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  • in reply to: Recommendations for EV’s please #275974
    MFillingham
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      To be fair I did consider an EV and was put off by what I was seeing and reading and if it is a Motability car then the Depreciation factor is ok if I was buying no way would I as they are now losing so much money and some dealers do not want them. I am not here to dissuade people but just make them aware that for around town they are great but so is the Hybrid whid has the best of both worlds. Now if it was a plug in Hybrid I would not bother and go for an EV but my own choice I am happy I not need to have any Anxiety of having to charge.Another thing is I also think some car dealers and even Motability are plugging the EV and some dealers saying they have these EV’S ready to go and that can be enticing to some it was tried on me but I stuck with a factory petrol Hybrid and so chuffed I did.

       

      You are aware manufacturers have targets for zero emission vehicle sales now?  It’s getting to the point where for every 4 ICE and Hybrid, 1 BEV needs to be sold and when private sales are repressed by fears of depreciation and the FUD spread over social media and the press, then lease companies are getting great deals.  Motability are the biggest lease company in the country, if you’re desperately trying to get your quota up, where else do you give substantial discounts and incentives?

      Current stats are putting EV drivers changing back to ICE at something around 2% and a big proportion of those are Motability customers returning cars after issues getting a charger installed or refusal to install the charger.  There’s got to be something in that.

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      in reply to: Recommendations for EV’s please #275966
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        Ha Ha did not take long for the EV Evangelist to come out of there holes it is a religion they will come up with lots of nonsense and after so may years why did we not have EV cars because there was way back when we had combustion engines but it did not work and it is being proved now many cars that you may buy EV are not worth anything someone was quoted that if you had damage to an EV or replacement batteries it is cheaper to scrap them and now insurance companies are really seeing the light of day with this so it is comming to an end the EV hype and good riddance.

         

        I think there’s plenty of nonsense on both sides.  What I’m struggling with is why you feel the need to dissuade someone who has already decided that they want to look at an EV?

        In short, there’s only, so far, been one person passing off fiction as fact.  If you have decided that you want to stick with petrol or hybrid, good for you.  Why you feel the need to post when someone asks about EVs I simply don’t understand.  You’ll not find me posting on a thread asking about a hybrid SUV and telling them they’ve got it all wrong.

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        in reply to: Recommendations for EV’s please #275963
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          To be honest EV are no good only if you want to charge at home as the infrastructure is crap no covers when it is raining, heavy cables for disabled and not wheelchair friendly if you have one for long journeys having to hang around waiting for charging when filling up with petrol or Diesel fuel is done in 5 mins, who wants this I do not and now that car manufacturers are seeing we do not want them the likes of Tesler are now laying off there workforce most have now see the light they are not the future are more toxic that combustion engine cars which are now euro 6-7 and now we have other fuels being thought of and like my Hybrid which can recharge itself and you can fill up within a few mins it is great.

           

          What!? Have you never queued for petrol?  I know I have, many times in fact.  At best you’re labelling all public infrastructure with the faults of the worst case, at worst you’re either passing on FUD spread by others with no clue what they’re on about or your just saying stuff with no clue.

          Some public chargers can be difficult for wheelchair access, some can have long queues on busy days but in both cases there are solutions.  If there are long queues, then there will almost definitely be someone around willing to help a wheelchair user to charge if required.  Unless you’re travelling overnight, there’s usually others around and we’re quite a helpful bunch, someone will step up if they see someone struggling.

           

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          in reply to: Indicators #275917
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            Strangely enough, it seems indicator-less Merc, Audi and BMW owners are now being replaced by……
            TESLA OWNERS (Assume no Tesla owners here so no offence caused!)
            I nearly feinted on Wednesday as I was let out of junctions twice in one trip by Tesla drivers, one a Model S one looked like the Y.

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            in reply to: Recommendations for EV’s please #275915
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              Hyundai and, therefore KIA are awesome at actually achieving the given range.  The Kona and Nero can both be had in budget in EV guise.  If you can find one with a heat pump included that’ll help the cold weather range.  The EV6 is bigger and more expensive, the Ioniq 5 can be had in budget but will be base spec unless you find a really good offer.

              Peugeot are now offering the e3008 which has the bigger 73kWh battery and will do all you want.

