Maddie Goes Electric, Episode 1: Choosing your electric car (A beginner's guide) | Fully Charged

by MAC

Fully Charged is very pleased to present the first episode of “Maddie Goes Electric” – a beginner’s guide to driving an electric vehicle.

Many of our viewers already ‘drive electric’, power their homes with clean energy etc., and many are looking to ‘go electric’.

But if like our presenter Maddie Moate (science communicator & BAFTA-winning presenter) you’re interested in electric cars, but don’t know where to start, this is the series for you!
And if you already know everything there is to know about electric vehicles, then please share this beginner’s guide to electric cars with your friends and family.

Maddie puts some questions to some experts from the world of electric vehicles:
Should I lease or buy an electric vehicle?
What do the different electric car chargers do?
What do you need to consider before choosing your electric vehicle?

Useful links from this episode:

Many thanks to the contributors for this episode:
Joe Knowles, COO of EVEZY
Robyn Hester from DriveElectric
Rachel Clark from the EV Experience Centre (EVEC) in Milton Keynes:


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Maddie Goes Electric Episode 2 coming soon: “Maddie’s first electric car, Home & Destination Charging”


Shot by Maddie Moate, James Mackay & Andrew Davies.
Edited by Stuart Lanceley @slanceley

Sonorina by Isaac Joel
Electric Heaven 2 by Mat Andasun (PRS)
Breakthrough by Alex Arcoleo (PRS)



David Calder June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Another watershed moment for Fully Charged. This is the series I’ll share with friends and family. This is the series that will be used by enthusiasts to make ‘normal’ people aware of the possibilities. Well done FC. Top vid and top production quality too.

jason morgan June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

They been around since 2011 A little behind are u

Ben Forster June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

After watching this series I bought a project ev charger from the suggested connect. I should have researched project ev and the chargers in more detail. Not a great app and not a great user experience, very poor. The charger will not connect to the internet and the app will not work. In effect you have no options or features available. Project ev blame the WiFi, lame excuse considering, Apple, Samsung, sky, Dell HP and Vodafone have no issue connecting to it. Just a cheap poor Chinese product!

Graham Rushin June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Service costs are a rip off from Nissan, £40 more that my petrol Ford. If these companies stop mugging us off we would all drive electric

paul sutton June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Yes. Everybody should own an electric vehicle. But open the doors to their supersized garage, and hope to find it full of Rover P4s and Armstrong Siddeleys and other REAL cars.

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NebelTuer889 June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

I have to write an analysing Essay about the episode 🙂

James Judge June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Hello Maddie! Since we're out of cars right now (we only ever had one, it was 20 years old, and had its catalytic converter sawn out last July), we're looking. We fortunately have a garage, so we can run power there. Any thoughts on 1) specific cars available in the US, and 2) business case to present to my wife?

Say When June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

A 1 litre car or a EV car? let me think about that for 1 second!

Say When June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Hyundai Kona 38k 😂🤣

Chloe Scanlon June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

She’s so hot.

Brian Stevenson June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

That was an excellent video, very informative and lets face facts Maddie is an excellent presenter and very easy on the eye, a refreshing change from most EV reviewers. I am in the process myself of looking at going over to an EV and have found some car dealers very willing to help and others that altthough the manufacturer produces EV's the dealers quite frankly are not interested, why, I do not know, they just show a lack of interest and knowledge of the vehicle, in some of those dealerships I know more about their product than they do, disapointing to say the least. Anyway I look forward to watching the other EV videos with Maddie.

aardvarkansaw June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Some car reviews suggest that the brakes on the KIA Niro EV are not very smooth. I don't know if they have Chevy Bolt EVs in UK. But I have leased a 2019 Chevy Bolt here in the US. A good car. But for long cross country trips the charging infrastructure just does not seem to be there. HERE IN IOWA AND ELSEWHERE IN THE MIDWEST, USA EV CARMAKERS ARE NOT ADDRESSING THE LACK OF DC FAST CHARGING INFRASTRUCTSURE.

Trevor Joseph June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

i need to post my video on what it's like to pay for repairs on a ev

Magnus Næss June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Me and my partner bought a Hyundai kona electric premium today and we will have it in June 🚙🤩. Can’t wait

Techy James June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Find it interesting Tesla didn’t come up in the top range, they all have over 300 miles range on to top range models.

Ken S June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm


Morgan Walser June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

I'm really enjoying this series, and I think it is great that it is about EV alternatives to Tesla. That said, I found it incredibly disingenuous that the charging system was rated as the top priority and the best charging system in the world wasn't even mentioned once. Incredibly disappointing that you weren't just honest about the fact that you don't want to rehash what so many other EV channels are doing.

Makes me nervous about trusting the following content.

Jonathan Guito June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

This series is delightful. Perfect entree to the world of EVs.

Jonathan Guito June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

It's a little annoying that this electric advocacy information woman seems to be actively avoiding mentioning Tesla. That charger question without mentioning supercharging is bizarre.

Also that website is wrong to list the Model 3 stranded range plus as 210 miles. It's definitely higher than that, though the Kona range is definitely really solid and higher than the SR+. But it can't compete in performance or charging network. It is a bit cheaper though.

viking1au June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Have just saved all episodes, as #6 arrived here tonight. Again, must say: Well done Maddie. – A first class series.

Al June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

PSA for anyone in Scotland. The Scottish government will give you an interest free loan to by any EV. Two of my friends just bought Tesla model 3's with these loans.

Loanword Eggcorn June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

21:58 the PCM for the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range is the exact same 425 UKP as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, neither of which are really available due to tiny production volumes. Unless one desperately needed a smaller car, it makes no sense to get those rather than the far better and higher volume Tesla Model 3.

Lars Pallesen June 29, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Electric goes Maddie 🙂


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