Driv­ing happy & eco-friendly

Latitude Magazine - - Your Local Expert - WORDS Lucinda Di­ack

Hav­ing in­tro­duced a col­lec­tion of Hyundai Ioniqs to their fleet in Christchur­ch and Auck­land, Thrifty Car Ren­tal is of­fer­ing us an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly

op­tion when it comes to driv­ing away from home.

Chat­ting to the team at Thrifty Car Ren­tal, I was both ex­cited and daunted by the thought of opt­ing for an elec­tric ve­hi­cle – EV for short – as my car ren­tal re­cently.

A hot topic in the car-buy­ing world at the mo­ment, it is great to see so many peo­ple jump­ing on board

and opt­ing for EVs over a tra­di­tional ve­hi­cle, how­ever, I was still a lit­tle hes­i­tant about giv­ing it a go. Would it have much get up and go? And how would I charge it?

Let me start by say­ing there were many pluses: I could re­turn it empty; it was in­cred­i­bly stylish, easy to drive and of course emit­ted no tail-pipe emis­sions. With a 200 km ver­i­fied range it also meant I could travel a sig­nif­i­cant dis­tance with­out hav­ing to tackle the big­gest chal­lenge – charg­ing!

But like many things in life, the thought was worse than the re­al­ity with far more recharg­ing lo­ca­tions found in

It’s the same with petrol en­gines, if you’re con­stantly as­sertive with the ac­cel­er­a­tor, your EV’s range will be neg­a­tively im­pacted. So wher­ever pos­si­ble ease on and off

the ac­cel­er­a­tor and brakes.

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