Electric Cars – are they worth it? – A review by Gary Fixter

Electric Cars – are they worth it?

Like most people, my perception of electric cars is that they’re frankly a waste of time and money. But are we really being fair in that assessment, or is there something more to be found from the newest range of cars available on the UK market today?

Renault Zoe, from £13,995 rrp

Renault Zoe – Gary Fixter
  • 250 mile range on one charge
  • 5 seats, 338 litres of boot space
  • 4 years warranty and Renault assistance as standard
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Rapid charging port, plus home charging kit supplied
  • Flexible battery hire
  • 6 different models to choose from

Nissan Leaf, from £16,680 rrp

Nissan Leaf – Gary Fixter
  • Up to 155 miles on one charge
  • 5 seats, 370 litres of boot space
  • 60:40 split folding rear seats
  • Rapid charging port, plus home charging kit supplied
  • Zero emission vehicle
  • Range of different models, styles and colours to choose from
  • Aerodynamic exterior
  • NissanConnect EV telematics system combines navigation and entertainment with an in-car management system

Kia Soul EV, from £25,495 rrp

  • Kia Warranty of 7 years or 100,000 miles
  • Zero emission vehicle
  • Up to 132 miles on one charge
  • Rapid charging port, plus home charging kit supplied
  • Privacy Glass & Solar Glass
  • Touchscreen SatNav

The specifications – and the manufacturer’s pages – for each of the cars look really impressive, but how practical is an Electric car? I was pleasantly surprised on researching to find 3 charging stations within easy reach of home, and looking at a map of the UK now you can see that there are charging stations pretty much everywhere.

On top of that, Motorway service stations are increasingly offering ‘Rapid Charging’ stations, which allow you to charge up to 80% of your battery life within 30 minutes; meaning that the old fears about running out of charge half-way on your journey really are a thing of the past.

So it seems to me that the biggest problem with buying an electric car is my own perception: that it’ll be hard to charge up, fiddly and difficult to organise, I’ll have to go out of my way to recharge instead of going straight to my destination – when actually these really are outdated fears and not at all reflective of the way things have changed in the UK in our push to be more energy efficient.

One thing is for certain, all these cars are ugly and need to look a lot more modern and less boxy in order to get a sale from me.

 

Article written and published by Gary Fixter