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January 13, 2021 at 10:24 pm in reply to: ‘At £30,000+ too many electric cars are out of reach for the average worker’ #136127
Just came across this conversation and some good points but also some poor ones (I’m trying to be polite 😁)
You can get an EV for closer to £20k than £30k, the same people who can afford a new EV will not be able to afford a new ICE
Petrol and diesel cars aren’t being completely outlawed, they’ll still be available but in a hybrid version
Very few people (especially disabled drivers) will do more than 100 miles a day, most will charge at home so an EV makes sense
The charging network isn’t very wheelchair friendly I agree, but what do you do when your ICE needs fuel? Isn’t the same person filling your tank able to plug in? As a wheelchair user doing 20k a year I get so frustrated at lazy ignorant planners who only want to stick in a charger to tick a box on their councils mission statement 🤬
Wireless charging is a non starter…. the Gov (any of them) can’t keep up with road repairs or getting proper broadband in so no chance they’ll invest in this
Anybody who has kids, grandkids or wants to have them should be doing everything in their power to stop using fossil fuel and killing this planet, we may all be dead in 100 years but those living are going to look back in anger at our failure to protect this world 🌎
Yeah about 10 days for that to come through showing you are retaining the reg on paper and not transferring it straight onto another car, but the paperwork to swap the plates over is instantaneous.
Maybe the dealer wasn’t making enough money on the deal to be bothered with the extra work 😂😂
No you should not, common knowledge that engines need to be given a longer run now and again to clear them out… take it for a longer run and consider a BEV for next time 👍
99.9% of the time it’ll be the original registration but it’s not guaranteed, I always stick the original plates in the boot and only once in 30 years they weren’t the ones to go back on.
I phoned motability in December to swap my plate back and they done it there and then over the phone, I got an instant email with all the updated paperwork so took no longer than 30 minutes. I had expected it to take longer so phoned 6 weeks before changeover in case of any Xmas delays.
The garage can arrange it all for you and I’ve done this in the past with private sales but never with motability…. don’t trust them 100% yet 🤷♂️
Stuart if you think the Mercedes deal is good then go for it, you aren’t tied into taking anything from Motability… the Government give you a cash allowance to spend how you like.
I had cars on the scheme back in the early 90’s and left cause I didn’t like what was being offered, now I’m back on it (since 2014) cause it suits me, but if it didn’t I’d be off 👋
In this situation you’re the boss, you can visit (or phone, email) every garage in the country looking for a deal, you can use your allowance in lots of different ways to get a vehicle and a deal that suits, you can keep the cash and never go out… get prescriptions, groceries etc all delivered to your door
You don’t have to pay any deposit… go take that Mercedes deal, or any other deal, or buy an old banger for £500 and run that, or keep the cash and use taxis… but you’ll soon realise our deal isn’t too bad, obviously not perfect for everyone’s requirements so instead of criticising it find something that you’ll be happy with
Stuart, it is related to the resale value of the vehicle after 3 years.
Gothitjulie, I always put my chair on the back seat but I’ll measure the boot and try take some photos of my chair in it 🤞👍
Can I also add that Bjorn Nyland bought the MG ZS EV as his own car for use in Thailand. The lower spec one (cloth seats, no sunroof) is available for £0 deposit 👍
I’ve ordered the MG5 and expect to get it at the end of January, I do about 20k a year so the extra range and lower access is better for me, a few have been delivered to their new owners and no one is reporting any issues, all the comments have been positive so far.
You only get the granny charger but you could always get the home charger as untethered and use that cable when out and about if didn’t want to buy one, it’ll depend on your usage whether it’s worth it or not.
It doesn’t have major software problems, it has updates to stop the warning bongs which you pay for.
Congratulations Johnnyallan, I’ve ordered the MG5 so hopefully it’ll be here by end of January.
BigDave, all those taxis are hybrids with a petrol engine to charge the battery, like the i3.
The line about only having 15 miles range left is crap, they were designed and built with just that sort of scenario in mind…. more than likely they didn’t want to take you and that was the excuse
alan1302 I agree about residual values and that is why some taxi drivers use a Mercedes E class but the majority use the Skoda because it is cheaper to start with, plus the running costs of any EV will give it the advantage over a hybrid Toyota and outweigh the difference in used values.
The new MG5 will feature highly on that list I reckon…. an estate with a 200 mile range for a bargain basement price seems perfect for taxi drivers 🤔
The dealer usually contacts you cause they want the business but it’s your responsibility to ensure it is done on time, just call them up to get it booked in. You can go to any garage that services your make of car, you are not tied to the one it came from.
You only get a curtesy car if you request one, if they have one available and you may have to pay for the insurance… book early to give yourself the best chance of getting one. Otherwise many garages will collect and return the car from your house/work etc.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>#Harry the dealers don’t lose anything as they get a set fee per car no matter how much the deposit is and they’ll make it easy to reorder so the customer doesn’t cancel and go elsewhere</p>
I think you should have invested more time into researching cars before choosing one but now you got it then you should find out how things work before driving on the roads
They are free but will cut out after 15 minutes if you don’t check in via the Pod Point app.
We no longer do a big shopping and are in & out fairly quickly so I don’t find it worth my while getting the cable out to plug in.
They aren’t really disabled friendly parking bays but because they have chevrons in front of the charger you can get lucky and get parked in a way that’ll allow you access to your door 🤞
I, like many others I’m sure, check this thread daily…. all the others I’ll glance at the subject line to see if it’s worth reading right away or it can wait till later
Jamesg you’re a star 🌟 👏👏👏
The MG ZS EV deal seems to be over all the dealers cause my nearest has it too… probably too much to hope they’d do the same for the MG5 when it’s only just been released 🤞😂😂October 5, 2020 at 2:39 pm in reply to: BMW 320i touring. discount percentage on extras ??? #126034
Hopefully this shows my name in blue 💙 cause it’s really me 🤞
Secondly, yeah it’s a big drop in range at first but it’ll level out if you are doing a long journey but lots of little short journeys are a killer…. the car is working hard to heat the cabin up but then cools down at every stop so it’s got yo heat it up all over again. On a long journey once the cabin is warmed up it’ll keep the heat 🤞
Regarding BrightonSteve comment about the wipers still sticking to the screen… very true and something to watch for but most cars now have a “winter position” also used for changing the wiper blades as they sit below the bonnet level.
When you turn the car off there’s a way (different for each car so check your own) to make the wipers raise to point at the top of the screen and they’ll stop there. From there you can either lift them off the glass or leave them there until the screen has been defrosted…. they wont go back down until you make them (usually by flicking it to a wipe setting)
I do this with mines cause I learned the hard way about them sticking to the screen
The £80 is for the DVLA admin costs but you’d need to buy your own plates unless you want to use the old ones but after 8 years I’d definitely be treating myself (& the car) to a new shiny set.
I dont understand people who would pay such a large deposit then so much per month and are restricted to 5,000 miles per year… madness?
Also regarding the Corsa and the DS3 (& Ioniq), I went to look at these last week as I change in June so will be ordering in March (couldn’t see the electric ones but I sat in a petrol version and I’ve watched the video reviews)
With the charging port being on the passenger side (at the rear) this causes me a lot of hassle getting access to it… being a wheelchair user you’ll appreciate the need to be able to get access to the drivers door, well these cars would mean I’d also need access down the passenger side of the car too. It’d also be a problem at home as my driveway is down the side of the house so it’s quite narrow.
The vast majority of charging points are not wheelchair friendly so trying to find ones with 360 degree access isn’t feasible, anybody who can walk should have no issues with this.
So that narrows the choice for me to cars with a charging port in the nose, like the Zoe that’s just came off or the i3 which is at the rear on the drivers side, hopefully more choice will be available next year. Just another point to be aware of if you’re thinking of a BEV.
Heated seats won’t make a blind bit of difference to the range, neither will heated steering wheels but they both make cold weather driving so much more enjoyable.
Using the heater may reduce the range, accelerating away from a standstill quickly will, driving too fast certainly will, driving in heavy rain does cause it takes a lot of energy to push through those puddles.
Carrying lots of passengers or heavy items in the boot has very little effect on range.
Don’t pay too much attention to having only “134 bhp”, electric cars are rapid off the line so drive one and see.
Go onto YouTube and look for “Fully Charged” for an honest assessment of both cars but if I had one I’d expect to get 150 miles minimum range.
Rhodgie (2 Nissan Leafs and over 90k miles in 5½ years)