Glasgow dentist’s five-hour drive became 20-HOUR trip from hell – but he still loves his electric car… – The Scottish Sun


COLIN Burns is glad he ditched petrol more than two years ago but admits he’s hit the odd bump in the road.

The Glasgow-based dentist is thrilled with the performance of his Jaguar I-Pace, which he describes as quick, comfortable and smooth to drive.

Colin was still full of praise for the electric motor

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Colin was still full of praise for the electric motor
Colin Burns faced a 20-hour trip from hell in his electric car

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Colin Burns faced a 20-hour trip from hell in his electric car

But a nightmare journey to Wales which took him 20 hours instead of five because of a lack of working charging points left him under no illusions about the work the UK infrastructure needs before electric cars become the norm.

Colin, who drives his US college scholarship golfer son Callum to events around Britain, has become an expert on how to plan ahead for long journeys and could draw a map of rapid charger points from memory.

Trips of more than 100 miles are meticulously planned with overnight stops factored in. Colin says: “Apart from my one trip to Wales a couple of years back, I’m glad I did it. They’re great to drive, very smooth and very responsive.

“If you like driving, you’ll like an electric car. For day to day use, they are fantastic and the running costs are so much cheaper than normal cars. And there’s no road tax.”

Explaining the painful trip to Barry, Glamorgan, Colin explains: “Callum was playing in the Welsh youths and had a practice round at 4pm so we left Glasgow at 8am thinking we could scoot down in plenty of time. My range is 240 miles roughly so I thought I’d stop once for a fast charge around 45 minutes.

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“In reality we rolled up at 4am the next day, the journey took us 20 hours. It turned out the infrastructure for rapid chargers isn’t great, there aren’t many and the vast majority don’t work. I’m sure I won’t be alone saying that.”

For bread-and-butter trips around Glasgow, though, Colin couldn’t be happier with the I-Pace.

He admits he’s lucky he can charge the car easily at his Bearsden home overnight and at his workplace, the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Dentistry in Govan.

He says: “At the moment in Scotland, if you’ve got a driveway you’re fine and there are two grants from UK and Scottish Governments which pay for the bulk of your home charger. If you like driving, you will like electric There’s also a database online of approved companies who can install it for you.

“But if you live in a house with no driveway and have to park on a road, you’ll find it hard to charge overnight. So you’re reliant on having to charge maybe at your work or in a car park somewhere with charging points.

“A full charge can take eight or nine hours on a 22kw AC charging point. But the rapid charging DCs which can fully charge a car in 45 minutes to an hour are still few and far between.


Drivers only need to charge electric cars once every three WEEKS as motorists are called on to be more eco-friendly


“We now have the super turbo 120kw chargers which companies like Shell and BP are rolling out in some forecourts which can charge your car in 20-30 minutes.

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“For driving to and from Govan from my house, an AC charge is fine but the issue is a lack of working DC chargers for 100mile-plus trips. At the moment, you’ll have to factor in overnight stays.

“On the plus side, if you’re stuck in traffic, you’re not going to run out of fuel. It’s not like sitting for an hour with your engine on. The range is the range, no matter the traffic.”

While they’re far better for the environment, there is another downside – electric cars can be dangerously quiet.

Colin says: “A cyclist might not hear you for example, so you need to give them more space. Some manufacturers are putting noise into the cars to overcome that issue.”

Drivers only need to charge electric cars once every three WEEKS as motorists are called on to be more eco-friendly





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