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  • in reply to: Electric Cars. Stick or twist next time #204873
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      To me, I’m very much undecided.  On one hand you get all the economies of charging at home, the convenience of jumping in to a full ‘tank’ every morning and not having to visit a petrol station to pay out large lumps of cash.

       

      It’s the other hand that causes a bit of confusion for me.  The EVs on scheme aren’t often the top or higher range models OR don’t have the range.  If I can’t drive at 60 for 1 hour 15 minutes, I have to stop before the point where I would usually stop on a journey.  That’s around 110 miles from home to Exeter Services.  After that I may still need further charges depending upon distance traveled.  If I need to have a car capable of a winter 120 miles that means 60kWh minimum, which is either the Ariya (£7,999), ID5 (£6,995) or Enyaq (£5,649).  All of which are the base model and, as far as I can tell, have no additional packs.  The only one with possible pack options is the Ariya, if they’re still on scheme but not listed.  The alternative would be something like the Tucson PHEV Ultimate (£5,599) which has all the toys and more and can get me around town on electric only if I charge every night.  OR there’s the QashQai E-Power Tekna (£3,199), which has a good few toys but 2 miles without petrol on a good day.

       

      The question for me is whether I prefer to pay the AP up front and have pure electric and have to run several stops long distance OR face trips to the petrol station for a lower AP but less stops on a longer run?

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      in reply to: Electric Cars. Stick or twist next time #204869
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        We don’t have an EV, but were really looking forward to getting one on next year. I’m beginning to have doubts, not about general everyday use, we have a drive and home charging should be straightforward. My main issue is the charging infrastructure when you are away from home. I’ve mentioned here a few times, we go to Cornwall from the Northwest 4 times a year and the chargers are just not there in sufficient numbers. If we got an MG5, the motorway range would be 180 miles or less, a journey of 370 miles would see us stop to charge 3 times. Many of the services on the M5 and A30 only have 2 chargers, this is just not good enough. Plus when you get into Cornwall, you’d need to go into Truro or Cambourne every couple of days to charge. Maybe in 5 years when the infrastructure is better or range on an affordable EV is 400 miles.

        Exeter M5 services has a whole row of chargers since Autumn last year.  Cornwall Services have a hub being built although that seems to be on Cornish time.  More McDonalds seem to be getting chargers, as do a number of shops now.  Newquay has a few and more are getting added, although I’ve no idea whether they’re rapids or destination chargers.  That all said, Cornwall is a special place for EVs, if you can’t charge overnight you’ve a problem pretty quickly.

         

        Personally, EVs are much more relaxing to drive, smoother and easier once you get used to them.  If you can drive 200 miles or more on a charge at 60 then you’re going to be fine, there’s enough around even down here for you to be able to get by.

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        in reply to: Skoda Enyaq #204689
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          @kezo My local? Yeomans.

          Pity I was hoping you could take me for a spin when you got your car ? You never know it may have converted me? I thought you already had an ID on order?

          I’m one of those sad individuals who take for ever to make a decision on such purchases.   Given I’ve my own MG ZS right now, I can afford to take my time and get the car that suits my needs best, thus nothing is, as yet, on order.

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          in reply to: Skoda Enyaq #204600
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            @kezo My local?  Yeomans.

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            in reply to: Skoda Enyaq #204597
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              Forgive me if I’m wrong – you need to take the convenience basic package to get privacy glass? I believe MG is now including privacy glass art no extra cost!

               

              It’s insane isn’t it?  A ‘basic’ car for £40 grand and some basics available on much cheaper electric cars simply aren’t there.  However, fit 5 grands worth of pack and you’ll get to what the Ariya had as standard….

              The ID5 seems to have the best combination of range and equipment but I’m struggling to see from the PDF exactly what is standard and what is a pack, so I may be overstating it’s equipment so far.  I feel a trip to the VW dealership might be in order soon, they happen also to be our Skoda dealership as well so I might kill two proverbial birds.

