About a year ago I wrote a story for the CarGurus blog about how the BMW i3 was somewhat like a reincarnation of the Audi A2. Perhaps it isn’t surprising then, that when time came to replace my own A2 that it was the BMW that got the nod.[Read more…] about Why I Bought a Used BMW i3: Long term test of a 2015 i3 REX
Running an Electric Car
Almost 33,000 pure electric cars were sold between January and December 2019. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s an increase of 136% on the same period in 2018, and the number of battery cars – pure electric, plug-in hybrid and full hybrid alike – looks set to continue the rapid rise.
That’s especially so if the government’s intention to have every new car offering plug-in electric running by 2040 is to be realised. While this would be an environmental win on most counts, there is an often-overlooked ecological burden associated with electric cars: the batteries. What do we do with them when they reach the point that they need to be re-used or recycled?[Read more…] about Used Electric Car Batteries: What happens to them and can they be recycled?
Towing with an electric car might not seem like the most obvious use of battery technology. That’s not surprising given that, until recently, very few electric cars were approved for towing. The Tesla Model X was the notable exception to that rule, and now the Tesla has been joined by the likes of the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and the Mercedes-Benz EQC, as well as the more affordable Tesla Model 3.[Read more…] about Towing with an Electric Car: Weighing up the pros and cons
Many people will be familiar with how a smartphone’s battery can degrade over time. It can seem like that after barely a year of ownership, we’re all scanning for spare plug sockets as we walk into pubs, cafes and waiting lounges since our phones won’t even last a day without recharging.[Read more…] about How to Look After Your Electric Car Battery