Tim drives a MINI Electric (Cooper SE in other markets) 2021 electric car.
This is Tim’s second electric car, he’s owned the MINI from new and drives between 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 1,000-5,000 miles and he achieves 100 miles range from a full charge.
Rate your MINI Electric out of 5.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
My last EV was a MINI Countryman PHEV and was a disappointment. Its claimed range was grossly overstated but I enjoyed its short lived electric drive. My other cars are both big Land Rovers. I felt driving my 16 mile run to the nearest shop was wasting fuel and causing pollution, especially in winter and the MINI Electric fits my needs exactly. If I need to drive further than the MINI’s range then I use a big diesel SUV.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Costs next to nothing to fill it up – in 6 months/3,900 miles = £21 on my home charger
- As a single guy, it makes a brilliant shopping trolley
- It’s huge fun to drive it on my local roads.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- Nothing at all
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
Nothing at all
What are the standout tech features of your MINI Electric?
Its efficiency – worst m/kWh has been 3.7 in winter and best so far 5.7m/kWh in May. Its standard heat pump has been brilliant in the winter.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
How much fun it is to drive.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
As a Land Rover fan it would be great to have a fully EV Defender that has good range off-road and on.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
myenergi zappi – yes and I now have 3 neighbours who also have them.
Rate your home charging unit out of 5.
What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Bulb – yes
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
ChargePlace Scotland – because I get free charging in my area on them.
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
Only ever used ChargePlace Scotland – why pay for a charge when you can get one for the cost of the RFID card? £10 for life.
Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Rate your insurance provider out of 5.
Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.