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  1. Most Teslas will comfortably do 200+ miles in mixed driving on a single charge, but are capable of emptying the charge in well under an hour indeed if you hoof them around like a Porsche (-the performance of which they have) until empty. That's what Elon Musk charges the big bucks for, certainly not the materials and finishing. It's really no different to mpg: the harder and more often you press the go-pedal, and the higher you rev the engine and the higher speed you drive increasing air resistance, the lower the mpg (= discharge rate for batteries). Take a petrol sports car that does eg low to mid-30s mpg in mixed driving, but can go all the way down to less than 10 mpg when hoofing it seriously: a full 60l tank is 13gals, at eg 7mpg that's 91 miles, travelled at max speed that'd be around 35 mins' worth of running time.
  2. Yes, I definitely saw that (interchangeable battery) on a 125cc equiv. a couple of months ago at a local event. I can't remember the brand, but they're Spanish IIRC [EDIT: looked it up online and yes, the Silence S01, from Barcelona - the presenter told me at the time that they have a larger cc equiv.in the works] That Ujet I mentioned earlier also has a removable battery, it's the seating unit (which doubles as a bluetooth speaker/boombox) and it's configured with retractable mini-trolley wheels and a telescopic handle for ease of lugging around (so you can charge it e.g. in the office during work).
  3. You are, and by quite a margin, relative to the vast majority of the rest of the world. Never less so than since the advent of the Single Market. But as for factors widening socio-economic inequality in the UK since 2008, try looking closer to home for your answers. The EU didn't make successive UK governments enact, and then maintain, austerity policies: UK governments did that all by themselves. Since you've entered yet another GE cycle, I'll jog your memory with those memorable words from 2010, that we've never ceased to hear since from your Conservative governments, as their justification for neverending, ever-harsher measures: "dear Chancellor, I'm afraid there is no money left". If you can elevate yourself a bit above your usual shouty soapbox opinions, then perhaps you'll see Brexit for what advantage it brings to future governments, given the oft-forgotten premise that, on the basis of Tory austerity measures of old (and HMT tracking data until mid-2017 or so), UK public finances were due to finally get back to equilibrium last year (IIRC), but have now swung farther into the red instead due to the Brexit vote : the perfect basis on which to continue austerity politics in the UK, a decade after "it's all Labour's over-spending fault" ran out of any political puff.
  4. They were, and most nowadays still are, pretty expensive (in some cases, outrageously so) relative to their ICE brethren. A local manufacturer (yes, in tiny Luxembourg!), Ujet, does a really funky and practical 50cc equiv.model with a lot of really neat features. But with an €8k starting price, I really don't know where else they intend to (try to) flog them, bar perhaps the odd one or two to superyacht owners: it's €5k overpriced for the target audience, to become more mainstream. A bit like EV cars, really: Tesla performance may well be supercar territory, but they're a long way from supercar build quality and finishing. I wouldn't put £80+k down for a P100D even if I had it, I've seen pauper-spec VWs that looked better put together. The one I had in Dublin, opportunistically bought 2nd hand (wouldn't have bought it new, wanted to experience living with one first, and no long-term rental options around) was pretty agrarian, tech-wise. Basically, take your stock 50cc peugeot or vespa 90s-looking scooter, strip the ICE & innards, swap for a couple 12V lead acid car batteries coupled to an electric motor with a CVT transmission, leave the original brakes, add a few LED lights to the dash for the charge level, that was it. Range on paper: 60 miles. Real-life in summer: 40 miles. Middle of winter: 10 miles (I had to push it the last mile on a fair few occasions in late autumn & winter, despite a full overnight charge the night before: batteries deplete all day long when it's parked out in the open and not garaged). As for the performance: 0 to 20mph, superbike. Beyond was...problematic. 30mph - eventually, on the flat with a bit of following wind. It just wasn't safe, both due to not keeping up with faster traffic (27-35mph band) and, primarily, due to being silent. There's a reason modern EV cars are fitted with a low-level horn. Trust me, I knew all about it 12+ years ago, with the square wheels to prove it. In the end, I went back to an Benelli 125cc maxi-scoot (ICE obviously).
  5. They've long existed already, as industrial small load carriers. Believe it or not, full EV vehicles go back decades already (a good century +, if you factor the earliest and very obscure examples). I remember test-driving both a full EV Clio (mk1) and a full-EV 106 (mk1) in the mid-90s, each based on banks of lead acid batteries in the subframe. The main problems are two-fold, each reinforcing the other in a negative way: insufficient (and market-fragmented) charging infrastructure, and difficulty to change acquired vehicle usage behaviour due to range differentials between ICE and EV (hundreds of miles with ICEs for one 10min stop at petrol station, versus 100 to 150 miles for 30+ minutes charging). The economics are less of a problem, because broadly they balance out (EV costs more, but requires less maintenance and electricity much cheaper than fuel).
