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 #152806  by Mark
 Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:29 am
I wonder how many of you have taken the plunge and are driving an EV?

I know NeilV and Andrew&Debbie have Leafs (Leaves?) but are there any more EVs out there?
And how are you finding them?

We bought a BMW i3 a few weeks ago. That might be a suitable replacement for your Z4, Chris.
Seems to have a range of about 175km - 33kwh battery.

It's a whole lot of fun to drive and the acceleration is way better than I have come across in anything before.
So much for my previous view of EV's (apart from Teslas) being for little old "green" ladies (Jeanette Fitzimonds?)!
 #152813  by Nut17
 Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:25 pm
If I could find someone to pay a reasonable price for the Z4 I would probably import a Nissan Leaf - purely as a toy at this stage. Marg would probably use it as her daily driver but the range is not good enough on three days a week.

I did look closely at an i3 Mark. It was very low Km and had been re vinned after being written off in Aussie. It did only have superficial panel damage and was indistinguishable from new - A bargain at $40,000 from a BMW dealership. An added bonus was that it was the model with the petrol powered range extender charger. I do have issues with the styling. Very un BMW like. The three schoolboy designers obviously had a separate section to design - Front / Middle / Back and the were not introduced until the car was built. :D :?
 #152815  by NeilV
 Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:30 pm
What do you mean range isn’t good enough for three days a week?
My wife was doing 5 days a week and 100kms a day, charging overnight ‘fills the tank’ like with your phone, so you always have a full ‘tank’ the next day anyway?
 #152816  by DarrenM
 Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:43 pm
My mother in law bought a leaf, I may have given her quite a hard time about that ugly little electric car, several months later I drove it... Bought one immediately, what a fun car to drive.
Driven it to work every day, for over two years. Have taken it from 100% charge to 5% charge many many times and even run it completely flat, past the warning bells and lights, past the limp mode (how many petrol cars have a limp mode to get you to safety after ignoring the fuel light), till it was dead. Got AA to drop me at a charger, and away again.
Like probably most EV drivers I could talk all day about how fantastic that ugly little electric car is but all I will say is, drive one.
 #152823  by Mark
 Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:06 pm
Chris, if it's looks you are worried about (and you are cleary not concerned about continuing to use a dirty ICE in a hybrid :-T ) then have a look at the i8 :-)
https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-c ... d8c77b-002
https://www.bmwblog.com/2018/05/01/whic ... 10-spyder/
 #152830  by Nut17
 Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:52 pm
NeilV wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:30 pm
What do you mean range isn’t good enough for three days a week?
My wife was doing 5 days a week and 100kms a day, charging overnight ‘fills the tank’ like with your phone, so you always have a full ‘tank’ the next day anyway?
Three days each week Marg has commitments that require more than 100 km on those days. She would be very nervous running close to maximum range on those days.
 #152831  by Nut17
 Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:56 pm
Mark wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:06 pm
Chris, if it's looks you are worried about (and you are cleary not concerned about continuing to use a dirty ICE in a hybrid :-T ) then have a look at the i8 :-)
https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-c ... d8c77b-002
https://www.bmwblog.com/2018/05/01/whic ... 10-spyder/
It is a shame that good looks attract such an extreme price penalty. However, I could live with an i3. The pluses definitely outweigh the negatives. :TU
 #152832  by Mark
 Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:03 pm
Nut17 wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:52 pm
NeilV wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:30 pm
What do you mean range isn’t good enough for three days a week?
My wife was doing 5 days a week and 100kms a day, charging overnight ‘fills the tank’ like with your phone, so you always have a full ‘tank’ the next day anyway?
Three days each week Marg has commitments that require more than 100 km on those days. She would be very nervous running close to maximum range on those days.
Chris, that doesn't have to be a problem. Is there a fast-charger at her destination, or on the way back? If so, it's only 15 mins to put enough in the tank to get back home. Here's the map https://charge.net.nz/map/
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