ZOE Keeps Her Promise 2: 122 Mile Range (196km)

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  • #5405

    Trevor Larkum
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    After my previous attempt at a range record achieved 111 miles I was confident that I could beat it, so last week I had another go on my regular commu
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    #5410

    farblue
    Participant

    Good going Trevor!

    One interesting trick – the graph of consumption in the Electric Car menu on the R-Link *does* work to 1 decimal place and so can give you a more accurate estimate of usage. It also shows usage by the aircon. Add the two values together and round down to the nearest whole number to get the value displayed on the dash.

    #5412

    Deejay
    Participant

    Impressive! My normal range is about 85 miles, but I’m surrounded by motorways and fast roads which I think impacts it quite a lot. It turns out you get a poor speed score for doing 90 on a motorway…

    #5414

    Electric Ali
    Participant

    Very impressive!

    Especially in light of what John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Co. is saying:

    “China’s increasing consumption of transportation fuels, combined with increases in India, other developing countries, and ongoing demand in the rest of the developed world, will lead to oil shortages within the next five years. Demand will exceed supply leading to ever higher prices and, for those nations heavily dependent upon imported oil, actual oil outages. China will thus drive a frenetic race to create alternative transportation fuels so mobility carries on.”

    http://peak-oil.org/wp-content/files/por130930.pdf

    #5433

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Cheers guys!

    That’s an interesting view, Ali – but I noticed today that the local petrol price has dropped significantly, so it may yet be some time before we see that prediction happen.

    #5444

    farblue
    Participant

    We’ve also had the announcement of no tax increase on petrol for 2 years. Odd how previously the whole idea of the tax was to encourage better fuel efficiency (and less pollution) and investment in alternatives. Now the price is high enough to justify a move to alternatives and there’s been lots of investment everyone is getting nervous and backing out of the plan! Also note how the 2 years will see us neatly to the next elections…

    #5451

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    Yes, the current political parties are rubbish at leading on climate change, EVs, etc. One wants to keep fossil fuel prices down, the other wants to frack for more fossil fuel. I suspect we’ll look back on this decade as a huge wasted opportunity.

    #5457

    Electric Ali
    Participant

    With regard on tax on petrol and diesel, a little perspective is interesting.
    See the report linked below. On slide 6 you will note that the UK is in the high taxation category for petrol (far right hand side of chart). UK oil consumption has been going down since the recent price run-up started around 2005. Down the bottom end of the chart you have countries with highly subsidised prices including the likes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE. These subsidised prices are one of the causes of exponential growth in internal oil consumption leading to reduced exports. This, combined with the growth in consumption in China and India and more or less static crude oil production over the last 8 years is causing a shrinkage in the volume of oil on the global market. We may not have to wait 5 years for shortages to appear in the UK.

    http://www.giz.de/Themen/en/dokumente/giz2013-en-ifp2013.pdf

    #5648

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    A member of the French forum has achieved 214km (132 miles) on a charge, at an average speed of 37km/h (23mph):

    214km without recharging!

    – he consumed 23kWh, so presumably did a fair bit of regen braking.

    edit: just found another forum member who achieved 222km (138 miles):

    222km without recharging!

    – his trick seems to have been to use cruise control set to 60km/h.

    #5802

    Eunicholas
    Participant

    Hi all,

    I have done 127miles with 22miles left in the battery. all on the motorway at 57mph on cruise control. I had a full car, myself 3kids and my girlfriend.

    it’s was only meant to be a 100 miles trip but all the chargers I went to were all off line, so I charged at Renault martins in hatch who were very nice people.

    I found that the rlink was rubbish at finding chargers compatible with the Zoe.

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