A year with a twizy: London commuting and convenience travel about town

June 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on A year with a twizy: London commuting and convenience travel about town § permalink

It has now creeped over a year since I have owner my Renault Twizy.

So quick stats



Since day One; I have opted for 7500miles/year battery rental agreement,- with includes recovery assistance.

My daily commute works out roughly 25miles a day.

I have had (and since sold) twizy Windows by renault(flappy ones) and have bought lexan Windows (sturdy ones which cover all the way to the back of the door-curve.
Better security. Better protection from the elements.

I installed this #TAQSI Bluetooth sound systemic the twizy, so I can now have my favourite weekender playlist on my rides about town.

Best twizy related ado is the marketing wrap and events I have done for some folks which sort of pre-paid my battery rental for a year. So this £53/month battery fee, has not really been felt on my pocket. So “yey” there.

Daily commuting, even shopping, pick-ups and drop-offs – (friends and family members who wanted to endure a tandem ride) was actually quite an interesting development. Didn’t expect to do people collect/drops all that often.


I have however truly enjoyed two things:

Incredibly cheap cost of driving. 6.1kwh battery pack that is, costs about £0.70 with my home electricity tariff. Considering my commute does get work/based charging (top up really, 1.5hours and I’m good) and places about London – not sure if I even should count that expense.

Did I mention the charging? Well, 3 hours 0-100% to charge this beast is ridiculous.

I top up when I get to work (11-12miles later) that takes just over a hour, no thanks to my merry-zealous driving style in the morning. But you get the picture. Cost of driving fuel is near-nil.

So far some snags with the twizy were sorted by warranty, but at large I found the costs of twizy servicing and parts pretty sensible. I think a new tyre is £43, so you get an idea. Couple that with free health checks you get time to time with my dealer and it’s a good deal all round.

My range
Being me, i have been very pedantic with my range counting just like many other EV owners out there. Pushing my twizy best I could with all sort of driving styles.

I think I managed 42miles range. Half range driven with a passenger! So I’m content on that note.

Sure, winter, temperature as well as Driving style makes a difference. So common EV sense approach works and the range is the similar today as last year, although feels like it’s 1-2 miles less on the range estimate.

Had battery electronics checked by Renault, these folks given me 100% healthy report. Much like yourself, I’m finding that 100% figure incredibly dubious and naive, providing that it’s a 4 year old battery, so there is bound to be some form of degradation, – alas it’s not significant enough to warrant any serious exploration on my part. You see, battery rental is there to deal with any of battery related issues – it’s a separate product – warranty – so it’s “not my problem”, so to speak. Good. So far so good.

Convenience
One of serious twizy benefits – size!

I can fit twizy in my drive and then fit a Nissan Leaf right behind it. If it’s a BMW i3 I need to fit on the same drive instead, – all the easier. Parking at most notorious parking black spots, from obscure and awkward to downright impossible by conventional car means, with a twizy, I can hop in, pop to the high street bakery in the morning, and be back home in guaranteed 10 minutes or less.


Very impressive. Parking is not an issue.

There is a snag, whereby your twizy is not a car but not a bike either, so overtaking stationary one-way traffic – common sense – not possible. Maybe for for a short break? Anyway. Drive. Park. Go.

There are also, as discovered, a lot of custom mods available and developed for twizy electric – from external rear storage  to speed (ECU) mods, enabling you to turn up the power spec the twizy. Currently it’s limited to 50MPH, and say you wanted to go 60MPH – you can.subject to insurance cover and warranty alike but if you want it – you can have it.

Weather proofing. You know, like most, I have had Windows on, even at the spec of rain. And it was good. Especially during winter and winter freezing chills. But eventually, I found them too big, to unwieldy and unnecessary for commutes. Sacrificing convenience of free access to my twizy and even a casual QnA chat about my twizy ride with a fellow traffic-stuck driver in the lane next to me… I missed that. With Windows on, it’s not the same.


Besides. So far I am yet to be rained on, soaked so, when it’s raining so bad. With heaviest downpours here and there at odd occurrence a year, hmm…. Debatable. In my Personal humble opinion, winter months, sure, keep Windows fitted, come Feb-March, take them off.
Conclusion to date
if you need a daily commuter and your work has a lack of parking spaces, or you dont like the idea of
riding a bike, for mostly short distances, TWIZY is your thing.

