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.

All opinions expressed and range, fuel economy and cost claims made by our owners are based upon the drivers’ personal views and experience. These are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Go Ultra Low, and we accept no responsibility for the opinions given. None of the claims made have been independently verified or corroborated and do not necessarily reflect the official figures from the manufacturer. All official fuel consumption and CO2 figures are obtained under standardised EU test conditions (Directive 93/116/EEC). Test figures are intended for comparison purposes and may not reflect real driving results.

Q: What advice would you give to someone setting out to buy an EV for the first time?

Q: What advice would you give to someone setting out to buy an EV for the first time?

Take some for a test drive – you’ll fall in love with how an EV drives.

Rob Carswell, Poole, Dorset – Kia Soul EV owner

Go for it. You won’t look back.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe owner

Drive one. Had a free three-day test drive for the first EV I purchased.

Carl Gibson, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – BMW i8 owner

Try one, then try the rest, then do your homework and don’t make excuses for yourself as to why it won’t work. Adapt your mind-set to be positive.

GNF Browning, Rugby, Warwickshire – BMW i3 owner

Monitor your day to day motoring as this will help with your decision. Most people are unaware of the distances they actually travel.

John Riley, Colchester, Essex – Renault Zoe owner

Q: What’s surprised you most since you started driving your EV?

Q: What’s surprised you most since you started driving your EV?

How cheap they are to drive. When I used to fill up my Jag it cost me £90.00 which would last two weeks. At most I pay 22p total to charge my car.

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV owner

Going past filling stations without parting with £70.

Barry Goldring, Slough, Berkshire – Nissan LEAF owner

That you want to drive it more and more!

Julian Kemp, Exeter, Devon – Volkswagen Golf GTE owner

Cyclists and pedestrians do actually hear you coming from behind them.

John Riley, Colchester, Essex – Renault Zoe owner

How easy it is and how little you charge away from home.

Andy Milton, Ware, Hertfordshire – Kia Soul EV owner

Q: What kind of journeys do you do in your EV?

Q: What kind of journeys do you do in your EV?

Commuting and long range trips.

Julian Kemp, Exeter, Devon – Volkswagen Golf GTE owner

The school run and commute.

Andy Milton, Ware, Hertfordshire – Kia Soul EV owner

Mainly its business mileage which is no more than 40 miles a day. I have done longer trips during my leave time and have covered nearly 1000 miles in a week.

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV owner

Commuting, social, visiting distant friends and family plus holidays.

John Riley, Colchester, Essex – Renault Zoe owner

Daily driver so mixed commuting plus social and pleasure including road trips.

Carl Gibson, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – BMW i8 owner

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

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