Got a question?

Find genuine answers from those that know best – the owners.

There’s no better way of finding out what it’s really like to own an electric car than by speaking to the drivers themselves. We therefore asked the very helpful members of our ‘Owners Club’ some of your most frequent questions. Here’s what some of them said.

All the answers shown have been provided by our Go Ultra Low Owners’ Club members (August 2017), and as such reflect their personal views and experiences. 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.

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

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: 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: What’s the EV driving experience like?

Q: What’s the EV driving experience like?

Very smooth, very quick away from the lights.

Mark Tebbutt, Chorley, Lancashire – Nissan LEAF owner

Quiet and smooth as well as being surprisingly quick. Overall it’s relaxing compared to a diesel or petrol engine vehicle.

John Riley, Colchester, Essex – Renault Zoe owner

It is the best experience that I have had. I’ll never go back to an ICE car.

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV owner

My husband and I thoroughly enjoy it. It’s great when you can roll up at Bicester Village (which has highly pressured parking) and go straight into a VIP dedicated parking spot.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe owner

Smooth, quiet, responsive, quick off the line.

Matt Martin, Leicester, Leicestershire – Renault Zoe owner

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

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: 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: 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 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

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