That's very interesting point about the lease/buy option Gav.Gavinskii wrote:Not in my experience it's not. I am with Admiral for all my cars and I paid less than £250 fully comp on a £30k (list) Leaf Tekna (which I am now starting my 3rd year of ownership of).Paul_XRV750 wrote:Interesting thread. Is it true though that a lot of insurers won't even insure an electric car, and of those that will, insurance costs are prohibitively high?
I leased it from new for 2 years (not wishing to be on the bleeding edge with new technology) and was so impressed I bought it (at a specially reduced GMFV) last month B)
Two things that cry out from the thread is that a) it's often a lifestyle thing and b) mostly based on owning different vehicles for various uses rather than having one that fits all.
In a few years we'll be retiring and spending lots of time in our cottage in the Pyrenees, where our weekly mileage - well Kms of course! - is local journeys of around 40 kms each, say three of for days per week, and then every month or so we decamp to the pied-à-terre on the Med., which right in a medieval city centre where we rarely if ever use the car during the two or three weeks we spend there each time.
What we have now is a Renault Kangoo combi the we bought new in 2002 and will keep until it drops, say another five to eight years. Meanwhile for 'fun' we have the bikes and the Lada Niva, which we use exclusively in mountain trails, the way you would. But when we get towards our seventies I can see a time when we won't want to do the drive down to the coast, which is on the busy national highways, and just need a runaround for up here, taking longer camping trips in the Niva, despite the terrible consumption, or maybe - actually preferably buying an van to convert for camping trips with the husky - that the version with teeth! - and the Beta Alp in the back.
We get an amazing amount of sun here but even still when we refurbish the cottage we're thinking of just solar heat exchangers for the hot water rather than a solar electricity system - we probably won't be around long enough to enjoy the saving - but a small dedicated system for topping up the car would make sense.
Years ago we looked seriously at a farm high in the mountains that wood have to be totally off-grid, for everything, and it just isn't make any sense whatsoever, so the watchword is 'hybrid' lifestyle rather than hybrid car perhaps ...
PS older cars will be banned from Barcelona as of next year - but of you chose to drive there for fun you really need a new psychiatrist rather than a new car ... :whistle: