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  1. That seems hilarious when you (me) have one just like it in the garage. It’s so normal. Did the grocery shopping in it last night. Interesting how Aussies all seem to have the aero wheels. Everyone on the internet has the 19 or 20 inch turbines for the look ( these are better to own). Just been watching this broad ranging car discussion from 2014 ( even touches on hifi obsession briefly at 41 minute mark). Interesting comments about the future of ICE, the BMW i8 ( looks like it’s craping a 911, hilarious) and the manual transmission. On that last point, Harris talks about driving a manual in congestion and it reminds me of driving my 3 down to Byron Bay in holiday traffic. It was just the right tool for the job in so many ways. You get on a congested highway, which is boring as hell with holiday stop start, pick a non aggressive lane ( let the angry people in a hurry for no reason take the two left lanes), set autopilot and let the car drive you through the congestion with sublime efficiency. You just arrive in a better mood. Icing on the cake (right now only) is free NRMA chargers at your destination. A petrol car would have been at its worst efficiency ( stop, start, idle idle idle) and you would have arrived feeling like you hated everyone or relieved just to get out of the car. No wonder people think Tesla drivers are smug. PS, I took plenty of opportunities to leave the motorway on that trip. Autopilot does a job, but it’s nice to take the driving back for mountain or B road driving.....then hand back to autopilot for the boring bits with congestion.
  2. Ah, the real world. It’s harder to get your head around than you might think. According to the green car guide website (screenshot below) my Model 3 uses 209 watt hours per km and Is somehow less efficient than a Model S which is larger, heavier, less aero and had a less efficient motor configuration - pre Raven spec at least (alarm bells on green car guide website - how can this be?) For most cars Australia’s current NEDC fuel use figures are hugely optimistic because they are derived from lab tests design to ONLY differentiate between cars. They are not real world and you can’t expect to achieve the claimed energy efficiency in day to day use. Almost no one expects their Ford Ranger (for example) to achieve, let alone better the NEDC fuel efficiency rating. It’s more likely to be 20% less efficient at best. What am I getting in the real world? This week I drove from Brisbane to south of Byron Bay return driving with the traffic. It’s all highway driving but mostly heavy holiday traffic. Did I get 209 watt hours per kilometre? drum roll please. Nope, I did far better. 1. Heading south with a friendly tail wind. 107 watt hours per km and only about a 1/4 of a “tank” to drive down the M1 from Brisbane to Byron Bay. 2. Overall 388km trip, including the return journey into the wind. 126 watt hours per km. 3, lifetime (under 4 months) including all sorts of driving with a decent chunk in 40 degree temperatures using the AC under a glass roof and some showing off acceleration for friends . 141 watt hours per km. I would love to see what a BMW 330e would get in the same conditions. ( please note, the green car guide does clarify that fuelcycle CO2 figures in this table are basically worst case, i.e not green power or rooftop solar or Tassie grid or South Australian grid power)
  3. No, wrong. There is nothing about EVs inherently, but the 86 lives in the world of vehicle tuners and Toyota wanted to sell the Prius to greenies....who now raid their piggy banks for a Tesla or Kona EV. If the 86 was enhanced with an electric motor of the front to improve performance that would make a very interesting beast. Think along the lines of the 308 hybrid (that I once got so excited about .....years ago now. 0- 60 was “under 4 seconds”....Model 3 does it in about 3.2).
  4. Very sorry to hear about your current circumstances. We are a bit isolated from it all in Brisbane, although we will start noticing the impact soon in Woolies etc as the cost of these events reminds us of our link to our regions/country areas. On the hybrid Toyota sports car topic; people have to demand the product. Toyota does not exist for the betterment of man kind. Performance car people who think it is ok to remove the pollution gear from cars are out there ( and some are on here) and it’s part of the car culture .....for some. What is annoying is Toyota saying it is not compatible. What is KERs or ERS in F1 Mr Toyota. A Prius in 2009 weighed 1320kgs and now weighs 1390kg. A 86 weighs 1250 to 1300kg. So a Hybrid does not have to bring an unacceptable weight penalty depending on your design brief. It’s also possible to make a EV fun.
  5. Unless you need the hatch you might be better off waiting a couple of years and buying a second hand 3 when people start trading them for the new Y. The S is a very big car for a commute and less efficient. I am sure there will be better new batteries in the future but the average household has 1.7 cars and most of those second cars would be for work, school, local trips. That is where a 30kWh or less second car could be the ideal 2020 EV use case. A 64kWh Kona starts from $59,990, and a 44kWh MG is $46,500 drive away, so a more modest 30kWh version could be $35k. You can buy second hand at that price today but cars are not common enough for lots of people to take the plunge.
  6. Performance minus, being the performance spec without the 19s, bigger Brembo brakes (I understand all Tesla’s have Brembo brand brakes) and with standard ride height. Think of it as a GT version of the performance This spec is no longer available and was replaced by the long range which is just very very quick instead of stupid quick. I thought. I would dump the wheel covers but it seems that I like them more than I did in pictures. This pic from a day trip out west ( between Dalby and Kingaroy) is a repost, but I like it so here it is again.
  7. Some observations on the 12 month review above: - quality is fine for normal people. I look after my cars the old fashioned way. I have concerns about wraps as I understand they last 4 or 5 years. We have enough plastic pollution thanks. - “adaptive suspension expected for cars at this price” - right, when the BMW 3 series or Lexus comes with dual motors and over 70 kWh of electricity storage I might listen to this, but otherwise it’s a silly statement. - tyres - I believe in the US you get common or garden Camry level tyres, in Australia you get Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres. - touch screen instead of buttons - no longer an issue ( not that it was for me). If I want to see the energy graph I press the one button on the right of the steering wheel and say “ show energy”, read the graph, then “ hide energy” same process ( different command) for wiper speed, navigation, to open the glove box, same to open and fold mirrors etc etc etc. I have not tried it yet but the car will even read your emails to you and dictate them.........which is really dumb. You are driving a car , pay attention. - concerned about his next non-electric car?. Idiot. I can understand people not knowing about EVs, or being suspicious of new stuff? Upfront cost vs a Toyota Yaris, yup, I get that. Maybe you like to work on your own car. Cool. I could understand going back to a bike or a horse, but petrol? If I can’t get another electric I would just keep driving my current one, which I hope to do anyway. He didn’t mention the silence benefit. I love backing into my driveway to the sound of tyres on gravel and driveway. It’s like arriving home after a bicycle ride or a walk - it’s so calm and zen like. You can also manoeuvre as slow as you want with great control on a sloping driveway. Arrivals are awesome.
  8. Who is going to buy them indeed. As much as I love my car it’s really hard when friends and acquaintances enthusiastically ask “ how much” because I basically went fully mid life crisis and bought a BMW 3 series equivalent (choosing the far superior drivetrain and drastically lower running costs of the Model 3 over BMW bling) after coming from a mid spec 2015 French hatchback. To encourage converts I really want to be able to say, “well it was $10k more that my last car but it will save me that much over 4 years, after which it’s all savings, and it’s just a nicer thing to own”. OMG. It will happen in Australia in 2020. my actual last car = 2015 (2014 build) Peugeot 308 front drive mid spec auto hatch.$36,500. 5 star safety. 2020 solution- MG ZS EV front drIve hatch CUV ( which everyone seems to buy these days, far far more than my semi premium French hatch) $46,990 drive away. 5 star safety. You can nit pick the pros and cons but I think you could argue that they are at similar levels overall. The MG ZS EV has decent tech and could be a real mainstream seller in Australia. Aussies took to Hyundai, why not MG. You can pay $46,000 for a Hyundai Santa Fe diesel. Why would you pay that and deal with the running costs and stink of a diesel. 10% of customers might say “but I commute to Roma”, but 90% commute 40 minutes to town and drive an hour to the beach on weekends. MG will be the EV story in Australia for 2020 ( along with increasing common Model 3s) if MG provide decent stock. As a new brand they will cannibalise their other products to a lesser degree. Dealers might even make an effort to sell them.
  9. Another link to Betty Boops find. You would have to presume that at $12k US this little Honda E copy is cutting some corners and specs quoted might be on the generous side. On the safety side ( always a concern with domestic Chinese product until shown otherwise) it was interesting to note that the MG ICE to EV jumped that car from 3 to 5 star. Maybe this could be OK based that. Might be OK. Would you buy a $25K city EV as a second city car solution that did a real world 250km range, 0 to 100 in 11.5 seconds, 130km/hr top speed? I reckon to broaden the appeal you could have an SUV twin. Add an inch to the ride height and plastic wheel arch trim, maybe roof racks and a pod to make up for no boot. Jimmin-E.