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              in reply to: Part ex #204434
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                As with selling anything you do your homework and you get the best results.  I would strongly suggest looking at a number of sites that will value your car, including Autotrader, We Buy Any Car, Motorway.  Then armed with a price you know you’ll get (allow for WBAC to reduce the value due to condition, they’ll find something unless it’s completely immaculate) you can walk away from the dealer, sell it elsewhere and pay cash for the difference.

                 

                If you choose to sell privately, you’ll get more but it will take more effort and you’ll have to deal with the potential for people to waste your time.

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                in reply to: January 2023 Price Lists #204261
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                  Do you have as strong an opinion on the Vauxhall (French owned) Astra PHEV and the costs associated. Frankly that ‘Datsun’ is a wonderful price of engineering.

                   

                  Let’s not forget the Grandland is the same AP as the Ariya.

                   

                  Having had the e2008 as a courtesy car when the MG has been in for a service, it feels cheap.  Stellantis do have a tendancy of having cars that could feel just that little better if a touch more money was spent on materials.  Whereas ‘Datsun’ have a reputation for building their cars properly.

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                  in reply to: January 2023 Price Lists #204251
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                    Out of the Ariya ID or Enyak, I’d choose the Ariya Although I’d never pay £8k, £222 extra onto of my allowance on a car that I will only have for 3 years and will not be mine. Given the tight ar$e I am, I’d take the MG4, for quarter of the price.

                     

                    If it wasn’t for seat height, I’d agree completely.

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                    in reply to: January 2023 Price Lists #204248
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                      Hi Guys, Looking at the Skoda Enyaq, ID5 and the Nissan Ariya. Trying to work out the best option. I think the Ariya looks like the nicest option (with the Bose pack), as it has the best standard tech vs the rest. ID5 seems OK but has the best range. Any viewpoints from you guys?

                      Ive ordered the Ariya with the tech pack/22 kWh onboard charger before the price increase, when you take into consideration the free ohme charger it took the price down below 6K. I had a good look at the Skoda and the ID5 when the new list came on just in case they were better for my needs. The ID5 looks really good slightly better looking than the Ariya imho and like you say great range but the standard specs are definitely not up to the Ariya, Skoda Enyaq massive inside, boot space far better than the Ariya but the looks really don’t work for me, I know looks are subjective and to me it’s bloody ugly, again spec really not up to the Ariya unless you spend big money on the option packs. so I’ll stick with the Ariya.[/quote]

                       

                      I think I agree.  The Enyaq’s looks are a personal choice, I like the look of a huge estate car but can easily see why it’s not so hot for others.  What is offputting though, is the requirement for a pack to get the sort of standard features the Ariya provides at base level.  With AP and the Pack upgrade you’d need upwards of 12 grand – that’s a big no from most people for a car you’ll have for, at most, 5 years – probably 3.  The ID5 has reasonabl equipment, although the Tech version would be much more suitable, with heated seats (ideal for an EV and really good for those with back issues) and that auto boot opening.   Adding the infotainment pack to the ID5 gives you that augmented heads up display.  However, both VAG models have issues with an infotainment system that is notoriously naff at best.

                      Which drags you back to the Ariya and it’s now £7,999 AP, unless you can still add packs as per last quarter.  The range is acceptable (just) although the 80kWh would be much better, but the equipment is just much, much better as it comes.

                       

                      I think I’ll be having a wonder around the VW garage to see just how clunky the infotainment is and whether the lack of standard features would be an issue (both Enyaq and ID5 have less as standard than my ZS Exclusive which was £20k+ cheaper).  I think the lack of heated seats could be an issue, especially for the Mrs as she has real back issues which are aided by the heat.

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                      in reply to: January 2023 Price Lists #204147
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                        I’m stumped.  ID5 is on scheme at a purchase price of £50k it’s a very expensive EV but comes with a very useful 77kWh battery.

                        What’s not on scheme but could be:

                        KIA Nero EV (from £36k)

                        KIA EV6 (from £44k)

                        KIA Soul EV (£37k)

                        AUDI Q4 Etron (£49k)

                        Hyundai Ioniq 5 (£42k)

                        Hyundai Ioniq 6 (£46k)

                        VW ID4 (£36k)

                        MG5 (£30)

                         

                        And that’s just just those on Scheme already.  Add in the Tesla Y and 3, Volvo XC40 recharge and C40 and the interesting looking Subaru Solterra and you’ve got a huge list of EVs available that can go further than Stellantis’ options.

