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thecaretaker last won the day on October 21 2017

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  1. A year on and I'm loving the Leaf although I confess the build quality and handling isn't a patch on my Prius. Interesting reading the older comments in my original post and wondering if peoples views about BEVs have changed at all? Still no BEV in Europe from Toyota although they have said they will have a BEV in 2020 and 10 models by 2025. Toyota pushed forward their plans to have a BEV from their initial 2030 date. Toyota have turned to China to make their first BEV and currently a version of the C-HR is available in China. Toyota feel that China are one of the fastest growing markets for BEV's. I'm guessing this will be the first model exported to Europe. I have not seen any details about battery size or range. According to ZapMap, Electric Charging station locations now outnumber petrol stations, so the infrastructure is getting better plus 90% of the time you charge overnight from home. As for standardisation, a new government rule has (or will) force charging companies to make all chargers take credit/debit card payments. The two common standards covering fast charging are the Japanese CHAdeMO and the European CCS Combo systems. Something to keep in mind for the future is the UK government ban of new petrol and diesels in 2040. Many owners are trying to trade in their dirty diesels for Hybrids (often buying Toyota) and residual prices for diesel cars are dropping fast. But something to keep in mind is that ban may also include some Hybrids. Although the government has confirmed that hybrid cars will be excluded from its 2040 ban on petrol and diesel car sales, the small print says that they must come under the category of ultra-low-emissions vehicles (ULEV). This means they must produce less than 75g/km of CO2. Even the Toyota Prius currently produces 84g/km of CO2 and most other Hybrids from other manufacturers don't come anywhere near that figure. Only a handful of Plug-in Hybrids currently meet this requirement. So as we creep closer to that date, values of second hand Hybrids could do the same as diesel are doing now. There is also the possibility that the 2040 date is bought forward to 2035 or even 2030 as in some other countries. I am a Toyota fanboy and I really hope that Toyota gets its act together and starts producing a BEV for Europe pretty soon. An all electric Prius would be fantastic but I can't see that happening anytime soon. Most BEVs are standard steel construction, so with heavy batteries are very heavy cars. If Toyota made a BEV similar to the Prius with Aluminium body parts, it could prove extremely economical with a longer range than its competitors. I know it was an old slogan, but I remain sceptical that 'The Car in Front is still a Toyota'.
  2. That was based on the original Leaf. The new 2018 model Leaf 2, Nissan says they have sold 37,000 cars in 8 months in Europe. I don't know if any of these buyers were hybrid owners.
  3. I wonder how many Hybrid owners will do as I've done as EV becomes more mainstream. I guess for some it will be a logical move. In my neck of the woods, in my own town and the next largest town, the Toyota and Nissan main dealers are run by the same company and where I purchased mine, both are situated on the same site and share the parking. I am sure it helped with the PX rate that I got for my Prius.
  4. After being a very happy (and loyal) Prius owner for near on 8 years (Gen3 and Gen4), I have retired now and have decided to become a full EV car owner which will meet my requirements for 95% of the time (I do very low mileage these days and I've only clocked up 9000 miles on my Gen 4 Prius). Unfortunately, it looks like Toyota is possibly 2-3 years away from releasing their first all electric vehicles, so I have placed an order for a new 40kHz Nissan Leaf. There is currently a 5 month lead-in time due to their popularity. I'd like to thank everyone on this forum for your help and support. I hope you found my input useful too.
  5. I actually like Dishwasher White 🙂
  6. I understand that this Toyota officially licenced diecast model was issued to dealers to celebrate the launch of the Gen 4 Prius in 2016. They were not available to buy in shops, but as often is the case, some ended up on an auction site. I have been searching for 2 and a half years for a white one. It arrived in the post today and is now on display in a glass show case.
  7. I give Toyota top marks for recalls. My 86 year old father has a 10 year old Yaris and still gets notifications of recalls by letter. Last one was 2 years ago (air bag connection I think), but it amazes me that they still support such old models. It is immaculate still. Looks like my Prius is included in this one but it seems a voluntary recall, so assume it doesn't need immediate attention. I can wait until the next service.
  8. I found that some cases work better with the Prius than others. I bought a black solid plastic wrap around case that is very thin and it works perfectly. I have used more chunky cases, rubberised cases and transparent cases and had similar issues. What you need is a thin flat case with no patterns embossed on it. I did have issues with a very old Samsung phone due to its small size it would roll about in the Prius QI charger and it would loose connection, but my S7 Edge fits perfectly. It will be a matter of trial and error with the cases. I bought several before I found the right type. The Prius QI is considerably weaker than some of the chargers I have at home. This is the type that works in mine...
  9. That does seem strange especially on a car of that spec and a car which I assume is based on the Prius hybrid. I see in the 2017 brochure it says "All speed dynamic radar cruise control" so maybe being able to set it for all (any) speed, you can set it for 5-10-20 mph and it will keep that speed unless a car is detected in front of you going slower than 10mph. Would that be the same as using a speed limiter? I confess, I've not used the speed limiter on my Prius, will have to give it a go...
  10. I use it on A-roads that are known to be reasonably straight. On twisty country roads I want better control of the car. It works very well. If I had to find a fault, it is if somebody turns off that the car is tracking, the car slows down OK, but when the car is no longer in front of you, it can be a few seconds before it starts to accelerates back up to speed. Not a problem for me, but the impenitent driver behind you thinks your messing about...
  11. Yes, here you go: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01GHR36VY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  12. So looks like mine is working normally then. Thanks for that, much appreciated.
  13. Hello PeteB, What kind of voltage do you get in Accessory mode? Mine starts at 12.0v and drops to 11.7-11.8 in about 45 seconds. But when I turn the Start to ON I get a steady 13.8v Reading on the web, it says a healthy battery should output 12.6v in accessory mode and anything from 13.8-14.7 when running. Would you think my battery is a bit on the low side? I've made a little clip and uploaded it to youtube here. The text tells you what is happening (no sound).
  14. Just spotted one of these. Should be ideal for a Prius cup holder!
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