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Pricey! are you thinking of using solar to go cheaper still? Perhaps train some hamsters on wheels…
I’m hoping that the current crop of electric cars (the e-2008 arrived on the scheme today) will still be around & affordable come April when I order (it’s after The Budget so we’ll see).
We’ll await your full report in the new car, expecting range at different speeds & temperatures…
Get out & enjoy it.
Awoke this morning to find that WWIII, total economic collapse, etc., are postponed again.
Also, read an article about global greening slowing down global warming.
Daily Express has an article about how there will be so many days of snow (whilst it’s warm & the sun is shining).
Just another day…
Ah, now to set about upsetting those Frenchies…. oh, we do that anyway 🙂
Is it me, but I am getting the feeling just lately dealership have little or no interest in Motability customer, I looked at Kia, totally ignored, Local VW half hearted, local Mitsubishi dealer one salesman interest, but the Motability salesman again less than interested. I never used to be like this. The only who showed any enthusiasm was the local Toyota dealership, unfortunately Motability dropped the RAV4.
It’s not just you, it’s the individual dealerships, some are interested some you just won’t get served at all…
I went through 3 disinterested Hyundai dealers recently, then the 4th one was welcoming, instant test drive of an Ioniq Electric, etc.
Local Pug dealer are good, always get served, invited to the new 208 & 2008 viewing, & whilst we were in a 2008 chatting it emerged that the dealership is taking on Hyundai in about 4 weeks too so they will be in contact as they try to ply me with either an Ioniq Electric or the e-2008. They also do a variety of other makes on the same large site in Epsom, I found them after I’d moved & Motability sent me in my C4 Grand Picasso to have the last service/MOT there.January 29, 2020 at 12:10 pm in reply to: Possible new car – DS 3 CROSSBACK E-Tense La Premiere #104476
Yes, I’ve been trying to work out if I can afford to buy an e-Niro outright off the scheme as it really would be the best in that price range, but I’m thinking it’s maybe 3 years to lithium sulphur so I may try to compromise on one of the electric cars on the scheme then buy outright something like the e-Niro that has a lithium sulphur battery then.
I’m desperate to go electric as all my eco minded broccoli loving friends are pressuring me about running a diesel, they all use electric smart cars & use trains but don’t see that for me with a wheelchair, trains are impossible (local train station isn’t wheelchair accessible, & to get there the bus is full of entitled cows with non-fold up pushchairs).
Range is the issue with an electric car as I can charge at home with enough clearance both sides of the car for the wheelchair & then some. If I don’t have to charge on a public charger very often then I’ll manage (remembering those eco minded friends have type 2 sockets and enough home knitted mead to not worry about charging times).January 28, 2020 at 10:13 pm in reply to: Possible new car – DS 3 CROSSBACK E-Tense La Premiere #104444
The DS3 along with the Corsa, e208 & e2008 are all good cars with a decent range and would be a good choice for anyone but one big downside for any wheelchair user is that the charge port is at the rear on the passenger side so very difficult if not impossible to access if its parked against a wall or another car? Same reason I ruled out the Hyundai Ioniq. Only ones I’ve found accessible are cars with charge ports in the front. Ones with the charge port on the drivers side (golf, i3, Outlander) are useable from a wheelchair but can be awkward to access for anyone if they are in the wrong bay at a charger (ie the left hand bay)
So we’d be looking at Zoe, MG ZS EV, Leaf?January 28, 2020 at 6:41 pm in reply to: Possible new car – DS 3 CROSSBACK E-Tense La Premiere #104427
I sat in the new 2008 last week, left hand drive french demo in the dealer in Epsom (also the 208 but that’s a small boy racer thing).
I’d say try the e-2008 for size before deciding on the ds-3 e-tense, they have the same underpinnings & drivetrain, so the only variation will be from the slight differences in aerodynamic efficiencies. Boot size of the e-2008 was OK for a small SUV.
The e-2008 is supposed to come to motability on the 20th February, dealer couldn’t slip me the price as they said they didn’t know it yet.
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I enjoyed Picard too, and it seemed to paint a reasonable storyline.
However, will it compare well to The Expanse?
Had a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso with the dodgy screen turning off, working sometimes but not others, problem… which was a problem because it lost the speedo so wasn’t legal to drive.
Current SEAT Alhambra has other electrical gremlins, boot opening by itself in the middle of the night, parking sensors going crazy, etc.
Trouble is I’ve already seen the next car I’m thinking of have a dashboard reboot, & that’s not even a european car.
I’ll manage with these dodgy cars, but worry that the same gremlins are happening on aircraft, & that’s a bit more serious.
You could try a Kia Niro for size, either the PHEV (smaller boot due to 2nd lithium battery), or either the “3” or the “4”, all these have leather seats, all are petrol hybrids. MPG mid-high 50s.
Could be fun trying to use those chargers from a wheelchair….. just saying.
This is a very welcome addition to the network & I may use those chargers if I take my parents out to the Lake District. 50kW rapid…. maybe they’ll add some 150kW rapids in the future.
Ah Brydo, you’ve forgotten that there are many people out there who work for charities because they feel they are entitled to take a cut of any money (or anything else) going to that charity. This is why charities breed highly overpaid directors.
Charity used to be all about giving, but now it’s all about setting up a charity for any random reason to fleece the public of as much money as possible. Just look at all the expensive television adverts for charities, all paid for by donations of “just £3 a month”, and a farthing goes to those who the charity purports to support.
