Anders Ljung: Nykär with barbecue cutlery and charging pleasure – Chronicles

“Batterinojan was clearly noticeable. I felt like a neurotic new parent. How long will I be able to drive, when do I have to charge and above all – where should I charge?”

After a long wait, our art director has finally received his first electric car. The maiden voyage went…

This is a chronicle. This means that the content is the writer’s own opinion.

Let’s clarify one thing before I start. I like nice cars but I think it’s pretty boring to drive. I know how it sounds but sitting with a steering wheel in your hand and rolling on roads is not very fun and simply not my thing. I thought. My old loyal servant Audi Q5 was a good car by far. And also had a nice grill.

Anders Ljung, art director at auto motor & sport and Recharge.

Okay, I’m a little upset. I’ll put all the cards on the table here. When I was going to change cars, it was not between fossil / electricity, stable driving characteristics or impressive horsepower, but about which model had the coolest grill and best-looking shapes.

But somewhere far down in my conscience I had a little diesel shame. The planet feels better with electric cars, it is said, so I simply had to put the latest model of Q5, with matt black honeycomb grill, on the shelf. Instead, it was an order for the new Q4 e-tron.

What felt like half a century later, my electric car finally arrived – pimped with Black optics and S-line. Of course I had bought the pig in the sack. Not only did I not see or test drive the car – I had not even sat in an electric car and barely knew how to charge.

Okay, the rest is really history. For a more beautiful love story (we’re talking about vehicles here), I probably have not been involved. To begin with, the Q4 was gorgeous with its soft typhoon gray color and its rock-hard cocky chassis profile. The sports chairs were incredibly comfortable and as icing on the cake I got a set of barbecue (!) Cutlery from the dealer.

My new darling, quite simply. I rolled home and suddenly remembered my old faithful servant as a tired and loud tractor. Geez, what a great feeling to slip forward in this new car.

The neighbor at home had parked his Polestar the day before and said, “You will understand tomorrow. It is a whole new world.” And oh what a right he was.

I stopped at a gas station on the way from the dealership, not to recharge or buy an overpriced cup of Colombian coffee, but just to look at the car.

Enough with this screwed the declaration of love for sheet metal and batteries, a few weeks later it became serious. Long trip to Sälen was on the menu and time to try electric car life for real. Extra exciting was if my Q4, with a range of 400 km, would get to Sälen, a distance of 39.9 km.

Batterinojan was clearly noticeable. I felt like a neurotic new parent. How long will I be able to drive, when do I have to charge and above all – where should I charge? The Chargemap app calmed my nerves a bit, but the higher up in the country I came, the longer between the electrical outlets.

Halfway to Lindvallen I went out and stayed at a Recharging Station, even though I had 60 percent left in the battery. The charging post boasted 150 kW but only 45 came through the cable. Perfect location for a six-pack of nuggets with curry dip in other words. Or was it a nine-pack?

Once there, I managed to find a charging station right next to the hotel. Insanely smooth and a little luxurious somehow. And to sum up the maiden voyage by electric car, it exceeded expectations. You simply have to plan the route a bit and then there are no oddities.

The ski trip then? Yes, it was magical. But it is often said that the journey is the goal. And with my new electric car, it really is. And yes, the Q4 has a shitty grill too.

Welcome to electric car life, Anders!

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