              The Enyaq from Skoda will do all you need but the winter range might be a bit tight, it depends how you drive.  You’d definitely need the 85 Edition and you’d get a Great Dane in that boot.

              If this is your first Motability car, you’ll be entitled to the £750 new car bonus, which can either be paid directly to the dealership and reduce your input to the advance payment or to your bank.

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              in reply to: Indicators #275910
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                I wouldn’t worry about indicators seeming brighter than headlamps to the driver because of sign reflection. Got to remember that headlamps are focused to illuminate a specific area while indicators are supposed to be seen from any angle/direction

                Yes, I wasn’t particularly worried by the reflection other than when I was 4th or 5th in a queue and my indicator was still shining brightest.  Then on the home trip there was a small Ford with a little orange blip on the inside of the headlight that I simply missed as I passed it.

                It’s not a problem around these parts as folk can’t use the indicators while holding the steering wheel in one hand and the phone in the other and sort of explains why there are traffic jams when there’s not a lot of traffic. ???

                . I guess you got bigger problems than whether someone decides to let you know where they might be going.

                 

                It does seem that the LED options have given the manufacturer’s a great opportunity to have small lights that are much brighter.  I still like the progressive lights, as started by the likes of Audi and the front indicator on the Ariya that starts at the bottom of that huge LED strip and works up and across the front.

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                in reply to: Recommendations for EV’s please #275907
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                  What else do you need? Size? Boot capacity? Tech? Most importantly budget?

                  There’s a good few available.  Does your 250 need to be a winter range?  The ranges tend to shrink due to a combination of chemistry and using heaters.

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                  in reply to: Indicators #275752
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                    I’ve noticed that many new cars with LED headlights have daytime running lights or dipped beams that either turn off completely or dim down to highlight the indicators. On our Mazda CX-60, the indicators are integrated into the daytime running light. When we indicate, these turn off, and the bright orange light pulses. This can be seen more clearly at night on street signs where the orange reflection is brighter than our extremely bright Matrix LED lights. In contrast, older-style cars have indicators that are difficult to see.

                    Yes, I noticed the other night that mine was reflecting off road signs even with my headlights on.  What worried me more was that I also noticed the reflection off mine as I started indicating at the back of a rather lengthy queue of cars, all with lights on, some even indicating themselves.

                     


                    @Ioniq
                    , I’m not getting into the fitted but never used discussion.  There’s far too many to offend with that one.

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                    in reply to: RAC or Škoda Assist? #272923
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                      I’d definitely start with RAC, see if they can give you a response time.  If it’s going to be a long time, try Skoda Assist.  Whoever comes first wins!!

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                      in reply to: The Search Begins! #272723
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                        @Glos_Guy please don’t take this as a dig.

                        Driving with Regen is a new skill.  Once learnt it’s a part of driving that’s as second nature as changing your speed of acceleration.  Currently the accelerator is a pedal which just adjusts the speed of going quicker.  If you change that thought process you get this:

                        There’s a point where pressing the accelerator is a neutral place, not accelerating nor decelerating.  That’s where you coast.  Above that, regen kicks in and you slow down (how quickly depends upon degree of regen selected) below that you gain speed.  From stop pressing the accelerator a little harder than you currently would gives you a ‘normal’ acceleration.  Once going you can hold the pedal for a constant speed, lift it slightly to slow and a little more to coast.  Lift it further and you slow quicker and (depending upon level selected) lifting your foot entirely is like braking.  To brake harder you can then use the brake pedal.

                        As I have said before, it’s a different way of driving that takes some getting used to but, once you’re there, it’s an easier way of driving.

                        From outside the car I’m driving perfectly normally, I can slow for corners, coast up to junctions and decelerate with the traffic, it’s just that I’ve not touched the brake pedal in doing so.

                        Again, I’m not trying to offend, nor teach granny any egg sucking. I’m just hope that this helps someone get their head around the difference.

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                        in reply to: The Search Begins! #272712
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                          I would be surprised if there was none available.  I’d also expect either a distinct option (B mode) or some form of level settings.  I’d also expect most hybrids to have some permanently activated, although much milder than for the bigger batteries.

