Update November 2017

After many months I thought it would be fun to update the blog.  I didn’t get another EV as we had a bit of a shocker earlier this year when one of our two Renault Zoe’s was written off.  Although it was a no-fault accident our insurance Company – Carrot who sell Zurich insurance refused to pay for the battery part of the vehicle !.  Zurich said the insurance had a clause excluding the battery from the insurance, apparently we needed separate insurance for the battery, something never mentioned by Renault at the point of purchase or Carrot when taking their policy.  All passed to the Financial Ombudsman for their thoughts on this. Anyway we decided to return the other Zoe and I even removed the chargers from our houses and off we all went back to petrol & diesel cars again.  I recently upgraded my little 2000 TT Roadster into a 2005 A4 Cabriolet, petrol car as its automatic and since I had been driving auto in the Tekna I had gotten really lazy so the six gears of the TT were annoying at times (other times it was great !). I still don’t like hearing the engine all the time though !.

I have been watching the EV revolution unfold with interest, battery packs are getting longer ranges and cars smarter, it will only be a matter of time until this disruptive technology takes over.  My thoughts are anything with a range greater than 250 miles will be the tipping point or as some seem to be going maybe a true hybrid of a petrol charged EV like the i3 would be the way forward.  Either way I will not be going back to electric for some time, not until charging has been sorted out and made more convenient and less expensive EV’s are available, no doubt a sub £10k motor with a 250 mile range will soon be with us and then it will be time to revisit cars.

I was kind of hoping the Government would have come up with some funded packages for going solar and electric vehicle so you charged your car via a battery at home/work which obtained its power from solar or even wind power.  It seems our Government isn’t really interested in any of this, whipping the carpet out from under our embryonic solar industry in 2016 is just typical, I understand well over 2000 people lost their jobs withing days of the feed in tariff being axed, if there’s taxes to be had they are interested otherwise its left to something magical called ‘market forces’ to lead this mission critical industry.  Imagine having thousands of homes with solar and battery storage all charging EV’s over night, if the grid needs more energy instead of spinning up a gas power station we could just dip into the EV batteries and borrow a bit of juice paying the owners for the pleasure of doing business whilst they sleep !.  All of this will come to pass, its just a matter of time.  If we had our own Elon Musk in Great Britain it would have already happened.  Weak leadership always reflects in weak key decisions.

I will continue to drop the odd line into this blog as its become a bit of a personal diary now, so keep reading !!


About stevenbarrett23

I run a telephone & computer supply and maintenance business, mainly VoIP, traditional phone systems & Cloud office systems. www.portelav.co.uk. I've been with the Company since 1981 so pre-mobiles pre-PC's. We are very keen on reducing our own and other businesses carbon output so we all work from home. The EV is just the next logical step towards being carbon neutral both in business and personally. Your kids will be thanking us for leaving a bit of the Planet for them once we push off !
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