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  1. I got this unannounced text last week, and like you was initially suspicious so ignored it. Though if you look up that company, they seem genuine. Anyhow, got a knock at the door today as the auditer guy was in the area. All they do is take a photo of the charger and cabling back to the matt:e box and the consumer unit. That's it.
  2. You may want to go back to them and ask them to double check with Toyota if they'll cover some of those charges. I needed a new earthing to my water supply, and I don't know what "engineer assist" entails, but the chap needed to call a second installer for assistance on the day as parts of it were a two man job. I did have to pay extra for an IP-rated (ie weatherproof) matte:e box tho, as that was where I wanted/needed it (no space in fuse box cupboard so had to go thru the exterior wall and site matte:e outside), and also extra for a tethered cable (again my choice, but worth it's weight in gold imo!) The original BG man who did the survey checked with office about paperwork, and found that Toyota covered the other bits.
  3. My previous car was a modern mazda, and by and large it was a nice place to be. I had a top spec 2019 mazda6 estate in 'GT Sport' trim, with 'stone' leather interior (ie off white). It was a very premium feeling cabin, soft touch materials, comfy & supportive seats, and was packed to the rafters with all the gizmos I would want that would have cost me an arm & leg (that I didn't have) in a similar 'premium' brand (ie German). It had HUD, Adaptive led headlights (ie full beam and auto blocked out segments for oncoming/leading vehicles), radar cruise w/stop&go, heated&ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, memory seats, 360 camera, bose sound system. No adaptive suspension, and steel springs were tuned for a slightly "sporty" ride, which I quite enjoyed. Only major downsides was being a diesel and doing virtually no long distance driving over 2 pandemic years, and a rather sluggish autobox off the line (but once over 20-25mph had tonnes of torque and was a very linear&predictable power delivery), plus a fairly dated infotainment system with no android auto (later versions added it tho) however it did have a click wheel to operate on the move, which helped. Overall I was impressed with modern mazda interiors & tech. I perhaps would be a tiny bit wary of the cx-60 as its a completely new drivetrain, but AFAIK will only come with a standard mazda 3yr warranty, tho that may be less of a worry if this will be another company car, and thus give the option of coming back to the warm bosom of the next generation/face-lift rav4 I a few years time 😂!
  4. Just chiming in, but from my experience, the hive is a bad fit for the Rav4 in terms of design mismatch for this - @nlee has it right about current required to lock the chargeport on the Rav4, which the hive does not supply until the requested time to start the charge, and the Rav4 does not lock the chargeport when the central locking is activated (despite requiring central locking unlock to release - slight odd omission imo) I also have a nissan leaf, and had previously installed a different charger (ohme home pro), which tries to 'communicate' with the car whenever it is plugged in, in order to determine the current state of charge (this is so you can ask it to charge to a specific percentage, eg on an EV where it is good for longterm battery health to only charge to 75-80% for the average day where you aren't going to require full range). When I plug the ohme to the Rav4, the chargeport locks instantly, as it senses the tiny amount of current, then after ~30seconds or so the ohme settles into "delayed charge" mode, ready to get going at the off peak time, but the chargeport stays locked. Unless you manually start a charge on the hive, purely to lock the chargeport, then manually swap to timed charging in the hive app, I don't think you're ever going to get whta you'd like with the hive. And thta just sounds like far too much of a faff for me!
  5. Unfortunately, for as long as the PCP finance cycle reigns supreme in the private market, the vast majority of people won't care about the long term costs, as they have no intention of keeping the car after it's first 3 years, however it is this choice to order a diesel for mpg/torque/SUV reasons that results in the make up of the future 2nd hand market. Business market similar, in that they'll be kept for 2-3yrs then sent to auction, but in more casss there might be high enough mileage for dpf to be a concern, but probably would have been outweighed by the better mpg returns of diesel in those cases. (obv long distance driving is exactly what a diesel should be for, but what I mean is it still results in a diesel on the 2nd hand market, which might be purchased by a private owner for an inappropriate use-case, resulting in dpf problems)
  6. Don't know about anyone else, but I get a little paranoid if the ICE kicks in shortly before I come to the end of my journey. Its reminiscent of my previous car and its DPF regeneration cycles. I was aware that repeatedly turning off during regen could lead to build up of diesel in the sump oil, which could lead to underlubrication & increased wear (or the bogeyman story/worst case scenario of the oil igniting and engine fires etc), so I habitually would extend my journey a bit and keep the revs up where feasible until it had finished. It was relatively frequent (mazda designed it this way to reduce rate of DPF build up) and became very tedious over time. Anyone any idea if there's a potential downside to stopping the car during one of these fuel/oil circulation cycles? Or do you reckon the car will just try to finish/repeat the cycle sooner when next started up?
