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  1. I'd have thought a wheel coming off the car was more serious than a minor issue!
  2. The market for new cars is around 1.5M new cars each year, that's 1.5M drivers all with different requirements, situations, locations, budgets. That particular EV designs do not appeal to you, or work for your situation doesn't mean the same applies to everyone else. There's large areas of the country where public transport isn't viable for many journeys and for people wanting a smaller car, zero emission so doing their bit for the planet and local air quality, used mostly for shorter trips then those smaller EVs work and are attractive, they must do because the manufacturers are producing them and there's people queuing up to buy them and that's the only real test, will people buy them and they are.
  3. UK sales of EVs have increased sharply and so far in 2022 they are outselling HEVs, and PHEVs, and diesels. https://www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/car-registrations/ I'm sure that EVs with their current combination of pricing and range won't yet work for many buyers, they didn't work for me when I was buying a car, but I can see the trend and the new model launches and by the time I come to replace my car in a few years time I've no doubt by that point I'll be getting an EV.
  4. Currently the car manufacturers can't build EVs fast enough, with buyers sat on long waiting lists for delivery so the current restriction is not a lack of willing buyers, but a lack of manufacturing capacity. It appears there's plenty of buyers keen to switch to electric. But in reality no one is being forced to get an EV, there's no plans to stop sales of new regular petrol or diesel cars until 2030 and even then petrol and diesel hybrids or plug-in hybrids will be sold until 2035. Even after 2035, there will be plenty of used petrol cars available for the next few years. Anyone wanting to run a petrol car could buy a new one in 2035, run it until 2045 - 2050. The shift to EVs isn't going to happen over night, while the technology is new and more expensive it will happen first at the higher cost, premium end of the market with the premium brands and the larger vehicles. But battery costs are falling rapidly and manufacturers are launching smaller EVs - Mini, the new Ora Cat, MG are reported to be launching a small EV their MG4, VW have their ID3 with a smaller model to follow planned. Peugeot and Vauxhall already have the e208 and Corsa-e.
  5. From the news articles I can find, the EU is not proposing to ban PHEVs but it is looking at the assumptions around how much mileage is done on electric vs fuel when calculating PHEV emissions. If the current assumptions are not accurate and don't reflect real world usage then updating them seem reasonable.
  6. It seems to be working as a good marketing tool, giving you a few hundred yards of EV experience to get you thinking about having a PHEV or EV as your next vehicle !
  7. Yeah I had the same, battery change, and it seems to stop Toyota's process until you've clocked up sufficient miles after the reset. What was rather irritating though was the 'computer says no' attitude, rather than provide some basic feedback on what they found at that point, albeit with the need to come back after the extra mileage to confirm the result and validate the extended warranty.
  8. Check what side the fuel cap is located because they're not self-filling hybrids and you may want to pop into a petrol station on the way back to fill it up.
  9. I'd agree with you on the earlier EVs and hybrids because these didn't have any noise generating system, so they really are almost silent at low speeds but I thought the newer models were all fitted with an acoustic warning system, has it got one and it's just too quiet, or don't they have them? https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-noise-systems-to-stop-silent-electric-cars-and-improve-safety
  10. Go back 10 years and the affordable EVs like the Nissan Leaf had 24kWh, the i-MiEV had 16kWh, it was only really premium EVs like the Tesla Roadster that had 50kWh. The Leaf e+ is now at over 60kWh and it is still a regular sized hatchback so Nissan managed to increase the battery capacity by 2.5X without turning it into a SUV. I practice I doubt you'll see a model like that for a long while because a little car will get near 4 miles/kWh, so 120kWh of battery capacity would provide over 400 miles of range, but most people don't buy little cars for long distance driving. No one drives a car like that for 5+ hours non stop. The manufacturer would sell more by having a smaller battery and selling it for a lower price.
  11. Tesla M3 has plenty of range, MG5 isn't bad either, Nissan Leaf e+ is fine and none of these are SUVs. Peugeot/Vauxhall have fitted 50kWh of batteries into a e208 and the Corsa-e. Car manufacturers are launching EV SUVs because they want to sell SUVs and because SUVs sell at better prices than smaller cars. Overall the technology has improved significantly in the space of a few years, typical EV battery sizes have increased significantly with most now 50+kWh, with many now 70 or 80 kWh providing over 200+ miles of range. Rapid charge rates have increased sharply, making long distance driving possible with short charging stops. And prices are coming down, there's reasonable new EVs now available for prices similar to conventional cars and hybrids. What we don't have yet unfortunately is enough of them trickling down into the used market at affordable prices, that's a few years away.
  12. Toyota simply misjudged the technology, lithium ion technology advanced quicker than they had expected, while their alternative of hydrogen fuel cells has not advanced beyond trial scale. You get variations of this same story in lots of industries, companies focussing on one product or technology and missing the development of another, forced to pivot because they bet on the wrong horse. Toyota are not forced to build huge SUV EVs, it's a business choice because those kind of models are the most profitable and sell well. Tesla didn't start with SUVs, it made the roadster and sleek saloon EVs, Hyundai made the Ioniq which is a sleek saloon model, VW make the ID3, MG make the MG5 estate car.
  13. Toyota went half-way there with the Prius Plug-in (aka Prius Prime) but while it's a very good car it does highlight some problems with the Prius design because accommodating the larger PHEV battery resulted in a significant loss of boot space, in practice you couldn't make the battery much bigger while retaining a useable boot. I assume to turn it into an EV it would need some major re-engineering of the back-end to fit a larger battery under the floor of the boot, or under the rear seats. Other manufacturers like Hyundai with their Ioniq seem to have a more flexible platform. I'm surprised Toyota didn't have more success with the plug-in version, but the boot probably didn't help.
  14. That's why the car manufacturers invented and promote PCP, they are in the business of selling new cars and PCP gets the buyers nicely back in their dealership regular as clockwork buying a new one every few years. The customer using a regular 36 month PCP might buy 3 new cars over 10 years, the person buying outright is unlikely to be changing cars that frequently, maybe 2 or even just 1 in the same period. I'm sure it's got its benefits but it's an expensive way to run a car.
  15. Like all brand new cars they are very expensive but the gap has been closing, a small EV like a Peugeot e208 or Corsa-e are around £25,000 so a lot of money, but a Yaris starts at £21,000 so that gap isn't huge. Something bigger like a Toyota C-HR starts at over £28,000 which will also buy you an MG ZS EV. Anyone shopping for a brand new car could probably get an EV if they shopped around. I agree it's more of a challenge if you are looking for an affordable used EV, there just aren't that many about yet because they've only recently started selling in high volumes so it will be a few years until they trickle down into the used market. The more affordable used option are the PHEVs, where you see more ex-fleet ones being sold. Back before the 1960s the UK ran on town gas, made from coal, which contained a significant proportion of hydrogen, people were burning hydrogen in their gas fires, cookers and boilers so hydrogen in the home isn't new, it's actually old. Making all of that hydrogen will be the challenge.
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