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  • in reply to: Quarter 3 hopes? #282433
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      Would love to see Land Rover. The new Defender 90 would be a great addition. Also the xc60 and xc90 from Volvo. long time Land Rover owner since 2001. Never owned anything else. Insurance rocketing along with ridiculous tax has forced me to join the scheme and leave Land Rover. I’ve chosen xc40. Closest I could get to the comfort I’ve had for 20 odd years.

      You do realise the retail price on these?  Motability don’t offer anything over £55k, the only thing you’d get would be poverty spec and, probably, at a huge AP.  Still keen?

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      in reply to: Ioniq 5 Facelift 2025 #282253
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        Interesting, Servanus771. I have an Enyaq on order as we both really like it. However I’m getting a bit nervous about all the technical problems this VW platform is facing. So many niggles being reported, but I’m yet to hear of any on the Ioniq 5. We are doing a test drive this Sunday on one, so I’ll report my findings.

         

        The Ioniq 5 has few niggles, from nearly a year on the groups I’ve heard of:

         

        Boot door rattle – easy solve but can be annoying

        ICCU failure – 12V charging failure there’s a box that fails but we’ve had a recall for software (and occasional hardware) updates.  We’re hoping it’s solved now…

        USB failure, some USB sockets have failed, possibly through the need to attach for CarPlay or Android Auto, there’s been a few that have needed replacements.  A good number have bought various boxes to create a wireless connection permanently plugged in.

        Obviously there’s been some cars that have had random but repetitive problems but that’s common with most brands, you always risk getting a ‘Friday Afternoon Special’.

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        in reply to: Quarter 3 hopes? #281791
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          Simple – an electric estate big enough to carry all our mobility equipment. I know the Pug 308 and Astra are already on the list, but their range is piss poor. It’s too early for the VW ID7 tourer, but the ID7 hatchback would be good. Oh, and fewer silly (i.e. £8k) advance payments.

           

          Enyaq is huge, that’s a massive boot for not a huge AP even for a good spec AWD.

          Something with a raised driving position, electrically adjustable seats, electric boot, auto and cruise for less than the seemingly compulsory £4k AP would be nice.

          Ioniq 5 Ultimate ticks all those boxes and you can get the tech pack and still have change from 4 grand, heck you can get the range topping Namsan Edition for less than that.

          Im liking the look of being able to pull the car out of a parking space before getting in it, It wasnt top of my list, but I think it might be now, though I like the Scenic range and the infotainment.

          Yeah, it’s not needed often because I mostly use disabled spaces but there’s been a couple of times where I got boxed in and couldn’t open my door fully, pressing a few buttons on the remote and the car is accessible.  The poor guy in the car on the passenger side was half dozing whilst waiting for his Mrs, then the car beside him moved in its own, safe to say he was fully conscious rapidly. 😂😂

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          in reply to: Quarter 3 hopes? #281786
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            Something with a raised driving position, electrically adjustable seats, electric boot, auto and cruise for less than the seemingly compulsory £4k AP would be nice.

            Ioniq 5 Ultimate ticks all those boxes and you can get the tech pack and still have change from 4 grand, heck you can get the range topping Namsan Edition for less than that.

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            in reply to: Quarter 3 hopes? #281720
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              I’d like to see Mercedes see the error of their egos and have the EQA at a reasonable price.  I’d like to see the Mach E with a wider range availability.

              Potentially an unpopular opinion but I don’t think I’d be so gracious if the Ioniq 5 dropped significantly again 😂😂

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              in reply to: The governments green paper on PIP #279496
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                Labour are looking at getting those on long term disability because they can’t get the help off disability by ensuring the help is there.  That’s different to the Conservative version of some mental health conditions are just excuses.

                I’m all for reducing the amount of claimants if the people genuinely don’t need it.  I’m pretty sure all is us would happily give up the benefit because we can do everything we should be able to do.  So if you’ve 2 knackered knees, 2 replacements would improve your chances of getting around.  If you have debilitating anxiety it’d be much better for you to undergo treatment to reduce and then provide coping strategies so you can look back at when you had anxiety.

                That’s a huge improvement over removing your PIP and giving you a series of therapy sessions, probably a fixed number of sessions then leaving you to it.

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                in reply to: The governments green paper on PIP #279463
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                  As a green paper it’s just research for the government.  That government has gone, if the election goes the way it’s expected (and we all know that’s not guaranteed) then it’ll be sat in the file labelled never gonna happen.

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                  in reply to: These electric cars can’t go far #279453
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                    So I know range drops noticeably when doing more than 70mph, is there a marked difference from 60-65 and 65-70?

                     

                    In short, yes.  Purely based on energy and resistance it’s clear the faster you go, the more energy you have to use.

                    Depending upon the car you have, its aerodynamics and its mechanical efficiencies you’ll see anything from a few miles more to tens of miles extra just by cutting your speed to 65 from 70.  You’d get similar results by cutting again to 60 but there’s a compromise between efficiency and the time of your journey.  For example, I got 243 miles out of my Ioniq 5 on a run with some in reserve and was driving at the relevant speed limit.  I could have pushed that by going at 60 all the way but I’d have arrived late.