  10. I should hope so ( edit: missed the “only” bit- I guess the older packs don’t do 250kW, although don’t like to see tech being made redundant early). It will not be long before 3 then Y will far out number S and X in Australia. While we have great respect for the hard yards put in by the older generation it is the time for the younger generation to shine. (That is probably the last time I will ever get to say that 🙂
  11. The case for competition in the EV charging space. When Evie first opened at Coochin Creek on the Bruce highway I told my northern hinterland based relatives that I probably should have saved some money and bought a shorter range EV. Now that Evie have started charging they seem to be acting like a servo on a bank holiday weekend. I feel sorry for the Leaf and Ioniq drivers forced to use this charger to get home from the Sunshine Coast. I know ultra fast chargers are expensive infrastructure but as soon as there is competition this mob will be dropped like a hot
  12. Fully charging an EV with a range of 400km in 15 minutes??? Hang on! Once you take efficiency into account the Tesla Model 3 is the fastest charging EV, capable of 250kW (peak rate, not volume). Porsche Taycan can charge at a faster peak rate, but according to the EPA figures it uses those “electrons” with about half the efficiency, meaning half the miles. ( cautionary note, keen to see a real world EV match up to confirm this) So, your theoretical 400km car referenced in the blurb needs to charge quickly, maintain that rate across the batteries charging curve and translate that energy into distance driven efficiency enough to actually travel 400km. I will say that the longest I have charged at a 50kW fast charger is 15 to 20 minutes. Long enough to get a drink, have a wiz, stretch my legs and add enough energy to get to my destination very comfortably. In theory that same outcome could be achieved on an Ultra in about 5 minutes realistically, but I would still need another 10 minutes to wiz and leg stretch after standing behind that indecisive customer in the servo ( charger in Toowoomba is at a servo). Porsches and Teslas will have shorter dwell times. Some other cars not so much.
  13. From a carbon perspective the door handles are irrelevant. The power mix today in ( let’s say) NSW is also irrelevant. I can drive an EV almost emissions free: 1. in Tasmania 2. anywhere else I choose to power the car from a commercial DC fast charger 3. at home or work from any rooftop solar installation. In 5 years time when the emissions intensity in South Australia is much lower my RAV4 will have aged and will pollute more. If Toyota sold a PHEV or EV that car would pollute much less. If I buy a RAV4 hybrid I cannot manage my emissions other than by not driving it ( assuming I drive efficiently). I have no choice. It has no better emissions in use than a 2014 Peugeot 308 manual wagon.That is the problem with the RAV4. It’s the solution we should have been driving 20 years ago. In 2020, from a regulatory perspective, it is the worst ( most polluting option) car we should be allowed to buy if we actually want to do something about CO2.
  14. One thing I will say about the Model 3 handles ( which differ from the ones in the post above ) , well two.....firstly they are fine in day to day use, except in the dark when they are a complete pain in the arse to find. That being said, so is the charge port. A simple strategically placed light would be nice in both cases. Some design features will just put people off a car completely. Personally I think the current Rav 4 is unforgivably ugly and pointlessly inefficient. That’s a fail mark from me. In the Model 3 you just might get the odd compliment, but you also get random hate. A redneck decided to share his world view today when driving in front of me in traffic in his crappy clapped out and poorly maintained 4wd. In the US I believe they call it coal rolling, but those vehicles are engineered by their charming owners to blow black smoke. This was just a clapped out POS being intentionally thrashed to create as much smoke as possible on demand. He had just come around a roundabout so it was a targeted protest at the existence of EVs. Personally I blame a combination of conservative politicians and the internet. I can only assume that he went home to kick the dog and check his DVO for some light reading ( it was a he and he was wearing high vis). I’ve seen enough road rage to know to ignore him. On the plus side it was an excellent opportunity to try out the Model 3s new voice commands to temporarily shut down the HVAC until the smog had passed. That over the air update last night certainly came in handy.
  15. Like many things I think the answer is “ it depends”. My 1995 Peugeot 306 was serviced at the dealers until they lied to avoid a tricky repair and I moved to an independent Inner city brand specialist for the next 14 years. The replacement 308 went back to my old mechanic once out of warranty but he did not have full access to the cars computer. So basically my luck going forward was a big unknown. Moving into 2020 with a new Tesla I can still get suspension, brakes and other similar mechanicals done by any specialist in those areas. It still has some fluids that will eventually need replacement but its 90% via a ranger service or remote diagnostics, like your home laptop or business PC. I am happier with the current arrangement than where I was with the Peugeot 308, mostly due to drastically reduced scheduled maintenance. This would not be the case with a hybrid where you would be more and not less tied to a dealer. Time will tell if a pure EV is actually better. Happy to be the guinea pig.
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