I have been trying to think of what to put here, to show what living with an EV is like…

Really, it is just so easy to live with.

It just works…

So, it is now two years to the day that I have owned an electric car.

The first few weeks were interesting, getting used to the silence at traffic lights, getting used to people’s reactions when they realised it was actually an electric car, getting used to the conversations and friendships that spring from random passers by…

After a few weeks though, you stop noticing that it’s silent when you stop. You get used to being asked questions about it and how it works. You get used to plugging it in when you get home and never going to petrol stations. You get used to smooth, effortless, instant torque with no gear changes.

It becomes normal, routine, unremarkable…

Then you get into a normal petrol car again…all of a sudden you are hyper aware of the noise, the smells, the vibration, the inconvenience of having a narrow power and and having to change gears all the time (or the annoying slip of a torque converter and auto shifting itself…) and you think just how much nicer the EV is to drive!

So, what have been the highlights of two years of ownership?

Going to car shows along with my wife and her i MiEV and setting up a little display was pretty cool…

Driving together in convoy was pretty cool in itself!

I have made several new friends through having an EV, people who have approached me with curiosity and who I have remained in contact with since.

The first time I calculated my running costs and realised just how much I was saving was pretty sweet…

For the first few months after I finished work I would just drive…pick a direction, explore little back roads, drive until the battery gauge was on half, then turn and head for home. It was liberating to be able to do that knowing the total cost was half of what I would have spent in petrol just going to work and back in my old car!

The thrill of driving past petrol stations and knowing I don’t need to stop there…except once in a while to check the tyre pressures! It has become so routine that we don’t even think about it now…

Trips out to visit family and friends, made on the spur of the moment because the cost of fuel just isn’t an issue…

The downsides……once in a blue moon I will push the envelope and get a little nervous about making it home…but I’ve always made it to home or a friend’s for a 15 minute top up to get home. All except the very first time I pushed too far when I just got the car…I made it within 500 metres of home that time!

Being a small car designed for the city, the i MiEV isn’t quite as at home in the bush as a big rough tough beast of a car would be. The local roads are rough, corrugated gravel or narrow bumpy potholed tarmac. Between my wife and I we have had three tyres destroyed by large potholes, as well as two bumpers and a headlight which fell victim to the local wallabies (a small kangaroo…resident here in plague proportions!). Having said that, I have lost two bumpers and a grille to wallabies over the years on Volvos and damaged tyres are not rare around here in general…so the little Mitsubishi is holding its own pretty well despite being way out of its comfort zone!

Being in my wife’s i MiEV when it was rear ended at a red light was a low point too…it was such a beautiful little car! I was quite impressed with how it held up to the impact.

The biggest downside, is that it is too small to tow my big trailer which means that I have to keep a petrol work vehicle for my work as a landscape gardener…nobody is making electric work utes just yet, so I’m stuck burning dinosaurs for a while yet. I think I may need to convert a ute to electric…when I have time!

Almost 39,000 kilometres travelled, almost $6,000 saved in running costs, here’s to the next two years!

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