Hyundai Ioniq Electric

It’s been a month since I leased a Hyundai Ioniq Electric and it’s been a REALLY nice ride!

A couple of years ago I read an article about electric cars and their efficiency and thought, this is it! Why aren’t there more electric cars? The answer was obvious. Batteries. To expensive and down right inadequate.

Today this has changed to a point of no return. This is the age of the electric car. Not everybody has understood yet. Some still loves the roar of an engine. All that must change if we want a world to live in.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric is not the optimal car but considering the price and overall usability it is close. I’m leasing it for three years because I suspect the electric cars in three years will be a totally different breed. Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a very good electric car right now, considering economy and usability.

I will return to my driving experiences on this blog. Driving experiences together with pros and cons. For now I will just share some of my thoughts.

Range anxiety

The car travels about 210 km on a full change. Using 1.35 kWh per kilometer. that is pretty good and in my driving I seldom need more range. Still, it has been quite a different thing driving because I tend to thinking about range limitations all the time. In a fossil car you just fill her up and be done with it. This is completely different in a electric car. You find yourself looking for change stations all the time. It’s kind of a sport. And to stop and charge for a half hour and listen to a book och something is quite soothing. Take time and not hurry. As you can understand I’m not a commuter. I travel of other reasons.

To sum it up. I haven’t had range anxiety. Not yet.

Exterior

We choose black. It comes with nice copper details. The car is super streamlined. LED lights gives a sober and cool look. I love it!

Interior

The interior of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is more or less like any other high tech automatic fossil car. It looks and handles like you are used to. My wife loves the car. We have talked about it and we both feel that the car is friendly. We can’t explain it better than that. It’s a friendly car we love to drive. Giving us a helping hand all the time.

Lots of buttons and a good bluetooth integration with our phones. I’m getting a iPhone X soon and I am so looking forward to use the wireless charging in the car. I started to use the CarPlay option but decided against it. The normal interface together with the touch screen is good enough.

Equipment

I chose PremiumEco. This is a pretty good setup but lacking electric adjustable driver seat, leather seating and backseat heating.

Not a problem. Everything I need is there.

Performance

This is a pretty fast car. I had a diesel BMW with more horse power but I must say I don’t miss it. The acceleration is enough. It seems like I’m driving in a new way. Using the regenerative braking does something to my mind. I tend to strive to perfecting my driving to not use brakes. A contest of some kind.

There is enough performance to keep me and my companions safe.

Charging

The charging in Sweden really need to get better! There are not nearly as many och as fast charging stations as I need. This must change.

Efficiency

Just a couple of word about efficiency. My former fossil car BMW used 0.6 liter/100 km. That is a pretty good efficiency. But if you translate that to kWh it is depressing. One liter of petrol is the same as 8.9 kWh. My old car needed 5.3 kWh to travel 100 km and my Hyundai Ioniq Electric uses 1.35 kWh to travel 100 km.

All this time we have been wasting energy on a massive scale just to travel to where we are going. THAT is depressing.

Summary

This is my first electric car but not the last. I really like my Hyundai Ioniq Electric!

 

I love my AirPods!

I bought my AirPods a month ago and they work like I expected. Brilliant.

I wanted to get rid of the wires and have the same form factor as before. The EarPods work just fine in my ears as you can se below.

I really love the way they fit in my ears and gives me hours of music without any uncomfortable feeling in my ears.

AirPods also feels more sturdy and the sound is better. The sound gets more body due to better lower register in the speakers. More balanced. I have dropped them a couple of times, getting them out of the case, but they seem to stand abuse in a good way. They have never fallen out of my ears.

Bluetooth pairing

AirPods and iPhone pairing is really simple. Just put them next to each other and open the case lid. Thats it! It just works. And at the same time all my other Apple products (iMac, Macbook, iPad) pairs with the AirPods. Its kind of magic to me but at the same time what I expect from Apple.

Something odd happened when I paired the AirPods. At night my iWatch and iPhone dropped all battery in a very short time and I had to reboot and recharge both but after that everything has been fine. It has not happened again.

AirPods + iWatch = Perfect match!

At first I was trying to control the music like I was used to. EarPods offer simple buttons and AirPods don’t. I realized that using iWatch to control the music was the best solution. Volume control is better on the iWatch. Turning the crown to adjust volume in a more controlled way. Nowadays I’m not missing the old EarPods control buttons.

Battery life

I have been using the AirPods everyday since I bought them and battery has been running out on me just a couple of times. I use them going to work and during work in the morning and put them in the case during lunch. Then I use them in the afternoon as well. There might be people using the AirPods differently but for me it just works. Once I got the low battery signal going home from work and then I put the AirPods in the case for 5 minutes and after that I could put them on again and used them for another hour or so.

I have added the battery widget to the iPhone start menu and it is just there if I need to know the battery level. Brilliant!

Dropping connection

I have experienced connectivity problems between AirPods and iPhone. Sound drop outs. It repairs automatically within a second but can be annoying. It doesn’t happen a lot. I have the same intermittent problem with my Bose QC35. I suppose it has something to do with Bluetooth protocol.

Siri integration

At first I used to double tap to tell Siri something but I stopped within a couple of days. Siri took to long time to react and I never knew if Siri heard my command. Especially in a noisy environment. Now I use the double tap to put the music on or off. Instead I call Siri using my iWatch or iPhone and it works much better.

There needs to be major improvement to this feature.

Summary

It is obvious that this is the first generation of AirPods. The next generation will have better Siri integration, more reliable Bluetooth connectivity and battery life.    To me this is a natural and essential companion to iPhone and iWatch.

 

Our brain is working against us

In our time of polarisation and odd election results it’s important to understand that our brains disposition is working against us. Watch the attached movie.

After watching the movie I can’t stop thinking about the increasing social media visual impact. More and more pictures and video is adding bricks to the wall surrounding mine and others virtual reality composed by the brain.

It’s important to want and have the capability to see through and open the wall to understand in what way I can make a difference and make the world a better place, to me and others. The real problem is that everybody needs to do this. I will try.