Hello ,
My name is Les Grzyl and I have driven electric cars since 2012
Before I started my own business in the UK I worked as a fleet manager for car rental company which provided me with the opportunity to test and evaluate various cars available in UK. This unique position allowed me to enter into EV world relatively risk-free, as I could always change my car back to Internal Combustion Engine(ICE) one if required.
I have seen amazing evolution and technological progress in the field of electric cars, and I believe we are now, that is on the beginning of 2019 at the beginning of transition to electrics from ICE cars.
Early EV’s were not able to compete with ICE cars on price and range, although they were much more pleasant to drive and had amazing acceleration. We can now see 200 mile, all-weather range EV’s under £30k coming to market. Cars like Hyundai Kona 64 kWh, Kia E-NIRO, Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf E-PLUS and VW ID will in 2019 increase in availability and become a common feature on UK roads.
I created website www.electric-motoring.co.uk and their social media counterparts to answer questions about electric cars: How they can save you money and fit around your lifestyle while improving air quality.
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First model 3 I seen in the wild 😍. ...

BMW i3 Rex Driver Assistance Plus package self driving feature.

Correction - car can do parallel parking, not perpendicular. I will make another nerve wracking movie about that too.
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evtv.me/2019/08/the-tesla-conspiracy-or-am-i-a-dead-whistleblower/

Long read but well worth it. To protect their trillion dollar market legacy business will spare no expense .
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http://evtv.me/2019/08/the-tesla-conspiracy-or-am-i-a-dead-whistleblower/

Long read but well worth it.  To protect their trillion dollar market legacy business will spare no expense .

Infotainment system of Polestar 2 is based on Android and made by Google. Looks very slick already and some of the google maps features might hint on what's to come on google maps.

If only Waze would allow to choose electric as drivetrain and start listing chargers.
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3 weeks ago

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A lot of interest for new Polestar 2.

Very knowledgeable host provided me with following information:
70 kWh usable battery
11 kWh AC and up to 150 kw CCS
Level 2 autonomy
Great quality interior and good external looks.
Price is not yet set, we should expect in excess of 40k.
Taking reservations now , deliveries in Q2 2020

Android based infotainment system overview in next video
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21500 for 44 kWh ev? That is an aggressive pricing by MG! And it makes MG ZS EV a winner of £ per kWh among cars in UK, great job MG Motors!We can now officially announce that our family-friendly electric car, MG ZS EV, will start from £24,995 after Plug-in Car Grant. However, prices for the first 1,000 units will start from just £21,495, as MG will match the Plug-in Car Grant. Reserve your ZS EV today: bit.ly/2LY1ivd ...

21500 for 44 kWh ev? That is an aggressive pricing by MG! And it makes MG ZS EV a winner of £ per kWh among cars in UK, great job MG Motors!

Tesla Model 3 price drop in UK! - £36490 for Standard Range Plus - and white is now new black. Meaning its a standard colour.
I really wanted white, and Tesla Representative will change it for me.

Happy days!
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Tesla Model 3 price drop in UK! - £36490 for Standard Range Plus - and white is now new black. Meaning its a standard colour.
I really wanted white, and Tesla Representative will change it for me. 

Happy days!

Doing it again. I hope this time for real.
Insurance is now known and sorted.
7 years I dreamed of owning one, now it is going to happen!
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Doing it again. I hope this time for real.
Insurance is now known and sorted. 
7 years I dreamed of owning one, now it is going to happen!

Looking forward to more charging hubs like this one here reviewed by us! ...

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Only useful if you are apolar customer.

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2 months ago

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Review of BP Chargemaster charge point at Olimpic Village ...

Quirky look, but pricey for the battery size.Whoop! Here it is! Robert gets his first drive of the Honda-e and runs out of superlatives!

‘Premiering now’ on YouTube:
youtu.be/pEKq8jmckz0

This is going to prove popular! Here’s hoping Honda are ready to make millions!
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Quirky look, but pricey for the battery size.