                           

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                          in reply to: Two tier motability scheme. #272664
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                            Here’s my thoughts on V2G:

                             

                            1 the technology is rather rare right now.  There will be a huge step between where we are now and need to be both in terms of vehicles and chargers.  Once technology has jumped that gap, it’ll be a while before Motability are in a position to either offer new chargers (capable of V2G) or the vehicles.

                            2 I can’t see V2G chargers being cheap any time soon.  Given the efficiency advantages, they’re going to command a premium.  Will Motability pay that premium?

                            3 V2G benefits the home supply at the expense of the vehicle’s stored capacity.  I’m struggling to see how that fits into Motability’s aim of helping disabled people stay mobile and independent.

                            So, I’m very doubtful that V2G will be a no cost charger option for Scheme customers for a very long time.  I can’t see manufacturers offering these vehicles at bargain prices once the charging capabilities are available at mass pricing.

                            If there’s anything Motability should be looking at it’s helping customers unable to charge at home to find solutions for getting cables to cars, whether that’s Kerbocharge or similar, the boom arms or something else.

                            I like the idea of having a prepaid card option for charging as an alternative to the home charger, especially with the vast additional costs of public charging.

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                            in reply to: The Search Begins! #272661
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                              Nice review, great level of detail.

                              I think the issue with regen is not having experience of how it works and the number of options available a day is not enough to get used to it.  I understand that getting used to something shouldn’t be a part of driving but it is part of owning an EV and, once you’re used to it, can be a helpful tool.  I’ve had it for several years now, so have the opposite problem, I get in a car without it and I find pressing the brakes far too hard for what I’m used to doing.

                              It’s interesting that you feel the software is a step backwards.  I do worry about how auto software is heading in a direction that’s almost in conflict with the simple principle of driving safely.  Does anyone have a ‘change this whilst driving’ test?

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                              in reply to: EV’s How long is your range #272497
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                                Yes there’s a pano roof on the Namsan Edition.  I have driven an AWD I5 but most of what I’ve heard has been along the kind of the little bit if extra grip isn’t worth the reductions in the Frunk/Froot and efficiency.

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                                in reply to: EV’s How long is your range #272451
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                                  This thread is very interesting, but for it to make any real sense it would help if everyone could do as @Phaedra has done and state real world range versus quoted range e.g. “Quoted range of 327 at 100% charge, real world Jan to March 220”. Miles per kWh means absolutely nothing to me ?

                                  Miles per kWh is pretty much miles per gallon for the EV world.  It measures efficiency, a much more realistic test of what it costs to drive the car, rather than which manufacturer can squeeze more battery capacity in/under their cars.  I always work out what I’m actually getting per charge by multiplying the miles/kWh by the charge quantity rather than what the Guess-O-Meter reads.  My last charge was 70.8 kWh and I was averaging 3.4 m/kWh before that recharge.  That means from 90% down to nearly empty I did 240.72 miles in a mixture of short trips around town and a few longer ones either on country roads or dual carriageways.

                                  This measure quite realistically with a 100% use at 263 miles range.  As things warm up, I’d expect nearer 300-320 miles which means 4.1m/kWh and a 90% range of 290 miles.

                                   

                                  WLTP quoted ranges are usually nonsense.  However, Hyundai have a history of getting rather close, if not better than the quoted range.  The original 64kWh Kona was quoted at 320 miles in summer, I was following a thread on an EV chat group where people were getting between 300 and 340 in August and one even managed 380 miles, probably by driving extremely carefully and using every trick in the book to extend range.  The range for the RWD Namsan Edition Ioniq 5 is 296 miles, as you can see I’m not far from that and the temperature is barely in the teens.  At 20-25C I’d would expect well over 300 miles if I ran the car from max to nearly dead. Oh, and I tend to drive comfortably, so air con on in the winter, heated seats (x3) and steering wheel on for most of the time as well.  In the summer, I’m expecting heated seats to become cooled seats and air con on freeze as none of us like being too hot, we’d rather contend with being cold and having to warm up a bit.  I also pre condition every morning I have to take the Mrs to work, so 3 mornings a week it’s air con on and the car going nowhere AND not plugged in.  That’s no good for range.

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                                  in reply to: EV’s How long is your range #272422
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                                    As the temperature improves I’m getting better numbers but I’m still figuring out regen settings.

