A car expert who bought the UK’s cheapest electric vehicle says it’s such a hassle and the range is rubbish.
Rory Reid, YouTube Director at AutoTrader, shared his experience with a Nissan Leaf.
He bought the used electric vehicle in 2021 and revealed several reasons why he “can’t stand” the car.
The first thing Rory criticized was the electric vehicle’s range, claiming it had a small battery.
He said: “I did a range test in the warmer months and it was around 65 miles.”
“However, I also lived with this car in the winter months and the situation is a little different. The range drops to about 50 miles.”
“When it gets really cold, the range drops significantly. This is mainly because you have to leave the heating running.”
Rory then described how the cost of running a Nissan Leaf is becoming increasingly expensive due to energy costs.
“Just because a car is electric doesn’t mean it’s automatically cheaper,” he said.
“My provider currently charges around 38p per kWh, which is £9.12 to charge this car and £10 for 60 miles.
“The cost of a petrol car is around £11. So the cheap electric car costs about the same as a fairly efficient gasoline car.”
He also explained that you need your own driveway with a charger because you need to charge it “so regularly.”
Electric vehicle sales fell 11 percent as private buyers worry about rising costs and where to charge the battery-powered cars.
After an increase in the number of drivers buying electric cars in the first half of the year, sales fell in the second half.