Electric vehicle (EV) overview and operation

Whether you've just been thrown the keys to an EV, you're thinking about buying an EV, or you've been driving an EV but can't get the claimed range, this course is going to enlighten you and explain exactly how you can get the most out of your electric vehicle, whether it's a battery electric vehicle (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), hybrid or fuel cell vehicle. 

Even though your EV might look similar to a car with a petrol or diesel engine, the driving style is not the same, plus you'll need to know how to charge it and look after it.

Why do this online electric vehicle training course?

  • You're using an EV as a pool car at your work
  • You've been given an EV as a company vehicle
  • You're considering purchasing an EV and want to know more about it
  • You've just bought an EV and you're looking for expert advice
  • You bought an EV a while ago, but you feel like you're not maximise its potential.

What will you learn?

  • The differences between the different types of EV and their advantages and disadvantages
  • The features of an EV
  • How to charge your EV - the different cables and charging methods, including charger etiquette
  • What hazards to EVs have that ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles don't have
  • How do you maintain your EV
  • What are the important factors for route planning
  • How to drive it to get the maximum range
  • How to tow with your EV.


Where is the course held? The whole course is completed online. If you would like further practical, in-vehicle training, please call 0800 637 000. Extra charges will apply.

What vehicles does the course cover? Cars, utes and vans.

Are any of the modules optional? You can disable the towing module if that is not relevant for your drivers.

Do you need an EV to do this course? No, it's perfect to use when learning about EVs if you're thinking of purchasing one. 

What vehicles are used in the course? We use a Hyundai BEV and a Mitsubishi PHEV. These are representative of the majority of EVs on the road.


  • You will need one course licence per person taking the course - you can't use one licence for multiple operators
  • You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access to take the theory training

You get access to the course for a full 6 months which means your driver can take a couple of months to finish the modules and can come back to it as a refresher anytime until the course access expires. 

Set up is free whether you are purchasing one course licence or a hundred course licences.

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$33.00 + GST per person ($37.95)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 1 hours


Full access for 6 months

Course provided by DT Driver Training

DT Driver Training helps over one million people per year find out about safe driving, machine operation and more.

Training modules

About electric vehicles

The types of electric vehicles, what it's like to own one and how to charge them


Driving and range

Turning your EV on and off, electric vehicle modes, charging on the road and at home, battery preservation, range, braking and regeneration, driving style and courtesy, and route planning

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