  7. This is my experience also. Not Highlands, but my commute & my wife's journey to & fro to her parents is particularly hilly terrain. Today's fully charged indicated range is 55.8 (obv with AC - I don't really understand the point of the other rnage figure, as if you turn AC off and roll windows/sunroof down it'll kill you aerodynamics so you'll never get a better range anyway!), but I usually get 42-45 in practice.
  8. Hi, good luck with your journey, tho if I understand your intentions correctly, I would advise against using the petrol engine to charge the battery ("recharge mode") solely for the sake of then propelling the car on electric motors, as this is inherently inefficient, especially at higher motorway speeds. Unless you are mandated to do so by local French laws, ie clean air laws within local city boundaries etc. (speaking of, have you applied for and recieved a 'Crit Air' sticker for the Rav? If so, is it straight forward?) You'd be much better off just letting the car sort itself in hybrid mode once electric range is depleted. Unless you specifically want to save some electricity for manoeuvring on&off ferry/eurostar/etc, in which case you can force it into hybrid mode once down to 5-10miles of indicated electric range (note - the car will not necessarily keep the electric purely 'safe' for later use, as it will be used in process of HEV mode, albeit very slowly, so I'd want to save more than 2-3miles if this is part of the plan). You should get over 45mpg in hybrid mode on a long journey. If there's time before you're due to go, you may want to sign up to the octopus 'electric juice' app, then charge opportunistically at the local 'hypermarche' instead. They post you a single rfid card to use at certain chargepoints, and the map on the app suggests it works with a range of European chargepoint providers. I haven't used it yet myself, but very curious to see if it works on the continent.
  9. Yeah, but then you're doing bangernomics wrong. This is the point. Idea is that new/new-ish car will cost you maybe a few thousand a year on depreciation alone, but you're expecting it to be worth something when you come to move it on. If you buy something for a few hundred, but expect to run it into the ground, even if it only lasts a year and you have to buy another one for similar money, you'll still have spent less than the new/new-ish option. The risk to accept is that you might be stranded on the side of the road in the middle of winter, so not a great idea for families or those of nervous dispositions!
  10. Good shout. Could it be something under the boot floor? The 2wd HEV will have more of a cavity in there, and thus space for rolling around, plus could sound like a rear suspension "clunk" over bumps?
  11. This is an accurate estimation for me over last 4months (car delivered March 2022), over relatively hilly terrain usually. Also a very accurate estimation 😱!
  12. No, you can't. This crossed my mind also when researching, but when you think it through, it's highly unlikely/impractical in reality, as in order to "steal" a meaningful amount of electricity, someone would have to park up on your drive for a rather long time, leaving themselves rather exposed. They would also need to be familiar with the ohme home pro UI, and how to bypass the setting whether you utilise off peak charging, and cm activate the "max charge" mode. If you're going away for longer period, eg holiday, you can just flick the circuit breaker for complete peace of mind. As for locking the cable, the ohme "communicates" with the car when you plug it in, to determine the current state of charge, and in doing so passes a tiny amount of current, which is sufficient to activate the car's chargeport lock, which stays active until you manually unlock it. This is in stark contrast the the Hive charger, which annoyingly doesn't lock until the off-peak active charging period, so again always a nonsensical paranoia that some oik/ne'erdowell will come along in between and unplug me (never happened, and highly unlikely to do so, but the instant locking is quite reassuring)!
