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  1. Yes, another vote for this. Relatively common occurrence when driving on roads with no offstreet parking, as the car thinks you're planning on rear-ending everything in sight, although in reality you're just pulling in to allow an oncoming vehicle to pass.
  2. Reasonable response to a reasonable question. Would have been ludicrous to start a seperate topic to answer a question in this thread.
  3. a) Yes b) Sort of c) Sort of The key question is, is it still "free"? Because if so, imho, its worthwhile and any inconveniences are worth it to save what must (now that the Ozev grant is gone for private homeowners) be at least a grand compared to nay alternative. The 'sort of' for b) is caveated by the fact that the last couple of months of the grant were chaos for all installers, and that was also mid-omicron first wave, so there were lots of manpower issues at BG. The actual professionism of the BG installers, both who came to do the survey & bloke who did the installation was top notch. As far as c) goes, there are far more user friendly chargers, plus plenty with more techie features and gimmicks, but for the most part this one simply works when I want it to work (off peak rates). The app is fairly atrocious tho, and since a recent update is completely bricked for me (although because I set the schedule before this update, it continues to operate as planned). Would be a nightmare for anyone with a full ev, or who wanted to charge here and there in the daytime as well. If I was spending my own money, I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole, especially if this was literally my only means of charging and my use-case was different, but £1000 is an awful lot of kwh, regardless of what tariff you're on!
  4. Some may find it tedious, but you can achieve this in regular driving by feathering the throttle to keep the left hand power dial on the point between CHG and ECO, without having to leave in a setting (ie s6) all the time.
  5. Didn't know that. I just have the one with the power meter (ie chg/eco/pwr) along the bottom. I presume its an option to change in the MID?
  6. Yes, I think this was a new/adjustment to the rule about cars capable of driving/manoeuvring via electric only. Came in in the last year or so I think, so Rav would have escaped by being type approved before then. Previously they had to emit a noise below 12mph, now there had to be a distinct difference for reverse. Could also have to be a pulsed/intermittent tone in the same was as HGVs/buses etc, but not certain on that.
  7. 99% of my driving is pootling around in ECO mode, with happily enough thrust for most road needs, tho I did try an overtake recently, about 45mph to 65-70, that took a little longer than I was expecting (EV mode only), tho I didn't truly "floor it". Last week or so, on the rare occasion I have felt like overtaking (I find I tend to drive more sedately in the Rav, perhaps a sense of self confidence, ie knowing I don't always *need* momentum per se) I have clicked the centre wheel into normal or sport, and that's largely solved and concerns. Kind of like a manually operated turbo, in the way that I used to get an inherent sense of what was needed and how to time things for it the turbo to spool up for the extra shove needed.
  8. Yes, it is, tho only as much as stating that all EVs are cr@p, or similar blanket statements. I understand your point(s) and I think you understand mine, tho as prev mentioned, these discussions are inherently more nuanced than can be easily portrayed in Internet (or even conversational) discussions, without being so long and detailed as to stray into lecture hall diatribe/filibuster territory! If one had to boil down the psychological approach of each side of the argument, on a "punter-on-the-street" level, it largely comes down to whether you agree that the *future* of ICE technology is (or should be) dead on health/environmental reasons, then it is only a matter of agreeing a timescale to accept a swap over to the new technology in its current state (or whatever level of advancement had been achieved by the agreed time). Or whether you do not subscribe to this and so believe it should be sustained indefinitely in some form or other. I don't accept the NIMBY-type argument of, "you can do all that when I'm dead/no longer have a vested interest in driving". For my part I gravitate toward the former, and feel the collective emphasis should be on looking earnestly for ways to leave ICE tech behind, at all levels if possible. However I am not so blinded by this to realise that individuals make decisions largely based on personal factors (finances usually being most significant), with societal/public good usually coming secondary (ie the saying "all politics is local"), and that such a step could have significant or unforeseen consequences on a wider scale (eg shipping - to the best of my knowledge, there is currently zero regulation on the engine tech or emissions from sea-going vessels, and the black smog emitting from their exhaust chimenys in many cases if from engines which have been operational for decades!). However, the industry narratives about what personal vehicles should be used for/capable of that you allude to, are a very interesting topic to observe and speculate on motivations for/about. Particularly watching those narratives shift as EV tech becomes a larger part of their bottom line! (I also agree with you that the small car has generally been maligned by manufacturers falsely, even before the advent of EVs, due largely to their being significantly smaller profit margins, despite there being a healthy desire amongst the consumer base for cars of this type).
