Paul Juda in Amsterdam.
Paul Juda in Amsterdam.
If you live in the city centre of Amsterdam you need a lot of patience when you drive a car, because there’s not a lot of space in the compact Dutch metropolis. That is, unless you drive an e-up! like Paul Juda. It was just by chance that he happened to test the electric car, and he was won over immediately.
It was love at first sight for 57-year old PAUL JUDA. He had the e-up! as a rental car – and decided straight away to hang on to it. The electric car won him over immediately.
Paul was born and bred in Amsterdam, and still lives in the metropolis. In his opinion, there’s no better car than the e-up! It was love at first sight for the man from the Netherlands – the electric car is quiet, with zero local emissions, and looks good to boot. What’s more, the compact e-up! makes fairly light work of negotiating the heavy traffic in the capital.
Paul tells us how nerve-wracking driving in Amsterdam can be, which is why you should allow plenty of time. On top of this, it can be a mean task searching for a parking space in the centre of Amsterdam, so the compact e-up! is a practical solution for two reasons – driving in heavy traffic and searching for a parking space. The fact that the city of Amsterdam promotes alternative methods of transport is a further advantage, Paul believes. Namely, drivers of electric vehicle receive a subsidy and pay no tax on their electric vehicle at the start , so the e-up! is ideal for the residents of Amsterdam, and a good choice whichever way you look at it. Paul’s apartment and the lawyer firm he works for are exactly three kilometres apart. Normally, he rides his bike there and back, just like most people in the cycling capital of the world. He’s constantly surprised at how spacious the boot is when he goes shopping with his e-up! And it’s also useful for spontaneous sporting activities. After all, who enjoys riding back home on their bike soaked with sweat after a jog, or with wet hair from swimming?
It was fate that brought him to try out the nifty little electric car. The garage offered to lend him the e-up! as part of their service. His Golf was due for its MOT, and because Paul had never driven an electric car, he decided to try one out. He was bowled over straight away, so much so that he decided to swap his Golf for the e-up! the very next day. Since then, he has become a big fan of his electric car and hasn’t regretted his decision for a second: “The Golf is great, but the e-up! is more my kind of car”.
The e-up! makes for relaxed driving, and Paul believes this is a unique feature. He finds that you drive with a lot more foresight in an electric car, possibly also because you can save on electricity by driving prudently. Not a bad side-effect. “You’re calmer and more considerate when you drive an electric car.”