Electric & Autonomous Vehicles


#1

Hi Everyone

We can’t always talk #FinTech

Thoughts on EVs? and does anyone drive an EV currently?


#2

BP recently account they are buying UK’s biggest electric car charger network, Chargemaster. This is great news for EV.


#3

I don’t drive an EV, although I would like to one day. The biggest problem for me is the lack of chargers in this part of the country and range limitations.

Currently, I am driving a Toyota Auris Hybrid, my previous car was a Yaris Hybrid and my next car will probably be a C-HR Hybrid. I really like Toyota! :slight_smile:

Joe, I can guess the make of car you drive, but is it an EV?


#4

Insufficient range, and wouldn’t want to get stuck without charge in the dark on some country lane


#5

Toyota are a great brand and nice vehicles with great Hybrid tech! good choice @Ben. EV infrastructure also keeps improving along with the range.

Go for it @Ben and not an EV :slight_smile:


#6

I would have a Renault if I worked for them and it was compulsory :rofl: I am not a fan of their design asthetic


#7

Long lasting and reliable. We have one at a home abroad and it just keeps going.


#8

The Renault designs are a little avant-garde but they do grow on you. I like the Captur.


#9

As does ivy on a dead tree


#10

Yes, very much so. I have never had to take a Toyota in for a repair. You can see why they offer a 5 year warranty as standard, clearly very few customers make use of it.

The hybrid system is super reliable. There are Prius taxis on the road with half a million miles on the clock and still running on the original hybrid components and battery.

I once had a Fiat 500L (think Peter Kay - even the same colour scheme). I loved the car but it began developing all sorts of problems after just a year. It had to go.


#11

I currently have a 2.2L Diesel Honda Civic, quote for away from a really ‘green’ EV. Although, for some bizarre reason it’s only £20 tax! I’d really love an EV but it’s far too impractical with the infrastructure we currently have particularly in the UK.

I live on a ‘council estate’ as was so there’s very few houses with drives and it’s very rare that I get to park outside my house. Even if I did, I’d have to cross a path, a grassy verge and then another path to get to my house.

I REALLY like the C-HR, it’s definitely in the list of cars I’d like next!


#12

I think I would consider a hybrid; although it’s a mute point as I’m chauffeur driven around town and to and throw from work in a vehicle costing around 40 odd K.

I mean it’s a bus as I never bothered to learn to drive; but you’ve got to hand it to my imagination… and technically I’m not wrong? :rofl:


#13

Brilliant @thom_horne :laughing:


#14

Also some of the busses are hybrid.

On the Kent side (I live between London and Kent) a trial was held by Arriva of an all electric bus recently.


#15

Yeah they do have Hybrid buses, it’s great.


#16

Once charging infrastructure improves, I would hope one day to be in an EV.


#17

Great YouTube video from Groupe Renault on shared mobility solutions and autonomous robo-vehicles.


#18

Our village got a new Merc minibus and it was about 80 odd K!


#19

I was going to say! Plus if its actually a proper bus you can add a 1 to the front of your 80 odd K too…


#20

I’m all for the idea of EVs, although I can’t drive yet…