Fiat 500 Electric – Long Term Review – Report Number: 4 2022

What’s it like to live with a Fiat 500 outside the city limits?

strange isn’t it? How can one person’s EV experience differ significantly from another person’s? Having grabbed ‘BabyCar’ – prior to reading Greg’s experience last month – to snap pictures many miles away, as well as take a trip around one of Britain’s most miserable features – the M25 – to visit family, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the whole process was. It just made me love electric cars more. But the sad truth is, for first-time EV buyers, an experience like Greg’s is likely to put them off until — well, their hands are forced to buy one.

So let me talk you through my positive experience instead. Now, I don’t need to tell you that the Fiat 500, with a maximum range of 199 miles (or, more realistically, about two-thirds of that), isn’t best suited for long trips. Especially those with 5.30 a.m. starting on a very cold, cold morning. So, faced with an 86-mile trip to Salisbury, I decided that rather than having to charge at the end of the day, I’d rather get there early, find myself a quick charger, and enjoy a coffee to warm (and wake up) myself. It’s all in the layout, see.

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After I got a 50kW fast charger using the excellent Zap-Map app, I arrived with about 50 percent of the charge remaining. Now, I’ll waive, one of the two chargers at the service station I indicated the satnav was out of service, and had someone else been using the charger, my plans would have been cancelled. But they weren’t, so we won’t be overthinking it. After £9.50 and after about 45 minutes, I’m back to 90 per cent. result.

Shooting, I head back to my southwest London lodging, where I am also lucky enough to have several 5.52kW Ubitricity lamppost chargers along my street (and adjacent streets as well). But as with Greg, the spaces are not reserved for electric vehicles, and I had no luck with the first two vehicles I tried. The third time I was lucky and hit gold (pink). Once parked, I scanned the QR code, followed the simple instructions, and went home.

The next morning I’m back in the Fiat, now fully charged (costing £8.62), with another uphill ride ahead. First a 40-mile ride around the M25 to Kent to take my mom, then onwards and through the Dartford Tunnel to Essex – another 33 miles – where we were meeting the family for lunch. Will I have enough charge to get it back? With range anxiety nearing, I hopped on the Zap-Map and discovered there were 50kW chargers in the public parking lot I was planning to use. While one was busy on my arrival, the second was free, so with about 40 per cent change left, I delivered, had lunch, and after £7.33 was back in the fully charged ‘BabyCar’. result.

Once back in London, again with no problems, I plugged in my local lamp post charger, and charged the 500 to full (costing £7.47), before taking it back to Vijay. very easy.

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Now, I’ll admit, there’s an elephant in the room. cost. I calculated I traveled about 318 miles with a total freight cost of £32.92, which, using some good old math, comes to about 10p per mile. According to the Department of Transportation, the average cost per mile for a new petrol or diesel vehicle is…10p.

It’s worth noting here that the two fast chargers I used cost 31p/kWh and 45p/kWh respectively, and the local lamppost chargers are 24p/kWh. With the entry-level internal combustion engine Fiat 500 starting at £14,005 against £23,385 for the electric model, if you rely on public chargers you’re unlikely to recoup the extra expenses you’ll pay for an electric model. But, off-peak (i.e. overnight) shipping at home with wallbox can cost as little as a quarter of that, while some companies now install charging points at the workplace, allowing you to charge for free.

There is no denying that the Fiat 500 is best suited for urban living. This is what it was designed for. But this does not mean that I can not Go even further, and it gets easier as the charging infrastructure improves. However, with EVs that are meant to be cheaper to run than an ICE, my experience points to a pretty big problem – for those who don’t have off-street parking, live in rented accommodation, or for any other reason why charging a home isn’t Possibly, what would convince first-time cash-bound buyers to join the electric revolution?

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