- Newbury, Berkshire, UK
- T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
@GrannyJen , sorry to say this ... that is like clutching at straws to make an argument for electric cars. In the larger scheme of things, petrol from the supermarket or motorway services will not make much of a difference. The numbers that he got are his - maybe he is not a good driver to get those numbers. I dread to think how he drives his diesel BMW and the amount of pollution that he would cause because of his driving style.I quite agree with you regarding making an informed choice but whilst the Stoke Sentinel is I am sure just the media to provide such in-depth exhaustive analysis the "researcher" needs to pay a little bit of care and attention to due diligence.
Firstly I would question the state of the car he is driving. If he spent £43.45 at £0.66 p perKwH then he's added around 65-66 KwH. If that only gives him 126 miles then that is less than 2 miles per Kw which is probably less than a lead-acid milk float used to get. I have been getting around 3.1 miles per KW in my fairly basic EV in similar circumstances of cold, wipers, lights and heater on.
Filling one vehicle up with supermarket fuel and filling another up with motorway services fuel will not be a valid cost comparison in any circumstance, be it diesel, petrol or electric fuel.
I also fail to understand the "Man was it stressful" comments when arriving at a refuelling point with 7% of available fuel left. It is equally stressful in any car, regardless of the fuel that they run on and, frankly, does not say much for the intelligence of the driver who at the flick of a finger could have asked the sat nav to take him to the nearest fuelling point when discomfort is first manifested. I have many times set off on a journey with intentions to refuel at point x only to discover en-route point x is not feasible. It is not a phenomenon solely limited to EV's.
I drive an EV simply because my personal circumstances, including my conscience, makes it viable for me to do so. I am under no illusions of their limitations, To work out the maths is not rocket science although the author of the learned work published appears to want to make it so.
The fact is - electric cars require a different mindset and not and with their individual focus factors, leccy cars do not work for all.
I think the article was fairly balanced and real life experience. The summary was that with the elec car, he spent more time and more money to travel the same journey that he had done all these years in his polluting diesel. Don't think he had "saving the planet" on his mind (unfortunately like many people).
I too drive an EV because a) I can thankfully afford it b) I currently have low rate electricity. If my electricity prices increase, then the EV will be more expensive than a petrol car, but if I can afford it and do my little for the environment, I will continue to drive the electric car.