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i-Miev battery and range for a Leaf price???!!! : check the screenshot: 48% battery, 51 km left. That gives this car a range of 70 miles: for £28k? They jest... its another compliance car I'm afraid: move on folks, nothing to see here...

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#rapidgate and battery degradation musings.
Not a good news if you enjoy driving fast.

I had pleasure to swap my regular i3 rex and Zoe for hired Nissan Leaf 40kWh while on holiday in Poland. I drove entire length of the country from Wroclaw in west to Lublin in the east and back. 1000 km trip, or 620 miles.

I had to use rapid chargers 4 times, but only experienced thermal throttling once, just after I received the car from young car hire representative that brought it from location 200km away by motorway. He drove it quickly, and polish motorways allow speeds up to 140 kph,perfectly legal, but not best for range or battery. His average was 24 kwh/ 100 km, mine after a day of driving was 15 kWh/100 km.

On my journey cross country I drove the shortest distance, thus avoided motorways and sticked to good quality A roads, with speed limits of 90 kph, but in practice 100 kph (62mph).

And that's why I have not experienced rapid gate while on long journey. My battery temperature was around 70% , for most of the time. That despite summer air temperatures hitting 35 Celsius and roads being 49!

Batteries degrade when they temperature is too high. They heat up when they discharge or charge quickly. If you drive very fast (100 mph) battery constantly discharges electricity at very high rate (110 kw motor) which could lead to high temperatures. Driving it very fast on motorways for long time might be worse than rapid charging ,especially if done on almost empty battery.

Close to full and close to empty are most vulnerable parts of battery.

Rapid charging is not so much of a problem as max it draws is 50 kw, plus software monitors and decides best rate of charging.(closer to full ,reduces the charge rate)

Drive it nicely, charge to 80% daily if no more is needed , rapid charge when required, and you should have 95% after 5 years, in my opinion.
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#rapidgate and battery degradation musings.
Not a good news if you enjoy driving fast.

I had pleasure to swap my regular i3 rex and Zoe for hired Nissan Leaf 40kWh while on holiday in Poland. I drove entire length of the country from Wroclaw in west to Lublin in the east and back. 1000 km trip, or 620 miles.

I had to use rapid chargers 4 times, but only experienced thermal throttling once, just after I received the car from young car hire representative that brought it from location 200km away by motorway. He drove it quickly,  and polish motorways allow speeds up to 140 kph,perfectly legal, but not best for range or battery. His average was 24 kwh/ 100 km, mine after a day of driving was 15 kWh/100 km.

 On my journey cross country I drove the shortest distance, thus avoided motorways and sticked to good quality A roads, with speed limits of 90 kph, but in practice 100 kph (62mph). 

And thats why I have not experienced rapid gate while on long journey. My battery temperature was around 70% , for most of the time. That despite summer air temperatures hitting 35 Celsius and roads being 49!

Batteries degrade when they temperature is too high. They heat up when they discharge or charge quickly. If you drive very fast (100 mph) battery constantly discharges electricity at very high rate (110 kw motor) which could lead to high temperatures. Driving it very fast on motorways for long time might be worse than rapid charging ,especially if done on  almost empty battery. 

Close to full and close to empty are most vulnerable parts of battery. 

Rapid charging is not so much of a problem as max it draws is 50 kw, plus software monitors and decides best rate of charging.(closer to full ,reduces the charge rate)

Drive it nicely,  charge to 80% daily if no more is needed , rapid charge when required, and you should have 95% after 5 years, in my opinion.

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Very informative, thank you

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🙌🏼 Enjoy FREE charging at all our locations on Father’s Day! ...

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Who on earth are they, exactly? Do they run any chargers in Scotland, or anywhwr else?

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We did a lot already to decarbonise the grid. Need to keep on pushing! ...

We did a lot already to decarbonise the grid. Need to keep on pushing!

