For Vivien, who almost always recharges at external terminals, traveling electric today has become as simple as with a gasoline or diesel model, whether for personal or professional trips, short or long distances.
Switching to electric
In this family of four, which includes two children aged two and six, electromobility arrived three years ago with a Renault Zoé: “ My wife had received a leasing offer through her company. We wanted to try it to see what everyday life is like in an electric car. She only has to make short home/work trips, with the possibility of recharging at her employer’s. We were both quickly seduced by the Zoé ».
Carrying out project management consulting missions, Vivien drives a lot: “ I received my Volkswagen ID.5 at the end of August 2022. Its odometer has already exceeded 50,000 km, including 40,000 for my business trips. And this, in order to meet clients that I cannot easily reach by public transport ».
When it was time to replace his previous car – a thermal model – he reflected: “ I looked for a less polluting alternative, at least locally, so as not to continue sending exhaust gases into the bronchi of children and adults. I decided to try to duplicate for my long trips what my wife already managed to do for her daily trips. ».
The ID.5 in competition with three other electric vehicles
Initially, our reader was interested in four models of electric cars: “ I was cool with the Tesla Model Y because I first had to register on a website to try it. I don’t give my contact details out to everyone. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is for another reason: too expensive ».
In the end, Vivien only tried two models. They share the MEB modular platform: The Skoda Enyaq and the Volkswagen ID.5: “ What I liked about the latter is a more fun and more dynamic line, compared for example with the Volkswagen ID.4. It is this cut that makes SUVs less massive, as with the Renault Arkana, BMW X4, and Mercedes GLC ».
Taking into account the options which relate in particular to driving aids including the head-up display and blind spot detectors, the price of the selected model was 60,000 euros: “ I have it on LOA for 3 years with 120,000 km over time. The rent which also includes maintenance amounts to 900 euros ».
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A popular electric car
Vivien really appreciates using an electric car today: “ I like the driving comfort that such a vehicle provides, the quiet operation and feeling that I am making an effort for the environment and public health. It’s really nice to have instant torque and responsiveness, with no latency, when you need to accelerate. And no more trips to the pump which leaves a smell of gasoline or diesel on your hands ».
From A to Z, no problem with the Volkswagen ID.5 : « It was an executive model, very quickly available, with around 2,500 km on the clock. In 50,000 km with it, I have had no problems. The driving position is very pleasant on this car, as is everyday life with it. Ultra responsive, the directional headlights provide excellent lighting. Overall the finish is good, except for the few hard plastics which are out of place for a model of this price. ».
Whatever the decor, Vivien finds her Volkswagen ID.5 well suited: “ It is very good for the highway and the road. And even for the city where he seems disconcerting because he finds his place so well. My wife also drives it personally. On the other hand, she has a little difficulty with the size compared to her Renault Zoé, even if she considers the driving and behavior remarkable on the ID.5 ».
Today, Vivien recharges her electric car on private or public terminals depending on her needs: “ I don’t currently have a wallbox at home, and I only very exceptionally use a socket at home to plug in my Volkswagen ID.5. Recharging and plug-in time should not be a hindrance. With Ouest Charge in my department of Loire-Atlantique and around it, it’s simple, you just have to badge. It’s a network that holds up well. By choosing fast terminals, it takes no more time than filling up a tank with fuel and having a snack ».
Time is very important for our reader: “ If I lost it when recharging, it would result in a loss of money for my professional activity. This is why I favor fast terminals ».
He wants the networks to display similar prices, as is the case for fuel at service stations: “ A homogenization of charging prices in France would facilitate the use of terminals and the switch for electric mobility. Today, even at the network level, like at Ouest Charge, prices can vary from one department to another ».
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1,000 km in the day
This summer, the parents and their two children went on vacation to Switzerland: “ We left from around Nantes. Preferring the highways, we covered the thousand kilometers in twelve hours, including the two stops for recharging. I organize myself so that these breaks correspond to having a meal or a snack ».
The mobilization time will depend on the crowds at the terminals: “ It is generally 45 to 60 minutes. If there are people at the charging stations, I disconnect at around 80% energy in the battery. Otherwise, I most often let it go up to 100%. I use the Izivia badge when possible. I also choose my terminals according to the map of this operator and the GPS system of the Volkswagen ID.5. We’ve never been in trouble until now ».
Even when a site refuses the pass from the EDF subsidiary: “ We stopped at Ionity and TotalEnergies stations without encountering any problems. On the other hand, as we approached Switzerland, we recharged in the E-Vadea network developed by the Spie group. We first had to download an application. Once you understand how it works, it only takes a few minutes with QR Code recognition ».
More relaxed while driving
Vivien confirms that driving an electric car is less stressful than a thermal model: “ I feel more relaxed while driving, more attentive to what is happening around me. On the ID.5, the adaptive cruise control is remarkable. It decides on sharp accelerations when overtaking, which also depends on the proximity chosen with the vehicle in front ».
This driving assistance is also useful for preserving autonomy: “ By programming it at 120 km/h on the highway instead of 130, you don’t waste a lot of time on the journey and the vehicle actually consumes less ».
In the mixed cycle, our reader has of course noticed that the range is less than the more than 500 kilometers indicated by the manufacturer: “ In summer, I can count on around 450 km of autonomy on average. In winter, with the defogging system which I find greedy, it goes down to around 400 km ».
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A satisfaction to communicate
For our reader, the assessment is simple: “ Once you’ve had a taste of electric cars, it’s hard to go back. There are terminals everywhere in the country, which makes it easier to adopt, even when you don’t have a way to recharge at home. ».
If, on the road to vacation, and in his daily life, he did not actually encounter any problem regenerating the battery of his Volkswagen ID.5 this summer, he is still a little worried in one specific case: “ In tourist areas, charging networks are significantly undersized to absorb the influx of electric vehicles. However, we cannot expect them to be up to the task for only two months of the year. ».
Very happy with her trendy SUV coupe, Vivien is ready to testify: “ I registered on the Volkswagen website to communicate about the ease of use of electric vehicles. I would like to give mine a try to those who are interested. ».
However, he does not intend to always ride with such a bulky model: “ What interests us today, particularly on the ID.5, is the volume of its trunk. We will need it less when the children grow up. I’m thinking of going next towards a model like the Volkswagen ID.3 ».
Automobile Propre and I thank Vivien very much for her welcome and her testimony.
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