Savings with my Fluence ZE
I thought I would share with you the good savings I am making with my Fluence.
I use it as a commuter car from home to work and back again, with in-town run about's near to home. My commute is 35miles each way (to Newcastle), working out at 350 miles per week, neglecting additional trips and weekends - but in reality I don't work every week and sometimes work away so I generally do slightly inside 14,000 miles per year in it.
Battery rental at this mileage costs £113 per month - £1356 per year.
On current mileage, working on an optimistic average MPG of 50mpg and an average fuel cost per litre of 115p/litre, that would cost me £1463 per year.
So, I'm saving already, but I hear you say what about electricity costs?
In Newcastle I can park and charge for free, the Fluence has enough range if I drive conservatively to get me to work from home where I charge for free on a 7kW charger and then back home, then have enough charge left to get back to the charging point at work with only about a one hour or less charge at home - sometimes no charging at home.
Now it comes to the parking saving. Parking in a City Centre is always expensive, my workplace does not actually have a carpark for staff (got rid and built on it...) so, the options are;
1) Buy tickets everyday at £8/day, that's £40 every week I am at work, say that's 45 weeks a year - that's a £1800 per year saving, minimum.
2) I but a permit and park without buying tickets, that's around £1200 per year.
So, all in all, if I say that I spend a little amount of money on charging and all of my benefit is derived from the parking savings, that's still a minimum saving of £1200 per year or £100 per month, maximum saving of £150 - which I consider to be a good saving.
Coupled with cheap insurance, no road tax and minimal maintenance costs, the Fluence was a no brainer and I even got an excellent deal on the vehicle purchase price (less than £7000).
It has had a new motor and I expect I will be needing a new battery soon but Renault have been great with their service and response to my queries - I cant fault them thus far.
I wondered what kind of saving others make? What experiences have you had with Renault in relation toy our EV? Good / bad etc. ?