Per Vicente Guerreiro
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A few weeks ago, when he passed endless lines of cars waiting to put just 30 euros in the tank, sebastião was almost smiling.
With his small electric car, this native of the country of Rules (Eure) emancipated itself from this lottery of the price of a barrel of oil, which has been skyrocketing for years and is unlikely to drop anytime soon.
” Inside 2018-2019I started to document myself poorly in electric cars”, recalls cThe teacher who makes the Rugles – L’Aigle route every day, about 30 kilometers every day.
I thought it was a shame to take my car alone, with three empty seats, without being able to give a ride. I thought it would be nice to have a little electric car.
By going through specialized sites, he identifies the Renault Twezy 80, which meets all your criteria. Officially, it’s not really a car, but an “ATV”.
“Before 2020, Renault offered the battery for rent. Which didn’t really suit me. But when we managed to buy the whole car, battery included, I jumped on it. » For €9,900 and thanks to a €900 discount from the State, as well as an advantageous loan from the bank, Sébastien offers himself peaceful journeys every morning.
70km of autonomy
“I have long been afraid of being on the road or being deported when crossing trucks. But at 450 kilograms and a very low center of gravity, the car grips the road perfectly. The machine can go up to 80 km/h, the speed limit on most Eure roads. And its battery allows you to travel from 70 to 80 km.
“I charge it every night when I get home and it takes 3.5 hours for a full charge. For what I do, it’s more than enough. A braking energy recovery system allows it to go a few extra miles. “You have to manage the battery a bit like on your cell phone. It’s a habit. »
Indeed, like millions of French people who live within 15 km of his work, Sébastien is not a great vehicle. He does, however, have a thermal car to travel long distances. His little Twizy even lets him take someone in the second seat behind him, or carry some groceries.
“It’s a bit like a go-kart and we park it almost everywhere, especially in the city,” says the satisfied professor.
At first, people on the street smiled when they saw me. They took him for a toy, nothing more. Today I get asked a lot of questions, especially about the cost.
Fillings at 10 euros
On the wallet side, the calculations are done quickly: “It costs me between 80 cents and €1 to carry 70 km. So a maximum of 10 euros per 700 km, the equivalent of my thermal car. » An incomparable balance with the prices shown on the pump, which allows you to quickly monetize the machine, which has already covered 10,000 km in two years of good and loyal service. “Aside from changing the tires and brake pads, I have nothing to do in terms of maintenance. No eviction or anything.” More savings that confirm your investment.
Better yet, Sébastien even plans to trade his thermal car for an electric one later. “The day I changed my car, yes I would take a tram. The only obstacle is the price. In fact, for the electric version of his thermal car, Sébastien must go from €10,000 to €30,000. A gap that still doesn’t encourage you to make the leap to the all-electric.
One question remains, your battery life. But Sébastien prefers to remain a philosopher: “In this kind of field, you have to be a bit of a pioneer, otherwise you suffer like everyone else. »
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