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Hi all,

New here! I'm a UK driver, do about 15,000-25,000 business miles a year (not during covid)

Looking at moving from ICE to EV. Need 300 mile range as typical once-a-week commute drive is 200-300 miles each way. Not averse to a 20 minute rest stop each way, but not able to stop for full recharge.

Therefore I'm considering a Tesla Model 3 Long Range or something like a Hyundai Kona EV (64kWh).

I had a few questions I was hoping for some help with:

1) Any UK drivers who drive >20k business mileage a year here, how did you find the switch to an EV?

2) I receive the standard 45p per mile business mileage reimbursement rate / AMAP for driving business miles in my own car. This is crucial in my budgeting and decision making as it's this reimbursement that enables me to afford the monthly instalments on an EV (cash deposit + PCP or Loan). I've read rumours that the government might introduce a new EV AMAP rate that is lower to reflect the reduced running costs in driving an EV. Now I get the logic behind that, but if they do this it could screw over my finances and budgeting, pushing an EV out of budget. Does anyone know the up to date consensus on this?

3) This year Government reduced the EV subsidy for cars with an RRP below £50k to only cars below £35k, making a Tesla model 3 another £2,500 more expensive in effect, is it worth it?

4) Any other long range EVs recommended?

Thanks for your time and help!

Cheers,

Tom
 

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I have some thoughts but I do 15k depending on where work sends me.

1) 20 minutes is all I ever need on my 200 mile (in summer) egolf. Going over that means its a long day and I have a home charger and usually somewhere to plug in at work. I think it needs about 50 miles more range, so the id3 would be the next step for me. But I don’t need to, it’s fine and I don’t have range anxiety at all.

2)45ppm is what I’m charging for miles until they decide to start differentiating which wont come into effect for a few tax years unless they change it very soon. So I am making headway in paying off the car early.

3) I love teslas but I absolutely don’t need one.
 

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2)45ppm is what I’m charging for miles until they decide to start differentiating which wont come into effect for a few tax years unless they change it very soon. So I am making headway in paying off the car early.
I Doubt they will change the rate for EVs, indeed if you don't have a suitable property for a home charger and you stop at Ionity chargers there's a case for increasing it😉
 

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3) This year Government reduced the EV subsidy for cars with an RRP below £50k to only cars below £35k, making a Tesla model 3 another £2,500 more expensive in effect, is it worth it?
Just FYI, I've just got a 2 year lease on a Kona 64kWh Premium for £260pm. RRP is £34995!. Going up to a Kona 64kWh Ultimate the price jumps about £100 per month, so it's definitely worth keeping below the threshold.
 

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I think that milage with no more than two 20 minute stops in a day might be pushing it. You will not want to be running from full to empty on a daily basis and could be in trouble if you don’t get a charge at work. Unless you drive carefully you will be unlikely to get the claimed range in summer and will get significantly less in winter. Check out reviews like What Car for real world range. If you assume charging 10% to 90%, to allow safety margin and look after the battery, your 300 miles drops to 240. Drop another 10% if you want to drive at speed, you drop to 216. In winter you may lose at least another 10%, so your real world range is more like 200 miles. This is perfectly manageable if you know you will have charging at home and work and there are rapid chargers on all your routes for a splash and dash. If you don’t want the hassel you may be better with an ICE until infrastructure and, or range improves.

Others will most likely challenge my calculation and may well be right as I did not research the figures, but I think the logic is correct and you can add your own estimates. In the end I think it comes down to how much planning and occasional delays you find acceptable.
 
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