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Old 13 Aug 2020, 06:24 (Ref:3995084)   #91
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If you are looking for quality and something that will deliver masses of trouble free miles, 300 000 plus, you will not do better than Lexus, they are absolutely built to last.

I make no claims on their EVs though.
Not doubting the build quality of a Lexus - but personally they just seem like an over-priced Toyota.
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Old 13 Aug 2020, 06:29 (Ref:3995086)   #92
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You'd have thought it'd be an easy enough thing to personalise - select your chosen sound from a menu (much like selecting a radio station or whatever). But however they make noise they do need to make some - a friend of mine is registered blind and they hate electric cars - they're too quiet, they need to be heard approaching!
Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Come With All The Sounds Of A Good Old V-8 Engine

'Donít confuse this with the electronic noise this electric Ford will broadcast to those outside the world populated by pedestrians and bicyclists so they are aware of its presence. This is a dedicated sound system that interacts with throttle position and torque output to faithfully mimic what the car would sound like if it actually had a real V-8 engine burbling through twin exhaust pipes.'

It seems like Ford have considered both internal and external sounds. The car will be making a noise (not sure what it will sound like yet) that is audible to pedestrians / bicyclists. Although I'm not sure how popular it will be to have the sound of a V8 internally.....
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Old 13 Aug 2020, 12:21 (Ref:3995153)   #93
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Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Come With All The Sounds Of A Good Old V-8 Engine

'Donít confuse this with the electronic noise this electric Ford will broadcast to those outside the world populated by pedestrians and bicyclists so they are aware of its presence. This is a dedicated sound system that interacts with throttle position and torque output to faithfully mimic what the car would sound like if it actually had a real V-8 engine burbling through twin exhaust pipes.'

It seems like Ford have considered both internal and external sounds. The car will be making a noise (not sure what it will sound like yet) that is audible to pedestrians / bicyclists. Although I'm not sure how popular it will be to have the sound of a V8 internally.....
You'd have thought it'd be easy to choose an option from an onboard menu if it's only playing sound files.
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Old 21 Aug 2020, 10:09 (Ref:3996807)   #94
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More 'historic' EVs are coming to the market.

Classic car electrification firm Lunaz has revealed two new models for its burgeoning line-up of converted historics: zero-emissions versions of the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and Silver Cloud.



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And when you shuffle off the mortal coil, you can go in an EV.
A hearse version of the Model S is now available.



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At least it wonít wake the dead
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Depends on whether there are reanimation points in the back. All that stored electrical energy has to be useful for something, right?
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For many years, tuners have offered 'mods' to cars to unlock extra performance.
The same is now happening in the EV world, although the makers don't like it because they are losing potential sales of the mods themselves.

'Tesla fights back against owners hacking their cars to unlock performance boost'

'The most recent example is offering a $2,000 “Acceleration Boost” for the Model 3 Dual Motor.

It unlocks roughly 50 hp in the Model 3 powertrain and shortens the 0 to 60 mph acceleration to 3.9 seconds.

Earlier this year, we reported on a company called Ingenext that released a device that enabled Tesla owners to unlock the same capacity for half the price.'
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These retro looking electric cars are awesome! Plus, I had been considering getting one if I move back to Western Europe next year, as I'll mostly use my car for shorter trips: if my company accepts my mutation request, I'll work at home 3 days out of 5 in a week (after all, do I really need to be at the office to do a write-up about how the new Spanish residence permit https://tranio.com/spain/residence/ will affect the local real estate market?), and grocery trips will either be done on foot or, once every couple weeks, in a conventionally powered family car.
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With the number of vehicles available continuing to increase all the time, what is the model that would suit the market best?
Accepting that the study was carried out by an oil company, the 'tipping point' for mainstream adoption of EVs has been identified in a study.
'the three significant milestones to hit -- according to the study -- include a range of 291 miles, a charging time of 31 minutes and an average purchase price of approximately $36,000'

Do these figures represent a car that would be appealing to the majority - and how close are we to seeing a car fit that criteria on the market?
At the moment, there seems to be a trade off, where 2 of the 3 can be met, but not all 3 in the same car. I expect we will see a model from someone that hits all 3 soon though.
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Skoda's first bespoke EV - the Enyaq iV:





'Of the rear-wheel-drive Enyaq models, the 60 iV comes with a single 177bhp motor and a 62kWh battery for a 242-mile range and a 0-62mph time of 8.7sec. The 80 iV boosts power to 201bhp and gets an 82kWh battery for a 316-mile range, with 0-62mph taking 8.5sec.
The four-wheel-drive options both have two motors and use the 82kWh battery. The 80x iV produces 262bhp for a 6.9sec 0-62mph time and has a 285-mile range. The 302bhp vRS is the only Enyaq with a top speed above 99mph, topping out at 111mph, while it can hit 62mph from rest in 6.2sec. Its range is also 285 miles.'


The first thing that struck me though is the size of the central infotainment interface....
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Interesting to see a full variety of power.
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New BMW i7: electric 7 Series spotted for the first time





'BMW recently claimed the electric 7 Series would be “the top, most powerful” model in the line-up, suggesting it could be offered as a performance variant that would approach the V12-powered 760Li’s 601bhp output. '

The large kidney grille is present too - so it looks like we'll see more BMWs with this feature in coming years.....
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But however they make noise they do need to make some - a friend of mine is registered blind and they hate electric cars - they're too quiet, they need to be heard approaching!
I wasn't aware until I read this today, but in the US there are federal requirements for EVs to emit noises at speeds up to 18.6 mph as a warning to pedestrians and cyclists.

I'm surprised that the speed is so low - however it is clearly better than no noise at all.

'Automakers will get at least six more months to meet new federal requirements for noise-making devices on electric cars and hybrids, Reuters reported Friday. The extension is being granted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.'
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That front end looks unusually long for an electric car.
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