Been on the app over two years recording my car. 63.3mpg UK over 26274 miles in 26 months for my Mitsubishi Colt 1.5d 6spd auto/clutchless manual 3 pot. Best tank full was 71.8mpg, It runs 66-69mpg in the relatively warmer/drier months and high 50s in the colder/wetter months. Mixture of inefficiency engine/cold block and wind/tyre resistance on wet roads in winter months I think. 30 mile each way daily commute mix of stop start traffic 25% and open roads 75%, 1 hour journey each way.
Ran a Citroen C Zero and Nissan Leaf before this so quite aware of techniques to increase mpg (range in EVs).
Cheers. Cost. Had two amazing lease / pcp deals but when the last one went back there was nothing to replace it. The C-Zero was £150/month over 3 years, the Leaf Tekna was £200/month (both fully factored for deposits). Can’t see anything less than £300/month now, if not more. Doesn’t make sense to me when I can buy a used diesel for less than £2k with low maintenance costs and diesel at £130/month. Electric would cost me £0.15/kWh at approx 18kwh a day, so £2.70/day or approx £55/month. So I make £75/month on fuel by going EV but at £300/month for a lease that gives me £225/month vehicle costs. Even allowing for the new car / low maintenance premium I’m far away from where I need to be. Give me a £150/month car cost again and then take away the £75/month fuel saving and I’m back on EVs.
For interest my GFV on my Leaf was over £13500 when I gave it back, when used values were £10500 max......that same car now two years later is still worth £10500. Used prices are so much stronger. Think it’ll take another 2 years to level out.
Really enjoyed EV, but can’t afford it to be a luxury or environmental decision, it has to pay its way for me currently.
That makes sense, most of your average EV'S are still too expensive to be a contender against petrol/diesel. But there are some good deals out there, plenty of new ICE cars to be had for just £99 a month, although they usually include a big deposit and/or balloon payment at then end.
Buying any cheap used car makes sense in my book as irrespective of fuel cost it still works out cheaper than a lease.
I had an old car that cost me £150 and my apprentice had a new XR2 (a number of years ago now). He said I should get a new car, I asked "Why?". He said mine could die any day. My answer was, if it did I'd buy another one, and I would still be better off than the £200/month he was paying for his.
2006 Honda Jazz 1.2i-DSi S Vivid Blue Pearl