Earn Back Your Purchase Price and More
Farmers now have a choice but it is a “ no brainer” says Alex de Boer, Managing Director of The electric Motor Vehicle Company when explaining why farmers should purchase the Hisun range of electric farm UTVs stocked and offered by his company.
“ Price is always an issue, as it should be, but it is important to evaluate the lifetime cost.
A model similar to our HS5D offering 18.8HP and 120Nm of torque in petrol or diesel power will set you back about $24,000 ( excluding gst ). Our fully electric UTV with lithium -ion batteries is just under $30,000 ( excluding gst).
However once the purchase is made there are now nil petrol or diesel costs. This is a cash expense and the average farmer could easily spend up to $7500.00 on fuel per year. This means that even after 1 year the non electric UTV has now cost $31,500 or this cost could be applied to the electric UTV and reduced this to $22,500. But this saving adds up every year of ownership and use so it is not long before the non electric bike has doubled in cost and the electric bike has recovered all its cost.
The difference is even greater when you add in the savings in maintenance costs. There is no petrol motor that won’t start and creates maintenance bills of roughly $1500 per year. In the electric UTV the motor is effectively the battery and with the same Lithium Ion batteries that are found in all electric cars we know that these will cycle for at least 2000 full cycles. This saving in maintenance also means less downtime and more use—therefore making money.
On top of all the cash savings there is a saving of 2.3kg of CO2 per litre of fuel no longer being pumped into the atmosphere. This can be credited against the farm’s emissions budget. This can easily exceed 10 tonne of CO2 emissions per UTV per year.
Then there are all the other advantages like a quiet ride, no more ear muffs or deafness, no need to shout, play music, better hunting, ease of starting, electric supply for drills etc.
Also if you have a small flat farm, lifestyle block, or garden centre we also have the option of a dry cell battery electric bike for $16,500.00 ( plus gst). Other than a shorter range it has all the other advantages described above. “
The government is determined to meet its “ Climate Change “ commitments and farmers will need to be proactive to embrace this change and play an important part. It is likely that more and more tax will be applied to fuel prices to drive change just as we have seen in the past with cigarette prices. Changing fuel to electric where you can do this and earning back expenses at the same time seems like a no brainer.
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