  13. I haven't noticed this myself. I think the hev & phev have slight different/differently tuned suspension set up due to the increased phev weight. Which model/drivetrain do you have?
  14. The depressing reality is that petrol & diesel prices are unlikely to stay static or significantly fall alongside rising electricity prices, for the simply fact that electricity prices are tied to natural gas prices, and my understanding is that most refineries run on gas (plus need to keep the lights on etc!), so the end cost to the consumer will need to go up commensurately if energy prices keep rising. This is entirely seperate from the various geopolitical events that have impacted the fossil fuel markets in recent years. So the only deductions one can realistically make are that the cost per mile to use any vehicle is going to continue to rise, and anyone who installed solar panels in recent years before all the covid/semiconductor/Ukraine crises is probably going to get a better/faster return on their investment than previously expected!
  15. No one can possibly know this, obviously, but you can always let us know tomorrow evening. That being said, I would have expected it to have been to a dealership for its PDI, even if it is a lease, in which case it would be likely to have been at least part charged. Unless of course it’s being delivered to your place of work from there by its own four wheels, and the distance of said delivery is 40miles or more, which would have to be regarded as a bit of bad luck!
  16. No worries. ZapMap is a good place to start to find local charging points. A mostly free app (has some paid-for features, but they're not essential). I also sometimes has used the octopus energy 'electric juice' app - I am with octopus for utilities, and the convenience of this is that any charging will be billed back to monthly direct debit, plus they give you a single rfid card that will operate a variety of different brands of chargepoint without having to sign up to an account for each of the various disparate providers. Not had to use it yet, but looks excellent for if ever using in Europe.
  17. I haven't had much call for the seat heating, but it has been perfectly fine when needed. The seat ventilation is only mediocre imo, especially compared to that of previous car (mazda6 tourer). Bizarrely, it seems to be mostly focused on chilling your nethers to the point of retreat! I would have preferred a more even spread of cooling action across one's upper & lower back, but no, seems Toyota's only interested in boosting your sperm count for the summer months!
  18. I'm making the assumption from your phrasing that you know very little at present about the mechanics of charging your future vehicle? Apologies if I have misunderstood and the following is redundant, but in essence, as @philip42h says, the Rav PHEV can utilise only AC charging, which in terms of public charging is almost always in the UK rated at ~7kw (occasionally 3.6kw, and less commonly 11-22kw, tho the latter is quite common in Europe, I'm lead to believe). And as Philip rightly says, regardless of what the chargepoint is rated for, the Rav will only ever draw a maximum of 6.6kw, because the 'on-board charger'* can only operate at this power. You cannot damage your phev or make a mistake, per se, as the CCS combo ("rapid" DC) connector will not fit in your car's socket. It's not like misfuelling petrol vs diesel etc. You can only use chargepoints with the "type 2" (aka "mennekes") connector. Thus the fastest your phev will ever go from empty to full is ~2.5hrs. However this is not linear, and you can get a usefully good amount of range opportunistically whilst shopping at a variety of locations if you are in the bottom half of your battery level. My favourites for free top ups are Aldi (not all stores have chargepoints, but those that do as no-faff, no apps, just plug in and walk away/into shop), Tesco (need the pod point app, but quite a lot of "superstores" have chargepoints, and all one needs to do in the app is log in & click once to 'confirm' the charge), and Asda (if they have them, they're legacy chargemaster/BP pulse, and the app is a complete pig's ear to use, but can't grumble too much as its still invariably free to charge). Though ALWAYS be careful to note the local parking restrictions, as they may not allow you to stay for >2hrs without slapping you with a £100+ fine!! *for sake of clarity, it's worth thinking of all charge points as fancy plug sockets. The actual "charging" is done by an inverter in the vehicle, at least it is in AC charging. This is because the batteries on vehicles always use DC electricity, so the incoming AC feed has to be converted via the inverter to a form that the battery can accept. On BEVs with DC rapid/ultra-rapid charging, the inverter is bypassed and the DC current flows directly (sort-of) into the battery. Hope that helps with getting your head round the whole charging malarkey. Quite straightforward in many ways (home charging), but can be quite the ballache if reliant on publicly available infrastructure!
