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Old 25th July 2023, 08:43 PM
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Default Electric Cars - What They Really Mean for You

Worth a watch (part 1 of 2 on BBC 1 - the part 1 broadcast is just finishing now):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...-electric-cars
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(1) 2015 Tesla Model S: (was 85D, now 90D ). Silent and deadly, and very fast... But not as fast as Ian's M3P-
(2) 2002 D2 S8 Final Edition: Bulletproof and faultless: Brilliant Black with Extended (Red!) Leather. Three-times winner of Best D2 1st prize
(3) 1997 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo: Scots (! ) Green. Fragile, but beautiful.
(4) 2010 Fiat Panda 100HP. White Pandamonium (Final Edition!!). Pure old-fashioned 6-speed go-karting.
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Old 1st August 2023, 06:04 PM
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Hope you enjoy the trip - would love to hear how you get on with this
The travel up to Berlin is a breathe, plenty of Tesla superchargers and facilities there if you want to eat or relive yourself. But most of toilets are paid access 1€. We did not have any change and ATM was out of order so had to rather embarrassingly limbo under hight restricted fee toilet for kids.

We almost missed ferry, we had 5:05 DFDS booked, arrived in port are 3:30, was put in staging lane and was there for 1h. Last check in was supposed to be 4:20 but we only got to check in at 5:04, 1 min before scheduled departure time. But still got on ship and there was plenty of card behind us. We boarded around 5:15 and it sailed 5:20

From the Calais it was smooth, we weere using Tesla's built in Nav and also running ABRP on the phone.

After the Berlin it got a bit more challenging, supercharger Poznan is in the old city, a bit hard to find and on restricted area. You have 30min free in there So had to pay 6PLN/1.20 for parking. We had a room booked in Poznan but finding a place to park was a major challenge. Will not be staying there again. We skipped Warsaw supercharger as that was a bit off motorway route and we were worried it would be similar to Poznan. So we went straight to Bialystok, hard to find in the car park under shopping center, Tesla just takes you to car park entrance and no instructions on ho w to find charger. Had to search on Google and found details on plugshare. Then Kaunas in Lithuania
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Old 2nd August 2023, 09:57 PM
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Well.
I see the D2 S8 as Concord for the road trip.

Have a think.
Anyone agree?
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Old 12th August 2023, 06:30 PM
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We are back home. Sorry, ended the previous post abruptly as started writing
while eating for other people, then stopped when they arrived. Will add a bit more detail and the return journey later.

Done almost 3.6k miles in 2 weeks and used a cool MWh of electricity. Or more like 3.2k miles in 4 days and the rest in remainder of 2 weeks Did not doo much driving while there. Spent €33 on charging while there including to power up for the 1st leg back to get to Kaunas supercharger

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Old 16th August 2023, 10:07 AM
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Default Nice stats...

Sounds like a great trip , including covering 3000 miles for a total of 33 . They are such great road trip cars - I'm setting off on my trip later today, looking forward to it too .
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(1) 2015 Tesla Model S: (was 85D, now 90D ). Silent and deadly, and very fast... But not as fast as Ian's M3P-
(2) 2002 D2 S8 Final Edition: Bulletproof and faultless: Brilliant Black with Extended (Red!) Leather. Three-times winner of Best D2 1st prize
(3) 1997 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo: Scots (! ) Green. Fragile, but beautiful.
(4) 2010 Fiat Panda 100HP. White Pandamonium (Final Edition!!). Pure old-fashioned 6-speed go-karting.
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Old 25th September 2023, 12:00 PM
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Default MY #1 selling car in Europe in 2023 now, apparently...

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesm...months-of-2023 (@ 45-60k) - and #2 was the Dacia Sandero (@ 13k)
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Autos Autos everywhere...
(1) 2015 Tesla Model S: (was 85D, now 90D ). Silent and deadly, and very fast... But not as fast as Ian's M3P-
(2) 2002 D2 S8 Final Edition: Bulletproof and faultless: Brilliant Black with Extended (Red!) Leather. Three-times winner of Best D2 1st prize
(3) 1997 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo: Scots (! ) Green. Fragile, but beautiful.
(4) 2010 Fiat Panda 100HP. White Pandamonium (Final Edition!!). Pure old-fashioned 6-speed go-karting.
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Old 25th September 2023, 10:57 PM
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I suspect
1 is due to BIK
2 value for money

I personally don't want either.
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Old 14th October 2023, 03:05 PM
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I bet that got a reaction from those who've driven them!

But look at this: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...=BBD082615_BIZ
Eight years on, maybe Jim's question is the wrong one now? This is worth a (15 minute) watch for those who are interested :https://youtu.be/VKvLM6MS6WI?si=RLZYOm3Fjc1TjnF9
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Autos Autos everywhere...
(1) 2015 Tesla Model S: (was 85D, now 90D ). Silent and deadly, and very fast... But not as fast as Ian's M3P-
(2) 2002 D2 S8 Final Edition: Bulletproof and faultless: Brilliant Black with Extended (Red!) Leather. Three-times winner of Best D2 1st prize
(3) 1997 Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo: Scots (! ) Green. Fragile, but beautiful.
(4) 2010 Fiat Panda 100HP. White Pandamonium (Final Edition!!). Pure old-fashioned 6-speed go-karting.
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Old 14th October 2023, 06:25 PM
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Go and have a drive of a GYB...
You have your answer then.

However for a long range 'land yacht'.... S8 D2 every day...
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Old 18th January 2024, 01:21 PM
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Interesting article on CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2024/01/18/b...las/index.html
One quote is "Controlling speed is especially critical in low-speed environments, like parking garages, with other cars and concrete posts all around. With gas cars, starting off from a stop requires the engine to rev up a bit before the car can start moving. Not so with EVs, which respond differently to pedal pressure."

Now I've never driven an EV in such an environment, though "out and about" on test drives they seemed natural enough. What I am used to is carefully using the clutch or on an automatic creeping against the brake. Is there anything similar on any EV?

Incidentally I also find the "start-stop" functionality of modern petrol cars can be a nightmare when parking, so I invariably turn it off (fortunately I can easily) on my Volvo.
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2016 Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country (4WD) with ALL the toys including adaptive cruise etc. etc. Osmium Grey with Blonde/Charcoal leather interior. Polestar performance "optimisation". (A much rarer model than a D2 S8 by the way!) Oh, and a brand new engine at just under 30,000 miles on the factory one!
Finally: gone, but not forgotten.....
1998 D2 PF S8. AgateGrey/Platinum. Every option (I think) except electric rear seats, tiptronic steering wheel, ski hatch, towbar & dimming door mirrors.
e.g. Cruise control, NavPlus/TV, Bose, GSM, Xenons, Solar roof, Parking sensors, Alcantara/leather everywhere of course. (internal dimming mirror added later)
1998 (very early) Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec; ABS/TCS, Heated screen/mirrors, Aircon, Auto-dim mirror, Leather, Trip computer, Cruise control, OEM Ford SatNav with CD changer.
And before that a lot of Rover 800s, a few oddities, a lovely Triumph Dolomite 1850HL with Overdrive and way back in my schooldays an Austin Seven aka Mini 850!
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