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    Hydrogen Cars, the future?

    Looks link University of Queensland agrees with me. I missed this session at the AEVA event last week. https://thedriven.io/2018/11/15/hydrogen-fuel-cell-cars-have-three-times-emissions-of-battery-evs-uq-study/
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    Hydrogen Cars, the future?

    Yeah, I think it's even been mentioned on this humble forum that ammonia is the best way to transport hydrogen. The article also flags that renewable hydrogen has to become cheaper than fossil hydrogen, which takes us back to Woodside. I am thinking that a process of desalination to water to steam to hydrogen to ammonia to Japan then back to hydrogen, all powered by excess renewables produced at the high/ cheap points in the generation duck curve, might be an avenue to a renewable hydrogen industry in Australia that could be complementary to a " zero carbon" grid in this country. Still better to use that excess renewables to charge BEVs in Australia first because that's more bang for your wind/ solar electron vs the export hydrogen creation process above.
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    Hydrogen Cars, the future?

    I wonder where that hydrogen that turns into water comes from? Woodside have come out in favour of a carbon price in Australia. They are also planning to supply hydrogen to Japan. The bit I don't like is Woodside's plan to use gas rather than renewables to make the hydrogen. They claim that renewable hydrogen would come later, but our climate depends on action now to stop burning fossil fuels.
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    electric cars

    Make it a "woody" and target the nomad surfer market that VW is trying to woo with its retro bus. My dad sold his Bedford camper for a succession of station wagons in the 70s and 80s. Much cooler than anything with UV in the name.
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    electric cars

    When I first arrived there were two......pizza and beer loving guys trying out the Kona. To say it looked uncomfortably snug is being generous. It looked like they were doing a dare for the amusement of their friends. With the Ioniq I ( over 6 ft) could sit behind myself and had knee room. Four of me would be comfortable. Kona is not remotely a 4 me car. You notice the swoopy shape of the Ioniq, which is probably why the Leaf seemed bigger, but even rear head room was adequate. Bigger battery Ioniq will be the pick if you need a proper back seat, or wait for the Kia E-Nio. A bigger battery Ioniq station wagon would be awesome.
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    electric cars

    Went to the AEVA expo in Brisbane today and sat in a Leaf, Ioniq, Kona EV ( already tried the Model S, Ipace and Zoe for size.) Take aways from this event - only Renault could actually sell you a car on the day. They need browny points for this. - Nissan Leaf. Most spacious of the cars I sat in and the subjective quality was nicest. Analogue speedo was not. - Ioniq - less spacious than Leaf and felt a tad less nice. Maybe no issue in the longer term, just a first impression. - Kona - noticeably smaller than the Ioniq and Leaf but not uncomfortable, except in the back seat maybe for long legs. Quality felt budget in places. All very superficial really ( my comments I mean) but it was nice to hop from one to the other to get a feel for the wrapping. Real take away was the Ioniq only being available in 2019, 3years after its international release, and Kona delayed again by the sound of things. i am sure there will be dissapointments coming with the Tesla Model 3 as well ( like price or configuration availability), but in Australia the competition looks weak until the Models 3 starts kicking goals locally to shake things up.
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    Hydrogen Cars, the future?

    There are three, maybe four main reasons why I don’t like hydrogen for applications like the Mirai. 1. Relative efficiency. If there is a better graphic than the one below I am happy to consider it but I can’t see hydrogen beating battery. Even if it does eventually get there we have points 2 and 3. 2. Where does the hydrogen come from. I can charge off rooftop panels while my car is in my garage ( which is most of the time ) and I can find out how much green energy is going into the grid at any time. I already buy green energy from a retailer http://www.nem-watch.info/widgets/reneweconomy/ 3. Cost. EVs and hydrogen cars are expensive to buy but solar off a roof has virtually no marginal cost once the system is up and running. Hydrogen means I have to use the old fuel retail model to buy fuel. 4. hydrogen is a distraction from the quickest path to low emissions transport. Sure, keep researching it’s application, but don’t let it slow the mass adoption of efficient battery EVs, which is already happening too slowly.
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    Peugeot 5008

    re tailgate. it's a Pug, it has to have at least one ergonomic fail that you just live with or you call it personality. Despite what some say about the 308 I find it pretty good. Then I got a loaner base model and found the manual park brake hits the arm rest when engaged on a steep hill. Fortunately mine is electronic. Pugs do highway miles effortlessly.
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    Peugeot 5008

    Pugs are a bit of a novelty in Australia, I have owned this one for 3 years and its a great little car. Interesting to compare it to its SUV brother, particularly as most SUVs are unnecessary and a hatchback could do the same job....better!
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    electric cars

