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  • in reply to: PSA: Renault Megane E-Tech #202313
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      Nice review of the car, I’d be interested in seat height.  I have difficulty standing from sitting so usually go after the SUV type vehicle of which the only electric ones on scheme are either painfully expensive or short ranged.  The next option is either give up on EVs for now or go for something a little lower but still higher than a standard seating position.

       

      APs are the result of high prices and demand. If demand kindly reduces (the government are doing their best to kill that) then the manufacturers will be more minded to keep sales ticking over by giving MB better deals thus reducing our APs.   Whether that’s a 6 month wait or significantly longer is anybody’s guess.

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        Except an old and inefficient engine will be absolutely awful for the planet and local air. To a point, though, I have to agree. There’s little sense scrapping a 3 year old petrol for an EV, it’s hard to justify at 8 or 9 years old but by the time you get to 15 and the engine is getting a bit ‘Trigger’s broom’ and somewhat inefficient, the justification is much, much easier.

        That would mean no classic cars allowed on the roads, Yes cars have gotten alot better, Especially with lead taken out of the fuel and rare alot safer and rust free for longer, but then there’s the size of the engines to consider also. It’s not so black and white as many makeout. Take the nonsense of them closing certain roads and making you drive 3 times the distance to get to your destination and causing more congestion along those routes. It’s all designed IMO to make driving a car so painful you don’t want to do it and lets not forget those restrictions also apply to EV’s, as do the lower enviromental speed limits of 50mph on a motorway or 20mph all over london. Not that many older cars are really on the roads it’s all a scam and to push us in the direction they have decided we must go to save the planet and charge us all more. Everything done so far has made no difference at all and levels still are growing. Net zero I am sure means us having net zero.

        I’m pretty sure a scrappage scheme would be voluntary but if demand for petrol/diesel dwindles into 2050, it’ll become naturally harder to own a classic.  Technology is helping and, to some extent, vehicles are being demonised as a core problem (alongside meat).  I’m pretty sure the long term solution is a return to the commute of 200 years ago OR  an abandoning of offices entirely and only employees who are needed in a specific point will be allowed to travel everyday for work (both of which are a very long way away from now).  What is pressing is the need to reduce certain emissions and their impact on the atmosphere before we all cook and the world population is violently reduced.

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          Yes it’s nonsense, as is the whole drive to EVs on the basis that somehow it’s “Good for the Planet”. Worth remembering that this is very much a Europe and China thing. The rest of the world not so much.

          I think what would help the planet is to keep the current cars we have for as long as possible and not scrapping them for new ones (via scrapage scheme’s) as the footprint of a new car is huge, we should be sticking with the ones already made. That’s not good for the car maker’s profits though. Less sales and bigger profits is better for them, also.

           

          Except an old and inefficient engine will be absolutely awful for the planet and local air.  To a point, though, I have to agree.  There’s little sense scrapping a 3 year old petrol for an EV, it’s hard to justify at 8 or 9 years old but by the time you get to 15 and the engine is getting a bit ‘Trigger’s broom’ and somewhat inefficient, the justification is much, much easier.

           

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            Motability push for EV adoption and yet the AP for anything capable of driving more than 100 miles at 70 in winter is phenomenal.  Add in the requirement for seat height (mini SUV) or an expectation of a decent comfort level and you’re spending nearly £10,000 just to give up your allowance for 3 years, then repeat.  Oh and for APs above a set limit, they’re not showing up on the Motability search, you need to google all manufacturers to see if there’s something available.  For example, you’ll not see the entire DS EV offering or the Ariya.

            Meanwhile, many public charging operators are completely unaware of the requirements for wheelchair users to get close enough to the unit to actually get the cable, assuming they can actually lift and drag that very hefty cable around.

            Work definitely needs doing to make the headline accurate

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            in reply to: Mercedes pulling out of scheme? #201628
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              So it is almost December 2022 and there is still no premium car to be found, I’ve been waiting for over a year to get a hold of a decent car but it doesn’t seem like there are any coming any time soon, I spoke to mercedes they might replace motability cars with just Smart cars which is ridiculous, Audi is back with their A3 with low spec and high AP which no one wants, I guess the wait is on BMW to see if they will at least offer a car that’s not a hatchback.

               

              To be brutally honest, looking at how the APs have been going, we’re going to have to hope the forecasted recession hits the motor industry quite hard, thus we become a favourable and consistent source of turnover at something close to a profitable level for them.  While they can sell cars clear into next year (or beyond) their in no hurry to sell discounted cars to Motability so that we get a Mercedes with just a £1k deposit.

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              in reply to: Cars that have suprised you looks wise. #201622
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                BMW i4 M40 in Immola Red

                 

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                in reply to: benefits from April 2023 #201058
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                  Yes, the agreement with Motability is for all your mobility element of PIP, so if it goes up by 1% or 50% they get that benefit.

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                  in reply to: Dla and pip. #200641
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                    The standard Modus Operandii for this bunch is, prior to a really hard hitting budget, release a bunch of really severe bad news as potential moves they’ll make, then, when the reality is announced it suddenly doesn’t sound ‘that bad’.  Given this is going to have to be big in both additional taxation and cost cutting, there will be some hit pretty bad.

                     

                    I’d not be sitting comfortably if I drove an EV or was middle income.  those struggling will be spared as much as possible as there’s an argument for not wasting the money used to bail people out through Covid, same for small business but those of a size that could ‘survive’ a few extra hardships could find themselves with a huge target, as they couldn’t target the biggest earners too hard, that’s just not Conservative.

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                    in reply to: Fisker Ocean Sport EV #200168
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                      I really like the look of this car, however, I think it’s unlikely it’ll be on the scheme whilst it’s so new.  I’m not sure if they’re taking orders for the lower priced models yet, the initial offering is a special edition.  I’d also wait until  production has happened and they’re in the country before I’d believe viability and pricing.

                       

                      I do hope there’s a model at a good price with those dog windows in the rear and some of the more interesting toys they’ve been releasing images of over the last few months.  It looks an incredibly capable car.

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                      in reply to: Kia Niro EV What’s The Chances On Motability #197981
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                        Going on current trends it’ll possibly show up late next year and will cost far too much.

                         

                        Speaking to a salesman yesterday, KIA are roaming through their sales channels, retail, Motability, Fleet, etc., I’d expect if they do show up, it could well be for a limited number. I’d also expect this to continue until all supply issues are resolved and production can keep up with/exceed demand.

                         

                        I had a look around one while I was chatting yesterday.  With that rear quarter panel in body colour, it doesn’t look as horrendous as a flat black one.  The space in the boot is fantastic and you still get decent range, even if slightly less than it’s predecessor.

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                          I’m not convinced the reduction in new cars is entirely down to supply chain problems.  When people who were used to getting a new car for minimal AP are now expected to have over £1,000 for the same standard of car they currently have, they may well be forced out of the scheme.  Likewise potential new customers will look at the APs and will look at leases for a similar period and realise the difference isn’t significant.

                           

                          At the moment the high APs and low choice makes Motability only a clear option for those who wouldn’t be able to get a car elsewhere.  For example, those of us unable to work or with a credit history that isn’t glorious will benefit from fixed price payments without the credit hassle.  Those working and earning a decent wage will not see this as an attractive option, especially with companies offering Salary Sacrifice schemes for EVs.

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                          in reply to: Car Choice Empathy #197432
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                            I’ve been going through that extended process of a PIP mobility claim, when you need to apply, request a mandatory reconsideration just to get to a place where you can appeal, seeing as they seem statistically, to reject nearly all applications just because…  In the time I’ve been battling with the DWP, I’ve been watching the availability of EV SUVs just vanish.  What’s available now is simply unsuitable and, if these APs continue, unaffordable.  I’d be better off using the value of the PIP payment to lease or PCP the car I need and then it’s mine after 3 years.

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                            in reply to: Q4 Update and prices #197431
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                              With both e-Kona and e-Niro not on the scheme, there is a huge gap where cars capable of 250+ miles should be but, given the APs now released, you’d be practically buying one for what you’d be paying on the scheme for 3 years.

                               

                              Given the high prices currently and the estimates of availability not clearing in the near future, the odds of the value of any electric vehicle dropping beyond 60% of purchase price is low, even at 3 years old.  My ZS has experienced a new facelift and better ranged variant but is still coming out at just below purchase price 3 years ago.  I’m sure there’s many in a similar position.

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                                I’ve heard a few people who have been in the MG4 who have said it felt particularly cheap, even when compared to the ZS or 5.

                                 

                                I think the Motability availability is missing something of good range.  The stock available are all 200ish miles which is quite a step down from the Kona and Niro nearing 300.  I see the Lexus UX300e has appeared, which seems really odd given even the Lexus website has it as out of stock.

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                                in reply to: is there still a car for you?? #195607
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                                  I do wonder (potentially optimistically) whether the current supply issues are behind the rapid reduction in offerings?  Whether those currently in the first half of their current term will find a larger number at reasonable prices once (hopefully) the Ukraine crisis, chip shortages and cost of living have at least started to head towards resolved.

                                   

                                  Surely the current situation for deliveries of new cars can’t continue beyond 2 years?

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                                  in reply to: E-tech Megane EV #195462
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                                    155 miles on the highway in winter up to a potential 330 around town in summer.  https://ev-database.uk/car/1521/Renault-Megane-E-Tech-EV60-220hp  Not exactly long range, or what I’d expect from a usable battery only 4KwH less than the Kona/Niro that can reliably get 300 miles.

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                                      Hi MFillingham. Interesting to know about the Soul speed issues – it was a car I looked at – the Kona was a better deal on Motability so clinched the deal. Which services around Exeter would you recommend – my journey is from Surrey to west Cornwall to visit my son – so was looking at a top up at Exeter or maybe even Cornwall services or somewhere along the A30. Sigma it was on the Kia website I looked.

                                      Most cars suffer, to some extent, with speed effecting range.  The less streamlined cars, like the Soul and ZS can be hit harder.  The older Soul, which only had 120 miles, would suffer noticeably, I’d guess a 250 mile car would still suffer but maybe less noticeably unless you’re stretching towards max range.

                                       

                                      I usually stop at Exeter services but I’ve always stopped there, even in a diesel.  Cornwall Service will have a hub, which will be delightful but isn’t working yet.  Depending on just how far you’re coming down, there’s 2 rapids just off the A30 at Pool at the Copper Coast pub and just around the corner at MacDonalds there’s brand new rapids waiting to come into service.  I’d check the usual apps around Exeter if you’re not a service station type of guy but there’s been a huge investment there and a huge row of chargers.  Then you can have a boost around the Camborne/Redruth area on one of 5 rapids that are in various places there before heading home.

                                       

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                                        This is sad.  The kona was, by far, the best option on the scheme, even when the old eNiro was there, as the combination of AP and range just doesn’t exist elsewhere.  The Soul is a nice car but has been associated with huge speed losses, anything over 60mph really hammers range while the kona suffered less.  Being all the way in West Cornwall, to think of traveling any great distance requires going 109 miles to get to Exeter Services, something my ZS EV does just.  The Mokka doesn’t test as well for range at reasonable speeds whilst anything non SUV just isn’t practical as my legs are my problem and getting out of a saloon/hatch isn’t something I wish to contemplate.

                                        Hopefully this is a temporary thing while orders are caught up.  After which, the eNiro and new Kona may return to the scheme.

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                                        in reply to: is there still a car for you?? #195441
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                                          In short, no.

                                           

                                          Longer version:  I currently have an original ZS EV and will not be going back to any other fuel source.  The current selection of EVs is, to be blunt, poor.  Low range, minute choice and high APs.  If the new eNiro stays off the scheme while the Kona gets remodelled then there’s literally nothing suitable.  I’d rather use the allowance to finance a second hand Kona or similar and go that way.

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                                          in reply to: Incident in Motability vehicle. Looking for advice #193465
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                                            Regardless of blame, your insurer should be informed of all accidents so going directly to the 3rd party to avoid them knowing is, technically, risking voiding future insurances should you return to insuring your own vehicle.

                                             

                                            If you have a disability, regardless of insurer you should get a suitable car as a courtesy, even if they have to hire one, just make sure you aren’t inconvenienced.

                                             

                                            Good luck

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                                            in reply to: When was Kia e-niro taken off motability #192558
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                                              The E-Niro was available on motability a year ago but disappeared from searches as the new model approached release.  I assumed that once the updated version was released it’d be back on the scheme but, the way things have gone, there’s no guarantee of when or at what AP.

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                                              in reply to: EV’s are the future but they’re not the now. #190659
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                                                I think longer lease terms are well suited to EVs as they are holding value better than ICE and that can only continue as we approach 2030.  Even before residuals got silly, prices held firm with 3 year old Konas sitting only £5-7k below new prices and the longer range models closer.  Now, many are cheaper new…

                                                 

                                                My concern is that with these longer leases the customer will be the ones bearing risk either with continued high APs or contribution to MOT costs.

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                                                in reply to: EV’s are the future but they’re not the now. #190480
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                                                  This is kinda true.  In the US current electricity production is 66% coal and Gas based.  In the UK that’s less than 50%.  The more fossil fuels that are used to produce electricity the lower the environmental benefit of driving electric.  However, we should be applying maximum pressure on our politicians to reduce the fossil fuels used in all electricity production as every lilettle reduction will have a positive impact on the environment.

                                                   

                                                  Now, Hybrids.  While he’s not wrong that at lower speeds the hugely inefficient internal combustion engine is replaced by a significantly more efficient battery/motor combination.  What he’s missed is where this electricity comes from.  Either, at higher speeds the power from the engine has to create electricity (even less efficient) or you need to have regenerative braking sufficient to cover the loss in stored power from the last use.  Neither option reads particularly well in terms of efficiency and being better than just  having a ICE that switches off when not in use.  The plug in hybrid stores energy from the grid, which he’s already declared unfit.

                                                  My view is that electricity production needs to improve to be more suitable for our future, regardless of vehicle usage. In terms of vehicles, ICE is destined to become almost extinct, classics and a few specialist vehicles will still need petrol but a long term ‘renewable’ fuel is difficult to justify.  The current plan on a renewable diesel uses the same palm oil that has been declared so detrimental to the future of the environment for all the current uses.

