New 2020 Ioniq Electric announced – but it’s not all good news…

Hyundai have launched the next Ioniq Electric model for 2020, with a bigger battery- up to 38.3kWh useable. Hardly a surprise there. A modest increase, within the existing platform, sounds like a sensible but incremental step. Think of it as Ioniq V1.5 rather than V2. 38kWh compared to the existing 28kWh means up to around … Continue reading New 2020 Ioniq Electric announced – but it’s not all good news…

Ioniq electric battery health at 3 years and 36,000 miles – very healthy, 100% health and 28.6kWh net capacity *Updated*

Welcome to my most popular blog post. Looks like battery health/life is a big concern amongst my readers! When I bought my Nissan Leaf at 3 years old, it had 88% battery "health" as reported by the car. Battery degradation is inevitable with electric vehicles, it's just a question of how much. If you're interested … Continue reading Ioniq electric battery health at 3 years and 36,000 miles – very healthy, 100% health and 28.6kWh net capacity *Updated*

How we kicked diesel and became an all-Electric Vehicle family

Be careful when buying new power tools. I bought a DeWalt 18V Li-ion drill 7 years ago- and so far that drill has mixed all the cement for a house extension, drilled countless holes in hard concrete blocks, screwed countless screws into wood and also drilled joints for a large green-oak porch. Quite impressive on … Continue reading How we kicked diesel and became an all-Electric Vehicle family

Picking up another Ioniq electric! But wait, there’s a catch…

...it needs to be collected from Aberdeen, 530 miles away. Before this trip I hadn't attempted a really long journey in an EV. (In case you're not aware, this car is all-electric, no "engine", it doesn't take diesel or petrol). However my experience of the Ioniq was that the car could do it, and I … Continue reading Picking up another Ioniq electric! But wait, there’s a catch…

Electric Cars – a resource for teachers in 2020

An electric Tesla Model 3 has completed JOGLE, John O-Groats to Lands End, with only one and a half hours spent stopped and charging, breaking the previous record easily. This is enabled by a network of high power chargers which can charge electric cars at up to 250kW. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/tesla-model-3-breaks-record-shortest-charging-time-crossing-uk The carbon impact of electric cars … Continue reading Electric Cars – a resource for teachers in 2020

“Yay my energy bill is in!” or “How we pay only 9p a unit for our electricity!”

Warning - in 2021 the UK electricity wholesale price has risen substantially, so an Agile tariff may not suit you. This post dates from 2019... We switched to a time-of-use electricity tariff from Octopus in summer 2019, from an Economy 7 tariff. This means that the price of electricity varies every half an hour, depending … Continue reading “Yay my energy bill is in!” or “How we pay only 9p a unit for our electricity!”

Smart EV charging using Agile Octopus and Ohme- and occasionally earning money

One way to minimise the cost of running an EV is to use an off-peak electricity tariff. Mind you, there's not much to save. Even at the average domestic price of 15p per unit (kWh); 10,000 miles would cost you approximately £300. Not per month, that's per year. There is a gadget that can cut … Continue reading Smart EV charging using Agile Octopus and Ohme- and occasionally earning money