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I find it interesting reading the comments on the future of UK motoring, and can’t quite work out how the human mind works, it’s definitely a case of the Marmite Love it or Hate it mindset, liberally sprinkled with a few who want to adjust their tastebuds. Or would Brexit be a better analogy, which camp are you in?
In the end, we have very little choice anyway, it is the future and I do agree with the main argument, that as yet, the charging infrastructure is still immature and much more complicated than it could be, having to sign up to many different schemes, reminds me of loyalty cards, most are happy to do so to save a bit but some will not for their own (Often valid) reasons.
Range also a big issue, but now cars that can cover 250 miles plus are starting to be the norm, I really can’t see much of an issue, most of us can’t drive for over 4 hours without a break, and even if you can, you probably shouldn’t! Plus, in all honestly, how many days a year do you need anywhere close to that range?
Some say they are all boring and bland, but many have great low end performance, and more than capable of going past the legal limits, and when you look high end, the Porsche Taycan shows just how good EV can be. They’re far too heavy is another one, yes, they have added weight, but it’s low down and should help with stability, 65ltrs of petrol weighs 50kg, do you only drive with minimum fuel you need to save you lugging the extra weight around?
The cold is also an issue, some older models are shocking, but many cars are coming with battery heaters to help alleviate this problem.
Planning seems to be the key, something we used to do pre Sat Nav days, who remembers using AA Autoroute to plan out their journeys?
I guess for me, I love Marmite, and having weighed up the pros and cons (for me living in a flat and not being able to have a wall box and covering 20k miles a year over fuel costs) I think I’m more than happy with the extra planning and a little bit of inconvenience to save a huge amount of money and hopefully help the environment. I just need the e-Niro to come on the scheme and I’ll happily wave a fond farewell to ICE.
So, what camp are you in, and what are your issues/concerns?
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