This is why. Hopwood Park services off the M42. Non-Teslas can't use this particular site as it's deemed "high-usage". It happened to be empty when I arrived! On a 260-mile drive I needed a 10 minute charge to get home (or face driving ~150 miles at 50mph on the remaining charge). The Gridserve public chargers … Continue reading Why Tesla?
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
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!
Note: this post was written in 2019 and a lot has changed since then in terms of energy prices! 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 … Continue reading Smart EV charging using Agile Octopus and Ohme- and occasionally earning money
Model 3 Standard Range + So, finally the Model 3 has arrived on UK shores. Driving an Ioniq electric, I sometimes get asked "when will you get a Tesla?", as if its the goal of every EV driver. Funny how nobody ever asked "when are you getting a BMW M3" when I drove a Skoda! … Continue reading Tesla Model 3 test drive compared to an Ioniq electric
Update August 2019: this original post was written based on a Polar 50kW charger. I have since used a 62kW Instavolt which just opened at Frilford near Abingdon, UK. Even though I started with more charge, this saved over 5 minutes on the Polar- 101 miles added in 20 minutes, with an average rate of … Continue reading How long does it take to charge up 100 miles with an Ioniq Electric?
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…
Simple - it's not really a 50kW charger. Eh? Today's chargers such as Polar's Ultracharger, and most other rapid chargers, in the UK at least, will deliver, at most, 125 Amps*. Whether that translates to 50kW, depends on the voltage of your car's battery. (Power = Current x Voltage). Take into account some loss along … Continue reading Why am I not getting a 50kW charge from a “50kW” rapid charger?