engine including petrol hybrids. The Land Cruiser has been an icon for 4WD lovers and people on the land and this will be big news for many. Tesla is probably the car manufacturer that most people instantly associate with electric vehicles and they’ve managed to combine luxury with functionality. They are continuing their push into the general car market with a range of models available to suit many drivers.
Climate change has been a big thing in Germany for a long time, with many government initiatives. So it’s not surprising that the big names in German motor vehicle manufacturing have followed suit. BMW has had an EV in their model range since 2014 and Audi is also in the market. The Audi e-tron collection presents a climate-friendly package with an SUV and sporty edge. Mercedes-Benz launched the EQC last year and adds luxury and its signature style to the sensibility of addressing emissions technology. But probably the biggest news, at least for the top of range, sports car lovers, Porsche is due to release the Taycan in 2020. Check out the Porsche website for all the specs.
Finance for Climate Friendly Cars
Jade Car Loans provides our full range of personal and business car finance options for electric, petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles with our signature cheapest interest rate policy. While you’re browsing cars keep our Business Car Loan Calculator open in another browser so you can calculate a rough repayment estimate on each vehicle.
Some states offer discounts on rego and other charges for electric vehicles so it could be worth checking out your state motor/transport department for details.
When you’re ready to buy, or even before, give us a call and we’ll provide you with a quote on your new vehicle. Call 1300 000 003