                     

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                    in reply to: Mercedes-Benz now on Motability Scheme #279158
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                      Having had a look through the EQA specs, it’s an interesting offer.

                       

                      Positives are that it offers the 4Matic on the scheme, with the range reduction that goes with it.

                      For an AP of £7,999 you don’t get:

                      • HUD
                      • Electric front seats
                      • Ventilated front seats
                      • uprated sound system
                      • 360 camera
                      • Keyless-Go
                      • Wireless Phone charging

                      The much hated safety features, plus some useful ones are a £1495 extra, that’s for Blind spot assist, active distance assist (automatic cruise control), Active lane keep and steering, Pre-Safe system.

                      I honestly can’t see why this is going on anybody’s wish list unless they’re after the badge.  There’s a host of cars on the scheme that offer so much more equipment in a well built environment but without the badge or the AP, the Ioniq 5 Ultimate, Ariya, BZ4X, EV6, Enyaq, ID4/5, Lexus UX probably the e3008 and a good few others.  Some of which you’ll save all £7,999 of your AP.

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                      in reply to: Ioniq 5 saga #279144
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                        Believe it or not I’m sticking with an Ioniq 5. I love the car and willing to give it another go.

                         

                        It’s a good car, I’ve not had any trouble with it.  It’s brave to stick after having a bad experience, hopefully you get a good one this time.

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                        in reply to: Motability Scheme Vehicle numbers #279098
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                          Strange that two new manufacturers have joined the scheme just 4 weeks before the next quarter change. It almost seems pointless having these quarter changes given that additions, deletions and changes can, and do, happen on any day.

                           

                          This very thread is a clear demonstration that the quarter appears less significant.  That said, with price changes and model changes, the update of the Motability website takes a while, so there’s still considerable changes made.  Once clear example was Hyundai’s dramatic cuts to the Ioniq 5 APs in April, they could have done that gradually over the months but it happened all at once on a quarter change.

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                          in reply to: Ioniq 5 saga #279084
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                            That’s one thing Hyundai aren’t doing at all well.  There’s a lot of stories on various owners groups where a car is stuck for months on end waiting for a part that should be held in stock somewhere.  What’s worrying is that it’s not the same part, so you can’t simply put it down to a supply issue, just an unwillingness to hold parts.

                            What’s the new car?

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                            in reply to: Mercedes-Benz now on Motability Scheme #278948
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                              There has been a very long list of posts giving some detail of an impending return to the scheme for Mercedes.  Usually these threads are pretty much automatically deleted now until Motability lists them.

                              Motaclarity are stating Mercedes said June 1st for a return to the scheme.  It may be worth checking their site for any details until Motability confirm.

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                              in reply to: These electric cars can’t go far #278934
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                                You call that a little drive Mark? I wouldn’t like to accompany you on a long one then 🙂

                                Yeah, maybe little should have been more obviously sarcastic.  😁  Bizzarely that distance would only have seen us get a toe into Scotland should we have gone north.

                                 

                                Excellent write up mate!

                                Thanks mate, I know of a few who have posted such journeys on social media just to get the usual anti EV nonsense.  We all just try and demonstrate that with the modern batteries and charger availability such a journey wasn’t impossible.

                                Just to note, Fleet services is the most northern on the M3, so the first coming out of London via the M3.  This Saturday had the FA cup final, European Heineken Cup final, Chelsea Flower Show and something going on around Buckingham Palace,  so leaving London around 6pm and hitting the services around 7ish, it wasn’t quiet.  There were still 3 or 4 Tesla chargers and 2 other chargers free after I started my charge.  When we left there were 4 non-Tesla chargers available plus mine.  When the services themselves were very busy I still managed to drive in, spot the bank of chargers and get a charge started.

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                                in reply to: Picking/Choosing #278924
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                                  If it was I 5.2l v8 I’d be very interested 🤣

                                  I didn’t know you’d got your own oil refinery! 🤪

                                   

                                  I saw one of the later 5.0s on the M25 last week, 3 cars infront of it was a very early one.  The old one was half as high, much smaller but definitely the car we’d all have chosen.

                                   

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                                  in reply to: Picking/Choosing #278880
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                                    Take a breath, stand back from the search for a while and then start again.

                                    List your essential needs, then any needs you could compromise on and finally any features you would like but don’t need.

                                    Then go through all the options, all the cars listed.  Compare spec to your list.  Which ones are best fitting?  Look at several YouTube reviews of them, try the same reviewer if you can but definitely several reviews per car.  If you want to look at user feedback, remember you’ll see all the gripes and only a few positive posts, it’s human nature and, therefore you’ll see a worst case view.

                                    Then test drive them, ask about delivery times and make your decision.  Then forget about it!!!! The worst thing to do is continue your research, there’s too many choices between good cars, the differences aren’t that big and you could really be happy with any of about a dozen EVs on the scheme.

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                                    in reply to: all electric next #278237
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                                      As said a standard install is part of the Motability package.  They say a standard install is through one wall and up to 15m of cable and attach the charger to an existing wall.  Anything beyond standard is for you to pay and Ohme will expect their installers to do the whole job, so you’re paying their prices even if you could get some done cheaper.

