SteveG drives a Kia e-Niro 64kWh 2020 electric car.
This is SteveG’s first electric car, he’s owned the e-Niro under 2 years and drives between 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 20,000-30,000 miles and he achieves 290 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
Range, standard accessories, Kia warranty & I enjoyed the test drive.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Enjoyable to drive
- relatively cheap to run.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- Road noise should be better suppressed
- paint quality
- all the (quite) loud noises it makes when first turned on i.e. lots of bings and bongs that can’t be turned off.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
What are the standout tech features of the car?
The whole car is a technical marvel but I think it’s battery management system is very efficient.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
It regularly exceeds the manufacturer’s quoted maximum range by quite a margin in the summer. 341 miles is the best I’ve had so far and Kia’s claimed maximum is 282 miles!
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
The new e-Niro & the EV6 but I’ll consider anything new that comes along. Whatever it is it will have a hard act to follow the car I have now.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Wallbox Pulsar Plus
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Shell Energy – I wouldn’t recommend any supplier at the moment. They’re all operating at the mercy of rampant rising and volatile energy prices.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
- Fastned – sign up for their auto-charging and you just need to turn up, plug in and the system takes over. Simple and reliable.
- Gridserve – tap your payment card and follow the instructions
- IONITY – expensive but available and reliable. I generally use my ChargePoint card to pay at these chargers.
- InstaVolt – as above
- ChargePlaceScotland – generally reliable provided you have their RFID card. Quite a few are still free but this year will probably see the end of that, which is as it should be in my opinion. I don’t really agree with free charging.
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Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
LV – I’ve never had to make a claim but their prices seem okay.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.