£23k for 200 mile,50 kWh EV? Sounds amazing!Price reveal sort of 😉

Vauxhall has suggested a figure of around £23,000, taking into account the Government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant.

www.drivingelectric.com/vauxhall/corsa
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£23k for 200 mile,50 kWh EV? Sounds amazing!

For #etron fans and #tron fans too! ...

How EV charging should be done!
Featuring 2019 Audi ETRON with 90 kWh battery!!

Thank you to Josh at Liverpool Audi for providing the car.

Charged at Bannatyne Health Club & Spa Banbury using ChargePoint s Instavolt charger.
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Sadly that model of charger can only do a 50 kWh charging rate. Bring the car over the pennines to the charger in Leeds.

Great video, glad we could help with charging! 😉

Shouldn’t the car be plugged in before start is pressed on the charge point?

78kWh ( usable ) battery . ? I prefer to Korean way of stating capacity that the car can use rather than the total . Especially when Audi told so much back . So when the car reports 30% is it 26 kWh ?. So I would expect to get alot further than 62miles in Kia or a Leaf with that much spare capacity?

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Climate change is so much more frustrating due to the fact that we have technology ,and cash to make a switch yet people and government CHOOSE not to.

Amount of brand new 4x4 cars that I see, costing way more than EVs.

Massive houses costing millions yet no solar panels.

It's important to mention that responsible lifestyle does not need to be unpleasant or costly

My household produces twice more renewable electricity than my two electric cars use (£15k used i3 and £5k used Zoe ) and enough to cover the rest of electricity needs.

I drive 35k miles a year in that car, so no, I am not worried about the range.Just had to plan charging stops - small inconvenience in grand scheme of things.

We bought 4kw solar system for £6k,cost of two holidays abroad.

When we got panels installed and Zoe bought we just moved to Liverpool.
We were back on entry level jobs - 18k for me and 9k for my wife.
Way,way below UK average. Yet we could easily afford to take those actions.
Do I write to boast and gloat? Maybe a bit,but mostly to highlight that it is possible and you don't have to live in ''liberal bubble''whatever it is, to take action.

That's what can be done if you put your mind into this.
We can do it, just need to stop listening to ads telling us that the only way to be happy is to have massive 4x4 and loads of shiny plastic crap.
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Climate change is so much more frustrating due to the fact that we have technology ,and cash to make a switch yet people and government CHOOSE not to.

Amount of brand new 4x4 cars that I see, costing way more than EVs. 

Massive houses costing millions yet no solar panels. 

Its important to mention that responsible lifestyle does not need to be unpleasant or costly

My household produces twice more renewable electricity than my two electric cars use (£15k used i3 and £5k used Zoe ) and enough to cover the rest of electricity needs.

I drive 35k miles a year in that car, so no, I am not worried about the range.Just had to plan charging stops - small inconvenience  in grand scheme of things.

We bought 4kw solar system for £6k,cost of two holidays abroad.

When we got panels installed and Zoe bought we just moved to Liverpool.
We were back on entry level jobs - 18k for me and 9k for my wife.
Way,way below UK average. Yet we could easily afford to take those actions.
Do I write to boast and gloat? Maybe a bit,but mostly to highlight that it is possible and you dont have to live in liberal bubblewhatever it is, to take  action.

Thats what can be done if you put your mind into this.
We can do it, just need to stop listening to ads telling us that the only way to be happy is to have massive 4x4 and loads of shiny plastic crap.Image attachmentImage attachment

If #Toyota has #selfchargingpetrol cars, than we were driving #selfchargingelectric cars since 2012! Both electrics and hybrids recuperate energy while braking and slowing down.

Do not fall for their marketing gimmick, Toyota's self charging hybrid cars use the same technology as 2009 Prius, just putting a spin on it as they loose sales to full EV's that you can drive on fully renewable electricity instead of burning petrol.

