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  • Electric Car - Good Motive Electric Vehicle
  • Electric Car - Good Motive Electric Vehicle
  • Good Motive - Electric Car Buyers Club

How does 'Good Motive' work?

Check out the ‘Why Join’ page

How much does it cost to join?

It costs $200 to join Good Motive. This gives you access to discounts on electric vehicles, as well as up-to-date advice on EVs, charging and solar systems.

Members can request a refund of their joining fee at any time and it will be returned within 10 working days. If a Good Motive member purchases a vehicle through a participating dealership and receives the price reduction available exclusively to members, their fee will not be returned, but used by Good Motive to provide additional services to members and grow the membership and numbers of EVs on the road.

Will Tesla vehicles be included?

No. Tesla has a unique business model where vehicles are purchased online rather than through dealerships. They are not currently offering discounts and so their vehicles are not currently on offer through Good Motive.

If you are interested in a Tesla vehicle, we recommend you make a reservation deposit directly with Tesla. We think they are fantastic cars.

I’m a great negotiator. Why should I join Good Motive to get a discount?

At the moment, demand for electric vehicles is much greater than supply. Dealerships are unlikely to give more than the smallest discount for customers who ‘walk off the street’ to purchase an electric vehicle.

Being a Good Motive member gives you exclusive access to significant bulk-buy discounts because by aggregating demand we are able to access fleet discounts unavailable to the general public.

If you manage to get a good deal without us - fantastic. Our key motivation is to help the environment. But if you need some extra negotiating firepower, get in touch with us!

I’m not based in Sydney, or even NSW. Can I join?

Good Motive is Sydney-based, but anyone from NSW can join. In the early stages, we only have dealership partners that can supply to NSW.

If you are interstate, we encourage you to contact your local council or state government to explore what support is available in your area - and to register with us through our 'Contact Form' so we can advise you when we cover your state.

What if my EV runs out of power on the road?

EVs are usually ‘topped up’ every night rather than refueled when the battery is nearly empty.  Most drivers exclusively charge at home and don’t need to worry about range at all. Electric cars come with an accurate range estimator for long trips and estimate how many more kilometres you have remaining. If you do need to charge when you’re out and about there are hundreds of public charging points in NSW already, with this number growing every day. If all else fails you can plug into any standard power point and wait for enough charge to get to a dedicated charger.

What is the difference between a BEV, a PHEV, and an HEV?

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) run only on electricity. With a BEV, you charge the car's battery with electricity. That battery then powers the electric motor, which propels the car forward. Since the car itself is not burning a fuel to generate movement, there are no tail-pipe emissions. Instead, the carbon footprint of a BEV depends on how the electricity that runs it is produced. Some common BEVs are the Tesla Model 3, Nissan LEAF, and BMW i3.

Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) combine a battery-powered electric motor with an internal combustion engine. You charge your vehicle with electricity and use it much like an all-electric vehicle. However, if and when you run out of charge, the internal combustion engine serves as a back-up. While running only on electricity, a PHEV's carbon footprint again depends on the fuel mix that generated the electricity. As soon as the internal combustion engine switches on, the engine's tail-pipe emissions add to the vehicle's carbon footprint. An example of a PHEV is the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) also combine an internal combustion engine and an electric propulsion system. However, HEVs are “charged” with petrol; you cannot plug them in to charge them with electricity, so they are not strictly speaking “EVs”. However, HEVs are more efficient than traditional internal combustion engines because they take advantage of technologies such as regenerative braking. The best known HEV is the Toyota Prius.

(Response courtesy of the Drive Green program.)

If 5 buyers are needed to trigger the discount, what happens if someone in my ‘batch’ of 5 drops out?

Good Motive will be working in the background to group buyers together and negotiate with car dealerships to claim their discounts. If you have confirmed you are ready to buy, we will group you with other buyers and be in regular communication with you to confirm the timing of your purchase. A drop-out might slow down the process until we reach the minimum of 5 buyers, so tell your friends to join and speed things up!

I no longer wish to be a member - how do I claim a refund?

We understand things can change. See our Refund Policy if you need to leave Good Motive.

When can I expect to be driving my electric vehicle?

Demand for the vehicles available through Good Motive is high. The Australian car market is relatively small, meaning that availability is constrained as manufacturers concentrate sales elsewhere. Classic supply and demand!

Factory orders can vary between 3-6 months. Good Motive members will be given stock preference from participating dealerships, so buying through us will bring you to the front of the queue.

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