Derek O drives a Volkswagen ID.3 2022 electric car.
This is Derek’s fifth electric car, he’s owned the ID.3 from new and drives between 15,000-20,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 1,000-5,000 miles and he achieves 210 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
Not needing or particularly wanting an SUV, I was looking to see what best to replace my Hyundai IONIQ Electric with as I approached the end of my 2 year lease. I was particularly keen to move to a ground up BEV as my previous pure EVs had been fossil conversions (Kia Soul EV and then the IONIQ) and the ID.3 offered a great solution.
Brilliant to drive, good range (if not as efficient as the IONIQ it was replacing) and big enough, without being a massive car for my needs. There was also a good deposit contribution available at the time of ordering meaning it was also affordable.
Other vehicles considered were the DS3 CROSSBACK, Vauxhall Mokka-e, Citroen e-C4, Peugeot e-2008, Hyundai Kona, Kia e-Niro, Kia e-Soul, MG ZS and my ideal, the Polestar 2. The Polestar was too expensive (as were the IONIQ 5 and EV6), all the rest were fossil conversions. So, order placed at end of September and the long wait began. In fairness it actually turned up two weeks early! Absolutely love it!
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- Software still a little slow
- Touch sensitive controls not the best
- Hard finish door cards.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
What are the standout tech features of your ID.3?
- Travel Assist is very clever with regular alerts about the next approaching roundabout, speed limit changes etc.
- Automatic Cruise Control is a good implementation and great in traffic jams as it auto starts
- Keyless Go is great too and amazing how quickly you get used to simply putting the car in gear and going.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this ID.3.
The swarm data is probably the least known feature and as of yet, probably not that useful. However, in the longer term you are helping to improve traffic safety with connected features as your car talks to other vehicles close by. Clever stuff. The matrix headlights are also brilliant (no pun intended!) and a real step forward in safety technology.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
Planning on changing my ID.3 for a CUPRA Born as I prefer the looks of the Born.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
I have 2 x EO Minis and love their small form factor which makes them very discrete on the front of the house (sockets rather than tethered to aid in disguising them).
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus Go and have often recommended it.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
ChargePlace Scotland where they are still free, if paying then Osprey or InstaVolt as reliable. Impressed with the new Fastned installation in Hamilton too.
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Admiral – often recommend them for value.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.