The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby Perry » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:59 pm

Nice! Be interested to hear (later - when you have it) how high the seating is. My elderly mother doesn't like low-seat cars. Too hard to get out and in!
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby phill » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:27 pm

i wish they had given you a better choice or rather
one was available in commercial quantities

60 Ah: 1,195 kg (2,635 lb)[6]
60 Ah: 1,315 kg (2,899 lb) (with range extender)[6]

~<16ks ltr .. goodish but they are capable of better
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby 4765656B » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:49 pm

phill wrote:i wish they had given you a better choice or rather
one was available in commercial quantities

60 Ah: 1,195 kg (2,635 lb)[6]
60 Ah: 1,315 kg (2,899 lb) (with range extender)[6]

~<16ks ltr .. goodish but they are capable of better


Not sure what you mean, "commercial quantities"?
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby phill » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:31 am

production vehicle

there are a few prototypes that are far better than whats being sold
tata megapixel is my fav ( reev )
vw had some good performance data on one .. warning its vw performance data
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby phill » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:37 am

http://www.tatamegapixel.com/
this was what i thought was the car to be launched within a year ( 2012 )
now it appears it didnt die after all

as i found this news
smiley face happy chappie
https://autoportal.com/newcars/tata/megapixel/

thanks for the impetus
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby 4765656B » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:57 pm

Perry wrote:Nice! Be interested to hear (later - when you have it) how high the seating is. My elderly mother doesn't like low-seat cars. Too hard to get out and in!


I've had it for about 6 weeks now.

Front seat heights are adjustable from about 630mm to 730mm (from ground at front of seat - seat slopes backwards down from there).
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby 4765656B » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:15 pm

The whole experience has been pretty excellent.

Importing process - exactly as expected, took 2 days more than I expected to get off the dock and through compliance as it hadn't been biosecurity pre-cleared by Ministry for Primary Industries (MAF) but no major drama to sort out yourself.

Registering - nobody knows how to fill out the paperwork correctly for an EV. Didn't slow anything down but paperwork needed corrections later.

Vehicle performance - awesome. My previous car is a 205kW 2.0 turbo so no slouch. The 125kW electric is still a fun comparison. Driving at 80km/h and being able to just push your foot down and leap forward to 100km/h with no need to shift down and wait for engine to react is excellent.

Vehicle charging. Easy done at home or on the road at DC fast charger. Electricity costs are working out about 25% of previous petrol costs with no requirement for oil change, petrol and air filters.

Vehicle range. As per spec sheet, 130km normal driving per full charge (EPA 130km, NEDC 130-160km). Not quite sure how you'd get to 200km as per claims for most efficient driving but I haven't done an open road eco driving test. Vehicle has a great display to let you know what is using the power - traction / heating / air conditioning etc. Range prediction has been consistent and no surprises although for the unwary used to popping the heater on full on a cold morning long trip I suppose you could inadvertently get caught shorter than you expected.

Vehicle usage. I would say that the "suicide doors" are a nuisance in a car park with cars next to you - awkward little jiggle with the rear seat passenger (usually my kids).

Predicted tyre replacement costs - yes, eye watering!

Overall satisfaction, 4.5/5. Big grin sitting in traffic down a long hill to work in the morning commute as the range continues to extend! Love the overall silence. Love that it's saving fuel (and the economy, and the environment!). No RUC currently. Nice bonus received in the mail today - free access for EV to T2 transit lanes for 12 months - can't say the government isn't trying to encourage it.
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:38 am

Why are the tyre costs so high? Gouging or some fantastic super-hi-tech materials? :-)
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby 4765656B » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:41 pm

aardvark_admin wrote:Why are the tyre costs so high? Gouging or some fantastic super-hi-tech materials? :-)


Bit of both. They are a "special" size and shape used for nothing other than this vehicle. They do have range enhancing qualities.

BUT

NZ prices (only 2 sets available in country) are still so dear I can buy a set retail in the US and ship them here for $600 less than buying locally!
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Re: The year of the EV? (12 Jul, 2017)

Postby phill » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:16 am

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