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  • in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185250
    Windy
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    I wanted to just clarify the EV range I want my EV to do at least 10000 miles on a charge  why not you can want anything but if it did when or where would I charge it? Thing is the max I can home charge is 42 kw on cheap rate so however many miles the car does if I want to keep costs down I have to return to dear old podpoint in under 42kw of use so what I want is as many miles Per KW as possible. Range anxiety has been created by the press to deter EV uptake true range anxiety was driving a 1966 Jaguar s type with only £3 to your name ahh life was bliss

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185239
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    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185237
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    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185231
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    Hi Matthew I am not one to promote a car and the Vivaro has many issues I am not keen on like it’s a a van with seats, But the answer is no, this is not my experience achieving real time driving in the coldest parts of the year of the year of 90 to 100 miles now I know I could easily reduce that by taking off regen and driving in power mode yes I am sure it would come down but I don’t think it would come down below 70 even then. However it’s a van so who wants to drive it like a sports car therefore I get immense pleasure trying to be as economical as possible. One thing that really concerned me was it would be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter but neither is true very short bursts of heat or cool keep the vehicle comfortable so you can spend most of the time in eco mode once the range drops below 70 I find you are better off in normal mode as the regen is more efficient my I set one trip metre every and the other one I run for the season. My lowest have been 2.1 on a day and 2.3 for 700 miles in the cold but with a 50kw battery that is 105 to 115 range I am currently running at 3.1 which exceeds published range.

    the car initially was collected 140 miles away and I really panicked as I knew nothing of charging when I arrived they had charged it but it read 131 so I expected to stop in Stoke to charge but got all the way home with 9 miles left.

    if you are used to being frugal with a diesel you will have no issues and you can still leave roundabouts like a Ferrari which is fun and it’s great to watch the gti in your mirror.
    i believe ther is a Facebook page dedicated to these from Motability might be worth asking there too. If you are near me I’ll show it to you

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185135
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    Paul the way I see it at 26p per KW from Lidl
    421 miles at my worse would cost £44 I know there is the odd places you can charge for free but let’s assume they will disappear. However Motability and others are focusing on address like yours for other options such as lamppost points and shared options. So it could be worth having a chat with Motability to ask if anything is in the pipeline for change. As for the cable across the road mine was put underground approx 30 metres you have to explain to people that YOU are doing what is being asked of you for the future, they are making it difficult.

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185119
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    Elliot it’s not that the range is not a necessity obviously for yourself it’s essential but for people for whom it isn’t then there is a tendency to demand more range without considering the costs of home charging. I can for example only charge 35 KW per day on cheap rate hopefully that will increase to 42 but that’s the point if you don’t need the range then there is little benefit to it. It’s definitely more important with an EV to know your own use unlike previously I think.

    in reply to: Need advice – stuck on what to do #185109
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    Anne get the car you need we couldn’t manage without electric heated seats on the passenger side if it arrived without, we couldn’t use it.
    It is hard I know particularly when new to scheme but once you have the right car you will know it’s worth the wait good luck

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185063
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    Brydo I saw that one it will make a good mpv. I hope

    ian important is miles per KW what would be good is my size offering around 5 mpkw that would keep charging within the home cheap period and give 220  plus miles

    otherwise a full charge will shift into full price which by the end of the year could easily be 45p KW at hone

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185038
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    Paul we are with a housing association we have no off road parking and a grass area in front of house but managed to convince all it needed doing so keep trying as far as I am aware the cheapest fast chargers are around 26p KW this is the podpoints at Lidl they are also at tesco but not sure if they are the same price. I think you would find it a great benefit as it’s larger than the i800 at 5.4 metres long plus the i800 is rather heavy on gas if I remember correctly

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185014
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    One thing I would point out is that if you do have a home  charger and a cheap rate tariff you have an obvious period of charge ie mine is 5 hours some are 4 some 6 thing is if I had a greater range and a bigger battery it would only be used on a long trip as there would be no benefit in running it longer day to day and exceeding the cheap rate charging. It’s a point worth noting I feel

