Who in Slovenia is a dedicated electric car, who and how much can you save on it, and what is the realistic regime of daily driving without the support of fossil fuels at work and back home? We tested the Nissan electric sheet with three of our readers, who belong to a large group of owners of potentially more suitable electric vehicles.
Video – Work and return home with electricity
The future of the car becomes increasingly electric and the electric car still brings a series of taboos, especially with regard to its daily use, which is related to the scope of the vehicle and the amount of service stations available (and operational). Next, there is the initial sale price, which is higher than for classic cars. All this in public raises the dilemma, to whom this car is really intended today.
More than 100,000 Slovenians work daily to work in another region
For this reason, this time, the Nissan electric blade was delivered to three Slovenes, which belong to the core of potential users of electric vehicles. They are daily migrants that travel at least one hundred to 200 kilometers every day. They travel many kilometers per year, and their daily routines are also predictable and routine.
These people are not a bit small and they are also the most prominent potential customers for electric car dealers. At the end of 2014, there were daily migrants who traveled to work in another municipality, according to the statistics office 392 thousand (51 percent of all daily immigrants). As a result of poor public transportation, five or five years ago, these migrants transported up to 87 percent of the car and 130 thousand immigrants carried a car to another region four years ago.
Test with our readers: Ljubljana and back of Koper, Zreče and Kočevje
The three readers travel to Ljubljana from the distant places of Slovenia every week during the week. Andrej de Koper, Mathias de Zreče and Daniel de Kočevje. Thus, their daily mobility scenarios were verified in the regime of using only the motorway (Koper), the combination of the regional road and the road (Zreče) and only using the rural road (Kočevje).
Danijel de Kočevje is the shortest route, for which he easily traveled with an electric sheet without intermediate filling. When driving from Koper and Zreče, the basic battery was tighter. Andrej and Mathias received a 15 minute stop to charge the battery. These are your latest impressions and an assessment of the potential of an electric car for your own daily mobility needs.
Why not think about buying an electric car today?
At the moment I am driving a 1.6-liter diesel engine, with an average fuel cost of around 350 euros per month. I live in the center of Koper in a dwelling house, but I can not get to the entrance with a car and carry it at night in a house socket. The cover in Koper bottles is very good, for the moment they are almost free. A one-day daily stop on a 15-minute highway on the road does not change my current daily routine. Also, now I'm on the way and I drink a cup of coffee.
Mathias, the Zreče-Ljubljana-Zreče relationship
I drive to Zreče every day by car, and I would take a daily use of the train in the Celje-Ljubljana connection for two more hours. The fuel costs him from 400 to 450 euros per month. I liked the electric car because, despite a slower gear of up to 120 miles per hour, I did not lose much time in time. Behind the wheel was quieter and immediately I noticed that this one also led me. I also have a filling station close to the service and I can take advantage of that too.
Danijel, the Kočevje-Ljubljana-Kočevje relationship
Very interesting experience. As soon as I started the engine, nothing was heard and I did not even know that we were already prepared to drive. For the first time I was driving an electric car, I was very excited about the immediate acceleration and the good driving experience. At present, I am directing Ljubljana with my car and, for a month, I nourished up to 180 euros. We have only one filling station in Kočevje. If there was more, there could be another electric car. I was recently bought by my partner in Ljubljana.
Road driving is less pleasant for an electric car battery. Consumption was just under 19 kilowatts (kWh) per cent of kilometers. The push between Ljubljana and Koper is also required due to the increase between Koper and Kozina. With a load, the entire route could be transported, and the 15-minute stop to load on the DC fast charger extended the range about 50 kilometers.
Zreče-Ljubljana-Zreče relationship (195 km, consumption: 17.3 kWh / 100 km, intermediate loading time: 10 min.)
We walk by the Zreče and Celje by the regional rural road and the rest by the road. Approximately a fifth of the total route (38 kilometers) was carried out along the regional road. The total consumption was, therefore, smaller and, on the road on the Estiria road, the average speed is usually less than 120 kilometers per hour. The sheet would have theoretically been able to fly in both directions without intermediate filling, but here we also took about 10 minutes to load.
Kočevje-Ljubljana-Kočevje (124 kilometers, consumption: 13.6 kWh / 100 km, intermediate loading time: /)
Driving on a rural road brings even less energy consumption. Kočevje belongs to cities in Slovenia (similar to Idrija, Trbovlje …) with a suitable distance to Ljubljana for daily migrations. Consumption dropped below 14 kilowatts en route to hundreds of kilometers. With a shipment, we could travel from Kočevje to Ljubljana and back, but there would still be enough energy for at least a greater boost for Ljubljana. Consequently, the intermediate positions were not necessary.
Indicative overview of the speed and effect of vehicle filling:
Acquired energy / extended range
DC charger "fast" (power: 50 kW)
10 min. Load
8.4 kWh, about 47 km
from 30 to 80%
25-30 minutes, about 114 km
from 80 to 100% of the battery
AC City Charger (power: 20 kW)
1 hour (real power: 7.2 kW), less than 80% of the battery
7 kWh, about 40 kilometers
from 30 to 80% of the battery
It's bad for 3 hours, about 114 kilometers
Common house socket (power: 3,2 kW); Possible upgrade to 7.2 kW (wallbox)
25-30 kWh, about 170 kilometers (full battery plate)
The savings can be exceptional: in five years they also have about 17 thousand euros
The daily migrant travels 20 days a month and transports more than 200 kilometers per day. If you benefit from a favorable night rate, according to one of the providers of electricity, the bill would increase by about 37 euros due to the fact that the vehicle was loaded. This amount would be sufficient for about 4,400 kilometers. This driver would only pay a good 80 cents for one hundred miles.
This is an ideal example when the battery always loads during the low rate at night and within one of the available packages currently available. Even in the case of a slightly higher price and the shorter intermediate costs at the fast filling stations on the freeways, the cost of hundreds of kilometers is still low. It should be emphasized that such calculations are difficult to generalize and adapt to the individual driver, driving mode, road configuration, etc.
And if the cost of hundreds of kilometers is rounded to EUR and a half, it is still at current prices for fossil fuels at least six times less than the car comparable to gas (consumption of seven liters per hundred kilometers). In a month, a car, like a leaf, would pay 280 euros less for propulsion. In one year this driver saves 3,400 euros, already in five years 17 thousand. The most economical services and the favorable financing of the Eco Fund are not taken into account.
Do you have time to buy an electric car?
If we exclude premium cars (Tesla S and X, jaguar e-ritmo, audi e-tron quattro …), the most accessible (and quite practical) electric vehicle market has started to develop. In addition to the basic version (a 40-kilowatt hour battery), Nissan will add a battery-powered version of 60 kilowatts this year, as Hyundai Kona already has since this year. In addition, this year we can expect an electric version of Peugeot 208 (battery capacity of 50 kilowatt hours) and Volkswagen will present its first dedicated electric car series from the MEB platform. These are all cars that combine daily convenience with a sufficiently large reach.
With new models, sales of electric vehicles are expected to increase this year and in the coming years. Nissan, Renault and BMW sold more than 300 of their electric vehicles last year in Slovenia (sheet, zoe and i3).