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BMX X5 e45 2022 plug in hybrid

  • 21-01-2023 10:37am
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    Registered Users Posts: 112 ✭✭


    Hi all, was looking for some help advice. We got a BMX X5 e45 last September. We went with plug in hybrid as I'm not completely sold on full electric yet. The thinking was that we would have the best of both worlds (petrol + electric) and cut down on costs, emissions etc.. however, my electric bill have gone bonkers, before the car my bill was around 240 every two months, since we got the car in September, my last two bills were 409 and the latest was 775.


    Couple of things, we leave the car charge over night. I'm with bord gais but hadn't switched to a smart plan, I did this last week to the day/night/ev plan. I've no idea if this will make any difference or not.

    I am wondering if anyone else here has the same car and is experiencing this. Also wondering if I have some settings enabled on the car which maybe using the battery continuously while it's charging etc...


    Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.


    Cheers,

    Gavin.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,997 ✭✭✭✭KCross


    however, my electric bill have gone bonkers, before the car my bill was around 240 every two months, since we got the car in September, my last two bills were 409 and the latest was 775.

    Everones electricity bill is gone bonkers this winter due to the price rises.


    I'm with bord gais but hadn't switched to a smart plan, I did this last week to the day/night/ev plan. I've no idea if this will make any difference or not.

    Smart plans are really bad value for money. I hope you looked at the rates.

    Obviously you need to now set the timers on the car to only charge at the cheaper time.


    Also wondering if I have some settings enabled on the car which maybe using the battery continuously while it's charging etc...

    No, EVs charge until full and then stop. They don’t continuously pull electricity. As above just set the timers to charge it during the cheaper hours on your smart tariff now that you have switched to one of those.


    Note, whatever the car is costing you in electricity it will be less than what you are paying for petrol!



  • Registered Users Posts: 447 ✭✭PaulRyan97


    What were your unit rates under your old plan?

    That X5 has a ~21kWh battery if I remember correctly. So if you're charging it from empty to full every night then that would obviously have a noticeable impact on your bill. Could be as much as €9 a night if your rate was ~45c. The night rate would absolutely help here. Could more than halve your cost.

    That said I'd very much doubt you were charging every single night, presumably not from empty either.

    Electricity prices skyrocketed this winter so most likely you're seeing a combination of that and the uptick in usage from your car.

    How much would you reckon you've saved on petrol usage since you switched?



  • Registered Users Posts: 112 ✭✭gav_69


    Hey Paul, cheers for the reply. The old rate just looking at it was a standard 44c per kWh no matter what time. Yeah you are right there with the maths, we were charging it most nights from dead to full so that would explain the massive increase. Just got a shock with the last bill.

    As I mentioned I've changed over to a smart plan, so hopefully they will help out.

    In terms of petrol savings, got the car mid September 22. I'd say since we've charged it most night, I've put about 300 euro petrol in it in 5 months. Our old ice car we were putting a 100 a week into it. So definitely making a savings on petrol. But was just a bit shocked with the electric bill and it's more my fault for not doing the proper maths on the charging.



  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 3,930 Mod ✭✭✭✭Turner


    Energia's EV plan seems to be the cheapest, .13c at night on a day/night meter.

    You could charge your beemer for €2.73 if you charged it at night, compared to €9.87 during the day (.47c per kwh)



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,820 ✭✭✭kanuseeme


    Wintertime electric bills are usually higher anyway, with shorter days more lights, etc.

    You are 500 euros up, considering, 100 euros a week over 5 months - bills + 300 fuel, so lesson learned but not really the hard way.

    Your cars usable capacity is 22.3 kWh so 10 euro at 45 cents.

    What range do you get from the battery?

    What is the fuel economy like after that?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,281 ✭✭✭AmberGold


    Energia way to go for the night rate, if you want to escape your current provider the penalty is only €50.



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