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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 

 

 

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Sounds great mate. I've never been interested in driving cause I've never really had the need but I'm thinking of getting lessons over the summer. Might do one of those one week courses. 

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Well done Fon!

I'm still trying to get over my IC engine separation anxiety so have been looking at PHEV vehicles.

I don't understand the selling point of 'battery charged from the car engine' stuff as all you are doing is converting fossil fuel to electric at a fairly low efficiency, you may just as well run the IC engine. I think it is purely for the company car crowd due to the tax breaks.

I have a shit load of solar around the house that I currently pump into a set of Lion batteries to run the home, so I 'm comfortable that the technology and process seems sound.

Keep us posted 👍

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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

 

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Fon.

I have been looking on the net, to find apps that are available for free charging.

i was speaking to a guy a while back about it and he shown me on an Android phone, where locations are around the UK. Can i find it now👿

Do you have any tips on getting started? Im looking at getting a Leaf, with a battery owned outright, battery lease to me doesnt seem viable.

TIA

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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 

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On 5/17/2019 at 10:07 PM, Fon said:

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 

 

 

If you do a regular route, regular miles then its def a no brainer. I cant imagine what you'll save. The wife changed jobs from a 40 mile daily round trip commute to a 5 minute walk up the road job. were looking at a mnin £1500 saving and another on running cost of the car. Good luck, just make sure you don't do the old mobile trick and forget to put it on charge :)

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On 5/18/2019 at 1:54 PM, ktv303 said:

Sounds great mate. I've never been interested in driving cause I've never really had the need but I'm thinking of getting lessons over the summer. Might do one of those one week courses. 

M8 listen, don't fook around a lesson a week, crash course it. I only started driving later in life and I went from never been behind a wheel to passing & driving within a fortnight. Takes some doing the concentration levels are immense but it can be done. I think mine was about £800 everything test the lot, I turned into a fookin taxi come takeaway collector within 3 weeks

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Aye that's what I thought about doing mate... Just to get it done with no fucking about .   Can get a week course for between 400/600 here so just gonna do that. 

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