                         

                        Odd, very odd.  Not sure who’s negotiating for Motability but they need to do better given the list available.

                         

                         

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                        in reply to: Skoda Enyaq #204141
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                          Thanks Mitch.

                          It’s very odd that the different designs are different prices for not a lot of difference (but quite a big price range) then to get the sort of extras you’d expect from a car of that class you’re adding at least £4.5k which for MB customers means you are giving them more than £4k added benefit as they’ll have a much, much better trade in price at the end of your lease.  Doesn’t make sense to me.  I’d rather have either Loft or Suite and then have options for adding the Plus or Advance packages as the plus will contain a lot of features that those with mobility, back or postural challenges would benefit from.

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                          in reply to: Tesla Charging Chaos Sees 3 Hour Wait #203858
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                            I understand the reason people choose EV’s for their cheap motoring miles per Kw/h, but with the ever increasing electricity prices is it even cheaper at the moment when you take into account the cost or AP of an EV. Another thing I don’t get with eco warriors/EV preachers is not once have I heard them say about the carbon foot print it produced before it got to the showroom. In fact for many on the scheme an EV would be more polluting than a standard ICE, when taking into consideration an EV needs to be driven about 30,000 miles before its offset agaisnt the equivulent ICE. Nor is there any though about the extra mining and the pollution it causes in those countries affected, or how many people have lost their homes and towns because they are buried with all the extra rubel or the pollution is that high they have to move away. Its like stop oil protesters turning up in an old fossil fuel banger! But I get it we all see whats best for the individual and in the case of an EV possibly cheaper motoring. When I was working some months I could do stupid miles travelling the length and bredth of the UK. If I had a Vauxhall Vivaro electric I still wouldn’t be home now (exaggerating a bit, but, you get my point) Infact I would do more miles in a week than @Ian does in 3 weeks. ICE cars will remain on our roads well into the 2040’s, hybrids longer. Its worth remembering there is a ban on new car sales, not a ban on those cars already on the roads. Not to mention Police forces already complaining they are running out of battery power before the end of the shift. @Dumfiesdik you have let your side down saying “And assuming car manufacturers still make antiquated engines and there is oil for them!” A. even if aniquated engines are not made, they will still wildly be seen in cars on our roads and as for oil it will be here long after we have gone. Who know’s EV’s may well be the dirty word in the near future, with the uptake of another fuel source coming along. You never know cars may become the transport for the rich, MB may become a thing of the past leaving s all to use public transport or even walk if we can. There is too many variables currently of what could or could not happen., but untill then I will not be forced or preached to having something that currently doesn’t suit my lifestyle. Who knows one day I may be seen driving an EV or H car, when and if my circumstances change. Thank you. A wise man many years ago once said to me: it is better to see both sides of the argument and understand the opposing points of view , than be stuck up your own ar$e thinking only your point matters ?

                             

                            I’ll try and answer points made:

                             

                            Cost, it’s difficult to compare right now. With public charging hitting silly prices and domestic electricity varying from not much to lots, there’s too many variables.  You can get the lower e2008 for not much up front (comparatively) or a hybrid Astra for £7500.  However, I will say that if you can’t charge at home or work, you will struggle to get good value out of an EV.

                            There’s a lot of FUD from both sides around environmental impacts of both types of vehicle.  For example the new Fisker is using a lot of recycled materials so comparing that to a diesel model that’s been built for years would be incredibly favourable for the EV.  Battery materials are the same as phones, laptops and other rechargable units, just in bigger quantities per vehicle.  However, I’d still argue that reality is much less horrific than the media portrays but worse than the most extreme EV preacher would admit.

                             

                            An electric van needs, in my opinion much better than Stellantis give them.  A 75 kWh battery would make such a difference but you are right, currently they’re not an option for those who travel long distances.

