Subscribe: You don't have to own an electric car to drive one!

Updated: Sep 2, 2021

Subscription services are all the rage.

Whether Netflix for movies, or Spotify for music, or Hello Fresh for making your own meals from a box, you probably have at least one account with a provider that gives you access to a service for a recurring fee.

Well, guess what? Now that kind of service is available for electric car use.

In fact, cars via subscription are expected to shake up the way cars are sold globally. The Boston Consulting Group estimates that by 2030, car subscription services will make up 15% of new car sales.

The flexibility and low risk benefits of a car subscription model (where you use the car for a fixed period rather than own it) make them a winner for electric car shoppers - and could even become the next big thing for EVs.

In Australia, two electric car subscription services are currently available:

  1. AGL Electric Vehicle (EV) Subscriptions, a partnership between AGL, Carbar* (an Australia car subscription provider), and JetCharge (a charging solutions provider), and

  2. sonnenDrive, a partnership between European battery manufacturer Sonnen and Carbar.

*Carbar also directly offer electric cars under their car subscription offering if you filter out fuel type as "electric".

There is a lot to consider when choosing an electric car - whether buying or using. So, if you're considering an electric car and think a subscription model might be a good option for you, we've done all the hard work for you, comparing the two subscription services available in Australia.

Both AGL and Sonnen offer a range of pure battery electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric cars (PHEVs), though our summary focuses on the pure battery electrics.

Standard features for both plans include registration, insurance, and road-side assistance, but the AGL offering also includes a home charger. Neither service forces you to lock in for longer than 6 months, which is great for flexibility, but AGL requires 30 days notice before you swap cars, whereas Sonnen only requires 2 weeks' notice.

Both services command a set-up fee. Side-by-side comparisons for the Hyundai Ioniq, Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf electric models show comparative pricing over one month, inclusive. If you decide to subscribe for more than 12 months, the costs reduce down further.

But given the pricing is presented weekly, we've summarised that offering as well.

Electric car subscriptions offer interested motorists a unique opportunity to "try before you buy" or for those who prefer to use than own, a pathway to e-mobility for all their personal driving.

Curious to learn more about what it's like to drive an electric car daily? Book in with one of our Whirl Ambassadors for an electric car virtual experience!

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