The commuters dream

Our 2015 Kia Soul Ev has just arrived!

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What with the exceptional incentives offered by the Norwegian government, this should, even if it’s replacing a five year old car; be substantially more affordable to run the 120mile round trip commute.

The incentives include:

  • Free public parking, and charging if available
  • No toll fee on toll roads
  • Reduced annual road tax, about 15% of normal rate
  • No VAT (normal rate is 25%)
  • No import taxes (these can be prohibitively expensive on gas/diesel powered cars)

Those coupled with the cost of electricity which compared to an efficient diesel-powered car would be less than a quarter, there really is now way to reject this offer.

We have waited a while for an affordable car that could do this commute, and with the 80-ish mile range it will be more than enough to cover the one distance to work; where I can charge at work to cover the return trip.

Included in the purchase price was the first year membership of the norwegian electric car owners association (elbil.no), in one of the pamphlets the key (the blue one) that gives me access to all public charging stations was attached. A nice touch.

As soon as I have started using this for commuting I will start adding energy consumption statistics and experiences with the car.

Update feb. 2015 – I have gotten to drive quite a few miles, and consumption have stabilized at 16-17kWh/100km

Dec. 11th:

To work:

Energy consumption average: 16.7kWh
Distance: 88km
Temp: 3c
Speed: 100-105km/h
CC: Off
Heater: Off
Start SOC: 98%
End SOC: 43%

From work:

Energy consumption average: 16.9kWh
Distance: 90km
Temp: 3c
Speed: 100-115km/h
CC: Off
Heater: Off
Start SOC: 95%
End SOC: 34%

Dec. 10th:

To work:

Energy consumption average: 16.9kWh
Distance: 88km
Temp: 3c
Speed: 100-105km/h
CC: Off
Heater: Off
Start SOC: 98%
End SOC: 44%

From work:

Energy consumption average: 16.6kWh
Distance: 90km
Temp: 3c
Speed: 100-105km/h
CC: On
Heater: Partially On
Start SOC: 100%
End SOC: 45%

Dec. 9th:

To work:

Energy consumption average: 19.2kWh
Distance: 88km
Temp: -3c
Speed: 100-105km/h
CC: On
Heater: Partially On
Start SOC: 98%
End SOC: 34%

From work:

Energy consumption average: 17.4kWh
Distance: 90km
Temp: 1c
Speed: 95-100km/h
CC: On
Heater: Partially On
Start SOC: 85%
End SOC: 27%

Dec. 5th:

To work:

Energy consumption average: 18.7kWh
Distance: 88km
Temp: -1c
Speed: 100-105km/h
CC: On
Heater: Partially On
Start SOC: 98%
End SOC: 31%

From work:

Energy consumption average: 18.2kWh
Distance: 90km
Temp: 1c
Speed: 95-100km/h
CC: On
Heater: Partially On
Start SOC: 82%
End SOC: 21%

Update Dec. 4th:

Winter prep done, with a coat of clear Plasti Dip.

Update Nov. 29th:

The car has been sitting unused in the garage, and somehow the 12V battery has given up. Got to test the physical key, hood latch and emergency charge port opener as I wanted to see if there was any help plugging it in again. It wasn’t. Resolved it by disconnecting, and removing the battery from the car before trickle-charging it overnight. A quick check with a multimeter gave a measurement of 4.9V before recharging. With the battery recharged, everything was back to normal.

Update Dec. 9th: New Sønnak-battery installed. Covered by warranty.