Wait until they start using MPH, meaning miles of charge gained per hour.January 16, 2020 at 8:30 pm in reply to: Ask Motability when the Tesla 3 is coming on the scheme. #103310
Another oddity is the MG ZS EV, at £22,495 after the government grant it’s also conspicuously missing from the scheme.
In December the MG ZS EV did pretty well in the euro NCAP – https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/mg/zs-ev/39678
It’s easy to discount this as the MG having an unknown value in three years time, yet there are other MG ZS cars on the scheme.
Perhaps Motability prefer european made cars such as the Peugeot e-2008, but I wonder which will be the more reliable with “French” & “Electrics” never being a strong point.January 16, 2020 at 8:23 pm in reply to: Ask Motability when the Tesla 3 is coming on the scheme. #103309
Interesting that the Kia e-niro is £34,495 (after the government grant) but not on the scheme, yet all the other niro range cars are on the scheme. But, since there is a massive waiting list for the e-niro it’s not that surprising, plus Kia don’t need to discount the e-niro at all to shift it (they’ve put the price up knowing that).
Same with the Hyundai Kona Electric, within the £35k cap, yet it’s unavailable for the same reasons.January 15, 2020 at 3:22 pm in reply to: Ask Motability when the Tesla 3 is coming on the scheme. #103137
Hi Bill & welcome to the site.
Tesla Model 3 on the Motability scheme….. Nope, costs too much currently.
A search for electric cars on the motability site will give you 22 results:
Smart ForTwo x2
Smart ForFour x2
Hyundai Ioniq Electric x2
Peugeot E-208 x3
Vauxhall Corsa-E x2
DS-3 E-Tense x3
BMW i3 x4
BMW i3s x4
The Peugeot E-2008 should arrive on the scheme on 20th February 2020
Worth keeping an eye on the scheme as cars come & go all the time.
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Perhaps in time those 7kW chargers at Sutton Sainsbury’s will get used more, & Reigate has a couple of fast chargers (Wray Lane is very close to the A217 & M25 so could be useful as there’s a cafe & viewpoint).
Waitrose/John Lewis has 7kW chargers in Horsham, sheltered in the underground part of the car park, they charge for parking unless you happen to have a Blue Badge so very handy.
Seems there are 3 problems at the moment:
1. Not enough chargers of the right type in the right places.
2. Where there are few chargers they are often out of order.
3. Gaps in the charger network where some towns have just ignored EVs & seem to want the town centres to die rather than invest in a few chargers.
Very poor here in the part of Surrey where I live (just the chargers at the train station), but head into London & suddenly they are everywhere.
As we’re inundated with eco-warior lycra louts every weekend, I think we need more EV charging points as the poor dears get all exhausted pedalling all the way from London (of course, they use the train).
I note that close to my parents in the “norf” where things are usually 20 years behind the times, they have rapid chargers 3 miles away (Booths driving the modern times, remarkable)… come on Surrey!
The 7kW Tesco chargers are usually free, the idea being that you just top up the battery a bit whilst shopping.
There are also rapid chargers springing up at Tesco which do charge a fee, 24p per kw/h at Crawley Tesco
These chargers at Tesco are on the Pod Point network
Plugshare can show you where most of the chargers are, how much they cost, etc.
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It’s awful when the car you really wanted turns out to have the most pain-inducing seats possible, it’s the most important thing when I consider a car & I’ve rejected many many cars due to it. The most cripplingly painful cars I’ve had are the original Mini Clubman(1976), the Ford Mondeo (circa 1994), and the Toyota RAV4 (2002), yet the most comfortable have been the Ford Cortina MK1 (1966) with its sprung seats, and the Peugeot 405 (1992). Other reasonably comfortable ones have been the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (2014) and the SEAT Alhambra (2017).
Historically the large Peugeots & Citroens have had pretty comfy seats, their smaller offerings not so much (my 1997 Peugeot 306 was a fantastic little car, but the seats aren’t brilliant, but they are OK, my son still drives this car).
As for the Golf, well, I’ve never sat in one, maybe I should borrow my nephew’s Golf, but perhaps more telling is that he’s a physiotherapist.
20th February, mitch, the Peugeot e-2008 will arrive, that will have the higher seating position.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric has fallen in price by £1000, a bit low down but has decent boot size.
Niro PHEV has risen in price by £300.December 31, 2019 at 9:49 pm in reply to: Might Brexit open up more choice from other countries like China? #101849
Did you notice that the MG ZS electric got 5 stars in the Euro safety thing recently?
There are a few interesting Chinese car options
To get over 40mpg you use the 148HP version of the 2.0 litre diesel & use light to moderate foot, and crucially have the coast function turned on.
I get 46mpg on long runs, 41mpg average, 30mpg if I go polluting in London
The MPV fits a niche where it’s just about big enough to load a powerchair with the back folded down, yet it can still get into many car parks that something like a Berlingo Multispace cannot due to the height restrictions (local car parks have 1.83 metre (6′) height limit which will take the top off the current Berlingo Multispace/Rifter). Hence I have the Alhambra.
However, I’m trying to survive without using the big B500 powerchair/Alhambra solution, by using a Foldawheel PW-1000XL with some success although there are a few potential problems regarding the super narrow tyres on the PW-1000XL (I managed to take a front tyre off the wheel in Nice, although hot water & some force helped get it back on), it’s not suitable beyond normally paved areas unless the ground is bone dry & rock hard. This potentially allows many more cars to fit my requirements & even allows me to consider many of the new electric models appearing in the scheme (I wonder if I can charge a wheelchair from a CCS in 1 minute…. ).