“An electric ute would be great,” Rhys Jones says from the driver’s seat of his ute while waiting out the front of the work site.
“I don’t know how much it would cost in terms of set up and all that, but I’ve been on jobs where I’ve seen electric cars.They sneak up on ya.There’s no motor in them, so the engines run silent.”
Three months ago the 28-year-old South Australian carpenter bought a brand new 2019 Nissan Navara, NP300 dual cab ute.It cost $42,000, before he installed a new canopy to protect his tools, an upgraded suspension system, a winch, a bulbar and a scrub bar.With all the extras, the final price came to $58,000.
It was a decision Rhys says he made for work, though the set up meant he could also go camping, fishing and four-wheel-driving on the weekends with friends.That said, the job often makes it hard to get away.He works six days a week for his dad’s construction company, Monday-through-Saturday, and is usually on site from 7am every morning.
On engine preference, Rhys says he doesn’t know what the fuss is about.He doesn’t care so much what’s under the hood, so long as it does what he needs it to do – though anything that would help cut fuel costs would be welcome.
A read-out on the dash of his ute tells him he’s been burning diesel at a rate of 11.4 litres every 100 kilometres.It doesn’t help that Australian fuel is of such low quality the average person is paying $500 a year just to drive the country’s roads.
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