Its all about the cost!
If its cheaper than other offerings then its good. If its more expensive then its bad.
So lets see the real figures.
It would be better if they offered something new, ie cheap night time tariff and a competitive day time rate, otherwise its just more of the same.
Or is it just an excuse to sell charge points?
dwm7 is absolutely correct.
Instavolts pricing is too high. If they strategically priced their chargers at 25p then I would use them instead of motorway services(ecotricity) and genie. And I believe lots of other people would do the same.
They would then get a lot more turnover and thus a bigger overall profit – elementary sales and…[Read more]
Looks like a real winner. A proper SUV with lots of rear room and a big range and fast charge rate.
As this is designed as a “normal “persons car it cannot have a premium price as does the i-pace and tesla where people are happy to pay over the odds for performance.
This is the first of the main stream offerings. We are in for an exciting 18…[Read more]
All these figures just show what we all know – namely that PHEVs like the BMW 330 and Mitsubishi are just bought by companies so the owners can avoid BIK payments.
The environment has got nothing to do with the purchase.
We need to ignore PHEVs and have pure BEV figures, then we can see the truth.
Unfortunately all these PHEV sales means…[Read more]
Whatsnext replied to the topic Mitsubishi picks Pod Point as charge point provider in the forum News and Events 4 months, 2 weeks ago
I assume that Pod Point have a job lot of “betamax” Type 1 chargers they need to use up!
It is disgraceful to bring out a new car with battery problems, Nissan should know better.
I guess they were trying to make it as cheap as they could.
Sometimes buying because of a cheap price is a false economy, and will certainly be reflected in resale prices.
I would wait for the Hyundai models particularly the 64kwh Kona, that is going to…[Read more]
The big oil companies are desperate to stop the rise of battery/electric cars because they then lose control and sales.
With hydrogen we are forced to use garage forecourts exactly like at present. So they can charge any price they like, they get big profits from their retail sales and the march of the hugely profitable oil monopoly companies…[Read more]
Whatsnext replied to the topic Pod Point installs EV chargers at Southampton Airport in the forum News and Events 4 months, 3 weeks ago
The big problem with these installations in barrier controlled car parks is that you have to enter and take a ticket to then find there are no chargers available, at which point you leave to find you have to pay up to £4 just to get out of the carpark!!
What is the Airports answer to that situation? The answer of course is hard luck and thanks…[Read more]
I thought Mercedes were going to give us details of their new cars, but I guess both they and Audi were not ready in time.
Only the Kona is really important at present and if deliveries are not until the end of the year that gives a clear run to Nissans Leaf.
I am a bit disappointed in this car.
Obviously I have not seen a real one, but the concept was striking inside and out. Sadly these pictures are disappointing. The outside is rounded off with a standard Jaguar grill on the front and F Pace lights at the back.
The worst bit is the interior, considering Jag hid the dashboard from all journalists I…[Read more]
These are great to have available, but at a huge 35p cost they are to be treated as emergency backups only when Polar and even Ecotricity chargers are not available.
DC only is certainly the way to go. No more phev hogging!
I hate Genies £1 connection charge and high 30p per unit cost, BUT I love their big £10 penalty charge for people who stay more than 1 hour, and I hope they apply it stringently to stop PHEVs using them for free parking.
Whatsnext replied to the topic Councils urged to make use of EV charge point funds in the forum News and Events 7 months, 1 week ago
Councils are broke!
They would be crucified by voters if they diverted 25% of anything to spend on EV stuff. From, say, local care budgets, policing, roads, schools etc etc.
Also they would impose stupid financial fees to use chargers, just like Source London do. Plus they would still want on street carpark charges like they do where CYC has our…[Read more]
Whatsnext replied to the topic Electric cars take record market share in December in the forum News and Events 7 months, 2 weeks ago
A Dinnes is absolutely correct.
Electric cars, in the general public and media’s mind, does not mean pure EV cars but tax avoiding PHEVs, and this article does nothing to stop this problem.
I for one am very worried about the huge sales of “plug in” cars, it just means that the few chargers we EV drivers NEED are going to be constantly block…[Read more]
Whatsnext replied to the topic Chargemaster POLAR becomes UK’s largest rapid network in the forum News and Events 10 months ago
Im a member of Polar Plus and it amazes me the number of people with genuine EV cars who complain about the subscription charging method. It cost £7.86 per month and you get limitless charging visits at the amazingly cheap rate of 10.8p per kwh. Which is cheaper than at home.
If you just charge just twice a month with 25kw each time that will…[Read more]
As an i3 driver I did not realise the old Leaf was so slow. I thought all electric cars had rapid acceleration.
The new one is a hundred times better than the old one, which is good,
But the side effect is that the depreciation on existing Leafs will be horrific. It does mean there will be lots of very cheap electric cars available so bargains…[Read more]
It all comes down to pricing.
If BP think this is another way to fleece motorists, as they do with their ridiculous £1.35 per litre petrol prices at motorways, then it is not good news.
Lets hope BP and other petrol suppliers don’t get a cartel together to make EV pricing as expensive as petrol, which I fear they will.
Good news whenever new chargers are promised. Ecotricity must be quaking in their boots with all the competition.
The only shame is that Genie are buying French chargers! – is there no British firm with a good enough product?
According to Zap Map there are 183 Tesla charging locations in the UK, and the majority of these are “Destination Chargers”.
This tiny number is a dreadful indictment to Teslas disregard of the UK market.
The vast majority of Teslas model 3 users are going to be using Chad convertors on free and 9p rapid chargers instead of Teslas £20 a time…[Read more]
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