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                                      in reply to: EVs and Tyre Changes #277965
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                                        The usual cause of tyre wear in EVs is the torque when accelerating from stand still or near standstill if that acceleration is quite rapid.  If it’s normal to pull out of a junction with a plan to be hitting the same speed as the rest of the traffic in a very short distance, then that usually causes wear on the accelerating wheels.  Weight and regen won’t wear down the tyre in themselves.

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                                        in reply to: 1st Charge Today Instavolt #277685
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                                          Many of these companies will reserve a pre-authorisation fee.  This can build up if you’re traveling a lot in a short time, like a weekend away.  However, there are cards that can help.   The Motability Go charging card, the Electroverse card and a few others will charge your credit/debit card once and then use that for future payments but without the pre-authorisation taking a chunk out of your bank.  Imagine going for a bank holiday away where you end up charging 4 times, that’s £180 that’ll be unavailable but will be released again in a few days after the bank holiday.

                                           

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                                            This is the reasoning behind the APs on BEVs as well.  If you want to push a  particular type of car, it’s better value for the manufacturer to offer £10k discounts to the big leasing companies and Motability are the biggest.  That then is transferred to the customer by smaller monthly payments or advance payments in our case.

                                            The alternative method is much more risky, simply don’t offer petrol/diesel models.  Ford are announcing reductions in their range thus ensuring either the whole number or the bigger percentage runs in their favour.

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                                            in reply to: Green paper review of pip system #277270
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                                              The timescale is unlikely.  This is a green paper and will be open for consultancy until July, not long after that Parliament has it’s summer break until September.  If Sunak drags his heals as much as he possibly can, Parliament will dissolve on the 17th December, if an election is called before then (and popular belief is November) then we’re looking at no more legislation to be passed  6 weeks before the date of the next election.  That could well mean the White paper that must follow the green paper needs to be issued before recess for the summer and a bill written up for September submission, debate and vote in the Commons, then scheduled, debated and voted in the Lords, with 1st and 2nd readings and all the ceremony, it’s unlikely to be squeezed in that timescale.

                                               

                                              To be clear, there are disabled people in many groups who are seriously worried by this consultation.  It’s currently a proposed (hopeful) vote winner for the hardliner Conservative supporters to get behind to stop the scroungers.  It’s not intended to be law in the current term and Sunak himself has stated that this is for the next term.

                                               

                                              The ethos is to force those claiming mental health issues to be pushed away from getting extra cash in towards getting help.  The reality is that, if the help were available, most people would have reached out for it.

                                               

                                              We must all respond to the green paper as strongly as possible.  Let’s make this crystal clear that the disabled population are not going to be scapegoated and labelled scroungers by this or any other government.  While there probably are some people that are claiming and not working, where they may be able to work, the reality is that PIP is not a replacement for employment but support for those of us who need it to live a life others consider normal.

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                                              in reply to: Top solar panels 2024 #276967
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                                                Sorry to jump in but are there still grants for installations for those on very limited incomes/vulnerabilities?  I keep looking but all I seem to find are these companies that haven’t existed for long offering a consultation that may result in a grant towards the cost.  I’ve heard too many horror stories about these companies either doing a very shoddy job and causing damage worth more than paying properly in the first place, using junk that needs replacing or is just an eye sore within months or charging an absolute fortune, reducing that by some ‘grant’ and it still costing pretty close to the full cost.

                                                 

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                                                in reply to: How long does it take to get a charger fitted? #276966
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                                                  Pick a number, any number, then decided whether you think that number is weeks or days or months.

                                                   

                                                  From what I’ve seen both here and on Facebook groups then it can be anything from a week to several months and that’s just for standard installs.  Where the installation is more complicated, then that can turn into a rather long time.

                                                   

                                                  If you’re adamant that you want a charger before your delivery, then avoid the cars in stock, as the dealer will want them gone in days/weeks while the charger will take much longer.  However, it is possible to survive either with a granny charger for a limited time and charging much more frequently or charging in the wild, although that’ll prove more expensive.

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                                                  in reply to: Granny chargers #276781
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                                                    I used on for years.  The car I used it with had a smaller battery but it was still the only home charging solution I had.

                                                    Running off a high power rated extension lead, without coils the constant draw of high current generates heat.  I had a new plug socket fitted for it and a replacement one after just over 2 years as the connections were getting just a little loose.

                                                    In that time I had one extension lead melt (hence the last one was rated much higher than the car would ever draw), one plug melt thanks to heat generated over 14 hours as some idiot hung a flower basket on it (I still remind the wife about that).  However, keep it off the floor, be sensible and you should be good.  Just remember your emergency back up could take well over a day to charge your car.

                                                     

                                                    If it was me, I’d only use it to ensure I could get somewhere to charge at a better speed.

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                                                    in reply to: Gonna lose my point free licence lol #276663
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                                                      The Enyaq will let you know when you’re pushing it too far.

                                                      Yes, you’ll adapt, get used to the lack of engine noise and the instant torque based acceleration.  You’ll be fine, at least your licence won’t be picking up a Welsh accent too soon.

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