I am sure you know by now that on this page I have something of a problem with electric cars. I believe that they exist, that they can be useful, but mostly that they seem like very bad value for money.
Even when they are a little bit used and depreciation has worked its magic, I only see end-of-life downsides. As for Bangernomic Battery Cars, we’ve dismissed a Reva G-Wiz before now. I’m still open to buying, though, and when Franjevci reader Alex asked me a question, he actually seemed like someone who could make a pretty decent case for turning electric.
Here we go: “I am looking to get a used electric car… I have looked at the Volkswagen e-Up, Renault Zoe and Renault Twizy. Do you think an e-Up would be a good purchase for a 13-mile commute? I currently have a petrol Up.”
Those couple of sentences tell us an awful lot. The great news is that there will be no such thing as range anxiety, even in the deep mid-winter. With all the air-con, in-car entertainment and lighting facilities switched on, just about anything on half a charge should manage a 26-mile round trip. Even a Twizy. The thing is, an Up is already very parsimonious when it comes to fuel. And an e-Up will just be quieter. That’s why I asked Alex why he needed to switch to electric. He didn’t reply. Still, what does one cost?