With the cost of fuel being at an all time high, many of you may be considering moving to an Electric Vehicle, here at Mrs Green’s Eco Store we have been test driving one on your behalf.
We were kindly loaned a Hyundai Ioniq 5 by the wonderful guys at Proctor Car Sales in Wessington, Derbyshire, to enable us to experience driving an Electric Vehicle ourselves.
Here are some key features of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which is classed as a Sport Utility Vehicle.
Acceleration 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds
Battery charge time 24.66 hrs at 220V
Cargo Volume 5321 ltr using rear seats
Dimensions 4635mm L x 1890mm W x 1605mm H
Firstly, we need to pay tribute to the Ioniq’s kerb appeal, it’s sleek modern design makes it appear quite futuristic, it is also a good sized vehicle with excellent head and leg room in both the front and rear seating areas, this makes it very appealing as a family car, and can accommodate lots of shopping or room for a pushchair etc.
an entry level vehicle this car is fitted with 19 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, climate control and smart cruise control, also inside the cabin there is a wireless smartphone charging pad which you simply place your phone on, and two 12.3 inch displays, one covering infotainment and the other digital instrument cluster providing key info for the driver.
As a driver new to electric vehicles, we were constantly checking the battery level, being clearly visible at all times and keeping a watch on the fluctuation as we accelerated, whilst moving.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 range starts from £39000.00 in price, it may not be cheap but is a big versatile family vehicle, capable of up to 238 miles from a full battery charge.
It was incredibly comfortable, has fantastically responsive acceleration, is easy to park and runs in virtual silence.
The added bonus of buying an electric vehicle is there is no road tax to pay, and the price of electricity is much less than the price of petrol or diesel. In addition, many business owners will continue to be attracted to the tax benefits.
All in all we could not fault the Hyundai Ioniq 5, it ticked all our boxes in everything we require from a vehicle and the driving experience was superb.
Thanks once again to the kind people at Proctor Car Sales, Wessington, Derbyshire for the loan of this great vehicle, and if you are considering investing in an electric vehicle, get in touch with them.
After test driving an electric vehicle it has certainly convinced us both that our next car will probably be either full electric or a hybrid (part fuel & part electric).
Speaking to friends and family who have recently switched to electric, we asked what are some of the pro’s and con’s.
Cleaner for the environment
No longer having to stop to refill with fuel, obviously considering the high price also.
No road tax
Just easy to plug and charge.
More expensive than comparable fuel models
Added pressure when making a long journey considering the battery life.
When more features are being used ie, air con, radio, lights, wipers etc, this uses more battery power.
I think we can safely say electric vehicles are the future of driving, and all vehicle manufacturers are heading that way, soon there will be a vehicle to suit everyone and lots more charging points to accommodate them. Here at Mrs Green’s Eco Store we can only say what a positive experience we had.