What got you into an EV in the first place?
I bought a Lexus hybrid to help reduce my environmental impact, EVs we’re basically unaffordable Tesla or impractical LEAF at that time. It was a revelation, driving in EV mode, using regen to maximise electric use immediately made me realise my next car MUST be fully electric. 7 years later I bought my Volkswagen e-Golf. I’ll never drive an ICE car again.
What didn’t you know to begin with?
I hadn’t a clue how to use a public charger. I didn’t really understand home charging. I had no idea just how much I would save in vehicle running costs.
What did you find most confusing about EVs and how did you solve that?
Public charging. The sheer number of providers, the different charger types, the apps! The charger types, 2.2kw, 7kw, rapid, ultra rapid, CHAdeMO, CCS, type 2, AC. It was a steep learning curve in the first week, dealers gave absolutely no info. Trial and error, first charge using an AC connector on the M6 and returning to find 20 miles added after a whole hour! Assuming those Ecotricity chargers on the motorway network must be ok. I soon realised my folly and the best network was Instavolt so made that my first choice. Contactless payment is also my first choice and I prioritise those chargers in my route planning.
What sources of information helped you e.g. people, groups, websites etc?
Twitter was my primary source of unbiased information. I followed people like the almost fanatical ‘The Plug Seeker’ and the down-to-earth-say-it-like-it-is Mike Morris. I follow many EV tweeters even now, it’s a good source of up-to-date EV world info.
Why did you buy the car you did?
I wanted a manufacturer I trusted. Lexus, my preferred manufacturer, did not produce an EV and didn’t seem as though they would anytime soon. After years of leasing various VWs during my employment at Bentley Motors, I looked at the e-Golf. I wanted an ‘ordinary’ hatchback car, no weird styling, no fussy tech. The e-Golf fit the bill perfectly and my first test drive convinced me this was the EV for me.