Not particularly impressive figures for a car we’ll readily admit. However, if you’re talking about charging said car, well, that is a pretty impressive statistic. And that’s not all, at only £2-3 per charge and with a range up to 100 miles (for our resident BMW i3 rex), Freestone’s new EV (Electric Vehicle) charging point is ready for action.
As for electric vehicles being the future who can tell, certainly it’s a growing market and most of the major brands have electric ‘offerings’ or claim to be working with the technology. There appears to be two flies in the ointment stopping Joe Public rushing out to invest – besides actual awareness (which we believe is a big part of it). One: EVs tend to be more expensive to buy even after the government subsidy, and two: what the trade call ‘range anxiety‘ – most electric cars don’t have the range of conventional fossil fuel cars (the exception being the American brand Tesla who actually claim an astonishing 300 miles with 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds and 155 mph max speed – prices from £50,000).
In reality most people’s daily commute is far less than 100 miles, that being the case you still might have the odd reason when more range is required – unless this ‘exceptional’ journey is planned, one could find yourself in a land of inconvenience. Having said that, most manufacturers have tried addressing this concern with a host of range extending options. Other positives include; zero road tax (below 100 CO2 emissions – changes are afoot though), Zero company car tax* the service intervals are much larger on the EVs and they usually have pretty exhilarating acceleration.
Deemed negatives: lack of available public charge points although they are springing pretty much everywhere (so we think it’s important to have your own, which in itself could present issues to drivers without off-road parking etc.). Battery concerns i.e. ‘life of’. Some manufacturers have addressed this by offering long warranty periods. Some (not all) brands will let you buy the vehicle but only lease the battery; this just adds to the ongoing cost concerns, uncertainty and complications so if you happen to be sitting on the fence there’s a pretty high chance you might fall at this point. Unknown residuals – with the technology being in its infancy there are likely to be advancements addressing range issues and improving overall public confidence. This is likely to have potential negative effects or the ‘earlier’ EV examples (this happens in the conventional cars market anyway).
Negative and positive: quite a lot of the EVs do look ‘quite different’, another potential ‘turn off’ for some – it’s the old Marmite syndrome (love it or hate it with no middle ground). Having said that – just recently our friends at VW have launched an all electric Golf Mercedes-Benz also have their B-class offering, again all electric. (click here for Full listing of EVs)
Finally, rumour has it, there is a bit of an ‘elephant in the room’ – apparently, ‘the word is’ there isn’t enough electricity being generated for all of ‘us’ to have them…
Our EV experience? (14 months in) we’re really pleased with it, no regrets at all
* No company car tax ‘If’ all electric i.e. no petrol back up or a ‘hybrid‘ or Bi-fuel vehicle
‘Our’ vehicle has a 600 cc generator on board to top up the battery so that does attract a little tax… we’ve only used petrol a couple of occasions – this effectively doubles the range if you drive little a vicar. Facts based on our experience and research and correct to the best of our knowledge at time of going live.