(On pictures - Peugeot iOn 16 kWh ,Nissan Leaf 24 kWh,Renault Zoe 22 kWh , BMW i3 22 kWh, Golf GTE 7 kWh, Hyundai Kona 64 kWh!, which shows pace of progress in battery development , all those cars were priced around the same on launch.

You get triple the battery capacity,and range for the same price within 6 years!🤯
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If #Toyota has #selfchargingpetrol cars, than we were driving #selfchargingelectric cars since 2012! Both electrics and hybrids recuperate energy while braking and slowing down.

Do not fall for their marketing gimmick, Toyotas self charging hybrid cars use the same technology as 2009 Prius, just putting a spin on it as they loose sales to full EVs that you can drive on fully renewable electricity instead of burning petrol.

(On pictures - Peugeot iOn 16 kWh ,Nissan Leaf 24 kWh,Renault Zoe 22 kWh , BMW i3 22 kWh, Golf GTE 7 kWh, Hyundai Kona 64 kWh!, which shows pace of progress in battery development , all those cars were priced around the same on launch. 

You get triple the battery capacity,and range for the same price within 6 years!🤯Image attachment

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Stephen Linden that's the way!

My car will be "self charging" from solar panels on my roof. Don't need petrol to do it

I also have self financing cars as they are going up in value. 😀

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Those are prices of Tesla Model 3 in Europe.
France have VAT at 20% like UK so we can assume similar pricing. When converted it means 36.719 for Standard Plus, 45.683 for Long Range AWD and 54.130 for Performance.

Minus 3.5k UK Govt OLEV grant we are looking £34200 for standard range plus, cheapest Teska available to order on website.
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Those are prices of Tesla Model 3 in Europe. 
France have VAT at 20% like UK so we can assume similar pricing. When converted it means 36.719 for Standard Plus, 45.683 for Long Range AWD and 54.130 for Performance.

Minus 3.5k UK Govt OLEV grant we are looking £34200 for standard range plus, cheapest Teska available  to order on website.

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Not seeing UK on there 😬

Tesla: a pig in a poke.

Missing the 10% import duty. Think the home made estimates are likely to be accurate such as docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WZvCwgkG5MrllIFwJw74DsdCg7_z1o2psN2ICnRwwXY/edit?usp=drivesdk

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4 months ago

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What do you think about new Audi Etron? ...

What do you think about new Audi Etron?
208 electric looks amazing!

6 months ago

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Test drive of #hyundaikona , provided by Johnsons Liverpool Hyundai .

Some overview of autonomous functions of the car in the video. Completed 220 mile journey through Peak District ,from Liverpool to Nottingham and back using motorways around Peak District.

Great car all around, range very impressive ,easily achievable 200 miles at 70 mph and 280 at 60 mph. That's on par with what Tesla's can offer at half the price point of entry Model S

Also impressive lane assist and adaptive cruise control , again on par on what Tesla can do currently.

I was driving in spirited manner , at 70 mph for first half of my journey and at 62 mph on the way back. It was 7 degrees outside so not ideal for EV too. Two people on board , heating and air-conditioning on, plus phones charging and music on.

Couple of things I would improve ,and those can be improved with software fix:

1. When you look for chargers car shows you all chargers in your vicinity (you can opt for rapids only,that's good) but not only along the route. Option to show those along the route is available in 6 year old BMW i3 .

2. There is no mobile app to check charging status or preheat the car remotely - you can however check set departure and preheat times inside the car.
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Extended test drive of Hyundai Kona EV today! ...

Europe: Testing by Tesla in the Netherlands: CCS - Tesla Typ 2 adaptor spotted - 105 kW at 36% state of charge 👍

If this works on all CCS charging stations it would be wonderful

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Long journey from London Excell to Edinburgh.

I did it in 2012 in first gen Leaf, I had to charge 9 times on ecotricity rapids.

I no longer live in London so it would be hard to repeat ,so if someone done it in 64 kWh Kona or Leaf 40 that would be a great comparison.

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Back when ecotricity chargers actually worked

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