Having had a go in the 28kWh version at an Electrikhana I really started to think about moving to an EV and started working the numbers. The range of that car was not inspiring given our south west trips and when the 38kWh was announced I started working on the Mrs about whether we could afford it, given our 2 cars were 14 and 19 years old with one needing a clutch replaced and the other probably not actually road worthy given suspension issues (It's only really used when as needed). Part of the metric was environmental as these cars were turning out nearly 5t of carbon a year given our mileage @ ~$2500, servicing was getting more expensive. 90% is around town trips and I don't need a car for work and the 38 seemed about right. Could we stretch for a Model 3, sure but it didn't seem worth the extra dollars even with the Ioniq's slow DC fast charging speed. Space issues ruled out the Kona for my Mrs and the Leaf didn't feel quite right even with V2H possibilities.
What sold me on the Ioniq
- The great efficiency
- The normality of the car and the driving experience
- Didn't have a massive battery we didn't need all the time and the embodied CO2 in production
- Not having a tow bar or roof racks. We do have access to family cars if we need to tow
- Not a dedicated EV platform so compromises that would need to accomodate the PHEV and hybrid versions
- Batteries bursting into flame given our young son would be seated atop of them
- Solar Savings - $1000
- Fuel and Service Savings - $2400
- Sell Second Car - $1200
- Use less gas for heating - $400
We organised a solar install after trimming 3 large jacarandas and removing 6 palms that shaded our roof (quite a cost I have factored in) and then the bush fires happened. We realised doing nothing was not really an option and that getting an EV would reduce our CO2 footprint over the next 10 years along with a tiny market signal that we don't need petrol anymore. I had been tracking our household CO2 and we hadn't really been making much progress. I know the best thing we could actually do is move to not owning cars etc but I believe we can make small changes to effectively reduce our emissions. Also I believe individuals can contribute even though 'other countries' are the problem or big industries spew way more. It is a small rise in human produced carbon compared to the whole carbon cycle that has tipped the system out of balance.
* A note on the solar export. We are going to export a lot more than what I have counted here but as we received the STC based discount I believe I can't count this for their duration so I have only counted 15 years worth of exports but spread over the 25 they are warranted for.
We ordered the Premium edition in red in January, along with the home charger and we told we'd have a 3 month wait, probably 5. ( I try not to kick myself to much for not knowing about the discount)
The total outlay was going to be $72500. This includes Car, Home Charger, BYO type 2 cable, 5kW Solar System, two rounds of tree pruning (3.4k), finance costs and crappy trade-in on one of our cars.
COVID hit and we thought what the hell are we doing, should we cancel? The car was delayed, we held out and luckily so did our jobs and eventually we received it mid May.
Fantastic really brought a smile to my face driving it around that I still get. The Mrs still thinks its not real we drive around in an EV but absolutely loves it. It's really the perfect car for our needs.
I have been tracking a whole bunch of stats about driving and charging that I will share in another post about living with the Ioniq these past 5 months over 7500kms and how it compared to my estimations. Sneak peak its spent 187 hours charging!