As someone relatively new to the electric car world, I am curious:
How do I charge this at home? I mean, do I need to buy something in addition to the car to allow me to charge it, or will it simply plug into a standard UK house socket?
How much does it cost to recharge? Again, what is the equivalent charging rate (is it like powering 50 100W bulbs for ten hours or is it like charging an iPhone)?
How/what do you service and how often?
I need to commute to London monthly which is nearly 300 miles away, can it do this or would I be pushing it?
I currently drive a top-end BMW diesel and am looking to buy something fairly soon but am nervous about distance as I live beyond the boondocks. We have electricity here, but little else! For example: nearest train - 50 miles, nearest city - 50 miles, bus service - 4 times per day but not to any city. No mobile phone coverage, limited internet (yep, it's paradise).
I have driven the i3 and am not exactly enamoured and the i8 looks good, but is useless for a family and is more hybrid than electric. Nothing else has any distance beyond city travel and I want to dump the infernal combustion engine if possible.
Sorry if this is all a bit boring to the experienced users, but this is very new to me here and before I go for test drives etc, I would like to know some of the practicalities.
Thanks in advance.