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Only recently stumbled across this great forum - had a Renault Zoe now for a couple of months and really enjoying the whole EV experience. Spent quite a bit of time researching the car on another forum (myrenaultzoe) before buying. I liked the fact that it is a normal priced car and a very well specified one at that with plenty of gadgets to keep me amused. The battery rental is a nice peace of mind affair and touch wood we haven't had any problems to date unlike some other owners on here. Love the Ecotricity network and will most probably sign up with them for our electricity and gas when our fixed rate expires. They do a special tariff as well for us EV users. Shame about the local charging network - there doesn't seem to be much round East Yorkshire. Did read an article on the Rapid Charging network on this forum - this should help us M62 users out when it goes ahead. Just waiting for the rapid chargers to be installed at IKEA in Leeds so we can visit family more often - anybody know when that will be - June according to the website?Not seen any other Zoe's locally either just the odd Leaf now and again. Would love to upgrade to a BMW I3 REx in the future (with Camelot's help!) but very happy for now.
 
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Hi Ian welcome to Zoe world, it's a great little car but why not stick with it. Seems a backward step to then go for a car thats more than twice the price and makes you carry an ICE around in the boot ?
 

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Thanks for the Welcome Kentish Zoe and Paul.
Will definitely stick with the Zoe as we signed up for a 4 year "experiment". My wife mainly uses it as her journey to work is a 7 mile round trip so we need only charge once a week. The BMW would be for me and the odd further afield journey but you are correct - at twice the price it is much harder to justify. Once more of the fast charging network is set up around us we won't hesitate in using the Zoe instead of my ICE for longer journeys. In fact we have already planned a short break to London using the fast charging network down the M1.
 

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The main routes seem fairly well catered for so London shouldn't be too much of a drama - one place you can park and charge is Stratford International station car park for £6 per day, or the adjacent westfield shopping centre is same price but £9 at weekends - that may sound dear when you can but a house for that "up north" but is good deal for London and is secure parking on good tube network. There are also a couple of budget hotels nearby.
I think you will need a Source card for most points in London....have fun
 

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Appreciate that information although I have already booked us in at Heston Travelodge near Heathrow - cheap and cheerful and an Ecotricity fast charger on site. We will use the tube to get into London but the car for the kids trips to Legoland and Harry Potter.
 
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