                             

                            I hope I’m being fair, it’s easy to preach that dino fuel is the devil and will run out (it won’t any time soon) or that EVs are much cheaper and much better to run, and locally they really are.

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                            in reply to: Tesla Charging Chaos Sees 3 Hour Wait #203854
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                              I thought I’d share my experience.  I have a MG ZS EV, the Mk1 with 163 miles around town in summer (maybe more if it’s warm enough), which reduces to 115 at 65ish mph.  There’s also the winter reduction, which brings around town to about 120 miles and I’d dread to think what a flat 60mph would see.  I can charge at home but only on the granny charger, which takes about 14 hours from dead.   Living in Cornwall means 2 things, anywhere worth going is a long way away (Exeter is 100 miles and is our nearest bit of motorway) the infrastructure gets updated in accordance with upcoming season, which means lots gets shut down for the winter and if you were planning on charging at a holiday attraction, you’d best make sure they haven’t shut the gates.

                               

                              Usual daily driving is perfect.  I get up, take daughter to school, can go shopping or whatever I want around town. We can go for days out locally or even short trips to the beach.  However, once we get to wanting to go any distance, I have to plan, and that distance isn’t really far enough.  We went to Paignton zoo last year, a round trip of about 95ish miles, so a charge was needed but there’s only a Lidl charger near the zoo and everything else was quite a trek.  So we got there, queued and had a ‘discussion’ about who arrived first before getting to charge, with 2 excited kids waiting outside a shop isn’t fun.  Got to the zoo, saw what we needed and came home, stopping at Cornwall Services for a final ‘guarantee getting home’ top up, had to wait, again, as one charger was completely broke.

                              Here’s the limitation.  If I wanted to go anywhere beyond 50ish miles I need to think in advance, the car needs to be fully charged and I need to allow time to drive a little slower.  If I want to go that little further, I need to plan charging and have a backup in mind, which isn’t easy down here.  In the winter we pretty much are trapped in county and charge twice a week, even if we have to go to the local hospital (14 miles away).

                               

                              All is not lost though, cars with such a low range are fewer now. Most are city cars not expected to go anywhere near a motorway.  However, the Stellantis offerings with the 50kWh batteries are still close enough to the 45 I have that doesn’t offer a solution.  The only car on scheme right now that does is the hugely expensive Ariya, which is a beautiful car but at nearly 10 grand isn’t an ongoing option.  We need the likes of the Kona or the lowest spec Fisker on scheme just to offer a mini SUV sized vehicle that is accessible but can still go far enough to not suffer the restrictions I currently endure.

                               

                              I have had the pleasure of an 8 month spell of free motoring, thanks to supermarket and retail centre charging, I have enjoyed cheap motoring for the rest of the time thanks to low electricity costs and free charging. Now electricity has gone up, charging at home cuts into our already limited budget and charging in Tesco has a price to it, it’s become much closer to an efficient mini SUV PHEV or petrol.  My next car could well be the new Nissan E-Power, whether that’s Qashqai or X-Trail, I’m not yet sure.

                               

                              I love the concept of EV driving, I actually feel that it’s keeping me safer on the roads as one pedal driving has reduced the pain I encounter.  I’m just not sure all the benefits that were clear and obvious 18 months ago are so now.  I do know I’d need a car capable of getting me to 130 miles at 65/70mph in the winter, which means a 250ish range in summer around town.  Charging at home is so much easier than having to visit a petrol station but charging in public has become so much more expensive and in some cases the petrol is cheaper.

                               

                               

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                              in reply to: Obscene profits #203745
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                                AtoB_Dude, whilst I agree with a lot of your comments, I can’t see competition being particularly helpful.  One scheme having Nissan while another Stellantis, while another KIA/Hyundai, etc., leaving us customers, some of which really only want to be told what vehicle suits them best so they can get on with life and can’t deal with making multiple visits to dealers to compare cars then find one is on a different scheme.

                                 

                                What might well be helpful is this being brought to the attention of someone like Martin Lewis or Watchdog or similar (or all) and bring pressure to bear.  I’m sure a story like ‘disability funding drawn off to make huge profits’ would peak their interest.

