September 30, 2013 at 23:47 #5405
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
[See the full post at: ZOE Keeps Her Promise 2: 122 Mile Range (196km)]October 1, 2013 at 09:25 #5410
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.October 1, 2013 at 09:45 #5412
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…October 1, 2013 at 14:57 #5414
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.”October 1, 2013 at 22:56 #5433
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.October 2, 2013 at 10:37 #5444
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…October 2, 2013 at 23:00 #5451
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.October 3, 2013 at 12:16 #5457
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.October 16, 2013 at 22:31 #5648
A member of the French forum has achieved 214km (132 miles) on a charge, at an average speed of 37km/h (23mph):
– he consumed 23kWh, so presumably did a fair bit of regen braking.
edit: just found another forum member who achieved 222km (138 miles):
– his trick seems to have been to use cruise control set to 60km/h.October 24, 2013 at 15:21 #5802
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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