EV Owners

See what electric car owners really think

Choosing a new car is certainly exciting – but can also be a little daunting. You can read the reviews, visit the websites and take a short test drive – but how can you find out what the car of your dreams is like to live with, day-in day-out?

Electric cars are new to most of us, so it’s understandable that you want to know more. How easy are they to charge? How far can you really go? Are the savings as big as people say?

There’s no one better to ask than the electric car owners and drivers themselves. The people that live with these cars on a daily basis. The people who really know what it’s like to make the switch to electric.

Q: What’s the longest /most interesting journey you’ve ever done in your EV and have you ever completed a road trip?

Q: What’s the longest /most interesting journey you’ve ever done in your EV and have you ever completed a road trip?

I drove to Glastonbury to see a friend the first weekend I had the car. We are planning a road trip to France and Italy possibly for next year.

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV owner

To Wales and back from South East (St Albans) so 450 miles return.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe owner

Road trip to the Lake District and visit to Haynes Motor Museum. Both around 600 miles each

Carl Gibson, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – BMW i8 owner

697 mile trip from Worcester down to and around Somerset, along to London, down to South Coast and back in a week.

Sheila Joynes, Worcester, Worcestershire – Nissan LEAF owner

The most interesting trip was to Amsterdam, via Newcastle, to take part in the Nissan most number of electric cars in a single location record attempt in September 2011. The longest trip in the UK is 240 miles each way to Norwich.

Mark Tebbutt, Chorley, Lancashire – Nissan LEAF owner

Q: Is there anything you’ve found easier than you expected when it comes to owning an EV?

Q: Is there anything you’ve found easier than you expected when it comes to owning an EV?

The charging posts that I was nervous about using initially, are actually fairly easy to use.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe owner

Never having to visit a petrol station.

GNF Browning, Rugby, Warwickshire – BMW i3 owner

Keyless entry & 360 degree parking cameras.

Barry Goldring, Slough, Berkshire – Nissan LEAF owner

Driving it. So good in traffic and smooth to drive in all scenarios.

Matt Martin, Leicester, Leicestershire – Renault Zoe owner

Charging at home – no more visits to a petrol station.

Julian Kemp, Exeter, Devon – Volkswagen Golf GTE owner

Q: What’s your experience of home charging been?

Q: What’s your experience of home charging been?

I live in a flat so I depend on the public charging networks. I am lucky that the local Asda is no more than a thirty meters away from me for charging purposes.

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV owner

Issue free.

Matt Martin, Leicester, Leicestershire – Renault Zoe owner

Fantastic, very simple and so convenient.

Joanna Benbow, Taunton, Somerset – Nissan LEAF owner

30 seconds. Just plug in and let the charge timer do the rest.

Mark Tebbutt, Chorley, Lancashire – Nissan LEAF owner

Excellent. Charger was simple enough to install.

Aidan O’Byrne, London – Renault Zoe owner

Q: What’s your experience of charging on the go been?

Q: What’s your experience of charging on the go been?

I have had no issues apart from people ICING bays (non EV drivers).

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV owner

Pretty good, although some charging posts are not EV only parking bays and so not dedicated.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe

It’s getting better but was hard work in 2011-2012.

Mark Tebbutt, Chorley, Lancashire – Nissan LEAF owner

No queues at motorway service stations. Supermarket and town centre chargers can be a bit tricky to get working but fine once you’re used to it.

Gary Rotherfield, East Sussex – EV Driver

Very pleasant. Car usually full before my coffee is finished so end up rushing my coffees a bit more than before.

John Lee-Young, St Albans, Hertfordshire – EV Driver

Q: How much does it cost you to charge your EV and how much have you saved in petrol or diesel?

Q: How much does it cost you to charge your EV and how much have you saved in petrol or diesel?

My comparisons are against the cheapest fuel in the area and based on a 50 mpg petrol Honda Jazz – last year we saved £1,200 over 16,000 miles.

John Riley, Colchester, Essex – Renault Zoe owner

We did 10,000 miles last year for £250, saving over £500.

Andy Milton, Ware, Hertfordshire – Kia Soul EV owner

We pay around 3p per mile when using Economy 7 – our old diesel car cost around 12p per mile. We reckon we saved £1,000 last year :)

Rob Carswell, Poole, Dorset – Kia Soul EV owner

50p a charge for the VW GTE – savings must be thousands of pounds – we used to spend at least £60 a week on diesel.

Julian Kemp, Exeter, Devon – Volkswagen Golf GTE owner

I am saving about £2,300 a year vs a 50 mpg diesel. It cost about £1-£1.20 for a full charge at home.

Mark Tebbutt, Chorley, Lancashire – Nissan LEAF owner

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