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  1. If its proving problematic, you can get brake accessory kits, with a new set of slider pins, bolts, rubber boots and the correct grease for lubricating the boots and slider pins.
  2. The BZ4x doesn't use wheel nuts, it doesn't use the typical arrangement of having a rotor with fixed threaded studs with nuts holding the wheels on, it is reported as using a different design, using hub-bolts, where bolts go through the wheel rim and tighten into the hub. The reports are these bolts come loose and then drop out, allowing the wheel to become detached. It was a new one for me, I've only ever had cars with studs and wheel nuts.
  3. Before you go dismantling the steering wheel, have you tried going somewhere out of the way where it won't be a nuisance and operating the horn button, repeatedly, lots of times, for several minutes or more, to see if the problem is something simple like some oxidation of the switch contacts that you can wipe away with use? Sometimes electrical contacts can oxidise affecting the operation, normally if you're using them regularly they get wiped clean but on switches you rarely use, and often people don't use the horn much, then it cause contact problems. You could give it a try, it won't cost you anything.
  4. From the bulletin, it appears the conditions required are still under investigation, there's no mention of it being caused by the vehicle being pushed beyond reasonable limits. https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2022/RCLRPT-22V444-8502.PDF
  5. It's like comparing apples and pears, the operation and demands are quite different. The EV battery is holding 100% of the energy for a journey so any reduction in capacity immediately affects range. In a hybrid the energy is from the petrol, the battery is used to optimise the running of the engine, so a bit of capacity loss has a lot less impact. The capacity of the petrol tank is unchanged, the thermal efficiency of the engine is unchanged, but the running is perhaps a bit less optimal than when the battery was new.
  6. I think the set you have there is complete, pick-up the parts and check them, there should be 4 normal wheel nuts, the ones in the box are the non-locking ones which have been removed from the wheel. There should be one locking nut fitted to each wheel. The 5th piece, in the middle, is the key which should fit the locking nuts on the wheels, you can check the pattern and that it fits.
  7. Yes a HEV would do, but it isn't as good as a PHEV. A HEV is basically a more efficient petrol car, whereas a PHEV can run on electric from the grid giving lower running costs and lower carbon emissions. It's also nice having enough EV range to do whole journeys purely on electric, particularly when driving around town. The extra weight thing gets raised but as long as you plug the PHEV in, it provides a benefit each time you use it and doesn't make much difference compared to a HEV overall.
  8. Another potential use is when you can't plug-in and are making short trips, run it in charge mode on the first trip and do the second or third on electric. Saves having to warm up and run the engine on every trip.
  9. The energy it takes to manufacture EV chargers and items like charging cables is next to nothing compared to the energy wasted through the inefficiency of the internal combustion engines throughout the life of a vehicle. It isn't the same old story because nobody is proposing a buy-back or scrappage scheme for old cars, only that new cars need to be as efficient and as low carbon as possible, which means that by 2030 they need to have some electric range (the amount not yet set) and by 2035 need to be fully electric. Over time those existing older cars naturally wear out and get scrapped, getting replaced by the more efficient cars which work their way through the used car market. The impact from cars is not minimal, it's very significant, but the impact from things like chargers and charging cables is minimal, its very small compared to the impact of the energy used to propel the car along, the difference in efficiency and emissions between a car using a combustion engine and an EV.
  10. For the last 100 years every car has been fitted with a lead-acid battery and typically goes through several in its lifetime, they are filled with a mix of neurotoxic heavy metals and sulphuric acid. Nobody worries about those, or the batteries in hybrids because they are recycled, just as the recycling capacity is being created for lithium ion batteries. Chargers and charging cables are simple electrical equipment, no different from other electric equipment in the home or commercial premises. Similar materials, similar recyclability, nothing to worry about. Unless you worry about the impact of buying a home appliance or an extension cable, what is there go be concerned about? Compared to the risks from climate change, the problems from batteries and the chargers are pretty trivial.
  11. The online manuals are good and will certainly be available for a 2018 model. Have you tried holding in the 'mode' button on the steering wheel control for several seconds, that mutes and unmutes on mine.
  12. Have you considered going back to the dealer with the list of problems and asking them to resolve? Presumably you've got to take it back to get the scratch removed, I'd also want the missing sun visor replacing because that's quite obvious damage/missing item, ideally a second key providing, a thorough valet and the parcel shelf checking. The sat nav won't get any better but you might want to check if its had a recent map update applied.
  13. Just to clarify when talking about charging, Type 1 and Type 2 refers to the design of the connector for the plug/socket, some early EVs and PHEVs used Type 1 connectors, but more recent EVs, PHEVs and the Prius PHEV 2nd generation (Prime) use a Type 2 connector, so both cables will be Type 2 cables. If you talk about Type 1 cables for your Prius it may lead to confusion. For the charging types, there is Mode 2 charging which charges from a normal 13A socket using a charging cable with a built in controller unit (also known as a granny charger). Mode 3 charging is using a dedicated EV charge-point, using a cable with a type 2 connectors on each end. You want to know whether the Prius was supplied with a Mode 2 Type 2 (granny) charging cable. I got my Prius used, but it came supplied with both original Toyota Mode 2 and Mode 3 cable sets, but I don't know whether that was standard or an extra or added option. If yours wasn't supplied with one and you don't get anywhere with Toyota, you can get after-market granny cables, Screwfix sell them for £175.
  14. I would put the Corolla hatchback in the same class as the VW Golf, Seat Leon, Hyundai Ioniq and they all have PHEV options, other manufacturers can make it work.
  15. It is a shame that Toyota haven't added a plug-in hybrid option, anyone wanting a Toyota that can run off electric is now limited to two large SUVs, the RAV4 PHEV or the bZ4x EV, there's no hatchbacks, estates or saloons.
  16. I'd have thought a wheel coming off the car was more serious than a minor issue!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 !
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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