Yesterday my first-ever EV arrived, it’s a Hyundai Ioniq, which I picked as it was the cheapest one I could fit my family in, and figured it would be a good way to give an EV a try without too much in the way of commitment.
So first the bad.
It doesn’t feel like an awful lot of range, even when full. I suspect there are a number of factors here. Firstly I am used to my range being closer to 400 miles with a full tank, so barely 200 doesn’t feel like a lot. Also, I am probably still a little nervous about where it is possible to charge if I am out and about. I’ve never had to look out for charging points before.
I guess this will pass.
The fact that when I parked it on the drive last night it had 150 Miles on it, and this morning in the chill it had considerably less was a bit of a concern. I don’t want to have to charge it from my home supply, but I suspect I may well have to from time to time.
I know I will get used to this, and it certainly isn’t enough to put me off, but it’s odd having to learn about how a car works again after all these years.
The fact that it is silent. At school drop-off today a man walked in front of me and stopped to chat to his friend, it didn’t feel right to beep at him, but normally the sound of an engine would have done the trick. I had to get out and ask him to move, which caused a bit of a defensive reaction on his part.
I suspect that will get more and more normal over time.
And now the good.
Firstly, it’s a 70 plate car, that’s by far the newest vehicle I have had for longer than a couple of days. I love the fact that stuff just works.
It’s surprisingly spacious considering it is just a normal hatchback. I got 4 kids in it this morning with all their bags. The youngest in a car seat.
You read about the instant power from EVs, but experiencing it is a different thing. I like it.
Yesterday morning I spent 10 minutes sitting in the cold waiting for the car to warm up and clear the windscreen, this morning I clicked a button on an app and then went and had a shower.
Heated steering wheel - Who knew?
So definitely positive so far, but not 100%. I fully expect it to be closer to 100% when I am more used to it.