ion and ioniq, so far


we used to have a cheap 1992’s red renault19 since the beginning of ahoxus.

january 2021 it would go through its 3rd annual inspection, since cregox bought it for him. it was reproved every year, despite so much preventive care taken. but this time it was different.

annual costs were, on average, 1.5k EUR, including gas and everything.

the car was bought at expensive 900 EUR and its market worth is, in practice, around 300. it was in fact sold for 250.

fixing it this time would cost at least 500.

at the same time we saw [ion] on the internet, in one of our extensive web searches reaching out for an electric car, for the first time one that was affordable: 5500.

plus bitcoin was up.

so we decided to do the switch for real. radically.

the car would pay itself within 7 years, most likely in 5, is the promise now!

there was only 1 big issue: the real range is 80km. in practice, to drive far, we need quick charging stations 50kw, because it only charges at 3.7 on 22 regular stations. and, the average distance between the quick ones might be around 40km. so it’s really hard to drive out of the city!

we tried. 1.7 mega meters (or 1700km) in portugal. almost non stop. took us about 50h in the car.

so we took our craziest money shot-to-date 4 steps higher. [ioniq] is a much longer story though…

in short, its cost was 20500 to us, real range of 180 makes a huge difference, being the best battery on the market is also a tremendous plus, but it’s worth in portugal is closer to €13k (thanks to the low range) and it is terrible to drive in the city and off-road, compared with ion which is a great drive nearly everywhere!

other than the range and battery, which are technical details of EVs, its only practical advantage over ion is having actual enough space to horizontal sleeping in. with a mattress.

suffice to say: it might have not been (financially) worth it, yet… but the whole thing is so crazy that it might also have been!

sadly, no accountant could ever do this math today.


now, let’s get some practical advice!

there are, in portugal, 3 good apps to make life easier on learning how to drive anything other than a tesla today.

that’s because tesla still have 2 distinct advantages: a much bigger network of charging stations (which is still not shared with all the rest) and a computer filled with apps which do much better than any other app available anywhere else today.

  • [a better route planner] i don’t even use it anymore, but for hitting the road with the ion it’s still essential. and it’s great for learning more about fuel consumption in general.

  • [miio] is the freaking portuguese map for charging stations. [osm] is a worthy alternative, specially for offline access, but at everything osm it’s still terrible for searching and filtering. google maps is even worse. europe don’t like google. ahoxus recommends against it, thanks to [cregox experience].

  • [plugshare] is one of many similar apps for charging stations in europe. but it’s currently the best one which also offers direct charging on the app. tested to work perfectly in spain! miio is the option in “freaking” portugal because this app works mostly everywhere else in europe. portugal wants to be special. 😒

bonus: ledger-cli, to track expenses. use it with cone (and termux in android). if you’re on an iPhone, switch to android already! if you’re on an android, consider a ubuntu touch phone, such as the volla x.


unless you enjoy pioneering, wait to get your ev until they can do at least 400km, keep their battery range at 100% after 5 years, and can be purchased for 5k EUR.