A new subscription service in Australia may alleviate concern over the cost of EVs by getting drivers into the vehicles at a fraction of the initial cost. The new partnership between Aussie outfit Carbar and German battery and tech company Sonnen gives Aussies the chance to drive zero-emissions vehicles for as little at $319 a week.
The new weekly subscription payment that covers everything, including registration, insurance, maintenance, servicing and roadside assistance with five electric cars on offer – ranging from the MG ZS EV at $319 a week to the Tesla Model 3, which costs $447 a week.
While weekly costs are high compared to leasing a petrol-powered car, the service gives users the ability to swap cars every two weeks with no lock-in contracts and the ability to cancel anytime.
Nathan Dunn, head of Sonnen Australia, says there is big interest in electric cars in Australia, but the entry price point is a major hurdle to overcome.
“We’re incredibly bullish on the adoption and rollout of EV cars across Australia. A recent study by Carbar indicated that 86% of subscribers would consider an EV in the next 12 months,” Carbar’s chief Des Hang said.