  19. Good idea, that could look quite smart if you match it to eg the garage & front door +/- window fascia). Tho I neglected to explain properly what I was getting at - some wall box options which are untethered only by design, market themselves on their small size and thus can be very discrete, eg ‘eo mini pro’. Their marketing bumpf usually makes a big deal about the idea that the tethered cables can look “messy” on the side of your house, however personally for me function over form wins every time (and majority if tethered designs I researched were made so the cable wraps relatively neatly around the box itself), but then again that’s probably one of the reasons I opted for a Toyota in the first place!! PS - I’m not specifically knocking the eo mini pro, it’s just a good example of a tiny wall box design.
  20. Another personal recommendation, if you have to fund your own home chargepoint in Ireland - Ohme Home pro As best as I can tell, this is available in Ireland, and I had installed before ordering my Rav phev (and thus before finding out about the UK free of charge hive charger). Extremely user-friendly, very easy to choose a schedule to charge to eg 80% for battery longevity purposes on an EV for those days where you don't need full range, plus incorporates dynamic load balancing features (is able to detect overall household electricity draw in real-time, and ramp down charging if risk of main fuse being overloaded, increasing back up again when load-balancing allows), and is scheduled to add solar integration options in the future. At the time I ordered it it was competitively priced with other UK chargepoint options, but don't know what the Irish market is like on that front.
  21. I would strongly recommend going for tethered, if you have the option. Getting cables out & packing away every day would get exceedingly tiresome, especially in inclement weather (from experience, rain isn't exactly unusual on the Emerald Isle!), whereas the convenience of simply pulling the handle off the wall, plugging in and walking away is fantastic. Just a personal opinion of course, from my own experiences. I know of others who value aesthetics over practicality, especially when it comes to the frontage of their houses, and one can't avoid the fact that a lot of wallboxes are not pretty - most lumps of white or black plastic, so can look fairly out of place if positioned on the front of eg an 18th century agricultural cottage 😂!
  22. Yep, for the most part I've been fortunate with it in the sense that the app is terrible, and routinely won't respond to inputs, nor communicate with the charger, but for the first 3months it still charged correctly overnight when I wanted to, so I woke to a full battery. Thus I was willing to forgive the exasperating app user experience. More recently, it has only part charged overnight, for no apparent reason, but again this appears for now to have been fixed by the old 'turn it off and on again routine", and eventually the app was updated to be functional again, so I'm back to tolerating it and overall being grateful for the FOC 😂!
  23. It's a really tricky conundrum really, as you've almost certainly paid for it already in some fashion, within the purchase price of the vehicle, as one imagines Toyota's accountants must have factored for a high percentage of uptake given the "free of charge" nature of the offer, especially given the demise of the Ozev grant. So you're left with the tricky concept of "I don't expressly *need* this right now, but it could become feasibly import at in the future re EVs, or be appealing if/when coming to sell my house, and in present circumstances anything equivalent would cost me approx a grand". As long as installation doesn't make a mess of your home/aesthetic appeal, I'd probably still accept it, as worst case scenario you could always have it uninstalled and flog it on ebay for a few hundred quid!!
  24. In a parallel world where humans are forced to be honest, this would be the main marketing slogan - aka, 'it's fairly [excrement], but you'll feel slightly guilty about complaining, because it's "free", and definitely not built into the purchase price/profit calculations of the greater Toyota UK accounts....'
  25. I have this feeling that this may never really make it to reality in a widespread sense, or be very short-lived if it does, without some sort of legal protection being instituted for manufacturers. It strikes me that if the systems are reliant upon anything close to existing tech (which I agree with the multitude of previous posters, is not fit for purpose in its current form), they will be directly involved in fatal & near-fatal accidents when they malfunction, leading to legal action to the tune of millions per case, and given the number of daily accidents on roads all across Europe. We're all patently aware of the power of political lobbying by the motor industry in recent years, and if the most notable headline from the this implementation is the major European manufacturers' legal depts get their workload (and liability estimations) bumped by a logarithmic scale, how long will it be before European bigwigs (from Germany in particular) start backtracking....?
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