We have a £1000 deposit down for a Tesla 3 but are having very serious thoughts about whether we will continue given delivery of RHD vehicles has now slipped to 2019. We are also disappointed that the much hyped 300 mile range now proves to be a $9000 extra.
I strongly believe in the EV concept as part of a drive to ‘saving the planet’ but not at any cost and a Tesla 3 is an expensive beast.
I admire Elon Musk but the bottom line is that if the likes of VW decide to get serious about EV’s (and it does look like they are moving that way) then their financial clout and R&D capability will leave Tesla for dead.
The Nissan Leaf is available now as is the Renault Zoe and both have the range of the Tesla 3 at 180 miles. We have ordered a Zoe which is due delivery at the end of February. We are buying on a PCP contract (a first for us) as EV’s are such developing technology much should have changed in terms of mileage and choice of models in three years time. Hopefully the Government will extend its scrappage scheme past December 31st.
There will be issues as our main property is 35 miles outside Aberdeen and my wife/ boys live, predominantly, in the flat IN Aberdeen during school terms. The development has no charging points and I guess it will be sometime before it does (we’re raising at the annual owners meeting on the 28th). Aberdeen City Council are quite proactive and are rolling out a number of charge points and we do have one about 10 minutes walk away fro the flat. My wife works for the council and we have reported an issue with non EV’s parking in EV bays so the City Wardens can monitor and issue tickets as necessary. Inverurie now has 8 publically accessible charge points. We will have to see how it goes when the car turns up!!
The HomeCharge site survey will be happening later today to determine what needs to be done to install a charge point here at home. I had hoped to use the old electric shower part of the consumer unit in the house to power this. Unfortunately the supply for the EV charger unit has to come from the non-RCD side of the main consumer unit. We live in an old farmhouse and the meter and main consumer unit are on the far side of the outbuildings. This will entail the fitting of a isolation switch on the far side and the running of a 45 metre cable (means digging up the drive outside the back door (again) to get the power cable to where we want the charger installing. Fortunately the Scottish Government provide another £500 over the OLEV £500 to have a charge point installed.
We are a ‘green’ household. We have 4kW of PV (although in Aberdeenshire it doesn’t have the yield it would if we lived in Cornwall) and a 60 tube Solar ET system coupled to a CTC ground source heat pump.
I have been looking at a battery storage system but because it (apparently) has to be installed by recognised installers a large part of the profitability is taken up by labour costs. I’ll be honest we installed the Solar PV, solar ET and GSHP whilst taking full advantage of assorted interest free loans, FIT and RHI payments. OK so the Government have reduced VAT on battery installs but it does need more financial support to promote ‘mass’ takeup.
I know that any PV expansion here would have to go through a G59/ 3 certified inverter so could easily install it myself. SSE have approved a 1.65kW extension but want to charge £590 to approve my ‘new’ installer as they aren’t SSE approved (I believe that’s why they want to charge me). This just makes the expansion project a non-starter. They also won’t tell me how much they will allow me to extend the system by. I know I’m on a single phase but I’d like to buy an inverter to allow for further expansion. SSE are not making this easy.