    Finally did a test drive in a Zoe. I was also given a tentative OK for a 36 hour Sunday test drive up the coast ( subject to final approval), so the dealership support in Springwood (Brisbane) is probably as good as you will get anywhere, Mind you, I had established some rapport with the dealer last year. It’s like loaning hifi gear for home demos - best done after mutual trust is established. Regarding the car, .....yeah well it’s fine I guess. Initially I found the passengers seat a bit uncomfortable, not a good start, but the drivers seat was...fine.....or just not as noticeably unsupportive. It’s no Peugeot 306 ( or even 308) in the cornering feel and composure department, and that was the most disappointing aspect. I test drove a Pug 208 Gti a few years back and it reminded me of the 306 and why small cars are much better than big ones (how people live with dual cab utes I will never understand).The way a half decent small car feels on roundabouts or on a wiggly patch of road is why I like driving. I like a well balanced and communicative chassis. Even at modest speeds it’s just more engaging. Overall the Zoe was without major flaws ( seats maybe ?) and has a perfectly adequate drivetrain, but it was not fun and seemed a bit vague at the helm. I have heard that if you push harder it gets better, but I was on a 20 minute test drive with the dealer. Zoe needs the Clio RS treatment I strongly suspect. Price was also largely non- negotiable as the cars are not owned by the dealers for resale. Basically you are buying from Renault via the dealer,. In the UK steep discounting helps these cars sell. In Australia availability is limited and so far they are selling just fine, probably thanks to the good dealership. About half the 2018 allocation had sold in 3 weeks. Maybe I need this Zoe in the UK ( video quality is poor but I think it communicates the potential of something like the Zoe to still be fun).
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    electric cars

    So, this article is wrong then? https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/insideevs.com/chevrolet-bolt-supplier-contracts-shape-gms-future/amp/ Or maybe my categorising the motor and battery together as a drivetrain is missing too many bits ( the reduction gear and drive shafts I would imagine would be GM or possibly another suppliers componentry).
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    electric cars

    That is potentially a good point with the Ioniq. Bjorn Nyland tested 2 Ioniq press cars in Norway and both seemed to display signs of early battery degradation. The Ioniq is brilliant in its efficiency and aerodynamics, but it’s battery relies on cabin air draw into the pack from under the back seats. That can’t be an ideal heat management solution. There is some recent speculation that we may see a 39kWh liquid cooled Ioniq next year. That could be an excellent affordable EV. The Kona is more closely related to the Chevy Bolt. Both cars use LG Chem drivetrains according to the articles I have read. In 2019 I am happy to try for ten to fifteen years with a Tesla. I think they have learnt a lot with the S and X when it comes to batteries and drivetrains.
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    electric cars

    Question: Will the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq EV that goes on sale in Australia this month ( in theory..no signs yet) be a game changer in Australia? My Answer: At $45k = “almost” https://reneweconomy.com.au/hyundai-lets-slip-pricing-for-new-ioniq-electric-vehicle-models-87892/ If you do the maths you could justify an Ioniq on financial grounds ALONE if you keep it for 10 years or so. I kept my last car 20 years and even today I wonder if it was necessary to sell it when I did. Truth is I wanted a new toy, but that’s another story. The maths. See attached table or government web page link below. https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/projects/electricvehicles/about/compare The barriers ( in no particular order) 1. Advertising. Hyundai will not heavily promote the Ioniq. It needs to shout about it from the rooftops. I want to see adverts at the Hyundai A League game this weekend thank you. 2. Availability. Hyundai are renoun for barely making the Ioniq available in other markets. Sales numbers are terrible pretty much everywhere. 3 Osborne effect. The Kona electric is Hyundai’s current generation product. The Ioniq made more sense in 2016 when it first came out in other markets. Kona is just a better EV and it’s the shape that sheepeople around the world want in 2019. 4. Charging infrastructure. This is mostly a mind set issue as 90% of charging is done at home. CCS 2 combo fast charging is hit and miss right now. Kona EVs 400-500km range makes that limitation virtually irrelevant. I predict that early adopter private buyers will wait for the Kona if they have done their researchdespite the higher price of the bigger battery car, An Ioniq is fine for many fleets but the Kona goes twice as far, cools its battery properly, accelerates more like a BMW i3 and it’s a crossover shape for which people will pay a premium. I read recently that one Kona EV owner overseas already had three notes on his windscreen with offers to buy the car.
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    Is BMW i8 Cheating With a Loudspeaker?

    Looks like the quiet police want to make your EV noisey. You can sound like this...... or..........