Electric cars finally make sense& or do they? Front Seat Driver

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Electric cars finally sense or do they?

I really like electric cars, surprises many people as know my preference for large V8 engines that make of noise and use lots of petrol.

there is something very about driving an electric Obviously there is the lack of Some models are so quiet previously unheard noises major irritations, items as windscreen wiper motors, air blowers and the click from the

More than that is the way the cars drive. Right now won’t be worrying any performance but press what used to be the loud pedal down hard and you will find there is a surge of torque pulls whatever electric car you are in

That surge doesn’t away quickly, requiring a change or three. Instead the car stays in the power band at all quietly and efficiently accelerating you the speed you had intended.

The only real downside is the talked about range but if you know you’ve got 100 miles of and you are only heading some miles to a country pub for lunch, even that won’t your day.

Stopping in their tracks though are the of getting involved in electric BMW has just announced the prices for forthcoming i3 pure electric and the world is marvelling at how little the will be charging.

The German will be allowing you to leave the with a shiny new i3 in return for £25,680. But just hold on one That’s £25,680 (once taken off the £5,000 government that us tax payers cover), or £10,000 more than an Romeo MiTo, a car that is so slightly larger than, and about equals the premium and image of the new BMW motor.

Yes, forget range and wobbles about high failures, what is really back the sale of electric is the pricing.

Renault enter left. The French firm a different way with their range, reducing the price of the to something reasonably affordable. You can up the Renault Fluence, a Focus saloon, for just £17,845 the Clio sized Zoe comes in at £13,995.

That is all well and it makes electric cars far more affordable. However, you have to add in the cost of the batteries.

if you buy a Renault then there’s a big (or at least there should be) ‘batteries not included’. If you want electric care to go anywhere, have to shell out at least a £70 per month if you plan on covering up to miles a year. The more you cover, the more your fee is, rising to £93 a month if you are covering miles a year, with a 2.5 per mile penalty if you go over the

If you read what I wrote in April, my apologies for the recap. If you I said that electric make sense for a growing of people, mostly private

I may possibly have been If the car doesn’t look quite as value now the leasing costs been added, it certainly look far more complicated.

I got hold of a copy of the lease and some of it makes for a worrying For example, if you keep the Renault for 20 you will be expected to pay your £70 per each and every month for time. That would be incidentally.

Should you, some down the line, run in to some difficulty and miss some Renault reserve the right to turn off your battery, it from recharging. That leave you with a beautiful ornament, even if you’ve since paid for the car and battery times over.

Most though are the rules around on your car. If you trade car in at a recognised car dealer, then is fine and dandy. However, if you your car privately then you a major risk on your you are wholly responsible for the lease of the battery until such that your buyer out a new lease agreement with

If they take three to do that, you pay three months for a you no longer have.

If they get round to doing it well you can that getting quite In no other area can I think of a where you would be held for leasing costs of a product you own.

Turns out that an electric car isn’t that then. You either buy a car with a and take the risk that the will last indefinitely, or buy a car and the battery but take on incredible risks later on.

So I take it For now, there are still too questions around electric One day somebody will do it right, and very soon, but for now it’s combustion for me.


Phil is a motoring writer for and web, failed racing car hoarder and banger rally Nominated for the Headline Auto Star award and a MGMW Phil freelances for outlets as as GoCompare.com, Fleet World and Magazine, amongst many He also maintains a fleet of motors, but spends most of his driving an old Corvette or the infamous Lee(xus).

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