As a petrol auto Venga owner I assure you I wont be driving it to Scotland from Cardiff.....not unless I get a tow hitch fitted to tow the 250 gallon road bowser needed!
But some are 😱Just because we disagree, doesn't make me anti-ev, on the contrary I think they're an excellent solution for Sunday drivers and retirees, even better if they have a drive and generally only nip to the local big tescos. It still seems that the supporting infrastructure remains fragmented and unreliable. When something is done to bring the charging network up to standard, 90% of people will have no excuse not to go electric.
IIRC if you stay in the hotel/pay for overnight parking for lorry/caravan/etc they'll take 10p/litre off any fuel you buy along with a food discount/allowance.Thoroughly agree regarding Tebay. And if you need to stop overnight use their hotel - it is excellent and not overpriced for m'way facilities. Excellent food also...
Yeah, the cost of buying an acceptable model is still a barrier for most but the apps to pay and unreliable equipment seems ridiculous. If I had any trust in our .gov I'd suggest a little bit of direction from them on sorting it but that will only lead to spurious dealings and zero value for money.But some are 😱
TBH. As a retiree. I can not make a EV cost effective. As I have posted before. To buy one & run on my annual mileage is going to take years before I make it cost effective.
Yes I could by a cheaper one and make it work. But that is not what I want to do. I like my toys in the car & older ones are missing these.
O agree charging network need work to get it up to european standards. But a lot of that is down to too many companies involved and competing with each other.
It needs a simple method of payment just the same as we have with ICE. You fill up tap your card & off you go. None of this needing apps, or tags for the different brands.
Lucky you - great round trip isn't it?We have just returned from a road trip around (mostly) the west coast of Ireland in our 2008 Sportage 2.0 crdi auto.
Ferry from Stranraer to Belfast,visited the aviation museum at Long Kesh and then we drove over to the Donegal coast and down to Baltimore in 4 stages - staying over for 2 or 3 days at certain places and with some lovely boat and Ferry trips along the way.
We returned via Rosslare/Fishguard and then drove back to Perthshire via 2 steam railways (wales) and then cruised up the M6 @ 70mph when possible - 70mph in the 2.0 crdi does not cost any extra in mpg/range as it is cruising at approx 2000rpm
The old Sportage purred along like a traccor ,Hell - we had to spend all of 5 mins in a filling station every 4/5 days to refuel ,I have not worked out exact mpg yet but likely to be 40mpg overall average in our nice and comfy old bus
Eat your heart out, Guy Martin!
We have started our Scottish adventure, with the first leg on Tuesday - 430 miles from South Suffolk up to Alexandria near Loch Lomond. Proper motorway speeds, with no issues apart from Gretna services, where the 2 old Electric Highway chargers didn't work. Ended up using Ionity.
About 7.5 - 8 hours, with 3 decent breaks for recharging, comfort breaks & refreshments, plus I hate driving more than 2.5 hours in one go.