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Electric cars are inevitable.

Ok, sorry this has nothing to do with the PS4, but since there is no miscellaneous page, I thought I would post it here, as it's sort of new tech.

I have been following the growth of EV's for quite some time, and 18 months ago bought a Nissan Leaf, and I thought I would pass on my thoughts.

First of all my wife drives it 95% of the time, and she would never consider going back to a petrol car, despite her initial reticence. she loves the smooth quiet ride, no faffing with clutch/gears, and certainly doesn't miss having to go to a petrol station. instead waking up to a full tank, so to speak, every morning.

After having a slight bump, the car had to go in for a repair, the courtesy car was petrol, and I was glad to have the EV back, as she complained about it every day. especially as she had to once more visit the dreaded petrol station.

running costs are about a third of a petrol car, with far reduced maintenance costs another advantage. Battery will charge up to 80% at a fast charger in about 20 mins, a dedicated charger at home (which is free with a government grant) takes about 4 hours. it is only a 24kw so obviously a bigger battery would take longer, and is good for about 80 miles, although there are cars that are now capable of over 300 miles.

Electric motors are incredibly efficient, and 100% torque is instantly available, meaning acceleration is rapid, and great for nipping around in city traffic.

Another advantage for her is the ability to pre heat the car using an app on her phone, no longer having to scrape the car in the morning, instead stepping straight into a warm car.

Over the next few years a whole host of EV's are set to hit the market, with every major car manufacturer now committed to the inevitable electric future, I personally can't wait.

I have added to the original article, to save people from reading through the posts, Anybody wondering about an EV, if you have any questions, i'll be happy to help

Oh Fully Charged is a great resource if you are interested in EV's, here's a sample https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMfxJEfb4lw

Just a few things that might be confusing for people. Why do I mention 80% charge and not 100%? well the last 20% the battery does not charge as fast, just how batteries work. same for all batteries, including phones etc.



posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

comment by Amigawolf no longer MIA (U18508)
posted 21 hours, 5 minutes ago
Also Cigarettes and alcohol are more personal, and don't affect others directly. Humans driving on our roads certainly do affect others.
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Knew guys who drank and drove and still cannot believe they did it...one had beer in his passenger seat while driving and boys on the West of Ireland just drink and drive due to distance of pubs from home.

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Mattyp we will agree to disagree, the future is set in my eyes.

Blue. EV's are still new, they will only become more and more affordable as time goes by. car companies have stated EV's will be no more expensive than an ice car as soon as 2025.

EV's will take over our roads for many reasons, and trust me if you love speed you will love EV's. But as I have been saying, peoples days of driving on our roads are numbered.

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

thebluebellsarablue (U9292)
posted 11 minutes ago

comment by Amigawolf no longer MIA (U18508)
posted 21 hours, 5 minutes ago
Also Cigarettes and alcohol are more personal, and don't affect others directly. Humans driving on our roads certainly do affect others.
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Knew guys who drank and drove and still cannot believe they did it...one had beer in his passenger seat while driving and boys on the West of Ireland just drink and drive due to distance of pubs from home.

think you have highlighted one of the reasons automation will take over.

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

comment by thebluebellsarablue (U9292)
posted 15 minutes ago
Amiga

I am from Co Antrim where we are car and bike mad and I live on the coast route to the NW 200 so every weekend I hear bikes and tuned cars going up the north coast.

We have guys heading to Portrush and Portstewart literally planning to drive around and around those towns and rev up and race and come home.....not sure how these young guys will seek or afford telsa type motors?

And petrolheads in Ulster and Ireland generally are young and middle aged....the future drivers

If it is in your blood to go quick and hear the exhaust noise it will take a while to change.

As insert wisely said, we may witness race tracks for petrolheads..

I had a Honda CBR 600 RR last year that did 60 in first gear so how we control that in future is a challenge....need for speed combined with saving the planet???


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Automated driving will remove the model of car ownership, most people will plan their journeys and be sent automated cars and billed for the hire time and fuel.

It will be cheaper than car ownership, wont require any tests, and due to automation will be faster and more efficient, cars will return to the days when owning a vehicle was a sign of great wealth.

As soon as automated taxis are allowed, uber will flood the market and clean up, imagine the same business model but without the drivers wages!!!

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Random, you seem more switched on to what is happening than most. I'm not sure Uber will be king though, but someone will take the mantle.

There is a huge change brewing in transportation, a lot of people won't even see it coming.

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Insert and Amiga.

I am into cars, bikes, the environment and progress.

We move forward or go backwards.

For the planet to survive, as well as modifying transport, we have to review population growth and emerging economies, and that is perhaps the time when hard questions come up.

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Amiga

Ireland had a different cultural view to drink and driving but death on roads changed that.

However, family in NZ say the locals legally have 5 odd beers and can drive because pubs are often away from anything civilized?😊

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

comment by Amigawolf no longer MIA (U18508)
posted 28 minutes ago
thebluebellsarablue (U9292)
posted 11 minutes ago

comment by Amigawolf no longer MIA (U18508)
posted 21 hours, 5 minutes ago
Also Cigarettes and alcohol are more personal, and don't affect others directly. Humans driving on our roads certainly do affect others.
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Knew guys who drank and drove and still cannot believe they did it...one had beer in his passenger seat while driving and boys on the West of Ireland just drink and drive due to distance of pubs from home.

think you have highlighted one of the reasons automation will take over.
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Not condoning it and would not have a pint even and drive or ride a bike.


Partly why I got back into petrolhead land was 9 years sober.

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Never thought you were Blue, but there are plenty of people who don't belong behind the wheel.

As I said it is one of the reasons autonomy will take over.

posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

comment by Amigawolf no longer MIA (U18508)
posted 11 hours, 29 minutes ago
Random, you seem more switched on to what is happening than most. I'm not sure Uber will be king though, but someone will take the mantle.

There is a huge change brewing in transportation, a lot of people won't even see it coming.
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There will be challengers of course, thats the idea of free market economics.. Not that affordability will be put before shareholders sadly.

But uber are clearing the ground for it, taxi firms out of business wherever they go. Un-unionised self employed gig-economy workers with no legal recourse left.

If we dont sort out how automation will affect society soon, we are all going to get trampled by it!

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