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  1. Its fantastic mate. No regrets, I do 50 miles a day for work. In the summer I charge every other day, and in the winter I charge every day. Im saving about £160 a month on fuel alone. Iv gone onto EDF electric car tariff so my electric is half price between 9PM and 7AM. Its also half price all weekend. It costs me about £1 to do those 50 miles. Im also saving by running the washing machine and dishwasher in the cheaper tariff. Also zero car tax. The warranty and piece of mind is fantastic. Had to use it once as the headlights were fogging up. Got a replacement car for the day free of charge. And the warranty includes AA breakdown for free. I thought id push myself and drove it to the Netherlands via Calais. Lidl have free rapid charging in the supermarkets so basically I drove there Lidl hopping! I got there for nothing!. I basically charged every hundred miles, which worked out well with the kids needing toilet brakes. The charge took 20 mins. The only way I can see this car not working for me, would be if I couldn't charge at home. As all the UK free chargers are in supermarkets, and they are not the quickest taking about 4 hours to charge from nothing to full. And paying for rapid charging at double the cost would make it about £6 for 150 miles which would start comparing to a efficient small car. (although you would still have all the troubles of dealing with car engines, oil leaks, exhausts etc. ) If you need any advice just ask. If you want to know where chargers are near you, get zapmap installed on your phone. Fon
  2. Aye Happy Christmas people, Hope you have lovely family time. Fon
  3. Im taking the kids to Centre Parcs in Belgium. Its far cheaper than the UK for the booking and the addons. Plus in my new electric car its going to cost £10 to drive there!!! Fon
  4. Use zap map. You can filter charges by the speed or cost. If your looking at a leaf get an OBD2 scanner and an app called leafspy. It will show you how much of the battery is already damaged. If it's 4 years old expect a 10% reduction on the battery. Fon
  5. The battery's that are charged from the cars alone, come from braking. The car use's a generator to break, or when coasting. So they are more efficient. And your breaks can last several years without replacement (provided you actually put the car in nutural and use them once in a while or they just corrode) Phev models are ok, but I wanted less repairs. No filters, no DPF to get blocked, no exhaust to fall off, no engine management lights, no plugs, etc... Plus with a Phev you are only getting about 30 miles from a charge as your lugging the engine around all the time. You really have to be careful in your planning. When I collected the car I had to drive a few hundred miles back. I did lots of research and you need a plan b and c, as you may arrive at a charger to find someone else using it, or a petrol car (ice) blocking it. It could also be faulty. If you dont have spare miles in the battery to find another charger your screwed. Some people phone ahead to make sure its working. There are loads of different companies providing chargers. So you end up with loads of apps on your phone to start the charging process. I was lucky on the way back. I planned two charges and both were as expected. I charged from about 20% to 80% in 25 mins. I paid about double what I would pay at home. In that time I played with Android Auto in the car, and ate a Big Mac. I dont plan to charge on the road daily, as my work home commute is only 50 miles and I can charge from home. A lot of supermarkets are now installing free chargers so I may give that a bash later. Fon
  6. Im doing £200 a month in fuel at the moment. Iv found a Hyundai Ionic that is totally electric, not one of these hybrid things where you still have an engine to drag around. The range varies with temperature and driving style, but I should get between 130-150 miles on a charge. That charge will cost me £3 from a home charger. They can be charged from a normal 3 pin plug (10 hours). Or a faster charger that you can install at home for about £300 (4 hours.) Or a rapid charger installed at varies places around the uk (double the cost to charge but only 30 mins) IF you want to know how many rapid chargers there are near you get Zapmap. Seems like a no brainer to me. The money im going to save in fuel / tax, along with it being half the money to insure than my current Merc, makes it all make sense. And the battery has a warranty for 8 years, the car for 5 years, (im buying a two year old one for £16K) Its got all the bells and whistles, cruise where it will slow down if the car in front slows down, it will turn round bends if it sees the white lines by itself (you must still touch the steering wheel every 30 seconds) and android play etc. Ill let you know how I get on, but thought after many months of research Id share the idea to other geeks who fancy a new project. Fon
  7. I promised to keep this place open for you guys, and I will until my dying breath! Ill hope its a place you can all come to if other places shut. So who's still here? Fon
  8. https://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1095512/keith-flint-dead-the-prodigy-gail-porter-tribute-latest-news-cause-of-death Some great tunes from this lot, Sad things is im nearly the same age, starts making me think about my future....? Fon
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    I'll say it again. Do matched betting. You can't lose! www.tinyurl.com/jonyfon Fon
  10. OMG its Finger! Good to see you mate, Fon
  11. Got promoted to deputy running the flying school. Then the airlines started recruiting all our instructors. Now left with too many students and no instructors and turning away business, Starting to think its going to look bad on me! Fon
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    Dont be sorry, I created this place when datacave closed. Its purpose was to be somewhere to meet if other places shut down. Feel free to post this type of stuff whenever you want. Fon
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