Electric Cars

Lazy Sod

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Mrs LS was pushing a heavy shopping trolley up the slope of Morrisons car park this morning and a car immediately behind her blew it's horn. She nearly jumped out of her skin as she had no idea that it was there. I thought that when electric cars were in their infancy, there was talk of them having an artificial engine noise. It's happened to me twice when walking in the lane, as 2 of the neighbours have bought electric cars. I think that they're dangerous without a warning device, particularly for the dard of hearing.
 
Mrs LS was pushing a heavy shopping trolley up the slope of Morrisons car park this morning and a car immediately behind her blew it's horn. She nearly jumped out of her skin as she had no idea that it was there. I thought that when electric cars were in their infancy, there was talk of them having an artificial engine noise. It's happened to me twice when walking in the lane, as 2 of the neighbours have bought electric cars. I think that they're dangerous without a warning device, particularly for the dard of hearing.
Pedestrians have right of way, particularly in car parks. The driver deserved a slap around the kippers.
 

Greg101

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If you think they are bad now wait untill they are self driving. As of right now that seams pretty imposible but thinking about it, it seams much more dangerous. at least there were people in the cars that scared you and nobody wants to get into the legal hassel of running sombody down, whereas a machine couldn't care less.
 

PSQ

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If you think they are bad now wait untill they are self driving. As of right now that seams pretty imposible but thinking about it, it seams much more dangerous. at least there were people in the cars
I passed a Tesla ‘driver’ on an Italian motorway who obviously wasn’t driving, as both his feet were poking out of the drivers side window and resting in front of the wing mirror.
If Tesla’s are ‘the future’, then the future is populated by morons.
 

Greg101

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I passed a Tesla ‘driver’ on an Italian motorway who obviously wasn’t driving, as both his feet were poking out of the drivers side window and resting in front of the wing mirror.
If Tesla’s are ‘the future’, then the future is populated by morons.
I know what you mean there dosent seem to be much sanity in these latest inventions/technology.
 

Steevo

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Gloucestershire
I passed a Tesla ‘driver’ on an Italian motorway who obviously wasn’t driving, as both his feet were poking out of the drivers side window and resting in front of the wing mirror.
If Tesla’s are ‘the future’, then the future is populated by morons.
 

Wellytrack

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Bought a hybrid this year, it’s the same. You can travel fairly decent stints on the battery alone.

I do like the quietness and refinement of it though it is slightly eerie.

Strangely enough it’s ‘our’ car which actually replaced ‘her’ car, which translates as it’s still her car but now I’m contributing to payments :rolleyes:
 

Greg101

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Bought a hybrid this year, it’s the same. You can travel fairly decent stints on the battery alone.

I do like the quietness and refinement of it though it is slightly eerie.

Strangely enough it’s ‘our’ car which actually replaced ‘her’ car, which translates as it’s still her car but now I’m contributing to payments :rolleyes:
Don't it suck to run a battery dead?
 

Greg101

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I think I'll stick to the gasoline or for the environment sake, if the woodgas engines become a little more popular maybe i'll go with that.
 

Greg101

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What's the point of a hybrid if you can't charge the battery overnight?
Hats what I'm wondering I wouldn't want to depend on hill stop lights what if you get in a long flat space your battery dies? do you have to push it till the battery charges?
 

Wellytrack

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Hats what I'm wondering I wouldn't want to depend on hill stop lights what if you get in a long flat space your battery dies? do you have to push it till the battery charges?
There must be some confusion here.

The car has a petrol/gasoline engine, it also has an electric motor on each axle making it 4wd without the need for prop shafts of transfer gears.

It’s E-Cvt gearbox is infinitely variable just like a Fendt.

Moving off it will be on the battery, you can drive in purely Electric in E.V mode if you wish. As you drive along at higher speeds the engine will be doing most of the work with the electric motor contributing and giving back some of its charge as road conditions vary, this is not noticeable and for the most part the driver is unaware of what’s going on behind the scenes.

In practice the battery gains its energy charge through means that otherwise would be wasted.

The electric motor will combine with the engine to give better acceleration away from junctions/lights whilst also having the advantage of cutting the engine out as soon as it’s no longer needed, it works brilliantly around town - less so out in the open roads.

I can drive on level roads at 50mph on the battery alone.

I done a 45 mile journey involving town, open driving and some hills and returned 50mpg. Wife drives like a slightly more mellow Stig Blomqvist most days and it’s average over 8000 miles is still 40mpg.
 

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