I am in need of a new electric car. I have sold my little Ford and now it is time to get a new set of wheels. Why am I telling you this? Well I could do with your help as well as some offers from Dealerships. I would like to test as many cars as possible and I need car dealerships to help me. I know people relate to this same question, as it has been going around my circle of friends for some time.
Setting the scene from the start, I am a normal, 40 (something) year old man. Not particularly rich but has some disposable income to buy a nice new car. I have a job, a mortgage and bills to sort every month so whatever I buy, it has to be reasonably priced. Therefore, I won’t be looking at Jaguars, Mercedes and BMWs, unless something happens with my Premium Bonds! I am just after a decent Green credentialied, family car.
We all have the responsibility to look after the future of our planet and I am no excluded. By 2035 all Petrol and Diesel cars will no longer be sold and therefore this is a great time to look at the future of motoring (BBC report). My question is, is the UK really ready for a fully electric car? I am willing to try them and be convinced, hence why I need to test as many of these cars as possible. My only concern, is the price, have you seen the price of these things? Are they really worth it? I have so many unanswered questions, as in what is it like to live with one?
There are lots of car charging points, new infrastructure going on all the time, home charging points are coming down in price but the real question is, am I ready for an Electric car? There feels like there is something holding me back, perhaps it is just a mental thing? There is only going to be one way to find out what it is, that is to get out there and try them.
It may be the case that I have to make a compromise and look ay Hybrids, but who knows? Having never owned a Hybrid car, a plug-in electric vehicle or a hydrogen car, I have no idea which one is best for everyday use. After reading all the glossy car magazines I have a good(ish) idea of what they are all about but in these articles they never really use the car, not as I would. I mean in a proper family setting, using it everyday and getting to see if it stands up to the real, everyday test.
There has to be a solution and I have been thinking about it, a lot. My plan is to test as many cars as I can. Then at the end, buy the perfect car. It has to be the best daily ‘usable’ green credentials car I can afford. As with all tests there has to be boundaries or a set of rules. Therefore my new car will have to fit into my three rules.
Rule 1. The car must have (and prove to have) great Green Credentials on the test drive (Electric/Hybrid/Other options are all considered). 2. The car must be under £30,000 (I am not made of money, but for any electric car this is where it all starts). 3. The car must be comfortable and be able to be used everyday as a family car (without the need to always having to plan a journey – we know the ones I’m on about, no fuel and need to get to Bristol today).
New things are never easy, however if I do not get out of my comfort zone, things will never change and I will end up buying another gas guzzling, air polluting car. The aim of this articel is to share my car buying journey and hope it will inform and inspire others to do the same. I have already started my search and have a few contenders already lined up but if anyone thinks I may have missed a great option, and that it should be added to my list, then get in contact. I’d be more than happy to add a few more to it.
Cars being considered
Number 1. The Lexus UX. (Hybrid). Yes it is on the list, Luxury at a price I can afford. A test drive has already been booked for the weekend 11/12 July with Lexus Swindon sponsoring. I will report back on how it got on.
Number two. Peugeot 206e (Full electric) – looking for a dealer.
Number three. Hyundai Kona (Fully Electric) – A test drive has been booked with Sean at Pebley Beach, Swindon on the 25th July. It is going to be a full on day with this one. I will let you all know the outcome.
Number four. Ford Puma (Hybrid) – Looking for a dealer.
Number five. Nissan Leaf (Fully electric) – Looking for a dealership
Number six. Toyota C-HR (Hybrid) – Looking for a dealership
Number Seven. MG ZS-EV (Fully electric) – Looking for a dealership
Number eight – Kia Niro (Hybrid) – A test Drive has been booked with Amjad at Fish Brothers Kia on 4th July. This is going another great day out, I will let you know the outcome.
Number nine – Citroen DS3 (Fully electric) – Looking for a dealership
Number ten – Subaru XV e-boxer (Hybrid) – Looking for a dealership
If you would like to offer a test drive and could put a great deal together I want to hear from you. If you’d like to be featured in this review, then please get in contact.