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                                in reply to: Tesla Charging Chaos Sees 3 Hour Wait #203726
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                                  OOH waiting times get stupid around the point in the year where half the country decide they’re travelling.  Shock.

                                   

                                  Oh wait, anybody with any sense would have seen this coming and anybody with any interest in EVs has seen nothing else since.

                                   

                                  Yes, EV infrastructure is still growing and as uptake in the vehicles continues to grow will need to play catch up well into the next decade.  However, there’s no way demand can be met when you look at one off demand like the Christmas exodus.  You’d need thousands of chargers that would barely see any use for 360 days per year and then be busy for the other 5.

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                                  in reply to: Obscene profits #203721
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                                    One Billion Pound annual profit in a non profit organisation?  That’s pretty clever stuff.  I know there’s been an interesting formation between limited companies and the charity but if statute requires 100% of Ltd profits to be transferred to the charity, that’s more grants for those who can’t afford the APs currently…

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                                    in reply to: Q 1 predictions #203415
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                                      What would be good to see, is manufacturers putting higher spec vehicles back on the scheme. Personally I would have liked to have seen the Qashqui E-power or X Trail E-power/E-4orce in Tekna trim join. The only down side is, we are still getting stupidious AP’s

                                       

                                      The QashQai Tekna is coming in January according to knowledgeable sources.   Not sure the X-Trail will follow suit.

                                      The issue with manufacturers adding higher spec is that they can sell these at full price quite easily, which would you rather do?  Plus where do you think APs will go on them?

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                                      in reply to: Q 1 predictions #203334
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                                        you’ll be ordering in January to pick up 18 months later.

                                        Think the electric revolution is rightly delayed, we have another combustion car to go methinks! Sadly*

                                         

                                        I currently drive a ZS EV and the one pedal driving is amazing to help with issues aro0und twisting legs to switch between pedals.  The issue is that the current offering are mostly 50kWh batteries, good for barely 100 miles in the cold.  I’d much rather have something nearer 200 in cold and 250-300 in summer without paying out ten grand for the Ariya, as nice a car as that is.

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                                        in reply to: Q 1 predictions #203324
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                                          Q1 predictions, just to drag it back on topic…

                                           

                                          APs still increasing, waiting times being long.  I’d like to see both the cheaper Fisker (not Q1) and BYD coming on scheme.  I’d love to see a couple more EVs on scheme with batteries beyond 60kWh but even then you’ll be ordering in January to pick up 18 months later.

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                                          in reply to: Q 1 predictions #203322
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                                            A 40kWh battery on a car that powerful is nuts. There’s no need for all that power but there’s a lot of need for more capacity. I doubt they’ll be particularly successful at that price, considering all their competition will go further, even if slightly less abruptly.

                                            I not aware of any other PHEV that will theoretically do any where near 93 miles in EV mode. Coming from a racing family I like power, but, with all the extra weight (power to weight ratio) is not all that great as @Glos Guy pointed out. earlier.

                                             

                                            I did miss the PHEV bit, I must admit and 40kWh on a PHEV then becomes excessive weight.  Either, do it right and lose the engine altogether or do it right and reduce battery capacity and, thus, excess weight.  That has to be a monster carrying two full power systems.

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                                            in reply to: New vehicle payment increase £750 #203308
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                                              I see this as a very positive move but I can see that anything other than a repayment becomes very complicated.

                                               

                                              Currently: You pay any AP due, MB pays the manufacturer the rest and you have a car.

                                              Future:

                                              Option 1 (as planned):  You pay the AP due (remembering this could be less than £750), MB pays the manufacturer and sends you a payment for £750.

                                              Option 2 (reduce AP):  You pay the AP less £750, MB pays the manufacturer the negotiated value less the full AP.  MB then pays the £750 when they have identified you are eligible for the NCB.  The manufacturer needs to tie together 3 payments for one car – unhappy admin at manufacturer.

                                              Option 3 (assuming we all get the NCB) You pay the AP less 750, MB pays whatever is owed that isn’t the AP you paid in one lump.

