Thanks for posting the article link Jock, it is a very fair appraisal. The good news is that the charging infrastructure is continuing to improve all the time so those public charging anxiety hurdles are being addressed and will be overcome for long-distance drivers. Regular commutes (like our own regular 50 miles per day) are so much easier to manage because home charging overnight is such a no-brainer, convenient and cheap, you just wake up every morning to a 'full tank' of electrons (see pictures below). Since getting our EV it has only used a public charging station twice in the last six months, we've just not had any other need for them.
While we're posting links to articles for those who may be interested in finding out more, here's some up-to-date news about EV sales so far this year... https://insideevs.com/news/352156/april ... es-europe/
And, finally, for those who would like to see a real-world example of the economic benefits of living with an EV and how charging it overnight at home affects the electricity bill, here are the half-hourly readings from our smart meter this morning...
(please note, the following is CLASSIFIED info, for your eyes only)
First pic shows the kWh usage overnight, from midnight up to 6:30am. For those who may not be familiar with smart metering, here's an explanation of what the bar graph, above, shows: There is a separate bar for every half-hour increment. At 12 midnight there is hardly any power being consumed in the house. At 12:30am the car starts charging and the bar jumps up, registering that the car has started charging at a rate of 2.7kWh (or 1.35kWh per half-hour increment as shown), this continues until 3:00am when the car starts to reduce it's 'pull' because the battery will have reached around 80% capacity. At 3:30am the car is still charging, but the domestic water heating immersion element has also kicked-in pulling 3kWh (or 1.5kW per half-hour - water heating occurs every night via a timer switch at about 3:20am for one hour). At 4:00am the car is still drawing some charge, but it's a further reduced amount, and the domestic immersion heater is still pulling it's 3kWh until 4:20am). At 4:30 everything has stopped again, until the kettle goes on to boil water for coffee at 5:30am and breakfast starts around 6:30am - you can clearly see the small bars for those two events.
Now here is the 'cost graph' for the same period, with an explanation of what is shown...
You can see when the car starts charging at 12:30, the bar graph registers about 5p total for the first half-hour (remember the unit rate is 5p/kWh and the car draws about 1.35kW per half-hour period, or 2.7kWh). The bar at 12:30am jumps up to register 30p because this is how the 25p per day 'standing charge' for our tariff is added every night. The remaining bars drop back to around 5p per half-hour period after that, until the water heating kicks in at 3:20am, as previously described. You can also see the small bars after 6:30am representing the rising household and breakfast time.
Looking at both graphs you can see that the total cost of electricity we consumed for the period since midnight last night was just 85p cost for 10.33kWh of electricity in total . . . and the very big thing
is that the 85p includes household water heating, breakfast and just under 10kWh of consumption to recharge the EV battery back to full capacity for the day's commute again. Cheap as chips!
The Octopus Energy 'Go' tariff is perfect for people who want to charge an EV overnight; between 12:30am - 04:30am the unit rate is fantastically cheap, at a mere 5p/kWh, the rest of the time it is still competetively priced at just under 13p/kWh. Averaged out over 24 hours for our total domestic electricty usage we are only paying between 8p and 9p/kWh every day. It's been a brilliant tariff for us. Octopus seem to be a very forward-thinking 'green' electricity supplier; if you think you might want to switch over to them, follow this referral link and they'll even give you a £50 credit on your account to get you started with them - oh, and us too! . . so it's a win/win for everyone! . . https://share.octopus.energy/vivid-dodo-888
. . . that's electricity with a shameless plug (..and pun!)
Hope this long post is of help to someone/anyone who is interested . . and by the way, in the meantime I am still also enjoying completely guilt-free and trouble-free miles in my diesel guzzling 2 litre F-Pace, in addition to all of the above
. . but at almost three years old it is now on borrowed time; with all of what I have described in great detail above, the writing is clearly on the wall for all diesels in the near future (..and, soon after, petrols too most probably!)
. . since July '16, 2.0d R-Sport, Ammonite Grey w Black Pack, Jet/Red interior and a few useful options