Juxtaposittion – heritage buildings and cutting edge Electric vehicles. National Trust living with EV’s

Juxtaposition. Penrhyn Castle and the new Electric vehicle

Juxtaposition. Penrhyn Castle and the new Electric vehicle

Its been an interesting few days living with the Renault Fluence Electric Vehicle. I have driven it quite a bit with and without the family. This is my first ever dive of an EV and my first iimpression has been really positive in every way except one. (think I would get less attention if I drove a Farrari through the village – it stands out with the decals)

Range anxiety is very real. I was warned of the range aspect by Renault. Even charging the car to the brim over 12 hours you are still only looking at 60miles or so (don’t have a rapid charger at home. We are waiting for new office charger to be fitted next week) For traveling to and from work (perfect) for popping to and from (perfect) Monday I am trying it out in my work mode. Visiting a tenant 40 miles away to help him with a hydro proposal and then 30 miles back to the office and lastly 25 miles back home. On a single charge I will be short by 25 miles. To make sure i will not to be sitting in a lay-bay somewhere in Snowdonia. I have to Plan my recharging. Will see if I can borrow some electricity from the office in Betws-y-Coed.

If I was an urban dweller and commuter then I think this car is a real consideration. My main view is that the car is too heavy and big for what I want. Same running gear as Nissan Leaf but if they could tackle the size and weight then this will become a real contender in the Jones family vehicle replacement policy. I am really looking forward to seeing the Renault Zoe and the few new upgraded EV’s cars coming out this year. 20 min charging and further range and they will have a real contender. Living in Snowdonia I think I know how the first owners of Model T fords felt when they could only get their fuel from pharmacists. But I’m seeing new EV charge points pop up every day (times are a changing). EV’s have to be one of the future options (I am a fan of public transport, better broadband (or any) hub working and so on but I have access to none of this – EV’s are my only option at the moment…but the world is changing

Penrhyn PV's will be powering the EV charging point (same as quite a few other mansion sites)

Penrhyn PV’s will be powering the EV charging point (same PV charging as quite a few other mansion sites in Wales)

Thumbs up from the trainee environmentalist. Its a big comfortable big car

Thumbs up from the trainee environmentalist. It’s a big comfortable big car. ( I need a small comfortable car!)

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2 Responses to Juxtaposittion – heritage buildings and cutting edge Electric vehicles. National Trust living with EV’s

  1. tomeeagle says:

    Interesting – that range seems completely impractical for most people. I would have thought EV’s were more advanced than that by now. Would definitely put me off getting one in the near future.

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