We recently upgraded our business vehicle to an all-electric battery vehicle. Surprisingly, it has taken us this long due to the fact that we have projects in remote areas and all-electric vehicles just did not have the infrastructure/range to reach them. Daily commutes have always been the low hanging fruit for the transition to all electric driving as one is able to charge at night, ready for the relatively short drive the next day. However, our travel pattern is challenging for electric vehicles; several meetings in remote areas with little charging infrastructure and no time to charge between meetings. Having now truly tested this car on some remote site visits, we can verify that it is possible to travel the length and breadth of Ireland with sustainable driving.
Many factors have to be considered in choosing an electric car, but it is the subtle technicalities that can make a big difference between the success of one model or another. In our case, some factors that were important in choosing the Renault Zoe car:
Interestingly, actually driving on remote roads is far more efficient than motorway driving. This is down to simple physics. The faster you go, the more energy is required to push the air out of the way. The difference between driving at 80 km/h and 120 km/h is huge in the consumption of energy, but on most rural roads you cannot drive faster than 80km/h.