Waiting to afford one, waiting for one to come out that I wanted to invest in. Then I joined E-Car and Co-Wheels, which are EV Car Clubs in Bristol and I loved the flexibility that provided as I could swap the car on an hourly, daily
or weekly basis. At the same time, I had access to over 30 fully electric pool cars used on the Fleet at the council I worked at, and the waiting game changed. Now, I found I was waiting for a charger in a queue at the 50kW motorway
services. In just one year, the number of EVs on our roads has increased and the infrastructure provision is following suit.
Of course, owning an EV is a lot easier if you have a home charger installed. I had my charger installed by Elmtronics, who took care of the OLEV grant process and it was easy to follow the steps to ensure my house had adequate supply
prior to booking the fitting. The charger I selected was an EO Mini-Pro, because of its elegant and discrete design. I am fortunate to have a driveway now, where I live in Gloucestershire in the shadow of the glorious Cotswold
escarpment. But the consequence of this idyllic, rural location is that there are very limited public charging and very limited public transport.
I have three children – two are my stepchildren and they are now in the phase of their lives where shuttling from place to place is their top priority and so I needed an EV with reasonable space and range. I earn a satisfactory but
brilliantly average salary for my age, so I find myself priced out of the majority of the new EVs on the market. That said, I weighed up all my options over the space of 12 months. I was very taken with Drive Electric and Electric
Zoo, who both had tempting monthly prices which would have gained me access to the longer-range vehicles I wanted and for no more than I am paying for my MG ZS EV. Leasing was put to one side for now, as I wanted to retain the
asset to enable a trade-in once a future vehicle with a longer range for a similar price arrives on UK soil.
Loving EV and living with an EV go hand in hand. There is nothing more exciting than plugging the car in and knowing the energy is being generated from a renewable source. I elected to use Octopus Energy because I trust that they are
ensuring the green power and that it is a tariff which works for you. They have a transparent reporting process so I can be sure of this!
We are in the grip of a swell in the market where so many EV models are coming forward with viable ticket prices. There isn't an hour that goes by where I am not immersed in a discussion about the car, the range, the charging options,
innovation and technology coming forward to buoy the interest further. In my role at Foot Anstey LLP as part of the Energy Team, we are supporting turnkey charge point operators, battery storage technology providers and fleet operators
to ensure they've got business resilience and fully braced for the demands that the rise of EV will bring. Infrastructure and Strategy is my thing - I am excited by the choice of equipment out there now compared to just a year
ago but taking the time to make a good decision is so worthwhile in an ever changing world.