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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’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: 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 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 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: How would you describe your EV in 3 words?

Q: How would you describe your EV in 3 words?

Frugal smooth quick.

Mark Tebbutt, Chorley, Lancashire – Nissan LEAF owner

The future today.

Sheila Joynes, Worcester, Worcestershire – Nissan LEAF owner

Future’s drive today.

Carl Gibson, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – BMW i8 owner

Cute, fast and affordable.

Indira Chima, St Albans, Hertfordshire – Renault Zoe owner

Funky, fun & cheap.

Chris Collins, Woking, Surrey – Kia Soul EV 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

“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

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