Electric Cars

Dman2

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Location
Durham, UK
Plug in hybrids are actually very rarely plugged in as they usually have a range under 30 miles. More often they are just driven in regular hybrid mode.
we`ve just bought a plug in hybrid, Kia Optima
Does 30 miles on a charge, which is usually enough for our day to day running.
Gets plugged in during day while solar panels are generating
Really nice to drive and very quiet
MPG is currently 85.4 , but going up all the time as it was reset when we got it
 

gmgmgm

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Mixed Farmer
Had an Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for a couple of years; I believe they are the most popular PHEV globally. 20-25 mile range enough for most local journeys, re-charges in about 3 hours (can run off normal household plug, anywhere). Has petrol engine for longer journeys e.g. 1000 miles to south of France.

99% of the time it's running on cheap electric power, even in 4wd mode.
 

Steevo

Member
Location
Gloucestershire
Had an Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for a couple of years; I believe they are the most popular PHEV globally. 20-25 mile range enough for most local journeys, re-charges in about 3 hours (can run off normal household plug, anywhere). Has petrol engine for longer journeys e.g. 1000 miles to south of France.

99% of the time it's running on cheap electric power, even in 4wd mode.
Add in wireless charging and suddenly it gets much more practical.
 
Had an Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for a couple of years; I believe they are the most popular PHEV globally. 20-25 mile range enough for most local journeys, re-charges in about 3 hours (can run off normal household plug, anywhere). Has petrol engine for longer journeys e.g. 1000 miles to south of France.

99% of the time it's running on cheap electric power, even in 4wd mode.
That car is hopeless- the petrol engine is utterly lame when it comes to driving such a heavy vehicle. Nice idea but flawed in practice.
 

Clive

Staff Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Lichfield
I don't see the need for wireless charging, it's childsplay to connect a car to the mains with a cable. None of them will move an inch whilst they are charging so you can't drive away whilst the cable is plugged in.
wifeless would work if they embedded it in the road so you charge as you drive
 

Lazy Sod

Member
Location
Warminster
So just to clear things up a bit regarding my original post, do all all of you out there who have electric cars have an artificial engine noise, switchable or not?
 

Robt

Member
Location
Suffolk
That car is hopeless- the petrol engine is utterly lame when it comes to driving such a heavy vehicle. Nice idea but flawed in practice.
@ollie989898 Have you driven one? I hade one for about a week to check real world MPG. I averaged 45mpg during week then 120mpg over a weekend. So as a farm car i can see it being great. The 2.4 petrol isnt quick (0-60 in 11 seconds) but it was fine. I even towed with it. Felt ok to tow. It was boring to drive after novelty wore off. 45mpg for a big petrol car isnt too bad i think.
 

Robt

Member
Location
Suffolk
So just to clear things up a bit regarding my original post, do all all of you out there who have electric cars have an artificial engine noise, switchable or not?
The Mitsi outlander PHEV does. You can turn it off but i cant see why you would. You cant hear the noise from inside the car
 

teslacoils

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
Impressive, and presumably cheap motoring?
We bought it on the notion that, if it was worth zero at 100000 miles it would still have been 2/3 of the cost of a conventional car. It's not got the range of these new ones - 100 miles a charge. But we do 50 milesxa day. Electric is roughly 1.4p per mile. No road tax.

They are very simple. The chap at the dealer reckons they will go on for a long time. Although I expect and major, out of warranty work would be dear I don't really know how they are built to say they just pull a circuit board out and bin it. And I've had expensive ECU etc issues in a petrol car before.

Has been very cheap as we got in early on what was fairly uncommon tech. Cost to get a new, full spec leaf is double what we paid for ours iirc.
 

texelburger

Member
Location
Herefordshire
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.
I've had exactly the same on a little lane.I was very nearly run over as our neighbour was playing with her sat nav.They really DO need some kind of noise to make people aware.
 

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has issued new advice to help growers understand the importance of measuring pest populations before any decisions are made on insecticides. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Ahead of the trapping season, the PGRO has produced a new masterclass video to help growers understand how to trap and assess pest populations. The key advice is that using a range of preventative tools will be crucial for farmers looking to reduce cases of pea and bean weevil, pea moth, and silver Y moth this spring, while finding more sustainable ways of farming in line with new agricultural policy, according to the PGRO’s research and...
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