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When are you going fully electric?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Ricochet J, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. 4K8KW10

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    Electric cars on batteries can't be driven in the cold.
    They must work on hydrogen or Brown gas as fuels. Electric is a joke.

    Unless they find a way the electro-motors to be supplied with energy directly from the atmosphere, on batteries like these for phones, it isn't going to work.

    How much we need the real Tesla living now :(

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  2. Journey

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    Jebus man, do you bring your utter idiocy to every thread you visit? :confused:
     
  3. PCM2

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    Fortunately that seems to be fixed. The cars shipped to China have a new lip design around the boot which catches water a lot more effectively. This has presumably been applied to the current shipment of EU spec. vehicles and will be applied to new US models. And almost certainly by the time it reaches the UK.

    https://m.weibo.cn/status/4335713429921600?#&video (In Chinese, but it's more of a demonstration).

    I see a few people here discussing the Renault ZOE as well. I just handed mine back after 4 years on PCP. It was a great vehicle, good fun to drive and I'll certainly consider another in the future. I'm waiting on a Jaguar I-PACE (due for delivery in April) which will be on a shorter term lease. But I've ultimately got my eyes on a Model 3. Saw many in San Francisco plus went inside one and was very impressed with it. Also drove a Model S which was a very thrilling ride. A bit like driving a boat though, wouldn't fancy it too much on UK roads or trying to park at a UK supermarket. The Model 3 will be a nicer size over here.
     
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  4. Haggisman

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    So far so good, ~120 miles down, 80 to get back home, quick charge and a coffee and back on the road.

    Would I have gotten back home quicker on an ICE? Absolutely.

    Would it have cost me less than £10 (including the overpriced coffee while I wait)?

    Not a chance!

    That'll be why I've been driving my Zoe to work in sub zero temperatures all week then :rolleyes:
     
  5. PCM2

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    Yeah, ignore the clueless one. I've survived 4 winters with my ZOE and it has been a joy to drive in the snow (compared to other cars I've driven). And in the US in states where the temperatures go down much more than here, you've got Tesla owners happily powering on whilst Diesel cars literally won't start as the fuel has frozen. As you'll be aware, pre-heating the car before even stepping inside is also wonderful. :D
     
  6. 4K8KW10

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    Tesla owners report their cars are cold as outside and their range drops from 250 miles to 75 miles... Good luck, you clueless one :D
     
  7. Jonnycoupe

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    75miles is really far for a car that doesn’t drive.
     
  8. 4K8KW10

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    Not really if you can't defrost anything inside and the temperature inside barely moves up from -20°C to -10°C.
     
  9. Journey

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    You should just ignore the idiot in the thread, they literally no know nothing about 90% of the things they post about, like a troll, but ironically trolling themselves by making themselves look thick as two short planks.
     
  10. satchef1

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    Norway is the world's biggest electric car market (by percentage share). But EV's "don't drive in the cold". Something is clearly bonkers with that statement; either the Nords are just keeping the cars as driveway ornaments, or EV's do drive in the cold.

    It was -5'C the other day. That's pretty cold. Must have imagined my daily commute that day...

    Hydrogen wouldn't be hugely different in cold weather efficiency either given they're reliant on batteries to give them anything approaching reasonable performance.
     
  11. PCM2

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    Indeed. Best not to even acknowledge him as he's bringing nothing useful here. Just utter unfounded fabrication, probably written by some Tesla shortseller or oil tycoon rather than something useful. Like actual owner experience, perhaps.

    And yes, very good point satchef1. But let's not get logic and facts get in the way of things here, shall we? EV range certainly goes down in cold weather. My ZOE took a massive hit from that. But it's quite a jump going from that to something that won't start or is freezing inside. That would indicate a fault, not normal behaviour.

    And here's a nice EV not starting in the cold. I mean, he had to get out and let it drive itself as it was so cold inside. :rolleyes:

    https://twitter.com/Tesla/status/1092153427067494400
     
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  12. 4K8KW10

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    Read the news:

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  13. Jonnycoupe

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    Door handles. Freezing by the new car makers on the block.

    Next.

    Don’t let the door freeze on your way out.
     
  14. 4K8KW10

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    The list goes on :D
    Door handles;
    Windows;
    Charge ports;
    Air conditioning;
    Batteries low capacity.

    You must read the articles - they explain everything.

    elon musk promised..... a fix.... a software update.
     
  15. Haggisman

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    Other than reduced battery capacity, those are all car problems, not EV problems, it's hardly surprising that a company which has been making cars for barely a decade is making a few mistakes. I've had plenty of petrol cars where the door seals have frozen and wouldn't open, but you don't see me spouting nonsense about how they don't work in the cold. Go troll somewhere else.
     
  16. Amp34

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    When it gets to the gelling point of diesel it’s not great for most machinery. Diesels may gel (but it’s not as big a problem as it seems with modern diesels), petrol and diesels with weak, older batteries may fail to start and electric cars have charging and range issues.

    Range drops by 30-40%+ and even when driven for a while they charge at much lower rates than they do in warmer temperatures. If left outside for a day or so they have to trickle charge for an hour or two before they even start charging the battery at anything approaching normal rates.

    We just got back from a group weekend away and you’ll be pleased to know I pre heated* my petrol car 10 minutes before we got to the car park and all the other cars in the car park (including diesels) had no issues starting when we got there. It’s currently -28 (not wind chill), and has been below -20 all weekend. I’d expect an electric car to start fine in those temperatures too.

    *Apps and pre heating ability is not exclusive to electric cars, it’s pretty common on a lot of cars. There are benefits for both type of vehicle depending on what you are doing. For what I did today I’d prefer an ICE, if preheating in a garage I’d prefer an electric.

    Edit: but I’d agree that 4K is mostly talking junk.
     
  17. PCM2

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    Yes indeed. Essentially, extreme cold weather is rubbish for any car. It's true that you can now pre-heat ICE cars as well, although wouldn't want to do so in an enclosed space such as a garage.

    I'm aware of the "issues" with the Model 3 in cold weather as well, I am very well informed about Tesla and the Model 3. But I also know when an issue applies to one specific vehicle vs. it being singled out because it is new and under the spotlight. And sometimes by people/sources who have a clear agenda (that would include Bloomberg). The issues are manageable and it doesn't detract from what is a fantastic vehicle. One I'd very happily buy and drive if it were available here at a reasonable price. ;)
     
  18. 4K8KW10

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    Diesel doesn't gel if it is winter diesel. And extreme cold weather should be -50°C, not barely mild -20°C.
    I had no problems with my Alfa Romeo petrol car at -25°C.

    And what I said is correct - Electric vehicle owners are complaining that their aren't working.
    Now you are misleading everyone and talking 100% junk.

    I don't know what type of idiots you must be to try to hide and twist something publicly known and lie in the people's eyes.
     
  19. TheOracle

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    Peterborough Renault have offered me a brand new zoe with the alloy upgrade for £13,500

    It's just the £69 a month lease which prices it against other (arguably better) cars?
     
  20. Journey

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    Again, it depends on how long you plan to keep it, adding £800 year over 5 years is £4000, that makes the car £17,500 for 5 years. At which point there will be literally dozens of better electric car models on the market, and a much better selection to chose from second hand. I don't think that buying new is a bad idea if it is very close to the second hand price, but the market for EV's is clearly in the high demand low supply area.

    So, how long are you intending to keep it and did you start out with a fixed budget in mind for that many years motoring?