I have finally taken the plunge after several years ‘lurking’ and have ordered a new Zoe. I will post updates of my experiences with the car, whether good or bad, at intervals as and when I can.
So why have I decided to buy an EV?
Quite simple really…I am a great believer in cheap energy, reuse of materials, composting and recycling. To that end we were an early adopter of polyvoltaic solar cells on our roof pumping energy into the house and the national grid, we also have a heat-pump for all our heating and hot water needs, and we produce about 80% of our annual vegetable and fruit requirements in the back garden. We produce our own compost and mulch needed in the garden and greenhouse each year. While landscaping our front and back gardens, we have reused several tonnes of materials (concrete blocks, granite etc) taken out of the house whilst that was being renovated. The old conservatory that was on the back of the house and which leaked badly when we bought the place, has been reused, redesigned and rebuit as the 3 x 2 metre greenhouse which keeps us in tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers for several months of the year, not to mention all the seedlings for other crops and flowers during the year.
OK so the concept of an EV fits nicely into our lifestyle and we think we can plan our journeys to suit, but why a Zoe?
We have been actively considering an electric car for several years and have test driven a couple and looked at others, but for the usual reasons such as low range, initial cost of purchase or lack of features, we have not taken the plunge until now. However, the Zoe has been our preferred option since it came to the market (size, decent range, design, features etc) but the rented batteries in the first couple of years was a negative factor as far as we were concerned.
So what changed?
Quite simply, Renault now sells the car and batteries as an option. Couple that with the fact that during the last week or so, a special limited deal has been available with a significant grant from Renault UK on top of the Government’s PiCG which has brought the price down to the same level as ic cars of a similar size (£12,761.92 offer price). Just 81 units were available in the UK and I managed to get what I have been told is the last available one yesterday. In order to get the Renault UK grant, the car must be registered by the end of September (to get the sales figures up), so things are going to move relatively fast.
That is the situation to date. I will add further updates as and when there is something interesting to feed back on.