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  1. Looks like Ford couldn't wait for the Mach E Mustang SUV official reveal.... The spec/pricing options takes some working out. But looks like your need £40k ish for entry level RWD 220 miles range with no options, going up to £60k for the higher spec versions. Our X isn't exactly a looker, but this thing is even worse. https://insideevs.com/news/382397/ford-reveals-mustang-mach-e/
  2. You can export, and some new tariffs let you, but am currently using all the power I can generate. Summer might be different. The tech is great, just a shame its so expensive - makes EVs look reasonably priced! Some energy supplier like Octopus are starting to offer interesting traiffs for people who can load shift
  3. What seems like a long long time ago 6 other people bought a Tesla using my referral code, Tesla than told me they were going to install a PowerWall home battery as a 'Thank You' gesture....... I think that was back in 2016, pretty much forgot about the whole thing, than a few months ago had a call from a local Solar panel install company. Tesla had sent them a PowerWall and they had been told to install it in my house and would be OK to come and do a site visit! The install took place a week a go, and PowerWall is now in and doing its thing. The hardware is a really nice bit of kit, almost silent and doesn't get warm. Apparently has a 10 year warranty and like all things Tesla do its the UI software that's a killer feature. Fully integrated into phone App, allows real time data feed on power distribution in the house, and controls such a off peak E7 charging. It can push/pull at 5KW which is alot of power. Looking at the data from last week it shows how little impact solar PV has in UK The main use at the moment though is the ability to charge the battery using cheap E7 electricity (like the car) and than avoid having to use any 'peak' rate electricity for the rest of the day. Since the install we've only used 3kWh of 'day' time electricity versus over 200kWh of E7 rates!! Our energy supplier is going to have a hissy fit! Overall its a very impressive bit of kit, though not worth the £10k all in costs if you had to pay for it with your own money. You can do something similar with off the shelf DIY kit for cheaper, but clearly getting the software/gateway to work properly isn't something more people can DIY! I can see how localised grid storage can really help deal with peaks in demand and stabilise grid demand overall, just load shifting a small number of houses away from evening peak in electricity demand will really take the strain off the system as a whole. Solar though in the UK is clearly not useful in winter months, even a massive 8KW array wouldn't get any where near covering electricity demands if your charging an EV. I wouldn't have paid for this my self, but when its 'free' whos going to say no? If you are a geek like me, the data it provides on household electricity use alone is really fascinating. But I am really interested how Bulb, our energy supplier is going to react to us now that we are effectively only using half price E7 electricity rate 100% of the time, something which I suspect they have never seen before!
  4. Hope it all goes well, most stress few hours of my life so far. Naively I thought I would be OK to work a long shift the next day.......Work colleagues to this day still remind me how stupid I was to say I would be work 9am the next day, really does change your priorities in life .
  5. Hence the VX was a run away sales success and Lotus cannot keep up with demand? The current crop of mass market EVs are designed to be just that, cars most people buy. The performance is almost by accident. You don't want your daily driver to be fast and cheap to run?? If you want a car to tinker with than EV drivetrains really are hard to ignore, bare in mind we are only at the start of proper EV development.
  6. You haven't looked up how hydrogen fuel stations actually deliver their fuel have you? If you think you can just rock to a hydrogen fuel station and add 400 miles of range in sub 5 minutes you literally have no idea what your going on about, for a start there aren't even a 400 mile range hydrogen fuel cell car for sale anywhere in the world.
  7. Why would I keep count? I've done 40k, so probably quite a few times :).
  8. The only advantage hydrogen had over EVs is refueling time, and these days with proper 100KW+ rapid chargers and good efficiency EVs even that advantage is now gone. A 911 and Model 3 takes essentially the same time to do a 800km+ trip across Europe. If your consider a brand new P Model 3 is the same cost as a new BMW M3/AMG 63, but quicker in real world (and lap times according to TopGear), and you have running costs of sub 5p per mile including fuel/service/tyres versus triple that amount on just fuel costs for a M3, I'm not entirely sure why anyone would buy a new BMW M3 instead of Performance Model 3. Oh 250KW+ rapid chargers are now been deployed, on a car like the Model 3 your be able to add 160 miles of range in under 10 minutes.
  9. You wouldn't even get 60 miles transferring a 24/30kWh Leaf drive train into a Landy, your be lucky to see 40 miles I suspect. The Government grant on new cars is down to £3500, I suspect it'll go complete in a few years. EV new prices have actually gone a bit nuts, £40K+ for Leaf, £30K+ for a small Hyundai hatchback, £40K for the cheapest Model 3 (was suppose to be sub £30K), and for anything with a big enough cabin for families/kids your looking at £70K for an Audi/Tesla/Merc SUV. Surprisingly Mini seems to have come up with a sensibly priced EV, the new Mini Electric is going to be £24K brand new with 140 miles of range.
  10. I didn't realise you guys were part of the Rebellion Extinction crowd!! This was the road test video that got my attention when I first looked at EVs back in late 2014.......EVs for me has simply meant I can get the best of both worlds, a large (very large) practical family car, 0-60 mph performance that matches anything I've owned before, but with running costs cheaper than a Datsun Cherry. If you want/like fast cars, EVs are simply the next step.
  11. 50% at 5 years versus 70%+ at 2.5 years, both are good.
  12. A new 85S back in 2014 was £60k, so a £30k one is 50% residuals at 5 years old with nearly 100k on the clock. I think your find not many cars can match those residuals.
  13. Used ones are now £30k, I don't think your loss much if any value on them for the next 18 month. When used 'P' Model 3s start appearing in another a few years they will be most 'affordable' sub 3.5 second to 60mph cars you can buy, especially after factoring in running costs. But thats partly why used prices are so solid. New prices on all EVs appear to be going a bit nuts, the latest the Leaf is now over £40k with options!!
  14. Our near 3 ton electric 6 seater SUV with sub 5 second 0-60 time has cost me £1000 in fuel, £0 in service, and only £450 in tyres in 29K miles, so 5p per mile including tyres. Ofcourse the purchase price is high, but with the appearance of cheaper new EVs and used Tesla's now starting at £30K you can now get cheap running costs AND great performance. Ironically because of the crazy cheap running costs I think used prices will take a long long time to fall to sub £20K, let alone Z values. Our EV has retained over 70% list price value at 2.5 years old!
  15. ^ I was amazed a reversing camera and even powered folding mirrors are optional extras on a £116k 'state of the art' brand new car......Porsche clearly know how to empty the wallets of their customers.

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