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danny

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Hi there and welcome to the forum. A bit quiet in these early days but I'm hopeful that it will pick up at some stage.

I love the I-Pace but it was a bit too expensive for me for what it could offer. Having owned Jaguar XF's for the previous 10 years I took the plunge for a small city car in order to do the daily school runs and general running about. I need to travel longer distances maybe 3-4 times a year which involve 500+ mile round trips. Having done several, I have not found any problems with range anxiety.

My Vauxhall Corsa-e has a WLTO range of 207 miles but I can easily exceed that around town, especially in summer where I can get over 250 miles. FOr the longer trips, I could do the 245 mile one way with just one stop but I prefer to make two for physiological reasons. I've given up long haul flying and I don't fancy long haul driving either. Two 30-40 minute stops on a 4:30-5:00 driving trip is just fine and breaks up the journey nicely.

Yes, I'd prefer to do it in a Jaguar but the Corsa-e is a pleasure to drive.
 

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Hi Danny, thanks for the reply. Are you the same Danny that started PPRuNe all those years ago by any chance? I still have one of the enamel PPRuNe badges from the time when we needed to be able to identify each other at bashes many years ago!

I was exceptionally lucky to retire early at exactly the right time as the government were looking to get rid of older staff a bit over 10 years ago and then even luckier in that I took the opportunity this offered to build our own house, something we had dreamt of for years. I stopped private flying after my flying partner died unexpectedly, so also had the cash from the sale of my aeroplane to add to the self-build kitty. We very luckily ended up with no mortgage plus an extra windfall from the sale of our old house that was completely unexpected (a developer wanted to buy it for access to a site that was otherwise inaccessible.

The I-Pace was far from my first choice, which is why I decided to buy the Tesla. At the time I had the view that Tesla were probably the best in the game, given the fantastic reviews they always get and the I=Pace was just too expensive and a bit of an unknown. Unfortunately, the Tesla just didn't live up to the hype at all, and was a frustratingly mixed bag of a car, a bit like the Curate's Egg. It was very, very fast in a straight line, with acceleration that was neck snappingly quick, but there were just so many everyday characteristics of the car that varied between annoying to downright dangerous that I felt I had to get rid of it. The technology is seemingly very impressive, but there are loads of flaws in it, and the regular software updates every week or two were a mix of looking forward to improvements along with finding that some things that used to work no longer did because of new bugs. I became convinced that Tesla don't test their software but rely on customers being their beta testers. Not much fun when you get in the car to go somewhere and find that things have stopped working or even that the screen has just gone black.

Luckily Teslas are in high demand, so when a very late 2020 model pre-reg I-Pace came along with less than 20 miles on the clock at a price that was not a lot more than I got for my Tesla, I decided to take the plunge. TBH I was expecting to be a bit disappointed with it after the Tesla, as the reviews seemed to slate its poorer efficiency and performance. The I-Pace has been a revelation though, as for the sort of rural A and B road driving we do the energy usage seems pretty similar to the Tesla. The I-Pace is a bit slower getting off the line, but it seems to have just as good overtaking performance. The main differences though are that the I-Pace is massively quieter than the Tesla, especially as speed over about 40mph and everything in the I=Pace just works. I have had no glitches at all in the software in the few months I've owned it, something that seems absolutely remarkable when compared to the Tesla.

A friends daughter has recently been looking to get either a Vauxhall Corsa-e, a Peugeot e-208 or a Renault Zoe and has been picking my brains about EVs, although I'm not sure I've been a lot of help. She does a fair bit of motorway driving and from what I've been reading up on her behalf the Zoe might just have the edge over the Corsa-e/e-208, although I doubt that there's very much in it. It's good to see that there is now such a growing range of EVs available and that the prices are coming down.
 

danny

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Guilty as charged. Danny aka Capt PPRuNe. Did we ever meet at a PPRuNe bash?

I took voluntary severance back in October last year as I was due to retire in February anyway. This is just a small project I started after I got my Corsa-e. I could see that there is a lot of potential for this kind of discussion so I threw this together as a kind of "test the water".

THere's basically no difference between the e-208 and the Corsa-e aside from the aesthetics. They are identical under the hood, so to speak. I can't speak for the Zoe but I believe it has a bit more range but won't charge as fast on a rapid charger. Owners of Zoe's seem very enthusiastic about them. Then again, as are many EV owners when they realise the quality of drive they are getting.
 

danny

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Hello, I am a Renault Zoe ZE-50 driver living in Cornwall. Pleased to be onboard.
Hello Electricfriend. Welcome aboard. It's all fairly new here so a little bit quiet at the moment but feel free to tell your friends about the site and anyone else you may know who owns or is thinking about coming over to the "dark side" of motoring.

How long have you had your Zoe and is it your first electric car?