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Can a Petrolhead Like an EV?


April 30, 2021 at 11:11 am

Having just joined the electric brigade with a PHEV, which we do plug in, I second much of what Paul says. We are running on virtually 100% electric for all local journeys charged from our solar panels (effectively for free on our FIT) and the driving experience is far superior to the previous diesel powered SUV. Diesel really is dead now unless you tow a very heavy trailer. Rapid chargers such as used by the Porsche can go from 20% to 80% charge in 20 minutes. You quickly learn that up to 80% charge is much quicker than the last 20%, so unless you are starting a journey you would only top up to 80% each time. There is no reason to break down through lack of charge as there is plenty of warning and there is always the 13A socket in any house as the equivalent to the petrol can. An hour charge from a 13A socket will give you 10 miles range and filling a petrol can will most likely take at least an hour, if you can find a petrol station these days.

The PHEV concept used properly (as we do) works very well. I set off on a 68 mile journey with 21 miles of ‘electric’ range on our car (not fully charged) and when completed it had done 47 miles on electric because of the hybrid functions charging the battery as you brake or go down hills. Just as is the case with an ICE car the way you drive it makes a huge difference. Of course the beauty of the PHEV is that range anxiety isn’t a problem either. Maybe Paul’s next review should be the Porsche Panamera hybrid.

Of course there are problems with EV’s, but they are just different problems to ICE cars. Likewise there are advantages to EV’s and PHEV’s and for a daily driver our new PHEV is massively better than the diesel or petrol equivalent, and no more expensive.

    Andrew Petrolhead
    April 30, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Thanks Gregs24.

    We haven’y yet explored the PHEV option. As you say, it makes sense both economically and in driving experience. Sadly (?), the PHEV option doesn’t appear to have a long-term future, at least politically. We’ll see.

    Cheers, A.

April 30, 2021 at 11:20 am

I feel we are not being given the full picture about the so-called “benefits” (or otherwise) of EVs.
I see little to nothing about the cost to the environment of producing both the energy and infrastructure required to produce our green future.
In a nutshell, how much energy and pollution is created is making these thousands of huge wind turbines, worldwide? Steel has to be produced like any other metal to build the main structures. The turbines, I believe, are fabricated from fibreglass/GRP; a by- product of oil drawn from the ground! The turbines, then, have to be installed in the seas by massive, specially designed vessels (how much pollution is associated with building and operating a ship?). Then, there is pollution in the shipping and manufacture of millions of acres of solar panels to meet the demand.
Quite a lot of electricity will still need to be produced by coal-fired generating stations = pollution.
And don’t get me started on the lithium mines needed for the construction of the batteries = pollution. Where do they get disposed of at their ‘end-of-life.?’
I really do want to hear more about the whole story behind our EV revolution, warts and all.

Andrew Petrolhead
April 30, 2021 at 11:32 am

Hi FerraMerJag,

I too wonder who actually has the ‘full picture’ as you describe so well!

Did you see our other blog that talks about ‘obsolescence’? It seems to fit well with your sentiments – https://www.petrolheadswelcome.com/a-thought-on-obsolescence/

Thanks for commenting.


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