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  1. That’s sort of what I have noticed. i3s second hand were in the mid $40k second hand but I am starting to see mid $30k more often. With the opening of Evie charging on the north coast road an I3 with CCS2 would be very adequate.for a coast road trip and great around town. I would love to see lots of $40k EVs around the place.
  2. Just watched a Thai owners review of the new MG ZS E. $58k AU in Thailand despite no import tax. That’s not the sort of cheap you expect from MG. Makes me wonder what it will cost here. My top EV picks for AU in 2020. 1. ’Budget’ EV - $20k -probably an imported lizard Leaf as a second car. Oddly we don’t seem to be seeing 30 kWh versions imported here. Everything on car sales says 24 kWh. Prices seem to be more reasonable now but be careful of battery health. 2. sub premium priced. 2 budget imported Leafs with questionable batteries or 1 locally delivered BMW i3? For $40k I would get an i3., but I am a car snob. i3 is iconic but it’s very unique in almost every aspect and low volume so it might be an indulgence buy in the longer term. You only live once so I might risk it at this price. I would go the full EV for simplicity. 3. basic new EV - Mini. Near as darn it same price as fossil, it’s new, model has a following, it’s a drivers car. Adequate range if not great. Ioniq goes further but it has much cheaper siblings and is appliance like. $55k is a lot to spend so you should get a nice desirable car. 4. mid price ‘range master’ EV $70k- Model 3 no question.. Kona can cost this much. It’s nice but not $70k nice. Model 3 will shift decent volumes, has superchargers, updates and is a proper proper EV that is as good as it’s fossil rivals at this price.
  3. I would have preferred a straight Mustang EV myself but people like driving around in beached whales these days so I guess the Mr Mach e ( mmmm....ok) is as good a name as any for a performance Ford. The purpose of a long bonnet on an EV is lost on me. I guess it’s image, the look that people are used to Etc.
  4. P.S my middle income suburban block is already well over the National average. 2 new cars in 6 weeks, Kona EV across the road and my Tesla........I wonder if the lights will go out 😉
  5. Given the role of the car in transport emissions ( both greys in the Aussie graph if you include utes) we basically need to get virtually the entire fleet to zero in 3 decades, or achieve the equivalent. The longer we leave it the harder it gets. Simplistically, if we share the effort over time evenly we need at least 3% EV market share in 2020, then grow the market by that much again each year. I will risk being majorly wrong and say all EVs may reach Volvo sales volumes in Australia in 2019. That’s about 6,500 sales, or 0.5% of the market. I am basing this on reports of 2,500 Tesla’s arriving in August, same again for Q4 and same again for “ everyone else”. Next year we should be aiming to grow our ‘Volvo volume’ to a BMW volume. That’s only 2% of our market and less than 1/2 a Subaru volume. ........... That isn’t going to happen, is it? 10,000 or 1% max in 2020, 70% Tesla’s. Better than a slap in the face I guess and would make Tesla bigger than Volvo in Australia in 2020. What do you guys expect from 2019 and 2020 in Australia?
  6. I have now owned the smaller Tesla EV for about 6 weeks and this is the second time that I have woken up to a car with improved driving features at no extra cost. Last time the dashboard display information ( radar and camera graphics) was upgraded based on improved driving algorithms which also provided cruise control/ self steering improvements. I got extra entertainment features as well, but I don’t seem to need to charge away from home much anyway and even if I did it happens so fast that I don’t have spare time to play with the new entertainment anyway ( Netflix, YouTube, karaoke). If you thought the Tesla UI was a gimmick maybe now you understand that it has a purpose. Today my car will be marginally faster ( just under 3 seconds to 60mph now thanks to improved drivetrain management software) and ( more usefully) motor regeneration is improved with the addition of “full one pedal driving” and associated improvements in efficiency ( see post above regarding efficiency). Basically I can now pull up at traffic lights without touching the bake pedal ( or is that now just the emergency brake). I can now select from low regen, standard regen and full one pedal driving options. Even the slower base model gets the same level of improvement from this update, so you could argue they get better bang for buck. I am not going to speculate on potential downsides that may or may not happen. For now I can only say that EVs are f’ n brilliant and I am getting why Tesla owners are so annoying, just like early iPhone owners. Just be happy I can’t take my car to the water cooler at your office. BM who?
  7. The science is in, or at least one interesting little experiment is in. 1. How much more efficient is an EV vs Australia’s favourite vehicle type? 2. Is a Dual-cab Ute powered EV more efficient than the dual cab. Keep in mind that the task at hand is moving 3 people around a set track. You could obviously play with other permutations, but this is the scenario being tested here and I think it’s legitimate given the number of Rangers you see on a typical commute ( mostly with only one person in it).
  8. Whatever. It’s Carsales (a rag) and it’s not an EV. Porsche Taycan in 2020, fair enough, well done Stuttgart. Mazda MX5 in 2018, yup I will give them that. Bit of nostalgia, old school driving purity. I can appreciate that. BMW 3 series sedan in 2019. Premium Priced sport sedan for between $70k and $100k. Direct price and form factor competitor. You having got to be having a lend mate.
