Electric Vehicle Information
Electric vehicles (EVs) will become more common on the Australian market over the next couple of years. We have undertaken work on the Green Vehicle Guide (GVG) to enable us to list EVs meeting the necessary standards on the GVG website. Consistent with the treatment of other vehicle types, the listing will be based on the standard testing procedures under the United Nations Standards adopted in the Australian Design Rules (ADR), which detail the test methods used for determining exhaust emissions and fuel consumption. The relevant ADRs (ADR79/02 and ADR81/02) adopt the test methods from the United Nations ECE Regulations (ECE R83 and ECE R101 respectively). For more information regarding how we currently convert these test results into ratings on the GVG, go to our Ratings & Measurement page.
EVs rate as zero emission vehicles for the purposes of the Greenhouse Rating and the Air Pollution Ratings and thus score 10/10 on these ratings (and achieve a 5 star overall rating). Plug in-hybrids are rated on the basis of the CO2 emissions value from the standard test for Greenhouse Ratings and on the basis of the standard to which the vehicle is certified under ADR79/02 for the Air Pollution Ratings.
The standard test for EVs and plug-in hybrids provides test results for energy consumption and range and it is these results that are displayed in the GVG search results for those vehicles.
In recognition of the particular and unique aspects of EV operations, the GVG also provides more detailed information regarding the CO2 emissions aspects of vehicle recharging, highlighting the capacity to deliver a zero vehicle emissions outcome, but also noting the potential for a range of CO2 emissions outcomes.
You can read more about estimating your non-road emissions for EVs and other vehicle types here.
The labelling standard for vehicles (ADR81/02) has also been revised to require a new Energy Consumption Label for EVs and plug in hybrids. The new label is illustrated below: