Stuart

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  • in reply to: Bp pulse charger …is it a 7kw one ? #155756
    Stuart
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    Mine has just stopped working after 4 charges, rang them to report the fault this morning and they said i should get a call within a week, how crap is that for service. So for the next week i have to use the granny charger supplied with my car. To add insult to injury they tried blaming the car and advised i contact KIA until i told them the car is no where near the socket and it still trips the fuse. Getting really fed up with BP now and if nothing is done by the end of next week im seriously thinking of contacting Motability and rejecting the car.

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    in reply to: Order in a week or so #155569
    Stuart
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    As far as im concerned you’ve made the right decision. Your gonna love driving all over again, once you get used to the changes everything becomes old hat and you will wonder what all the fuss was about lol

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    in reply to: Another EV point (mini) saga #155568
    Stuart
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    Actually the BP charge box is a smart Box, you can log in once your account is open through the charge vision portal and schedule the car to charge whenever you want, although this can obviously be done from the car also. You can also view history of charges and costs etc, its quite informative really and easier to set schedules than in the car, at least it is with the soul.

    However i completely agree with everyone regarding the installation process, they are completely inept, communication is almost none existent and i had to threaten to return the car on more than one occasion just to get someone to make enquiries on my behalf. What should have taken weeks took months and the service is totally unacceptable, BP seriously need to change contractors and invest in the call centre side of things as this is where it falls flat on its face.

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    in reply to: rose-coloured glasses #155418
    Stuart
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    Say a 330 mile range would this do two trips on the motorway at 70 to 80 mph both 100 miles on a hot day like today with air con on ?

    My Soul will do that easy, im off to the lakes next week and its 116 miles each way and im 100% confident having owned it for 4 months i could do that without charging. I have done Bridlington there and back which is 167 mile round trip and it took 170 mile off the range and i dont hang about trust me.

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    in reply to: rose-coloured glasses #155411
    Stuart
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    I’ll let you know, since I’ve now gone EV for my 25k a year mileage habit. No home charging yet as there is a lot of work for the DNO to do first, so its public charging for me. Pick up my Soul EV on 31 July. The test drive was awesome, quiet, rapid, comfy, well built and very well specced & my fuel savings are about £2500 a year. And, unlike the Kona, the dog fits in the boot no problem.

    Good choice Abercol, which colour did you opt for ?? mines the Neptune blue with black roof. Since picking mine up in Feb this year ive only seen 3 others on the road, 2 black and one white.

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    in reply to: rose-coloured glasses #155364
    Stuart
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    Yes, For, and own.

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    in reply to: Ev choice/decision #155363
    Stuart
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    I test drove the Kona Ultimate yesterday and loved it, and at £499 just had to sign up. I’d planned to go for a grey but after a couple of hours in the showroom looking at the Surfy blue alongside a grey I changed my mind and went with Surfy. Maybe I was swayed by it being a hot day and thinking how it would look up against our palm and olive trees in the front if our place, anyway it’ll be fun and I look forward to charging it overnight, or trickle charging from our solar panels. Stock exchange from another dealer, maybe I’ll have it by the end of the month (my dealer wants it in his quarterly figures so is motivated). For me it’s life changing, plus and minus, from running a bug diesel.

    Welcome to the world of EV motoring, your gonna love it. All the money you will save and not to mention the fun your gonna have driving it. Just watch your speed lol and no racing from the traffic lights…..well not too often anyway….Enjoy

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    in reply to: Keyless Entry/Key Cloning THEFT? #154015
    Stuart
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    Not wishing to sound flippant but if my car was stolen i wouldn`t really be loosing sleep over it as its a motability car which will just be replaced. I keep my key in an RFID blocking pouch but i suppose if it were my own car i would probably consider fitting something like this.

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    in reply to: KIA Soul EV Boot capacity #153852
    Stuart
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    My wife’s wheelchair fits in my Soul without anything removed, in my tiguan i had to remove the foot rests or lay the seats down. Thought it might demonstrate the capacity better for people at a glance.

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    in reply to: Ev choice/decision #153196
    Stuart
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    I think I really do need to checkout the EVs on the scheme and compare these. Making a short list of pros and cons. I did have a quick look at the Kia Soul but was unsure of its looks, I found the boot size was rather small. Can anyone give me any advice these. Kona. ID3. Peugeot. Soul. Etc. My needs are range. Good tech spec. High driving position SUV like.

    Don`t discount the Soul altogether, i know the shape divides opinion but it does have its uses. the boot is not as small as it looks and in its lowest position can hold surprising amounts. with the seats down it easily swallows a washing machine, it may be smaller than my Tiguan but in shape the practicality makes up for it in my view. The interior and build quality put the VW to shame really and the driving position also sits a little higher giving a more SUV feel. The 201 BHP makes you constantly smile as does the 0 to 60 in 7 secs, my advice is go test drive one as i did and i think you will be pleasantly surprised as i was.

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    in reply to: Ev choice/decision #153174
    Stuart
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    Decisions. Decisions. We have extended our lease until March 22. At the end we intended to get an EV. The reason for this is we do a lot of miles. Although there are a few EV’s on the scheme, none as of yet fully meet our requirements. Ideally we would like something close to what we already have, bmwx1. Do we hold out until the end of the lease in the hope that similar cars come onto the scheme. Or do we make the move now. The Kona for price is excellent. But the boot is too small and rear seat space. The E niro is bigger but not on the scheme. If only there was an EV on the scheme the same as our BMW. If there was I expect the AP will be £4k +. Do we go for the Kona and live with it for £499 or wait and pay £4k.

