Honda e Advance 2020, blackrocket2000 – Living with an EV: Getting started

Honda e Advance 2020, blackrocket2000 - Living with an EV: Getting started

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blackrocket2000

 

What is the make, model and year of your EV?
Honda e Advance 2020

 

What got you into an EV in the first place? 
I’m a retired Mechanical Engineer/Designer and have always been an early adopter of new technology. Also increasing aware of air pollution and how we must all move on from Internal Combustion Engines. I don’t have the need for a Tesla-size vehicle (or the budget) and hate the SUV trend. So I wanted a small BEV. I wasn’t impressed by the i3, a Smart was too small, a Mini not a real BEV and then I saw the Honda e concept and the prototype. To hell with the cost, I HAD to have one.

 

Honda e Advance 2020, blackrocket2000 - Living with an EV: Getting started

 

What didn’t you know to begin with?

  • Whether the ‘small range’ would be an issue, I thought not
  • Had to understand miles per kWh, charging rates etc and get my head round some sums
  • Whether I could afford a new car/justify the expense
  • I did my research on local public chargers.

 

What did you find most confusing about EVs and how did you solve that? 
I had to order my car without any test drive. My decision was based on gut feel and researching the specs of alternatives.
I was very surprised on the first test drive (a week before mine was eventually delivered) how easy the car was to drive, even in One Pedal mode which I love!

 

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What sources of information helped you e.g. people, groups, websites etc? 
Initially the Honda website and some dealer input. Lots of online reviews on YouTube and then the Honda e Forum, Twitter etc.

 

Why did you buy the car you did? 

  • The design: very simple
  • Powerful enough
  • A small car but big enough for me (and the wife on occasion)
  • Very impressed with quality of ride, suspension, handling etc.
  • Safety features were not an ‘essential’ for me but actually very useful, as are lots of cameras.

 

Honda e Advance 2020, blackrocket2000 - Living with an EV: Getting started

 

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