A Journey Easier with an Electric Car than a Conventional One

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    Trevor Larkum
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    It doesn’t happen often, but we recently took a trip in my ZOE that was easier than if we had taken a petrol or diesel car. We needed to travel to Pet
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    ‎D
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    It doesn’t happen often, but we recently took a trip in my ZOE that was easier than if we had taken a petrol or diesel car.

    Doesn’t happen often? 99% of our trips are easier than in conventional cars. If you don’t need to charge (or even, you do, but planned on taking a break anyway), then surely it’s always easier?

    Now we have a home charger and set off with 100%, and can return home with 1%, it’s very rare out trips are less convenient than petrol!

    (though our trip to Poole next month will certainly be a big exception!)

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    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Fair point – I specifically meant a long journey (i.e. beyond the range of the car) so have updated the post.

    #17262

    ‎D
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    Ah, gotcha 🙂

    We went to Drayton Manor recently (about 100m round trip), but stopped for food in both directions, so also worked out fairly convenient (if you ignore that we wouldn’t have ordinarily eaten at services in either direction because of their prices ;))

    After that, I’ve been tweeting restaurant chains asking them to add chargers. There was a Harvester just 6 miles off the M6 on our way back we’d have loved to go to, but didn’t want to stop twice. If these places get chargers, they’ll get our business for food on long journeys – would much rather a 22kW charge and a nice meal than a rapid charge and service-station-priced-Burger-King!

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    sandy
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    Wait until you have a period of driving where a car with a large capacity fuel tank would have been handy.

    I’m just back from a 5 day break where on leaving with a 100% charge, due to lack of chargers and rain I had to charge 4 times just to cover 159miles. And after that I only had 20% SOC when I got home.

    Nothing better about EV for me when I’d have used less than half a tank of petrol in my previous car.

    Certainly for my work commute the Zoe is perfect, just didn’t quite work out like that for a long trip with rain.

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