In Rugles, Sébastien goes to work in an electric car and fills up for 10 euros

In Rugles, Sébastien goes to work in an electric car and fills up for 10 euros

In 2020, Sébastien invested in a Renault Twizy to go to work. © The RN

A few weeks ago, as he drove past endless lines of cars waiting to put barely 30 euros in the tank, Sebastian he was almost smiling.

With his small electric car, it has been two years since this native of the country Rugle (Euro) has emancipated itself from this lottery about the price of a barrel of oil, which has been skyrocketing for years and is unlikely to go down anytime soon.

“V 2018-2019I started documenting myself poorly on electric cars,” recalls cA teacher doing the Rugles – L’Aigle route every day, about 30 kilometers every day.

I thought it was really a shame to drive the car alone, with three empty seats, without actually being able to carpool. I thought it would be nice to have a small electric car.

Browsing specialized pages identifies Renault Twezy 80, which meets all its criteria. Officially, it’s not really a car, but a “four-wheeler”.

“Before 2020, Renault offered the battery for rent. Which didn’t suit me very well. But when we could buy the whole car including the battery, I jumped at it. » For €9,900 and thanks to a €900 rebate from the state and also a favorable loan from the bank, Sébastien indulges in leisurely trips every morning.

70 km autonomy

“For a long time, I was afraid of being held up on the road or being deported when I pass trucks. But with 450 kilos and a very low center of gravity, the car holds perfectly on the road. The machine can go up to 80 km/h, which is the speed limit on most roads in Europe. And its battery allows it to travel 70 to 80 km.

“I charge every night when I get home and it takes 3.5 hours to fully charge. It’s more than enough for what I do. The braking energy recovery system even allows you to drive a few extra kilometers. “You have to manage the battery a bit like a mobile phone. It’s a habit. »

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When he returns each evening, he “fills up” with electricity for less than one euro. © The RN

Like millions of French people who live less than 15 km from work, Sébastien is not much of a rider. Still, it has a thermal car for long-distance journeys. His little Twizy even allows him to take someone in the second seat behind him or carry some groceries.

“It drives a bit like a go-kart and we park almost everywhere, especially in the city,” says the satisfied professor.

At first people on the street smiled when they saw me. They treated it as a toy, nothing more. I get a lot of questions today, especially about costs.

Filling for 10 euros

On the wallet side, calculations are quickly made: “It costs me between 80 cents and €1 to charge for 70 km. So a maximum of 10 euros for 700 km, the equivalent of my thermal car. » Incomparable balance with prices displayed at the pump, allowing him to quickly make the machine profitable, which has already covered 10,000 km in two years of good and loyal service. “Other than changing tires and brake pads, I have nothing to do in terms of maintenance. No dumping or anything.” More savings to back up his investment.

Even better, Sébastien later plans to replace his thermal car with an electric one. “The day I have to change my car, yes, I would take an electric one. The only obstacle is the price. For the electric version of his thermocar, Sébastien should climb from €10,000 to €30,000. A gap that does not yet encourage you to jump to a fully electric drive.

The question remains, the life of its battery. 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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