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My work colleague's youngest son is looking for his first car , and has chosen a Ioniq electric. His family & friends are not 'eco orientated ' at all , and are all driving ICE.
He's chosen the Hyundai over the Nissan ' on looks ' .
Another colleague in their late twenties has just passed their test & has approached me to ask about EV's PHEV's ,

this got me wondering :-
Will there be a take up of 1st time drivers who are choosing EV's because they are just ' better ' rather than inspired by a desire to be greener ? have no heritage or soft spot for diesel or petrol & just see it a better product.

How many people on here have an EV/PHEV as their 1st or second ever car ?

I have owned 12 motors before I chose and maybe erroneously presumed most people on here are similar to me?
 

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EVs weren't around when I got my first car, unless you count milk floats. Knowing what I know now and if the technology had been available back then, then yes I would like to think I would have considered an EV as my first car.

However, I think that I too would have been greatly influenced by superficial stuff such as the looks. I certainly don't think the Leaf would have been top of my must-have list, purely based on what it looks like.

It's uplifting to know that a young driver has opted for an EV as his first car. I think if manufacturers style their EVS to attract a more mainstream audience, then we will see even greater take up of EVs.
 

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7 petrol - Metro - Seat - Fiat x2 - Vauxhall - Suzuki - Skoda.
5 Diesel - Skoda - Hyundai - Citroen - VW - Audi
the Ampera being the 13th ... :eek:

potentially I could have chosen a Hybrid - then Leaf in the lifetime of the previous 2 , however the awareness wasn't there .
 

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My two kids are in cheap sub £1000 cars at the mo as I purchased them! :eek:
After trying my EV's out they positively drool at the possibility of driving electric but typically kids, will only be in the market for one when the 200 mile range cars are available cost effectively.
 

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3 Reliants (1 Regal, 2 Robins), a Beetle, a Cortina, a Simca 1100 (first new car), 3 Micras, 2 x Nissan Laurel (like driving a 130 mph armchair, talked to me), Vauxhal Cavalier, Opel Manta, Honda Civic, Focus, Hyundai Getz (favourite car) and a Mitsibushi Mirage (all petrol, never a diesel) then Zoe

My grandson, 13, is looking forward to the autonomous cars. Thinks owning a car is a waste of money.
 

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Chrysler Avenger (p), Renault 18 (p), Vauxhall Cavalier (p), Opel Cadet (p), Vauxhall Astra Max (d), Ford Sierra (p), Toyota Hiace (p), Vauxhall Astra (d), Volkswagen T4 (d), Toyota Avensis, BMW 730Ld (d) - still have this, wife's Mini Cooper Clubman - still have this (p), wife's Renault Zoe (e) - only new car either of us has ever owned
 

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to kick off @ 17 years old, Ford Escort mk2 (WLB 981S)1.3L, Fiesta mk1 1100L, Fiesta mk1 XR2, 2 x mini's 1000 , Fiesta mk1 950 base, MGB GT, Escort Mk 3 1.3GL estate, 2 x Cavalier SRI mk2, all (except XR2) sub £1k bangers bought with MOT and run into the ground. Then a huge jump @ 26 into company cars (God Bless Sales Manager roles), Astra mk3 2.0 Sport (my first brand new car), Alfa 156 2.0 , (loved this car @ 29 years old). Honda Prelude 2.2 Vtec, BMW 320D SE (E46) (My first Diesel) , Merc A-Class 1.7 and Renault Laguna (short term loners before..) Volvo S40 2.0D, Peugeot 407 HDI 2.0 , Honda Civic mk8 2.2 SE i-cdti, Ford Fiesta mk4 1.3 Ghia, Saab 93 1.9 tid Vector, Honda Civic mk8 1.8 i-vtec (bullet proof petrol), Honda Civic 2.2 mk9 ES i-DTEC (Current car) .........coming in march BMW i3 Rex 94ah.
 

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The problem will be insurance. EV's have quite high insurance groupings. Both my kids want electric cars when they are old enough to drive, but if the first year insurance costs £3k there's not much chance.
 

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1 Honda Civic followed by Renault Zoe. My girlfriend had 1 Ford Ka followed by her Leaf which she gets this week.

Insurance is a big deterrent at our age. We haven't just passed our tests so it hasn't been too much of a problem for me but in an ICE I would be looking at very cheap insurance by now but for example my girlfriend's insurance quoted her a good price of £400 for her Leaf but to add my Zoe to the policy was £700 so I have to look elsewhere. With my Honda with a 1.8 engine at 21 I was looking at £300. I have definitely noticed a jump in insurance since buying an EV but that is obviously just my personal experience. If you are 18 with a new driving license then I imagine that the insurance costs of EV ownership are high.
 

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Growing up I always said my first car would have to be a moon buggy or a jet powered flying car.
I didnt bother learning to drive until the practicalities of having children pretty much forced it in my mid-late thirties.
I was given a P reg Fiesta to drive for a year and a bit, but the first car I bought (well pcp'd) is a leaf.
 

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Here's a thought; we all know the Citroen C1 is a very common first car, due to it being insurance group 1. I wonder what the C1 EV conversions supported by @Grumpy-b are like in terms of insurance cost?
 

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I missed out a Ford Escort Van after the renault 18, but I feel like an also ran compared to @volt69 and @Neilew.
I was just lucky enough to have been serving in Germany from 74 to 92 (with a couple of years in Cyprus, oh missed out Mazda 323). With the cars being tax-free and getting extra money through a local area allowance I could buy a new car almost every year. Used to drive SWMBO mad, as we never finished paying for them. PCP then would have been great, but didn't exist.
 

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First car as a 1940 Vauxhall 10, purchased for £40 in 1960. Can't remember many of the rest but included a Reliant van and a couple of BMW's. Currently [every pun intended:LOL:] a Leaf Acenta but still have the ancient, 1984, Diesel camper van, gives us holidays we couldn't afford otherwise.
 

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Here's a thought; we all know the Citroen C1 is a very common first car, due to it being insurance group 1. I wonder what the C1 EV conversions supported by @Grumpy-b are like in terms of insurance cost?
Most users find they are no more expensive than std C1s. There is a huge variation in companies that will cover them. But a few do have them with Aviva.

My first car was a Hillman Minx, I bought from my dad. Cheap to insure and basic to work on. I took it round the clock,(well the bits that hadnt been replaced). Then got into Fiats and Unos specifically Diesels, including a lowered one that was a hoot to drive. Compared to the cars of theeEra The uno was just so well designed, I rebuilt the first two from wright offs (Didnt call then Cat c or d then) Parallel to some of the Unos I had a diesel range rover, the best car I ever owned, The diesel conversion had so much torque in first low range at tickover you couldnt holdit on the brakes. Then after more fiats (a bit larger) I got into Berlingo electriques over ten years ago. Built a MUltispace from a new shell (STill got that waiting for a lifepo conversion) and recently Electric converted Smarts, and a string of C1s that constantly change as I buy and sell them, most being ex public authority vehicles.Latest one is a 10 reg basic version. Interestingly most of the C1s I sell seem to end up with older people who often have other transport but want local trips to the nearest town, and still find two cars useful. Most then find they virtually only use the C1.
 
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