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JBR

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Would you buy an electric car?
« on: Aug 24, 2022, 05:54:33 PM »
What are your views on EVs?
Bearing in mind that our wonderful government has announced that the sale of internal combustion engined cars will be banned in 2030, and many car manufacturers are already selling only electric vehicles, if you drive what are your plans for the future?

I am 70 and Marge is 61, so we expect to still be looking for a new car within the next few years.
An EV would not be practical for us.
We often drive for a day out and usually holiday in this country.  An EV would not have the necessary range to drive very far without having to stop for a few hours to recharge it.  Also, Marge regularly drives to see her aged mother on the other side of the Pennines and takes her for a drive out as she can't walk far.

EVs are OK if you just want to go shopping or a visit of only a few miles.  Even then, having bought one your new car would have lost a great deal of its value after, say, five years when the battery is failing and would need replacing at a large proportion of the cost of a new car.
What do those of you who drive intend to do in the next few years?

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #1 on: Aug 24, 2022, 06:11:53 PM »
Yes. I have a Dacia Spring still on order from last November because there is a long waiting list.
 It is ideal for where we live and for our lifestyle.

I also expect to cover much of our roof in solar panels so it can slowly recharge over a day or three. As long as there is over 1.2KW, it will charge.
Range is nearly twice around the Island.
The Battery is guaranteed to 80% capacity for 8 years or 120,000 kms

The Dacia Spring is a sensible sized 4 seat  EV with very good reviews from owners.

We will keep one or both of our ageing fuel burners as backup because a spare car is fairly essential here as it can take 3 weeks for spare parts to arrive by ship. Once small 4wd EVs become available, I will get one of those to replace them.

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #2 on: Aug 24, 2022, 10:04:40 PM »
No way do I want an electric car, not until they are tried and tested and much easier and quicker to charge up.

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #3 on: Aug 24, 2022, 10:43:33 PM »
Apparently the slimy Gove has announced something about 2040 today. In his dying days as a rotten politician, he seems determined to want to foist even more misery upon this decaying bin of a country. Who wants these wretched measures, less and less squawking heard now from even the Green shmucks, apart from smashing up petrol pumps on the M25 today - mindless little b'stards, who should have their funds, or their parents sequestrated to pay for 'criminal damage' and locked up for 12 months hard labour minimum!

An 'Electric Car' oh wow! Who'd spend £30k. (starting prices) for a battery matchbox that is useless for 4 hours after travelling at best for 200 miles. Then the battery goes plonk after a few years, with an unknown future replacement cost, or availability? In addition whats the next great regime of Boris weenies going to do to replace the exorbitant fuel duty and VAT revenues, presently financing their daft potboiler economics? Electricity up 800% what a kick in the butt for their short sighted ideological plans! Imagine London to Birmingham £168 to charge up at a lamp post, if you can find one and recently christened by the local canines!

Shame he doesn't stay in his beloved Ukraine, preferably in the target zone!

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4730134/All-petrol-diesel-cars-banned-2040.html

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #4 on: Aug 24, 2022, 11:22:22 PM »
Forgot to say: Apart from the 8 year/120,000km battery guarantee, the Dacia Spring price after grants in GBP would be about 11k.




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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #5 on: Aug 25, 2022, 07:14:25 AM »
I have (RELUCTANTLY) a self regenerating, or whatever they call it, hybrid, because what I really wanted was no longer made (petrol, automatic Mondeo hatchback which was this car's predecessor. It cost £8,000 more than what I wanted would have cost, so even doing 50 mpg that represents a lot of miles even at today's prices.
Pure electric, as things stand, would be totally impractical for me; living in a bungalow with plenty of space I could install a home charger - but why the hell should I go to all that trouble and expense, especially when a journey of any length needs military planning!
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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #6 on: Aug 25, 2022, 08:31:20 AM »
You can charge the Dacia Spring  from a normal socket overnight.

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #7 on: Aug 25, 2022, 11:59:07 AM »
Apparently the slimy Gove has announced something about 2040 today. In his dying days as a rotten politician, he seems determined to want to foist even more misery upon this decaying bin of a country. Who wants these wretched measures, less and less squawking heard now from even the Green shmucks, apart from smashing up petrol pumps on the M25 today - mindless little b'stards, who should have their funds, or their parents sequestrated to pay for 'criminal damage' and locked up for 12 months hard labour minimum!


Ah, so the penny has begun to drop.  2040 now rather than 2030.  I have the distinct feeling that it will keep being pushed back further and further for the many reasons already stated.
I wonder what all the car manufacturers, who are no longer offering ICE cars, will do one day when few people are interested in the electric alternatives!


Yes, I read about the 'green' idiots smashing up petrol pumps recently.  The logical course of action would be for the filling station staff to call the police, but then again, as long as nobody's feeling have been hurt on Twitter what would the police do?  Even if they bothered to come out, they'd probably provide some tea and biscuits for the criminal protesters.  It's what they seem to do these days.

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #8 on: Aug 25, 2022, 12:06:56 PM »
I have (RELUCTANTLY) a self regenerating, or whatever they call it, hybrid, because what I really wanted was no longer made


Unfortunately, I believe that they too are going to be banned by 2035, and I assume the same problems regarding battery replacement and resale value after a few years would also apply.

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #9 on: Aug 25, 2022, 01:16:55 PM »
We have never bought a brand new car, will keep this diesel going for as long as possible and replace it with another, it is good on mileage, and only £30 year car tax.   2040 will see us out, my husband will be 101 then his driving days will be over.

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #10 on: Aug 25, 2022, 09:13:42 PM »
well, in 2035 I will be 98, so if still above ground, unlikely to be driving, so sod 'em
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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #11 on: Aug 26, 2022, 12:01:53 AM »
Plastic, Diesel engines.......I wonder what the devastating news will pop up about EV in 40 years time?

As it goes, my next car will be electric. Iíll not be buying one though, itíll be leased via a company at a lot less than mates rates.
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Iíve driven one a few times now.....weird at first but I liked the one i drove.
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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #12 on: Aug 26, 2022, 11:32:48 AM »
Plastic, Diesel engines.......I wonder what the devastating news will pop up about EV in 40 years time?

As it goes, my next car will be electric. Iíll not be buying one though, itíll be leased via a company at a lot less than mates rates.
Thatís what friends are for 😂 

Iíve driven one a few times now.....weird at first but I liked the one i drove.


I agree, but an EV is surely not an investment!

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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #13 on: Aug 26, 2022, 02:57:21 PM »
So are you saying a fuel burner is?
You still seem to treat it as a given that people should dig up billions of tons of Co2 and keep releasing ever more of it into the atmos.


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Re: Would you buy an electric car?
« Reply #14 on: Aug 26, 2022, 03:51:25 PM »

I agree, but an EV is surely not an investment!

How can it be when the amortisation costs are as yet unknown? Same as Mrs Boris's bloody windmills, where no lifespan replacement cost contingency is built into the equation  It's all Green virtue signalling at it's worse.