In Corrèze, two users give advice and tips for happy electric driving

Dominique Becuwe, a 65-year-old retiree, lives in a rural area in Corrèze. Pascal Rougier, 55, runs a store in Brive-la-Gaillarde. Converted to electric, they share their experience.

Do not get lost

“Sellers don’t know how to report correctly, it’s an artistic inaccuracy, regrets Dominique Becuwe. It’s not easy, there are people who will be very disappointed. »

Pascal Rougier shares his analysis: “You shouldn’t go there with your eyes closed. There are no skills and everything is done to keep you in the shadows. »

A good tip: buy your wallbox from a

He now knows that maintaining his city car costs him 150 euros a year. “I also have the feeling that there is an excessive consumption of tires. In the cost of the equipment, we cannot forget the cable and a “wallbox”, which allows you to charge your car at home in a faster and safer way. “I found an independent near Saint-Étienne who sells them for €650, against €1,500 on the market. »

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Autonomy has a price

Autonomy, “is the issue that makes people wrong”, believes Dominique Becuwe. What he advises to compare is the vehicle’s charging power (does it charge fast or not?), battery capacity and consumption in kilowatts per 100 kilometers. “For a thermal vehicle, we are not talking about the capacity of the tank! »

With his Dacia Spring (€19,800), he travels daily, “but I’m not going to cross all of France”. For this, he uses his plug-in hybrid, a Ford Kuga that runs on ethanol (€40,200) and can tow his caravan. To charge them, it takes advantage of its photovoltaic panels. “Whoever doesn’t have a garage is punished!” In terminals, it costs more. The energy transition is made for the rich,” he laments.

References to compare rates Difficult when terminals charge per minute of charging and not per kW, or display tariffs without taxes… Dominique Becuwe, who worked in the sector, drew up a comparative table. An SUV that consumes 7 liters per 100 km needs €14 to travel 100 km (with fuel at €2 per litre). Its equivalent in an electric car will consume 25 kW, that is, from €4.50 if you connect it at home (classic price) to €14.75 at a commercial terminal. For a city car (5 liters or 12 kW/100), it costs €2.16 to €7.08 to drive 100 km, compared to €10 for fuel.

A little city car and a big sedan

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Pascal Rougier, he uses his small city car bought second-hand (€7,500, a Mitsubishi I-Miev) to go to work, that is, 70 km round trip. “It has a very low range, I do 120 km in the summer and 90 in the winter, for €1.50 per 100 km, because I carry it at home and I made a special subscription with EDF. It perfectly fulfills its function. »

He reserves his sedan (a rented Hyundai Ionic 5, €500 monthly) for long trips. “It’s much more comfortable, I can carry more passengers… At home, it costs me €1.90 per 100 km. “During his last trip to Paris and back – 500 km on the motorway – he stopped for 30 minutes to recharge, each way. Balance: €29, but it will be €49 on July 1st.

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