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by simon_g
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: Decent car YouTubes
Replies: 399
Views: 16480

Re: Decent car YouTubes

New carpervert:



(I spent way too long playing Supercars 2 as well)
by simon_g
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Gaming + Tech
Topic: Nintendo Switch
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Nintendo Switch

Wii U has Mario Kart 8 as well, and not a vast difference in graphics quality.

Planning to pick a used/refurb one soon now that my eldest is 5, huge back catalogue of older Wii stuff to play too.
by simon_g
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: Weird car crush.
Replies: 44
Views: 653

Re: Weird car crush.

Had a couple of C4 Cacti as hire cars. Rather liked them, particular the turbo petrol. Shame about the nasty “weight saving” (penny pinching) stuff like no split/fold rear seats and pop out rear windows. There’s someone importing 80s/90s Nissan Sunny pick-ups on eBay that I keep seeing. Absolutely n...
by simon_g
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: The EV Apocalypse
Replies: 123
Views: 1584

Re: The EV Apocalypse

I get that but it’ll be interesting to see how many people will pay for it. However big and dense batteries get there’ll always be an obvious way to make cars cheaper - offer a smaller battery version. For sportier stuff it’s also less weight to deal with. Will the masses buying the 2030 Focus/Golf/...
by simon_g
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: The EV Apocalypse
Replies: 123
Views: 1584

Re: The EV Apocalypse

Traffic was awful at start and end so a full 9-5 day. Total charging time was an hour and a half (started only half full), and I was being overly cautious on the last one, had about 40% battery left at the end. Starting full I reckon 2 stops of 30 mins, on a journey that’s 4-5 hours in normal traffi...
by simon_g
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: The EV Apocalypse
Replies: 123
Views: 1584

Re: The EV Apocalypse

There effectively is a “standard” now - type 2 for slow charging, CCS for rapid charging at various speeds. Only Nissan are still making battery EVs that rapid charge with CHAdeMO, and the “fast AC” that Renault pushed is gone now. It means a lot of chargers out there that support all 3, but there’s...
by simon_g
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: Your fleet running reports
Replies: 7359
Views: 242370

Re: Your fleet running reports

Glad I got mine done a couple of years ago when it was £99 fitted after grant!

Ohme wall charger is apparently £349 fitted after grant, or the other route would be getting a simple 32a commando socket fitted and buy an Ohme cable/charger (£199 if you’re an Octopus energy customer).
by simon_g
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: The ICE
Replies: 127
Views: 1463

Re: The ICE

In 10 years time there'll be plenty of today's EVs knocking about at affordable prices. Not quite sure what the price floor would be though, the ICE cheap car for a grand or so today still needs as much again spending on fuel, tax, etc for a year's use while the EV won't. But will those 10+ year ol...
by simon_g
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: The ICE
Replies: 127
Views: 1463

Re: The ICE

I think what is also not seemingly being factored into the equation for mass takeup is what happens for budget cars. How are you going to make them BEVs without doubling the price? There's two things shifting: EVs are getting cheaper (Skoda Citigo EV is under £17k but is better trim than the basic ...
by simon_g
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: The ICE
Replies: 127
Views: 1463

Re: The ICE

Variable electricity tariffs will help a lot with managing demand - it’s in early stages but there are quite a few offering cheap overnight rates at fixed times now. Bit like old Economy 7 but enabled by smart meters rather than separate ones. I actually use a tariff that changes every half hour tra...
by simon_g
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: The ICE
Replies: 127
Views: 1463

Re: The ICE

Yes, it's off https://www.zap-map.com/statistics/ - 440 of that number are Tesla superchargers.
by simon_g
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Cars
Topic: The ICE
Replies: 127
Views: 1463

Re: The ICE

From the limited info I have it sounds like the best way to speed things up would be to standardise infrastructure - Plugs/chargers/etc... it’s fine quoting the number of charging points, but if your car can only work on a percentage of them then the number is pretty meaningless. Effectively there ...
by simon_g
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Cars
Topic: The ICE
Replies: 127
Views: 1463

Re: The ICE

From the limited info I have it sounds like the best way to speed things up would be to standardise infrastructure - Plugs/chargers/etc... it’s fine quoting the number of charging points, but if your car can only work on a percentage of them then the number is pretty meaningless. Effectively there ...
by simon_g
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Cars
Topic: The ICE
Replies: 127
Views: 1463

Re: The ICE

Just think where we were 10 years ago for EVs in the UK. You could buy a updated G-Whiz (50 miles tops, 8 hours to charge), or Tesla were about to offer the Roadster in RHD at £90k or so. There were no rapid charging stations. A few years later you could buy a Leaf or Zoe and carefully hop between t...
by simon_g
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Cars
Topic: Decent car YouTubes
Replies: 399
Views: 16480

Re: Decent car YouTubes

Best review yet of the Honda E from Jonny Smith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6G-3_Aasao Recently announced he's not doing any more for Fully Charged (hence the Honda E video on his own channel), and is going to be doing more / higher quality stuff under his own name, on his own channel. Not jus...
by simon_g
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Cars
Topic: Suzuki Jimny
Replies: 38
Views: 609

Re: Suzuki Jimny

Expect much more of this - anything cheap and higher CO2 (when the manufacturer doesn't have enough under 95 to offset) will go because they can't jack up the price enough to cover the fine for selling it. Not sure Suzuki will care much, the Jimny sells well all around the world and I wonder how str...
by simon_g
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Cars
Topic: Harry’s Garage
Replies: 685
Views: 25389

Re: Harry’s Garage

Oh, and I bloody love that optional textile interior in the iPace - when I did the Jaguar event the guy in the car with it was very sniffy about it but I thought it was excellent. Way better than the pleather stuff that everyone sticks in their "premium" cars now.
by simon_g
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Cars
Topic: Harry’s Garage
Replies: 685
Views: 25389

Re: Harry’s Garage

There pretty much is a charging standard now - everything has type 2 for home/slower charging, and CCS for rapid charging except for Nissan that keeps on with Chademo. But because the Leaf was the first proper volume EV lots of rapid chargers were set up for them, likewise fast AC for the earlier Zo...
by simon_g
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: EOTR: VW Golf GTE
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: EOTR: VW Golf GTE

ID3 is the first on a new EV-only platform.

eGolf has been for sale since 2015 (bit earlier in California), and got a bigger battery in 2017.
by simon_g
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Cars
Topic: EOTR: VW Golf GTE
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: EOTR: VW Golf GTE

eGolf is a proper battery EV - no engine, no petrol (and a bigger boot!).

144 miles WLTP, so hoping for a realistic 100ish in all weathers.