What does it cost to live and work with an electric car? – Autocar

Tuesday, 28 September –  overnight charge cost £4.46

The weather is much better today, and I have three more lessons planned. The pattern of energy use is actually pretty similar to the previous day’s and consistent with the type of driving we do: lesson one takes my charge down to 71%, lesson two to 51% and I finish my day on 27%.

I find the Mini’s 29kWh battery usually manages a day’s work. Just two weeks ago, I did not have a home charger and was relying on the ‘granny cable’ – a three-pin plug charger that is the slowest way to charge. In order to start with a full charge, I used to top up to 50% on a rapid charger on my way home. The granny charger would then fill the car overnight.

It was actually fine, but having a home charger is more convenient and saves a little time. I typically charge for around four hours to fill the Mini up. I plug in at the end of today with 27% charge remaining and having driven 98 miles.

Wednesday, 29 September – overnight charge cost £3.80

Today, I have two bookings: a driving test and an evening lesson. We are starting the day with sunshine and a fully charged battery. 

After a leisurely morning, I head out to the first customer for their driving test. Interestingly, after the driving test, the examiner tells me that their EV is due for delivery soon. My pupil records a first-time pass and a new EV driver will soon hit the roads! I return home with 80% battery remaining.

After a break, I’m off to my evening lesson. Today was always going to be easy on my battery, but on my drive home, I am reminded of just how good full LED headlights are, with the added benefit of drawing less power. 

I finish my day on 49% charge and have driven 71 miles. 

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