Environmentally-conscious motorists are embracing the first electric cars to be sold on the Redcliffe Peninsula.
Norris Motor Group Dealer Principal Jarman Rowe says there has been a surge in interest since Redcliffe MG took delivery of its first MG ZS EV model in January.
New car sales manager Martin Moore says sales of the electric MG have already reached double figures, with buyers attracted by the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint.
Martin says an increasing number of charging points throughout the community will ease “range anxiety” for motorists who fear being stranded because the car’s battery has drained.
“There’s apps and websites people can use to find their nearest charging station – there’s three stations on Bribie Island and the Sandstone Point Hotel has one too.
“And RACQ now have charging stations on some of their trucks,” Martin says.
RACQ announced in January it will equip new trucks in its fleet with mobile charging stations to rescue drivers whose cars have run out of charge, with vehicles able to be back on the road in about 30 minutes.
Martin says MG has addressed concerns about charger safety and security, with charging leads magnetising to the vehicle once it is locked and also being waterproof.
The MG ZS EV model is equipped with a main battery, which powers the vehicle when driving, while a “slave” battery runs accessories such as the stereo system and headlights.
“So you can go on a picnic and have the stereo on without having to worry about whether you will have enough charge to get home,” Martin says.
He says MG is due to release a hybrid model this month, aimed at drivers who need to travel longer distances but who still want the ability to use electric power for shorter trips.
Martin says motorists looking to buy electric vehicles will not have to compromise on creature comforts.
“They are very agile and very stable, with reverse cameras, keyless entry and synthetic leather seats – it’s a very intelligent car.”
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