Top Gear drive the Leaf & iOn

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Top Gear drive the Leaf & iOn

Post by Simon » Tue, 23 Aug 2011, 23:31

8:30 tonight on channel 9 the boys from Top Gear drive the Nissan Leaf & Peugeot iOn... with the now standard plot "we have to push the car because it run out of electricity." Image

edit: If you missed it you can watch it here: http://www.topgear.com/au/tv-show/series-17/episode-6
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Post by htial » Wed, 24 Aug 2011, 04:13

I love watching Top Gear...   ...But sometimes they just go too far...   Image
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Post by Rattrap » Wed, 24 Aug 2011, 23:45

I was reading this morning that when Nissan got the Leaf back & downloaded all the travel data it turned out that the top gear team had in fact partially discharged the battery pack just to dramatize the show & to show what happens when an ev runs out of electricity.   I was gobsmacked when that long hair moron made the comment that the EV running out of electricity clearly shows that EV's are not practical & that Hydrogen is the clear answer.   All it really showed was their overall lack of intelligence. That show should be on the comedy channel!

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Post by Simon » Thu, 25 Aug 2011, 02:39

The scary thing is people might actually believe the Hydrogen hype?!!   Image

Now Nissan have installed 2 charge points in Lincoln! Image
Nissan's response to Top Gear? Here, have two charge points/

The UK EV Project publishes first year results and its data shows that recharge time is not the big issue they try to make it.

- Average charge times of just 3 hours
- Typical users only charge every 2nd or 3rd day at home overnight or at work.


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Post by photomac » Fri, 26 Aug 2011, 19:28

Hydrogen is a romantic concept that has some interesting developments occurring in the storage department - ceramic "huggers" of H2. But that's just one technical challenge.
I read today an exciting development in solid state capacitor development -
http://www.gizmag.com/solid-state-capacitor/19625/
The Top Gear show was very curious. Clarkson actually liked the LEAF's ride, appointments and hiTech features. He was subdued and measured and "constrained" compared to his normal style I thought. Perhaps aware of "change". He was disappointed in lack of noise. I agree with him - it doesn't have the g-Force acceleration like the $350 000 Lambo' they flaunted at the beginning of the show.
Nissan's LEAF marketing is spot on - it isn't the EV to replace all cars. But most could be and nearly all could be with a plethora of manufacturer designs. Case in point - the quick switch to hybrids by sports car developers in order to be as quick as a Tesla!
As for charging - exactly was that issue with new petrol cars in the country way back when ... history repeats itself Image
Yes,   we can.   Image
Hyundai Kona 64 v1 Sept 2019 onward. 00016 up to 3850+
Mitsubishi PHEV v1 Apr 2016 to Aug 2019 14500 to 72000km
Nissan LEAF v1.0 Nov 2013 to Apr 2016 00035 to 36000km

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