ELECTRIC vs PETROL CAR – which is REALLY cheaper?? | What Car?

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Is an electric car REALLY cheaper to run than a petrol car? We do two big road trips in a BMW i4 vs an M440i, and a Peugeot e-208 vs a regular 208, to reveal a SURPRISING outcome.

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  1. I drive a Hyundai Kona Electric – since March. In the summer, by driving sensibly, I got better than the the full 300m range 5miles per kWh (320miles range) vs 4.7kwh for 300miles. This included a weekly average of 100miles plus at 60 – 70 mph on motorways and about the same on country roads. Misunderstanding when to use regenerative braking is often the problem that makes EVs less efficient. Getting energy from breaking when you need to slow down is great. However slowing the car down when you are coasting along is inefficient. There is a loss of energy putting the kinetic energy of momentum into the batteries electrochemistry and then getting it out again. So on the motorway, when there is a lot of coasting opportunity, it is far better to turn regen off. Easy in the Kona where it is controlled by paddles on the steering wheel. Also get some solar panels on your house roof if you can and travelling around is virtually free. I didn’t pay a penny to travel between Sept 3rd and October 25th. (August was touring in France – much cheaper than in the video too). Before that I didn’t have the Solar panels for charging and it was still much cheaper than my hybrid was. There will be more charging costs through winter – less sun, lower battery capacity at cold temperatures and less sunshine on the roof. But still it will be a fraction of the cost. Electric cars require a different way of thinking about it all, and there is hassle in learning about it. But my running costs have plummeted now.

  2. Interesting test, and yes, using public fast chargers is more expensive. Taking the i4 84Kwh requirement for full charge on my home tariff comes to £6.30. On the basis that I have used public chargers twice in the last year, it still makes sense for me.
    One needs to look at the proportion of the population without the ability to charge at home – usually they have public transport available, whereas for myself in Somerset with the sparkling good public transport (No bus, train 14 miles away etc) home charging with an EV makes perfect sense.
    A worthwhile test though and realistic too for some people. Keep up the good channel!

  3. I would most probably keep my plug in hybrid.
    Charging at home with cheapest price, having 70 – 80km per charge is more than enough in town.
    For longer trips I have hybrid mix, but mostly on gasoline which in my case has 6 l/100km consumption.
    Best of both worlds and since I do not travel long distance so often, 90% of my driving is electric.
    I fuel up gasoline once in 6 months.
    I guess it’s rather individual who should go for what based upon needs and use case

  4. How much would it have been if you had used an equivalent 420d of recent generation? Moreover in terms of carbon emissions I would be curious to know when is the break even point between a diesel Euro 6c already built and buying a brand new (equivalent) electric car.

  5. Now do the same test, with the same cars, driving around town and then with a mix of some dual carriageways and town driving. Most people don’t drive hundreds of miles on the motorways every day or even regularly. It would also be nice if you started with the caveats you placed at the end and pointed out this test was using the most expensive fuel options for both cars, and that home charging and supermarket petrol stations would be much cheaper.

  6. The i4 used in the test has 20” wheels, which drop the range quite a lot over the 18 or 19” wheels. Worth mentioning.

    Using rapid chargers like Ionity as you mention is expensive and used only when necessary. If you are charging at home you will be paying at least half the rate per KWH, or even much less than that if you have an EV overnight charging tariff.

    EVs aren’t for everyone yet. But it’s important to understand all the pros and cons and take into account your use case.

  7. 95% of the miles most people do on an Electric Car, they charge at home.
    Even in these days you can easily save 70% of the cost of each mile you run in your car.

  8. That petrol BMW engine is great!
    I had an M340i for a couple of weeks last month and drove it from Suffolk to Fort William.
    Casual cruising to Glasgow then sport plus for the twisties and it finished off at 43pmg average and £200 in petrol for the trip overall. Given the current fuel prices I was pleasantly surprised how good it was all for the trip, with reasonable economy and a brilliant turn of speed and sound when I wanted it.

  9. I love how after one of these sort of videos, EV owners come out and vehemently defend EVs and condemn any perspectively that is remotely different from theirs. EV owners are never critical of EV cars, they are perfect as far as their concerned. Bear in mind that 100 years of car manufacturing has yet to bear any perfect vehicle


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