Posted by geoff the bonnie on December 30, 2020, 2:01 pm
A boring day waiting delivery so studied an electric vehicle driving 600 miles in Norway.There are chargers putting out 125kw at every filling station. Large car and it needed charging at about 120 miles. Noted that if someone else needed a charge next to his car, his charge rate halved. Motorway travel and average speed became just over 50 mph due to all the waiting at chargers. When he added up the sums, the electricity charge was a lot more than a diesel car. |
If you use fast charge which takes about 45 minutes just to get about 60% charge. The cost is much higher for the electricity.
The journey took 13 hours on an empty motorway and no waiting to get a charge point available as very few cars out this week. Conclusion was the car was suitable for a 120 mile journey. Now, this is a 40k cost car, so what is the advantage of owning a car with limited range, higher running cost and about a 5 year life. In 3 years that battery will only allow about 60 miles range.It might also require over 1 hour to get some power into it.
So far in the UK, i have not seen the giant size chargers that Norway has and it is still tedious sitting and waiting.
I bought a mild hybrid which is just 48 volts of battery power to boost acceleration by adding the battery power to the petrol. So far, i am getting 30 mpg compared to 42mpg from a diesel car of the same 200 bhp output. Figures by the maker suggest 42 mpg is normal but it is a tight motor being new.
Studying these electric cars with 400 volt power packs, i find they would be useless for my use as 400 mile journies in the Summer might be impractical with charging point waits.
If we have to start going electric, i think the PHEV , plug in with petrol engine might be the choice if you need to drive in the UK
What a con if the Government thinks electric cars will suit us all.
If you did get a home charger, it will need at least a 7 hour charge to get it part charged with a 7kw charging rate. Anyone here bought an electric car as an only car ? I doubt any owner would have just one car knowing that a 400 mile journey or holiday in the UK is a no go.