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[Interviewer] What made you choose to have an electric car?
I think for me primarily, it was the sustainability element of it.
Well, it is environmentally more friendly, it's quiet, and people seem to like the service.
With the ULEZ zone and everything like that, it was costing too much with the petrol and the fees and stuff, so yeah, we went for an electric car.
And what's it like to drive?
There's no noise. It's really smooth.
They have immediate torque. There's no waiting for gears.
Did it take long to adapt?
We did a training course for a week. We took it out and no, it's very easy. It's automatic.
My son laughs. That range anxiety, that "am I gonna have enough miles?" but actually I've adjusted quite quickly.
Is there anything that you'd change?
No, it would probably be useful to have batteries that last a bit more in terms of give you further miles.
We'd find more charging places to be better.
I wish I would've got it sooner.
And what do your mates think?
Some of them very skeptical. Some of them absolutely, "Can I have a go? Can I drive it?"
"What's it like?"
They love it. A lot of them have said they would like to make the change.
But at the moment obviously, it's just a case of the cost of living.
I think when they hear how much it costs to run and yeah, not having to go and fill up with diesel and petrol, I think it's pretty amazing.
How often do you check the battery?
Every night when I go home I just look to see how much charge I need, if I need to plug it in, or stuff like that. It's very, very easy to use.
Just like a mobile phone.
Do you come here often?
Yeah. Literally all the time.
Once a week.
Yeah, it's quite a nice place to come to.
Does it take long to charge?
I normally do about a half an hour, and that gives me just over a hundred miles.
That one takes about 40 minutes to fully charge here. At home, that'll take about nine hours.
From empty to full, never more than about 45 minutes.
What's the cost per mile?
Costs me about 18 pound to fill it up right here.
And we get about 200 miles.
Well, I think it's about 60, 67 pence. It shows you on the. It's gone up in the last, I think, few weeks, as most electricity costs have gone up.
Oh, yeah. Of course. And what would you say to a petrol head?
It's so much fun to drive 'em.
Get in and have a drive of one because they're as competent as any fuel car.
If you wanna save money, go electric. It's that simple.
Is it more cost effective?
Definitely with the prices of petrol in the last couple of months, we've noticed the difference in that so I'm assuming, yeah, eventually, but at the moment haven't actually got any evidence of that.
I think in the long run, yeah.
Wherever you can cut the cost of living it's definitely a good idea to go electric. In terms of how much you save, once you do the numbers, over a period of time, it's gonna work out to be thousands of pounds so I would definitely, definitely go electric.
Would you go back?
Yeah, no. Definitely not.
I'll definitely stay with electric. Yeah.
You’ll be pleased to find out that an EV could cost you less over the course of ownership5. Without taking into account the purchase price and any energy price fluctuations, an EV’s running cost (including refuelling/recharging, insurance, road tax, MoT and servicing) could be less than what you’d expect to pay for an equivalent petrol or diesel car. Plus, with an EV you can take advantage of the many offers and subscriptions out there.
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1 Net emission reductions from electric cars and heat pumps in 59 world regions over time | Nature Sustainability