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« on: February 23, 2019, 08:29:01 am »

... also I am aware of several people who are seriously considering an electric car, but are still a bit nervous of being an early adopter, they are therefore waiting to see how other people get on with electric cars.
Meanwhile of course they are not buying a new petrol car.

Breaking cover ... as part of our life re-organisation, Lisa and I have become early adaptors and 3 months ago took delivery of a pure electric car.   We are at the age where insurance and running costs of vehicle(s) totally paid for are low (neither being young nor so old we are considered dangerous) so we have retained the people / dog / luggage mover and that's our "natural" for longer trips.

Initial re-action?  We were worried / concerned at the need to find somewhere / somehow to charge the car, but with a range of 150 miles we find the 'opposite' - suggestion is that you don't charge if you still have 80% battery and it's occasional rather than routine to need to recharge.  We've had a charger point installed where the car is parked on our  own property.  And there are opportunities (not yet explored / having to be used) to charge away from home - ranging from plugging in to 13 amp outlets which charge at 10 m.p.h. through rapid charge units at 80 m.p.h. ...
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2019, 11:55:57 am »

We have a plug-in hybrid car. Left to my own devices I would have gone for a pure electric (probably a Nissan Leaf) but I was unable to overcome Mrs Squirrel's range anxiety, so we ended up with a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

We have a 7kW home charger, which recharges the car's 12.5kWh battery quickly enough for this not to be an issue - we always leave home with a full battery. We have used Ecotricity's DC chargers at motorway service stations - they give an 80% charge in about 40 minutes, but in a hybrid it's really not worth bothering with that for what amounts to 15 miles of range at motorway speeds.

I am not a fan of this technology; it is way too complex for my liking. The car can run as a pure electric, or it can use the petrol engine to charge the battery. It can drive the front wheels directly via a CVT, and sometimes this is boosted by the front electric motor. You can also get it to charge the battery from the petrol engine so that you have some electric range when you enter a town. There is also a rear electric motor which comes and goes as it sees fit, and there's a 4WD mode which does make life a bit easier on that one day of the year when you end up driving on something slippery.

Arguably this kind of vehicle should meet both grahame's requirements - it's an electric car round town, and a petrol car for longer trips. It doesn't half smell of dog.

Would I recommend it? Halfheartedly. If we were looking to buy now, I'd be leaning very heavily towards a Kia e-Niro (the fully electric version).

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2019, 12:12:47 pm »

Can someone with experience advise how the various options cope driving in the snow? Can they cope with enough torque etc?
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2019, 01:47:05 pm »

Can someone with experience advise how the various options cope driving in the snow? Can they cope with enough torque etc?

EVs are much easier to drive in the snow (or in any other conditions) because they deliver maximum torque from a standstill in a highly controllable way.
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