Ps mine is still for sale. Holla me on Twitter or email me on iam[at]evmeerkat.com

London: where should I #twizy #twizy ride #EV #zeroEmissiontoday- no #commute day :)

June 5th, 2016 § Comments Off on London: where should I #twizy #twizy ride #EV #zeroEmissiontoday- no #commute day :) § permalink

It’s a gorgeous #London Sunday – where should I #twizy #twizy ride #EV #zeroEmissiontoday- no #commute today 🙂

Twizy Travel: 2 people, 2 suitcase, 1 bag, 1 twizy #electricCar #ev ride #commute #london

June 4th, 2016 § Comments Off on Twizy Travel: 2 people, 2 suitcase, 1 bag, 1 twizy #electricCar #ev ride #commute #london § permalink

Who said you can go for a quick weekender in a #twizy…

Ok, so we had to get from A to B really, but with 45odd mile range I’d get on my Renault twizy, you can see the convenience,(or not and I won’t blame you) of the ride, vs public transport lugging all this and change several times along the way. And Before you ask: No, I don’t have another car at the moment. So twizy or train&tube&bus.

Cost of this travel option: £1 in electricity.

Cost of would be alternative public travel for two people would be £20 (+ time inconvenience)

Uber equivalent would be £50

—- so, can #twizy holiday be done?

 Yes —-

Would I do it again? 

Not really – my i3 delivery is nearly upon us. 🙂

UPDATED: 6 mths to go Until my Next #EV Lease! Let the shopping commence… Now what should that next car be? hmm. ideas?

April 30th, 2016 § Comments Off on UPDATED: 6 mths to go Until my Next #EV Lease! Let the shopping commence… Now what should that next car be? hmm. ideas? § permalink

UPDATED:

ORDERED OUR BMW i3 Rex due to be delivered on 1st July 2016  !!!

Woop Woop!

Check out my “Cheapest Electric Car Lease deal” section for more information on the lease deals.


My Nissan Leaf Lease Expiry CountDown or rather CountDown to my new #ev Deal!

Woohoo! 6 months and counting (down) until my new Electric Vehicle Lease.
Now, what would it be?.. hmm

Options Considered:

  • BMW i3 with Range Extender?
  • Outlander PHEV?
  • Mercedes Benz B Class Electric?
  • Bigger better leaf 30KWh?
  • Golf PHEV?

I guess, this summer, it’s time to Get Deal Hunting… for timely October 2016 Delivery

Requirements:

  • Big Boot (same as Leaf or bigger)
  • Minimum 25 EV Miles Range for daily commute on a single charge (even in winter)
  • Cheap(ish) and Longer Travel requirements.

10 months to go Until my New #EV Lease! Now what should that next car be? hmm. ideas? #UK

December 30th, 2015 § Comments Off on 10 months to go Until my New #EV Lease! Now what should that next car be? hmm. ideas? #UK § permalink

My Nissan Leaf Lease Expiry CountDown or rather CountDown to my new #ev Deal!

Woohoo! 10 months and counting (down) until my new Electric Vehicle Lease.
Now, what would it be?.. hmm

Options Considered:

  • BMW i3 with Range Extender?
  • Outlander PHEV?
  • Mercedes Benz B Class Electric?
  • Bigger better leaf 30KWh?
  • Golf PHEV?

 

I guess, this summer, it’s time to Get Deal Hunting… for timely October 2016 Delivery

Requirements:

  • Big Boot (same as Leaf or bigger)
  • Minimum 25 EV Miles Range for daily commute on a single charge (even in winter)
  • Cheap(ish) and Longer Travel requirements.

Twizy #ev winter “riding” about London Town. How. And what to wear. 6c #electricVehicle

November 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Twizy #ev winter “riding” about London Town. How. And what to wear. 6c #electricVehicle § permalink

So this is for all those ” how do you drive a twizy every day with no heating” questions..