    Nobody has a crystal ball im afraid but i cannot ever see an EV the size of the X1 with long range appearing on the scheme anytime soon simply due to the price. Something along the lines of the Skoda Enyaq may appear but it would have to be in the lower spec which usually means lower range. 300 miles plus with a high finish will never appear on this scheme i dont think, not from so called premium brands anyway. The Koreans are your best bet for both range and tech spec and if i were signing up right now i would get the Kona as its a no brainer, even though i love my Kia Soul the AP would do it for me.

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    in reply to: Ev choice/decision #148387
    Stuart
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    I prefer the interior and the overall look of the soul over the Hyundai but it`s down to personal preference really, if you want rear space the soul is cavernous although the boot is small but very deep. However i could never ever get used to those touch sensitive buttons in the iD3 so it was a none starter for me.

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    in reply to: Another EV point (mini) saga #148156
    Stuart
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    Stick with it Richard, all worth it in the end. I almost gave up with BP but now its all in its brilliant and so convenient to be able to top up when you want.

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    in reply to: MG HS in black #148155
    Stuart
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    Love the Ferrari start button, why the hell other manufacturers dont put it there is beyond me.

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    in reply to: Today is the last day I ever, ever… #148027
    Stuart
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    Just watch your speed lol and enjoy the freedom from the pump, then find something really nice to spend all your extra cash on…..the wife obviously 😉

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    in reply to: New Nissan Qashqui #148025
    Stuart
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    Why are car manufacturer’s obsessed with stick on stick up media screens. They look ridiculous, much nicer looking when they are integrated into the dashboard.

    Apart from that though it looks quite nice, and with a DSG gearbox now too.

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    in reply to: Has going Electric changed your driving habits? #147713
    Stuart
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    Opposite for me, i used to drive like the vicar in the ICE car. Had really calmed down over the years and would rather cruise in a little luxury than throw it into corners, but all that changed when i got the EV.

    Now i drive like Lewis Hamilton lol, but safely of course. the acceleration and handling is just addictive and i thought it would have worn off before now but nope. I used to dread driving sometimes as it was so dull but now i take every opportunity i can to get behind the wheel and enjoy myself. The stereo sounds awesome as well so thats a cherry on my cake too.

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    in reply to: New ev charger installed after a BIG FAT NO #147599
    Stuart
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    @Chub

    Using the charger could not be any easier, just plug in and turn the key a quarter turn to the right and away you go. Dont forget to turn the key back once you have finished, this will stop anyone getting free electricity while your out. If like me you switch to Octopus energy or similar provider / tarriff just schedule the car to charge during the cheaper rates, it`s almost plug and go really.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by Stuart.
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    in reply to: EV`s, Wall chargers, smart meters, what a pain!! #147216
    Stuart
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    Good luck Abercol


    @Richard
    , could not agree more, he thought he was gonna have an early finish but he arrived at the wrong address lol

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    in reply to: Tiguan 2.0 Elegance added #145844
    Stuart
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    I would, VW is a nicer more modern car if you ask me. And that is just my opinion nothing wrong with the beemer just getting on a bit and looks a little bland, that said the VW isnt really exciting to look at but i`d have it from the two choices.

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    in reply to: Need some advice ( Private Plate Issue) #145843
    Stuart
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    I`m afraid they stick by that rule as well, it was the first thing they asked me years and years ago when i first got my cherished plate. They said it was to stop other people personalising the car, so the plate has to refer to the owner in a specific and personal way. Just explain to them exactly what the plate means and why you want it on the car.

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    in reply to: Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE – 1 week in #145129
    Stuart
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    Glad your enjoying the addiction lol, i too top up when i see the words FREE, i mean imagine driving down the road in an ICE and seeing cans of petrol at the side of the road lol.

    In the soul i turned the auto regen off as it became a bind after a while, instead i set the driver modes up individually, ECO i left as is, NORMAL i set the aircon and heat settings the same as ECO but set regen to 2 and in SPORT again set the heat and air con to eco but the regen to 3. Now i just use the drive mode button to flick between depending on the driving situation, you can always override using the paddles if needed.

    I agree with the bad points you list, very similar with the Soul. I bought some really good quality mats from a guy in Sheffield who makes them to measure, they are fantastic and a perfect fit. And yes the lane keep assist is a pain in the @***

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    in reply to: Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE first thoughts #144535
    Stuart
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    Well done on making the switch, car looks very nice in that colour. Once you get your head used to battery power rather than combustion power it all becomes second nature. I love my Soul and will never go back to a fossil fuel car ever again now, just watch the speed as its very easy to take your eye off the ball and get a ticket lol.

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    in reply to: Pathetic test drive opportunity #144484
    Stuart
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    When i test drove my soul the same thing happened, they are not allowed in the car with you so they have a set route and you follow the salesman in another car. It`s all down to social distance guidelines unfortunately. I did ask why i could not just drive off for a few hours then bring it back but he said head office had forbidden it due to some cars been stolen, guess we just have to adapt like everyone else. I did however speak to motability and they said due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic if for any reason i was not happy with the car they would consider changing it, cant say fairer than that, however im over the moon with it so its not really an issue

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    in reply to: The best Q2 prices / price drops #144388
    Stuart
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    The soul is a steal at 1999, don’t think you will find a better EV with 300m range for 2k and its a cracking car to drive, agreed the looks are not to everyone’s taste but the quality inside makes up for that in my book.

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