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: How much money do you save now with your EV?

Q: How much money do you save now with your EV?

£200/month in fuel.

Matt Martin, Leicester, Leicestershire – Renault Zoe owner

On average, if you take into consideration repairs, I save about £550 a month.

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV owner

Depends on mileage; in the past I would have saved many thousands. An EV pays for itself in terms of fuel, maintenance, repairs, servicing, taxes, parking, C zones etc. which more covers depreciation, lower service costs & Economy 7 low energy costs.

Barry Goldring, Slough, Berkshire – Nissan LEAF owner

1p per mile running cost compared to 12p per mile with the previous vehicle plus lower servicing costs with a BEV as no oils, filters etc.

GNF Browning, Rugby, Warwickshire – BMW i3 owner

£135 in tax, £100 servicing and £1,200 in fuel.

John Riley, Colchester, Essex – Renault Zoe

Q: Would you ever go back to a petrol or diesel car?

Q: Would you ever go back to a petrol or diesel car?

No, I don’t even like driving them now.

John Riley Colchester, Essex – Renault Zoe owner

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NO – quieter & far better to drive.

Barry Goldring, Slough, Berkshire – Nissan LEAF owner

No, never ever!!!

Joanna Benbow, Taunton, Somerset – Nissan LEAF owner

Still have petrol engines cars too but looking only at EV for new/replacement.

Carl Gibson, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – BMW i8

Nope.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe

Q: What would you tell non-EV drivers to convince them to switch to electric?

Q: What would you tell non-EV drivers to convince them to switch to electric?

Would you rather spend your money on your fuel, or your car?

Matt Martin, Leicester, Leicestershire – Renault Zoe owner

You save a lot of money and the driving experience is so much nicer.

Mark Tebbutt, Chorley, Lancashire – Nissan LEAF owner

It’s not only about saving money, it’s about us too. Look around you and see how polluted our roads near schools are, we want better for our children. You will notice when you switch to electric what a difference it makes.

Joanna Benbow, Taunton, Somerset – Nissan LEAF owner

Bite the bullet and go for it. EV driving is pleasurable. I often tell blokes about the instant torque effect. They like that. So do I!

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe owner

It’s much easier than you think. Unless you do over a 100 miles a day frequently it will save you time, and no more smelling hands. Get in, drive 100 miles, go to bed and it’s ready to go again in the morning.

Andy Milton, Ware, Hertfordshire – Kia Soul EV owner

“Describe the moment you knew an EV was the car for you”

“Describe the moment you knew an EV was the car for you”

After the first test drive… we have driven Teslas, LEAFs, etc and the Soul EV was our favourite by far – it wasn’t an odd-looking EV, but was definitely different, without being showy…

Rob Carswell, Poole, Dorset – Kia Soul EV owner

When I realised it was a stylish affordable option.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe owner

Test drive; so easy, so smooth, so economical, so quiet, so the future. Want one!!

Sheila Joynes, Worcester, Worcestershire – Nissan LEAF owner

I started my EV journey about 4 years ago and now I know I don’t want to drive a petrol / diesel every again! When I calculated my savings compered to my VW Golf I had, owning an EV was no brainer!

Joanna Benbow, Taunton, Somerset – Nissan LEAF owner

A ‘motorhead’ for over 55 years, it was an EV that brought a love of driving back into my motoring.

Barry Goldring, Slough, Berkshire – Nissan LEAF owner

Q: What’s the best thing about your electric car?

Q: What’s the best thing about your electric car?

The fact that I am not smelling diesel fumes any more helps. There is instant heat if I need it and it’s put the pleasure back into driving. I just love being able to hear myself think.

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV owner

She’s cute and different in the sense of innovative and standing out from the crowd.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe owner

Lots; but if I had to choose just one – low running costs.

Sheila Joynes, Worcester, Worcestershire – Nissan LEAF owner

Saves so much money! And air is so clean and fresh!

Joanna Benbow, Taunton, Somerset – Nissan LEAF owner

The running costs. 32,865 miles for £344.21 in electricity.

Mark Tebbutt, Chorley, Lancashire – Nissan LEAF owner

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