                                    I’m currently getting between 3.5 and 4.2 m/kWh, I was getting between 2.2 and 3.4 in February.

                                    I’ve found, so far, that max regen is great around town but I need to drop it to 3 for country roads and 1 for dual carriageway & motorway driving.  I had a clear run Monday and in 8 miles on country roads driving ‘aggressively’ I was still getting 3.6 m/kWh?

                                    So, total range seems to be around 245- 320 and it’s not summer yet. ?

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                                    in reply to: BEV purchasing process, including charger install. #271815
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                                      You definitely want it in before the car arrives.  The difference in cost between public and home charging is huge.

                                      If you’re lucky install can take a few weeks to get organised and done, if you’re less lucky it may take months.  Then there’s that trick where Ohme decide they can’t install it or it’s a non-standard installation.  Either way, I’d want to know before putting my pin in.

                                      I’d get it started now, it hurts nobody just sat there and, if there’s any issues you have time to get them sorted without any time pressure.

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                                      in reply to: Ioniq 5 Shooting star grey #271785
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                                        Yes, bizarrely the fancy paint will cost less to look after.  What you can use is what they call a hydrophobic coating.  Many come in polishes but some are just that and Halfords have one you can put in a foam bottle for a pressure washer and simply spray on, rinse off and the car beads like it’s got a posh polish.  I think it’s an autoglym one.

                                        I wash and protect mine just through the washer as I can’t bend and apply pressure to hand wash, it’s a great way of controlling what touches the paint.

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                                        in reply to: Ioniq 5 Shooting star grey #271783
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                                          Oh, the only time you’ll have real fun is if you have a minor scratch, you can’t buff out matte paint so returning anything to perfect is a respray.

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                                          in reply to: Ioniq 5 Shooting star grey #271782
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                                            I was torn between shooting star grey and Teal Green when I got mine, so researched the maintenance for the paint.  It all depends on how much effort you want to put in.

                                            You can get special waxes for matte paint that simply protect the paint if you really want but in reality all you need to do is wash the car with a normal car washing shampoo without any polish/shine additives.

                                            Most dealership paint protection is, at best, overpriced.  If you want lasting protection, go speak to a professional valeter (a proper one who can rejuvenate paint as well as clean a car) and see what they can offer. It might cost more but you can rest assured it’s done properly.  I’ve heard that Motability don’t allow ceramic coatings but have no idea if that’s true or not.

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                                            in reply to: Home audio question, specifically pre-amplifiers #271536
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                                              Well, I’ve gone and done it.  I’ve already received the AMC power amp and plugged it in off the tape out from my computer amp (a Cambridge Audio A5) and plugged it into the P4s.  The sound lifted.  I couldn’t play it for long as there’s no volume control and it wasn’t quiet from the bridged amp but the sound was instantly brighter, more detailed and significantly louder.   The Linn will be with me in the next few days, then it’s just down to setting it all up and seeing just how good the end result is.

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                                              in reply to: BEV purchasing process, including charger install. #271533
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                                                Cable arrived today, sent Royal Mail 24 hour delivery, which means someone posted it in a hurry yesterday.  Anyhow, it’s here and I can charge and keep my 10m cable for public chargers.

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                                                in reply to: Any Ford dealers on here? Mach E question #271532
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                                                  I wonder what would happen if you selected the ‘Send to dealer’ option on the website?  I know they’ll send your details to that dealer but I do wonder if the car follows.

                                                   

                                                  To be fair, the process does confuse me.

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                                                  in reply to: Is electric car cheaper for me? #271530
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                                                    Pod Point are 44p for the 7kW chargers.  Charge my Hyundai charge 26p connection and 62p/kWh for Fastned chargers, saving 7 p/kWh which very quickly covers the connection fee.

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                                                    in reply to: Any Ford dealers on here? Mach E question #271527
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                                                      According to the Ford website, there are 2 reds with tech pack and 1 red and 2 blues without tech pack all available with 1 week delivery, which suggests they’re at the central depot.  Whilst the list your dealer is seeing may be more up to date, there’s also a chance they’re more reluctant to get one for Motability customers?  Definitely worth asking elsewhere (phone up a dealer somewhere else and see what they can get).

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