  6. Lots of initiatives under way here, notwithstanding very decent public transport links, moreover 100% free in a few months' time (already now, actually, on an ad hoc basis). Because all these links are still massively congested (about 175.000 commuters trying to get in, then out, every day in a city of 120.000 inhabitants). I'd be happy enough to swap 1 car in the household for a 2-wheel full EV (250-400cc equiv.) and more public transport use (couldn't base commute on it 100%, due to frequent business engagements in hard-to-reach-fast places). Used to do exactly that (commuted with a full EV moped, 50cc equiv.) in Dublin between 2005-2007, but tech wasn't quite there yet.
  7. Indeed, my bad. Still: Seat Cupra, Skoda VRS = pota-y-to, pota-h-to
  8. German high-end metal might be becoming a bit too rich for the budget-constrained SYP Force, and Seat VRSes still provide plenty enough performance and reliability for the job, I'd have thought. Except for the odd Tesla or two (in full livery!) and the few anonymised VIP-transporting BMW 7 luxo-barges, the Luxembourg police force -not short of a bob or ten- uses mostly Seat VRS estates. Not an Audi, Merc or (smaller than 7 series) BMW in sight, which is a bit odd when you consider the locals' strong and ages-old preference for those.
  9. No, in my view "huge public sector wage cuts, mass privatisations, cuts to public services (including healthcare, education and social care) combined with major tax rises" are indeed "NOT evidence of the EU being pro-austerity (to protect German bankers profits)": for the countries noted in your link, they are evidence of over-spending countries cutting their cloth, after running out of other people's money and credit lines. Exactly like the UK did from 2008 onwards, without any shadow of an EU bailout with prudential strings attached in sight. I think most sensible people -and particularly those at the lower earning end in society- know well, not to spend money that they haven't earned like it's going out of fashion. After that, harshness is only ever proportional to the degree of adjustment required for correcting any misplaced sense of entitlement: if you're a receptionist on NMW buying a 5-bed detached mansion, commuting to work in a Merc AMG and eating out every night, I can easily conceive that you'd find the degree of adjustment, when it inevitably comes, quite harsh indeed. A million tiny violins can then be heard. Just about.
  10. Happy no-Brexit-day Can someone please let me know- (1) what time do the riots start? (2) which ditch to watch Johnson die in? (3) what time Katie Hopkins dances naked in the Apprentice's losers' café? (4) what time Mark Francois eats Steve Bray's hat, before exploding?
  11. Nice try. But I'm not seeing any evidence of the EU being pro-austerity there. Did you actually read and understand your link? That link shows the EU asking for prudential measures as a condition of bailing financially-failed states (failed through "corruption and incompetence", says your link), to avoid recurrence. These states all went to the EU asking for a bailout: they didn't have to, they were free to go to the markets, or to go bankrup, instead. The EU said alright, but only if you stop spaffing taxpayer's money up a wall and start looking after it better. These states could perfectly refuse the prudential strings and do without the bailout. Can you guess why these states still went for the EU bailouts, rather than going to the markets or going bankrupt? I can well understand how so-called socialists would experience existential angst at supporting the EU, in the face of ECB prudential requirements for bailouts, because these occur when states and their citizens are finally forced to face the fundamental life lesson, that noone is owed a living, especially not out of other people's money. Your article is written by one such, calling for more of this living beyond one's means at the expense of others. And you call those prudential strings the EU having a pro-austerity agenda? Accessorily, you might want to look at where each of Portugal, Ireland and Greece (all 3 of them indeed) are socio-economically, after implementing these policies: a decade ahead of the UK, when you factor in the full-blown Brexit crisis (plus, but God forbid, the Corbynomics experiment on top of that) that has yet to play out on the UK's finances. Because none of the parties contesting this GE strike me as being particularly capable of managing public finances well, and the Tories least of them all, after spaffing the wrong end of £70bn on Brexit-related measures and policies already, before it's even happened.
  12. Let's hope not: Munira Mirza, an ex-Revolutionary Communist Party member and Spiked hack, is in charge of writing the Conservatives manifesto! 😂
  13. No, Carboot, this isn't factual in the least: it's empty rhetoric, unsupported by any evidence. So, I'll repeat: how is the EU pro-austerity, exactly?
  14. I'm well aware. The opportunity of taking a swipe at his electorate was worth taking all the same
  15. Before long (couple of decades maybe), private car ownership will revert to being a genuine luxury unaffordable to most, if nothing else as a result of policies aiming to improve mobility in ever more populated, and so congested, conurbations. In that context, the problem of charging point safety in big estates might resolve itself, through lack of private cars in big estates in the first place.
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