Robert has always been a car buff, he learned to drive when he was 17 and as soon as he could, he got behind the wheel. He’s had a number of wonderful cars of many brands, including traditional ones from the Isles, understandably. There’s never been a ŠKODA car in his garage before, though.
“Formerly, the running costs of my six- or eight-cylinder engines never used to concern me. That’s changed, with all the fuel costs rocketing and climate change being an issue, so I decided it’s time to go electric,” Robert explains.
When researching what the options were, buying a hybrid vehicle never came to his mind. “I knew that when I’d go electric, it’d be all-electric. I just never saw the point in having all the negative aspects of a combustion engine along with the extra weight of batteries. Besides, I don’t like the powertrain swapping from one source to the other all the time,” Robert explains.
Not much took his eye in the current electric offer. He came across the ENYAQ iV by chance actually when he saw the electric SUV in the showroom. He loved the looks and how spacious it is for both passengers and luggage. He took it for a test drive – and that was it. He signed up on the spot.
Robert Innes and his wife Ricque
His brand-new vehicle came at the end of June being the first-ever ENYAQ iV in Leeds. “Even up to now I’ve only seen one more on the road here,” Robert admits.
He’s done a little more than 4,300 miles so far, most of it being a 12-mile everyday commute to and from work. But he’s also taken the electric SUV on a longer trip to Whitby and back on one charge, and for a weekend in Cotswolds which took a little planning en route because of charging.
“I used the UK’s map of charging points called Zap Map. Everything went just fine, only at one spot there was one out of four chargers working and it was occupied. I didn’t panic as there were more than a hundred miles of range left. So I simply found another charger five miles away at a steakhouse and had a lovely meal as the car charged up,” he smiles.
Europe’s charging stations network