                                                  Hybrids, especially the ‘self charging’ ones are flawed and often used only as a selling gimmick for corporate purchasers to save tax payments.  Plug in hybrids have the benefit of being able to actually travel for a reasonable distance on pure electricity which could cover an entire commute or populated area part of that journey.

                                                   

                                                  The current issues facing the BEV isn’t fuel source but a two fold problem.  Firstly the charging network is trying to keep up with expanding sales, not trying to stay infront of them.  That means there will be times when people both need a charge and can’t get one because chargers are fully utilised and there’s a queue.  The other is purchase price.  For those paying in full, that’s an incredibly large outlay up front.  For those leasing/financing the end result is still high monthly payments.  Even for Motability customers there’s that AP which in some cases will buy a second hand car outright.

                                                   

                                                  As an EV driver, I can vouch that the driving experience is well suited to those with restricted mobility, single pedal driving, multiple driving aids and a smooth delivery of power which makes for a more relaxing journey.  The running costs are, comparitively, hugely beneficial.  There’s very little to go wrong in the  battery – motor drive chain, you use the brakes much less with regnenerative braking and then it’s all the usual things that last a good while on any car.  Fuel (electricity) is cheaper unless you are forced to charge at the most expensive rapid chargers and if you have the luxury of 7KW charging at home on a variable or EV tariff you can get by on a couple of pennies per mile, if you can utilise free chargers at retail centres, that goes further down.

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                                                  in reply to: How to run your electric car for £11 a month #189303
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                                                    I’m forced to use a pre-pay meter which means elevated rates.  After all that, I can charge the car for less than £5 using the 3 pin plug charger.  However, with supermarket free charging my total cost of travel, even on my currently limited mileage (less than 140 miles per week) I’m running on just over £10 per month.  If I was working and having to travel to and from the office, it’d increase substantially depending on mileage.

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                                                    in reply to: Future Boring – Electric cars #188996
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                                                      BrydoParticipant JoJoe this one is for you. SWARCO Smart Charging, a UK provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, has signed a significant new partnership agreement with Cornwall Council to supply, install, maintain and operate EV charging points throughout the county over the next four years. These will be a mix of 7kW AC, 22kW AC and 50kW DC chargers. The agreement includes the delivery of European Regional Development Funded charge points in 2022-23, as part of the Drive EV2 project. With petrol and diesel vehicles accounting for almost 15% of emissions, Cornwall Council is supporting the development of a network of EV chargers as part of its commitment to decarbonise transport and become carbon neutral by 2030. Residents and visitors will be able to utilise readily available charging facilities, ensuring electric vehicles are a viable alternative. The partnership’s primary objective will be the development of Cornwall’s strategic network of EV charge points. Both organisations are committed to ensuring that residents within the county, and visitors, will be able to confidently find, and use a charger, to support their travel needs. As part of this combined commitment, SWARCO Smart Charging has committed to long-term investment in the region for funding rapid and ultra-rapid charging hubs, to complement the Council’s electrification efforts. “This collaboration brings together a motivation to make EV charging a reality for the people of Cornwall,” said Justin Meyer, Managing Director at SWARCO Smart charging. “With the growing demand for sustainability, and the fast rise in popularity of EVs across the country, SWARCO’s ambition to bring quick charging to Cornwall is a duty that will assure ease of access, solutions, and reliability. “We are committed to moving towards a future that helps Cornwall Council support the transition for the UK to become a low-carbon economy.” The Drive EV2 project has received £3,625,00 from the England European Regional Development Fund, which helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. SWARCO Smart Charging provides EV charging infrastructure along with the systems and services to support them, and has more than 8,000 charging points installed across the UK. SWARCO Smart Charging is part of SWARCO – an international group providing the complete range of products, systems, services and solutions for road safety and intelligent traffic management to support the mobility needs of society and lower-transport-related emissions.

                                                      Its certainly needed, but I can see charging in Cornwall being very problematic for EV owners for many years to come. The area I mention, the very south west tip has a 5 or 6 major towns, I can imagine the population increases 10 fold between July and September. You’ll have people on holiday parks charging their cars with an extension cable and a 3 pin plug coming from the window of a static caravan.

                                                       

                                                      So this looks like it’ll replace the current offering that has so many broken chargers, which can’t be a bad thing.  Hopefully (but sceptically I can’t see it) it’ll then lead to a roll out of new chargers in every car park in a quantity that reflects summer needs.  That, plus Cornwall Service’s new hub, the new chargers at Cornwall College (Tesla superchargers) plus a good few pubs, etc, adding a couple of rapids might just mean that the charging provision won’t fail miserably through the highest demand periods.

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