                                               

                                              Option 3 effectively reduces the AP by £750 but the actual AP would need to be advertised, which means you look on the website find (for example) a Hyundai Tuscan for £5399 AP and discount it because that’s over you £5k budget but you go into a Hyundai dealership and test drive looking at the next model down (which may not have a critical feature)  the salesman then throws a lot of waffle at you which includes that MB pay £750 towards you AP, so you can afford the higher model.  You don’t quite trust a salesman (shock?), try phoning MB who are their usual busy selves so you ask on here or FB.  Still not sure on what is right, you continue to search for something suitable you can afford.   The Advert needs to show what you pay, in worst case, remembering what they give MB can easily take away.

                                               

                                              At least with the current, although delayed version, you can pay the full amount knowing the £750 is coming back and budgeting accordingly.

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                                              in reply to: Q 1 predictions #203305
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                                                The WEY Coffee 01 is likely coming to the UK and I would like to see it on the scheme, with an under 2k AP, Wishful thinking I know ? Wey Coffee 01 spearheads Chinese brand’s UK launch Luxury SUV will offer 93 miles of pure EV range with a total power output of 469bhp The Coffee 01 will begin its life in the German market and be priced from the equivalent of £48,214. Its 40kWh battery offers an electric range of 93 miles and Wey claims a total system output of 469bhp, making the Coffee 01 more powerful than the Volkswagen Touareg R PHEV. A 0-62mph time of five seconds and 146mph top speed is quoted.

                                                 

                                                A 40kWh battery on a car that powerful is nuts.  There’s no need for all that power but there’s a lot of need for more capacity.  I doubt they’ll be particularly successful at that price, considering all their competition will go further, even if slightly less abruptly.

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                                                in reply to: HELP PLEASE #203046
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                                                  If you’re on Facebook hunt out the ‘Motability Advice and Special Offers Group’, they have a number of dealers who may have something you want available sooner rather than later.  I’d give up with whatever order you think you have but check with Motability if you’ve an order in progress for something and, if so, what.  Then see if something is coming up sooner than that..

                                                   

                                                  Good luck.

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                                                  in reply to: Grant award #203035
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                                                    It’s very much like any grant application,  if you look at it from their point of view, you need to very clearly why it is in their interest to give you more money than minimally necessary.

                                                     

                                                    I would start off by we need a car in X category, so we went to every dealership that offered one on scheme and test drove them.  The Karoq was the only one that offered the seats that meant my wife could sit in without suffering with back issues.  The one we test drove was a higher spec than base and, in our opinion, would be the spec we would require for seat comfort, adjustibility and (pick an exclusive, convenience based feature that requires this spec, like auto tail gate…) for maximum benefit and to make the car fully suitable to both her current needs and likely degeneration of her condition over the next 3 years.

                                                     

                                                    As said, being firm guides them to your conclusion and being polite with it increases the likelihood of them agreeing.

                                                     

                                                    Good luck.

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                                                    Mark

                                                    in reply to: New Nissan X Trail #202526
                                                    MFillingham
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                                                      I’m very curious to see how this X Trail drives, and just what ‘instant torque’ feels like in an SUV. I can’t quite get my head around the one pedal dealing with acceleration and breaking, but i’m staying open minded about that.

                                                      It takes a while to get used to how one pedal driving works but once you’re there you’ll only want cars with it.  If you’re one of those who accelerate hard and brake late, you’ll struggle, for the rest of us who brake gradually then it’s as easy as press to go, lift to slow down.  Some EVs will have variable rates which can do pretty much everything bar and emergency stop.

                                                       

                                                       

                                                      Apparently from a facebook group the new X-Trtail will be available in Acenta Premium and N-Connecta trims with both E-Power and e-4orce 4WD with APs ranging from £2,899 to £3,899 and will be on scheme from the 15th.

                                                      I'm Autistic, if I say something you find offensive, please let me know, I can guarantee it was unintentional.
                                                      I'll try to give my honest opinion but am always open to learning.

                                                      Mark

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