This might seem a bit obtuse, comparing cars from opposite ends of the spectrum. One, potentially the highest-tech car manufacturer we've yet seen, the other best known, in the UK at least, as a manufacturer of value-for-money, Skoda-competition. However as soon as I drove an Ioniq, I realised that Hyundai made a much better car … Continue reading “Why didn’t you get a Model 3?”
We switched to a time-of-use electricity tariff from Octopus in the summer, from an Economy 7 tariff. This means that the price of electricity varies every half an hour, depending on the wholesale price. Between 4pm and 7pm a peak-time 12 pence is added, capped at 35p/kWh. So there's an incentive to avoid the 4pm … Continue reading "Yay my energy bill is in!" or "How we pay only 9p a unit for our electricity!"
The Ioniq 28kWh is/was the most efficient car you could buy. A small part of this is down to the Michelin Energy tyres. I have been using these and other eco-tyres for many years in previous ICE (fuel) cars, with good results. I could get up to 95mpg out of a Skoda Fabia for example. … Continue reading Goodyear All-Season tyres on the most efficient electric car
In short- a used one that suits most of your needs. It will always be more economical to hire a car for the long trips; or make an adventure of it and take a short range EV across the country, its up to you. You pay a lot for extra range that you may not … Continue reading I’m on a budget, what electric car should I buy?
Instead of a week jetting off to the Canary Islands, this October we took our Hyundai Ioniq electric to South Wales. Partly because of concerns over booking travel close to an impending Brexit deadline, and partly concerns over my carbon footprint - I've already had 2 long flights this year, partly down to holidays. Wales … Continue reading Holidaying with a short-range pure EV
So far my blog has focussed on our electric cars. This is but one aspect of our impact on the planet, so I've started to look at what else I can do to reduce our carbon impact. But what areas should I focus on? It seems "obvious" at first glance that the transatlantic flight I … Continue reading The big Carbon picture v2
Under the false floor in the trunk/boot lives this black duct, taking hot air from the battery... ...to this centrifugal fan. Air then passes out of the car... ...via this flap into the right rear wheel well. I have no idea what this box of tricks does though. Hope it's not too bothered by the … Continue reading The Ioniq electric battery cooling fan!