  9. I haven't experienced this, tho two thoughts come to mind: Re pod point - are you certain that you went into the app after plugging in and "confirmed" the free charge? Otherwise the charger will stop after 15 mins automatically. I'm assuming you know this because of tge other successful charges you describe, but could you have forgotten in the first described occasion? As for the slow home charge, this obviously can't be the same reason. Do you have the hive wallbox from Toyota l/British gas, or something else? My hive app is constantly crashing, and the box & matt:e device regularly make a variety of interesting noises & flashing colours, so perhaps a temporary fault? (I should note, the box has only once failed to get me to 100% overnight, and in that case it got me to 97%,so I was more curious than annoyed)
  10. You should be fine then. I think this change applies only to those ppl who use the on-phone android auto app screen when driving.
  11. I believe if you have one of current generation rav4s from 2019 that originally did not have inbuilt AA/AC, ie USB & main infotainment screen, then you can have this installed via your local main dealer. In a recent thread, I think @FROSTYBALLS said would cost £150 as a standalone appt, or £50 if done at the time of next service
  12. Do you plug your phone in via USB, and the AA screen appears on the main display, or do you put your mobile phone on a cradle and activate the android auto app on the phone's screen? The former will still work, the latter will not.
  13. https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/03/car-tyres-produce-more-particle-pollution-than-exhausts-tests-show New problem to throw into the mix! I knew this was a theoretical problem, but I hadn't seen any measurements/numbers before. BEVs/PHEVs are certainly heavier than their ICE counterparts, like for like, tho the SUV trend was well underway (and so general lardiness of modern car ranges) well before the last few years explosion in plug in sales. As article says, don't know how much could be improved by tighter tyre manufacturer regulation, considering the volume of cheap Chinese [other questionably regulated manufacturing nations are available] ditch-finders tho. ie whether BEV + better tyres is better than modern ICE + better tyres, rather than simply saying "BEVs are on average heavier than ICEs so let's ditch them and carry on with status quo of tyres".
  14. They need to be cheaper, not necessarily better (tho I'm not saying they can't/shouldn't be trying to improve the current status quo). You reference the rapid take-up of diesels, but the comparison is unfair as they cost roughly the same as petrol engined cars (usually a small premium), and/or had financial benefits in terms of running costs or taxation that made them a more appealing overall package vs the petrol model of the same car. This relative cost parity vs the current situation with EVs was largely because the manufacturers did not need to spend billions on R&D for almost all aspects of the drive train, new manufacturing/assembly processes, and raw materials acquisition (which largely cannot be done in-house, at least initially, for EVs/battery tech). Yes, emissions regulations have increased these diesel development costs subsequently, and are likely to kill most diesel models off eventually in Europe, but these are/have been incremental changes on decades of engineering knowledge and manufacturing capability, and thus have been incremental cost increases. Incentives were not needed, because there has never been a colossal price disparity between petrol & diesel models at the point of purchase. Let's be honest, who in their right minds "needed" a teeny 3-door diesel runaround, like a Citroën C1, Fiat 500, Nissan Micra, Ford Ka, etc etc?!? The use-case for that type of vehicle is incredibly limited, so most will have been mis-sold, with salesman spouting the aforementioned financial arguments, but without mentioning that as a short-journey runaround, it will never achieve vaguely close to these MPGs, be horribly polluting, and knacker the DPF for an expensive problem down the line. (off top of my head, the only use-case I can think that makes sense is perhaps a uni student who needs to commute home every wknd, ie cannot afford a different model of car, and might have a hope in hell of making up the price difference to the equivalent petrol). Almost all small cars "should" [pinch of salt] be EVs (or perhaps petrol REx-EVs), if initial costs were similar. But they're not, so they aren't, and they won't be for some time.
  15. I have the phev, which has marginally less boot space than the hev, an 18month old & a 3yr old, and just done a 250-300mile + ferry holiday. The Rav is more than capable for your day to day needs by sounds of things (caveat - depends on size of dogs!) but you should not underestimate the general bulkiness of child-related paraphernalia! For example, if you were trying to load up for a similar holiday, and both dogs were coming and needed half the boot space each, I think any vehicle smaller than a van/van-based mpv might struggle without needing to resort to a top box! I came from a mazda6 estate - lovely place to be for long drives, decent boot, but the percentage of smaller journeys it ended up doing for the day-to-day would have knackered it's diesel engine, so hence move to hybrid (or in this case phev). In a similar family holiday with that car, we opted to bring a roof box, but this was mostly to house the buggy and a few other bulky items, as this allowed a more compact packing of the boot. There are plenty of cavernous booted vehicles, both estate & SUV (tho worth noting that the UK quoted boot size for 'seats up' is only UK to the window line, so an suv shape will almost always be more total volume to the roof), but if the hybrid is the best option for the 95% of your driving then go with it. There are always ways to adapt for special cases, eg holidays, even if it amounts to borrowing a friend/relatives bigger car, or even renting (assuming the rental market calms down again in coming years). The Rav is a great car for a small family, enjoy!
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