 

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3 months to go until my New #EV HP/Lease! Anyone and Everyone with good deals – get in touch hmm. now, EV OR #PHEV? #UK

July 30th, 2015 § Comments Off on 3 months to go until my New #EV HP/Lease! Anyone and Everyone with good deals – get in touch hmm. now, EV OR #PHEV? #UK § permalink

My Nissan Leaf Lease Expiry CountDown or rather CountDown to my new #ev Deal!

Ok! 3 months and counting (down) until my new Electric Vehicle Lease/ Hire Purchase… whatever option.
Now, what would it be?.. hmm

Now, the hunting season for a good deal is on, and all good and relevant recommendations welcomed!

DM @evmeerkat or email iam[at]evmeerkat.com

Options Considered:

  • BMW i3 with Range Extender?
  • Outlander PHEV?
  • Mercedes Benz B Class Electric?
  • Bigger better leaf 30KWh?
  • Golf PHEV?

I guess, this summer, it’s time to Get Deal Hunting… for timely October 2016 Delivery

Requirements:

  • Big Boot (same as Leaf or bigger)
  • Minimum 25 EV Miles Range for daily commute on a single charge (even in winter)
  • Cheap(ish) and Longer Travel requirements.

My #Twizy and I – My First Commute

April 22nd, 2015 § Comments Off on My #Twizy and I – My First Commute § permalink

evmeerkat's photo with a twizyFolks, as you may know, i have very recently acquired this wonderful quirky “thing”: Twizy.
There is no other. And this commuter is all electric.

As as i always said, its a great london commuter. I found what i was looking for and, i got it.

To start with, i commute 11 miles each way – thank #a406, It’s noise and traffic.

Do not fear. I had Twizy windows to try out.

Sneaking our a charge while Leaf's (albeit fully charged) taking up the spot. No problems. I dont take much space :)

Sneaking our a charge while Leaf’s (albeit fully charged) taking up the spot. No problems. I dont take much space 🙂

Indeed, Its a notable “piece of mind” with a a notable degree improvement for personal privacy.
But while this has been a merry ride, Twizy is not about privacy – its all about the show-on-the-road, and wind-through-your-hair sort of experience.

All in all, happy to report my First #twizy #ev commuter has been a great success!
Now, Lets start kitting that out.
Step one: Figure our what those “speaker”-looking things inside twizy are for and plan for Spotify-bluetooth-to-twizy-battery-powered-speakers upgrade…

Onlookers admiring the #twizy electric car. via @EvmeerkatAny tips and suggestions? Get in touch!

Eco-Cars.net: Getting the best range in electric cars

February 19th, 2015 § Comments Off on Eco-Cars.net: Getting the best range in electric cars § permalink

Driving style and driving conditions will impact the total driving range of the car,as we all want to be getting the best range in electric cars.

The average advertised range of the Nissan Leaf is 84 miles. While it is not every day that we find ourselves needing to go that far, I have on many occasions exceed 100 miles of range on a single charge in the Leaf. This is verified by actually driving more than 100 miles on a single charge. My wife who is also mastering the range extending driving techniques, has me beat with 112 miles on a single charge.

Here is a collection of vehicle settings and driving techniques so you too can achieve over 100 miles of consistent driving range, in your Nissan Leaf or any electric car to get best range in electric cars Charge Battery to 100%:

This is an obvious one but often times, people often only charge their Leaf up to 80% in hopes that this will extend the life of the battery.

Nissan used to recommend doing this too but they don’t anymore. other than you should not let the car sit for an extended period of time (weeks or months) with a 100% full battery. In any case, set the battery to charge up to 100%. » Read the rest of this entry «

So why Am I looking to buy a used Twizy for my London’s daily commute? No, I’m not crazy

August 18th, 2014 § Comments Off on So why Am I looking to buy a used Twizy for my London’s daily commute? No, I’m not crazy § permalink

We’ve seen the reviews and we have observed the confusion.
Yes, it’s not quite a car, nor it’s quite yet a bike to offer related benefits.

The range is on the small side (near 50 odd miles) and charging time is tad lengthy (3.5hours) limited to the 10-13A 3 pin standard socket plug.

So why are so many people are ….not buying a Renault Twizy?
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