Monday, February 25, 2013

How Far?

Range is one of the primary concerns of potential EV buyers.

Here is the NEDC range for many of the current and soon to be available EVs sold here in the UK.

NEDC Range in miles

Vito e-cell 80
Smart ForTwo 90
2011 iMEV 93 --- iMEV, iON and CZero are the same.
2012 Kangoo Z.E. 106
2012 Leaf 109
2013 Golf-e 109?
2012 Fluence 115
2013 Leaf 124
2013 Zoe 130
BMW i3 140
Tesla Model S 60kWh 234 (230 at constant 55mph)
Tesla Model S 85kWh 312 (300 at constant 55mph)

The 2013 Leaf range is from a Nissan press release.    Golf-e is from a web article and not confirmed.

The European NEDC range is overly optimistic. EPA range is close to real range, but isn't available for nearly as many cars. Real ranges are  lower. 60 to 80 miles for the Kangoo Z.E. and 2012 Leaf.   Perhaps 70 to 90 for the Zoe and i3.

The two standouts are Zoe and Tesla.   Zoe gets nearly the same range as the i3 for half the price.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

How Much is that LEAF in the Window?

Nissan UK recently reduced the price of the LEAF.  Current UK EV prices are

Renault Zoe £13,650 + £70/month
Nissan LEAF £23,490
Renault Kangoo Z.E. £16,990 + £70/month
Renault Fluence Z.E. £17,495 + £76/month
Vauxhall Ampera  £29,995

BMW i3  £38,000?

Tesla Model S £38,000?
VW XLI   ????

The BMW i3 price is based on press reports.  Model S is an estimate based on a press release.

PCP finance offers are

Zoe Expression £2,492 down  £249/month for 48 months.
LEAF  £3,500 down £238/month for 36 months.  Option to purchase £12,649
Zoe Dynamique £2,888 down £259/month for 48 months.
Kangoo Z.E.   Contract Hire is over £400/month.

A LEAF is about the same price as a Zoe. LEAF is available now.    Kangoo Z.E. is still too expensive. 

The links to Zoe and Fluence finance offers at are broken. Zoe Prices are from a VIP event. I would have to contact Reanult to find the PCP details for Fluence.