  9. Carsales. You mean the Shell V power car of the year award? 2019 fossil of the year! Tesla winning that award was about as likely as Scott Morrison opening a wind farm and praising the technology. Basically a fundamental conflict of interest before you even start.
  10. Price of EVs in 2019 is and isn’ t an issue, depending on model. VS Audi A4 and BMW 3 series the Model 3 wins hands down. It’s drivetrain is just better, it’s cheaper to run but costs the same to buy. The Germans are lovely cars I am sure, and in the past I have wished I could get one or the other. As a kid I doodled early 3 series BMWs and when older I tried to work out how I could afford one. It’s almost 2020. The A4 and 3 series are relics once you have spent a bit of time driving the future. ( if this isn’t the future then we are in big big trouble, or preferably we will all ride electric bikes instead) A $40k ID3 would be brilliant. If they could hit that price point and start deliveries before this time next year in Australia, that would be ideal. Raise the ride height an inch and stick black cladding on the wheel arches and you would sell so many to the medium CUV market. Why would you buy a CX5, number 6 seller in the Australian market.
  11. 2020 Zoe 50kWh overview video. To my mind this channel is where you go if you want to understand the pros and cons of any EV from an owner type perspective. The commercial review sites don’t give you real world insights and make all sorts of shortcut assumptions, like range for example. Bjorn is clearly only semi technical, but his videos do the hard yards that you don’t find elsewhere, and he has done this with every EV. Someone like rmpfyf on this forum could do far better technical reviews ( he noticed a panel misalign on a photo of my car that I was blissfully unaware of until the light hit it at an angle- not that I give a damn because overall the car is brilliant.....except Peugeot’s have nicer steering) but for an non-engineer Bjorn’s insights and comparisons are really useful.
  12. My understanding from YouTube interviews with people who actually do the conversions, is that they are not cheaper than a new EV. They are a great idea for car nuts who want something green and unique and reliable ( hopefully, I know of some Hyundai Getz EVs conversions that we’re always off the road). A $30k car these days, while good, is an Econo box and is not a fair comparison with an EV. Unfortunately It has been shown that people will pay to keep up with the Jones but wouldn’t pay a cent or cross the street to avoid ecological collapse in their grandkids lifetime . Ignorance is bliss I guess. Oh, and if you think I am exaggerating on the collapse bit then consider this piece of science. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809
  13. I was going to add something but you guys seem to have that issue covered. I went for the long range Model 3, which at the time was also the fast one, and paid luxury car tax equivalent to about 10 years driving while paying fuel excise. It’s not a mid spec luxury Merc inside ( nice enough for me however) so I paid tax to have a low emissions car that will allow long Sunday drives without needing to find a charger. I have effectively paid my tax contribution to the roads upfront Thank you. On another issue, I see the MG EV is out soon. Price is close to $50k, like so many others. We need something in the market with a 30kWh plus battery and a sticker price under $40k to get that part of the market excited. Maybe an Ioniq price leader model with the old battery, although Hyundai just don’t do EVs in volume do they.
  14. Heat treatment is an interesting thought. Could explain lack of any visible glue on the ultra slim edge. Not good for repairability however. If that is the case. Given the hand made in house approach, and the fact that Vivid are still here, you would think that they can look after older customers that want to keep the speakers. More so than a big company where the customer relationship is less personal.
  15. Hi folks I have been enjoying my Vivid B1s for about 6 years-ish and only had one issue when the centre dust cap popped off the front main driver a few years back. The dust cap is an integral part of the main drivers apparently. This was fixed under warranty and the Avation folks ( importers) were very helpful and even came to my home to replace the driver. I was very pleased with the high quality friendly service. Unfortunately the same thing has now happened to the rear facing driver on that speaker and it is now out of warranty. I am still waiting to hear back from Vivid/importer/dealers on my options and it’s been well over a month since my first email (and a couple of follow up visits to the local dealers). Possibly my fault that it has dragged on as I have not been a squeaking wheel. These were expensive speakers ( i think the last price was north of $20,000, but I got mine under that when the dollar was still strong) so I’m looking to return them to original condition. My 2006 B&W 804s ( rears) have been faultless and are still as good as new ( ok, drivers could do with a clean) so speakers can last if you look after them. Has anyone else had similar issues with Vivids main drivers? I was even wondering about trying to contact Laurence Dickie, the speaker designer, for advice. Has anyone had any contact with Laurence? It is not clear how the dust caps are attached as there is no glue residue. The two parts are pristine, they just need to be reattached. I believe getting a good seal is important. Under warranty they replaced the other driver, but I had to give them the old one ( which was fine, I had no use for it and on that occasion the wafer thin dust cap had tiny cracks from when I picked it up off the floor. It’s very fragile). I certainly don’t want to consider any further hifi expenditure until my speakers are fully restored.
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