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #185013
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    Sorry I have responded to Ian and MarkF but was logged out do different handle

    in reply to: 54% price rise you doing anything to cut usage #184993
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    Well the difference we made was the car now I know this is off topic section but our energy bill now incorporates the car so gives us £200 per month toward energy so before the increases we spent £55 per month on electric and £200 per month on diesel then with car that went up to £85 on electric £0 on diesel this will increase in September to £150 on electric £0 on diesel. There will then be another increase in October that will affect us the following September. So it looks like we are riding the storm courtesy of the car

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #184974
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    Brydo no the nearest free charger would be around 20 miles so would make little sense bar picking up a bit coming back from a trip but for us it’s the home charger that’s essential

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #184964
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    i should have also mentioned we have a large 150kg hoist fitted I know it’s a question some ask about EV

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    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #184963
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    Wmcforum yep I worked out that our old Alhambra would be around 21p per mile now and that was a pretty efficient large car

    in reply to: Living with a large EV update #184962
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    Ian my plans for away charging although like I say haven’t used yet are with the Lidl fast chargers at 26 p per kWh this means depending on which direction I go from here I can use their network and fresh sandwiches and an iced coffee for less than £3

    Windy
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    We have a pride I go as a fallback chair because our last car would not take the big chair.

    it’s an excellent chair but lately as the carer I struggle to lift it sometimes. My advice would be not an suv but a small estate like the Leon or Mg5 although they have a lip or an MPV like a berlingo Caddy

    in reply to: Changing Car? Advice needed #184842
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    The problem you have at the moment is the huge AP for vehicles and the crazy long waiting times that may encourage you to suffer the Mokka a bit longer as many waits are 12 months and large vehicle prices are ridiculous . However if the inflation continues which it will then next year Motability payments will increase substantially and fingers crossed ap will start to come down. We must remember that when benefits get a sub inflation increase like this year so does Motability lowering their negotiations. I reckon you have about 18 months before you start to look and that could be a much better time than now

    in reply to: £99 at costco to almost fill my car #181717
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    Rene I had a few more never a 190 though I was tempted a couple if times

    I think I had six in total as you can see two different periods

     

    in reply to: Do you clean your car prior to handing back? #181716
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    For the first time I am struggling to keep the van clean but I am surprised how easy it is to hoover some car carpet us shocking to clean. but I confess to using a washer at the moment just because I hurt my back at Christmas  there is a local automated washer top wash for a van £6.99 then I get home and clean it properly this is when you wish you bought a smaller one and it has 4 dogs but that area is all protected and I take it out when wet then the wheel chair that can cause a mess. But 3 coats of wax after clay bar in the first few days of ownership and she stays pretty good

    in reply to: £99 at costco to almost fill my car #181709
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    Ginny we had I think 115 coupe but also 6.9 litre and I am sure a 116 so here are photos we also had a fintail and the white one ended up being sprayed red in the end

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    in reply to: Would it be good if? #180924
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    Dave blue I wouldn’t jump the gun with any deposit or hold but have a word with dealer making sure he will sell to Motability  and that he will hold on until it’s all sorted on Monday also if it’s not nearby, that he will take order over the  phone encourage him that the grants team will be involved,  that way you  can call the grants team on Monday and get it all sorted the cancellation of old order and instigation  of new,  will be quickly done for you I am sure.

    good luck and keep us all informed

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    in reply to: Would it be good if? #180914
    Windy
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    Dave blue I suppose 6 months has seen the situation get even worse and staff must be under immense pressure trouble is we are all individuals and they have to individually deal with us. I hope you can get it sorted soon

    in reply to: Would it be good if? #180905
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    Hi we contacted both and you have one person in grants team that looks after you. The car was a different model and price fortunately my wife has severe cognitive issues with the MS and sometimes I reckon they just want rid of her but this is what we have now and well pleased with it

    in reply to: Would it be good if? #180902
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    That’s a pity as they did for us only 4 months ago took the stressfromit as well sorry it isbt the same for you

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