In early 2020, just before lockdown, we bought a used 2015 Tesla Model S 70D from Tesla. Naturally, if I'd have known that I would hardly need a car for at least a year due to a global pandemic, I wouldn't have bought it. But as a used car it has worked out very well. … Continue reading A year with a used Tesla Model S in the UK
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
Instead of the 2020 Tour of Europe we were hoping for in the Model S, we took a week's holiday in North Wales. Although we could have made the journey without charging, that would have left us nearly empty. There are fewer chargers in Wales than in England, and no EV charger where we were … Continue reading First holiday in the Tesla Model S
Late on Sat 25/1/20 "Just flippin' buy the thing if you think it's good value then" - so I pushed the button- and was rewarded with a hedgehog?! To cut a long story short, it took 27 days from order to the collection of the car. Tesla's communications weren't the best, I've had better from … Continue reading A diary – Buying a used Model S from Tesla in the UK
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!”
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!