|John Stainforth||22/01/2018 21:51:14|
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I have had a Toyota Prius in the US for twelve years and the mpg is almost as good now as it was when new. I can't really detect any drop-off in battery performance. The whole drive train and battery was originally guaranteed for eight years. The interior volume and loading length is surprisingly good, and highly suitable for model aircraft.
You don't need to be a vicar to drive a Prius, just a little pious.
|john stones 1||22/01/2018 21:53:41|
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Ah good, now you've got humour cracked, work on your irony.
|Trevor Crook||22/01/2018 21:55:51|
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I did consider a used Leaf as a second car. As stated above, depreciation is epic, so they are not too expensive. I decided against it in the end, too afraid of the unknown. But I just had another look on Autotrader, and £8k or less seems the going rate for a 2012 model, the first one I looked at had 18,000 miles. A Focus with similar mileage was only a few hundred pounds less.
The important thing to look for is "battery owned". Nissan (and Renault) lease out the battery on many of their Leafs (and Zoes), which means you make a monthly payment, around £60 I think, to lease the battery. This was intended to remove the fear of battery degradation, as the manufacturer will pay for a new battery when it loses (I think) 25% of its capacity. You can cover a fair mileage on £60 worth of liquid fuel, so I don't think the economics of battery leasing add up. The batteries have proven to be more durable than anyone expected.
The Leaf has an indicator that shows overall battery capacity. It's on the far right of the instrument binnacle, and a battery with full capacity will show 12 bars illuminated. Most cars I have seen for sale that have pictures of this still show the full 12 bars.
So, I conclude that buying a used EV is not a lot more than a petrol or diesel. Routine running costs should be low as there is less mechanical stuff to go wrong, zero VED and cheap fuel if you can charge at home. Routine servicing should also be less, although I haven't looked into that. However, when it does need work, you probably won't be able to take it to the mechanic around the corner, it'll likely be a main dealer visit, which will be expensive.
It will be fascinating to see how all this pans out over the next few years.
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Interesting comment near the end of your post. Outlander PHEV owners forum advice is to only buy from and have serviced by a main dealer. I think i pay £22 a month for the service plan.
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Apparently it's much, much worse than that - 72% depreciation in year 1 according to WhatCar! Ouch. Looking at dealer prices that may still be a bit pessimistic, but you'd still have to be bonkers to buy a new one, hence why we have delayed replacement of my wife's car until there are new model Leafs available in the used market in ~18 months. Only the Zoe, Renault's EV, is worse.
Edited By MattyB on 23/01/2018 01:16:06
|Tom Thomas||23/01/2018 03:49:48|
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|Former Member||23/01/2018 06:40:51|
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|Phil 9||23/01/2018 07:25:37|
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I wonder if we will see GPS tracking become compulsory and a pay by mile system be put in place. The data could also be used to generate speeding fines or even limit the top speed of the vehicle to match the speed limit. In theory police may have the ability to remotely stop a vehicle if smart technology is introduced
|john stones 1||23/01/2018 07:30:35|
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I think they might charge for charging Percy, lectric doesn't grow on trees you know.
Almost reduced me to tears this thread, farmers growing solar panels, people at their wits end about depreciation on their second car, poor getting left behind again, and now I find out Dick Turpins dead. Still it was bound to end badly, "Stand And Deliver" ain't your best option when a motor cars approaching.
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Interesting and thought provoking thread this. If transport follows fliers at my club the future is electric. I reckon about 85% fly electric. (110 members approx.)
Me, I’m going to keep my Jag. for now, it’s a nice ride.
|Don Fry||23/01/2018 09:31:24|
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Arrrrrrr John, but it weren't Dick Turpin daft enough to make his stand before a motor car. It were that daft village idiot, Dick Turnip. Get yer highwaymen right.
|Trevor Crook||23/01/2018 09:53:50|
|938 forum posts|
Matty, What Car's depreciation figures are usually pessimistic as they are based on buying the car new at full retail, which virtually nobody does, especially at the moment. Agreed that they are pretty severe on EVs though. Of course, this means you can pick up a year old Zoe at a bargain price, and it will still have 3 years of the 4 year Renault warranty left. Unfortunately they all seem to be tied into the silly leased battery scheme. I don't know if you can choose to buy the battery, or how much it costs.
A Zoe is saving money for a friend of my son though. He had been paying for a rail season ticket to commute to London, but worked out it would cost less to lease a 40kWh Zoe. This comfortably has the range to take him to and from work (150 miles plus, real world), but there's a free charging point at work so he tops up there. Probably not a nice journey, but he gets an extra car to use at the weekend, which he and his wife never had when he used the train.
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I'm off to work on my coppery and goldy ..........................subject closed now....................next car will be hybrid (perhaps).
|The Wright Stuff||23/01/2018 10:03:20|
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Ha ha. Is that your cunning plan?
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At no time have I mentioned rights, importance, country life or bred and butter. What I said was it would be a shame if a farmer filled his fields with solar panels. He is perfectly entitled to do that if he wishes, but that would cease aeromodelling activities which from my perspective and many thousands of others across the country would be a bad thing! It obviously doesn't bother you, but it would bother me!
Its not my way of life, but part of my life, a significant part, like many for which its a serious hobby that people do whenever they have a spare moment. That is evident at the shows, be it the large expensive and complex models, caravan and camping equipment, vans/vehicles and event attendance every weekend by many pilots and organisers. For many ts not just something they do when they're bored and there's nothing on the TV.
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Edited By ChrisB on 23/01/2018 10:53:07
|Bob Cotsford||23/01/2018 11:16:35|
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A few points occur to me reading the last few posts:
If a model lands in and is retrieved from a farmers crop little or no damage need be done. If the model lands in a solar farm the possible cost of damage done could be very high, what does a large industrial panel cost, including the cost of fitting it?
If a farmer fills his field with solar panels, is he still a farmer?
If the police are given the ability to remotely stop a vehicle, how long before the villains learn how to do the same? Old Dick Turpin will be back in business
|Piers Bowlan||23/01/2018 11:29:17|
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Thinking of the solar farms in farmers' fields, if the solar array is greater than 9 square metres, then the farmer needs planning permission, and as a model club you would be able to put your objections in to the development.
|Jez Saunders||23/01/2018 12:19:22|
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Food and fuel will still need to be grown and more in the future, please don't worry about losing areas to fly ! We are getting off topic !
|Don Fry||23/01/2018 12:34:09|
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Bob, we used to have the ability to stop villains. Low tech ramming job. Now it's the villains do it . Called an insurance scam. Sorry about an off topic post.
Would Tom Thomas and Chris B stop arguing please.
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