What it feels like to drive an EV for the first time
What is it like to drive an electric vehicle for the first time? How does the driving experience compare to a traditional petrol vehicle? Is EV charging easy? All your questions answered here.
Electric vehicle (EV) sales have grown across Australia in recent years. Look around and you’ll notice plenty of EVs on the road and more charging stations popping up at shopping centre carparks, rest stops and holiday resorts. Tesla now outsells many legacy car brands, while several new EV-exclusive brands have now entered the Australian market. Those who haven’t yet driven or even been a passenger in an EV understandably have many questions about the driving and ownership experience.
Curious to see what all the buzz was about, I jumped at the chance to review an electric vehicle (EV) for the first time. I have only ever owned internal combustion engine (ICE) cars powered by petrol: a 2011 Ford Focus since my late teens and a recently purchased 2021 Ford Puma, both of which I highly rate and have integrated seamlessly into my lifestyle.
After putting the brand-new 2023 MG ZS EV through its paces, I can confidently say that an entry-level EV stacks up to its petrol-powered SUV counterparts. Here’s what I loved about driving a new electric vehicle for the first time.