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by Warb
Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 13:19
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

My fuel consumption conversion app says that 9.5 miles/gal us is 24.7594 l/100. I vaguely remember that ludicrous toy bugatti that they made one of (and an owner of the company was the successful bidder) did something like 35 l/100km. Such fairytales. "Gas" is cheap in the US, when I was last there...
by Warb
Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 13:08
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

The popularity of this dirty engine was driven by very cheap fuel in Europe. Petrol in the UK at least has always been cheaper than diesel, though I'm not sure about the rest of Europe. The advantage of diesel has been that it has lower CO2 emissions (when we all got hung up on CO2 without regard t...
by Warb
Mon, 22 Apr 2019, 06:34
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

The main difference being that the city cycle includes a lot more acceleration and braking being stop start. Acceleration is where most of the fuel gets used, accelerate to speed, coast to a stop and repeat every few hundred metres. If you could travel at 50km/h consistently in city traffic it woul...
by Warb
Sun, 21 Apr 2019, 15:41
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

Batteries could be a problem. Very hard to know how much though, as we won't find out how well they last until they have been around for longer. ............. After market cheaper upgrade batteries may become a thing as EVs get more popular though. I fail to understand why we have not simply standa...
by Warb
Sun, 21 Apr 2019, 15:25
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

I have never hit wildlife while driving though I have passed a herd of cows aside the road at late dusk while traveling at high speed on my motorcycle when I was 17 (we know plenty who never made it through that period). I reckon EV usage can often be done when wildlife are less active, and where y...
by Warb
Sun, 21 Apr 2019, 14:58
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

I'm all for EV's but just noting that our 6 year old Elantra manual goes down to somewhere like 5.4 l/100 at highway speeds (not sure about A/C use after all this time and up to high 9's around town. That's the exact opposite of my experience - at 50kph my Ranger (and previous Hilux, wife's Prado e...
by Warb
Sat, 20 Apr 2019, 07:04
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

The inReach does fix the communication issue, though over time the subscription cost adds up, but the car is still undriveable. In our friends case, a 'roo that would have bounced off her previous vehicle made her new Pajero undriveable, in fact nearly causing a major accident as the bar pivoted bac...
by Warb
Fri, 19 Apr 2019, 13:09
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

Warb out of curiosity, from which part of Australia do you hail? I live in the Mudgee area of NSW, but I'm originally from England. Roo bars aren't exactly complicated to make in one off quantities. The making of it isn't really the issue. The problem is that a bullbar only "works" if it's mounted ...
by Warb
Fri, 19 Apr 2019, 11:11
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

I think the adoption of EVs will not be immediate it will be gradual. I think the political parties target of 50% EVs by 2030 is not difficult to achieve. They will be slowly increasing and as there is more demand on the grid the grid will be upgraded gradually, or perhaps people will start putting...
by Warb
Fri, 19 Apr 2019, 05:56
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

The cars available today - Hyundai Kona, Tesla Model S/X/3 are all capable of meeting the needs of much more than 50% of the car driving population in Australia now. The only question to my mind is upfront cost - how low does it have to be for the majority of people to get onboard. We've seen with ...
by Warb
Thu, 18 Apr 2019, 13:25
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

NRMA are installing DC fast chargers in 40 regional towns across NSW. While I wouldn't call them remote towns, the existing infrastructure is easily able to cope with the small number of EVs at present. This was one of the reasons I started getting interested, and also one of the reasons I started ...
by Warb
Thu, 18 Apr 2019, 13:07
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

Firstly for slow charging of cars at home the grid is already capable. An electric stove is on a 25A circuit. If you turn two hot plates at the same time that will be 5kw..... My wife and I had discussed this issue. In reality the use of power is spread over a period of several hours, some people e...
by Warb
Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 20:42
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

"Big" solar arrays would need to be huge. I have a few arrays, the largest being 22kW of panels on a 20kW inverter, but that wouldn't make any impact on a fast charging system. The 20kW system pushed out 120kWh today (and yesterday much the same), which would need to be stored in batteries with a ne...
by Warb
Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 12:45
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 33
Views: 1284

Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

I'm new to the world of EV's, but my wife and I are interested in the "idea" of an electric car. We've been discussing the issue and have a couple of questions regarding the practicalities of EV charging and ownership. There's a lot of talk at present about fast chargers, but I'm not sure how these ...