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Discussion in 'Motoring Related Discussion' started by John Laidlaw, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Capra

    Capra Senior Member

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    If these are open for anyone spaces, then how could anyone with an EV ever get them charged, you can't wait for the driver of the none EV car to return surely? Otherwise there is no incentive for EV owners to take them out.
     
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    Most are marked EV but when it is free private parking with no parking charges there is no-one enforcing bay compliance and people know that.

    It is for this reason you often see non blue badge holders in DA bays at Supermarkets...


    Mercedes SL500 R231
     
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    Spot on there!
     
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    John Laidlaw

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    Well, last week I had to do an unplanned trip back to the Central Scotland belt and back same day..
    480 mile round trip
    So, car was extremely comfortable, sure footed , cruised beautifully (comfort mode with the odd sports mode spirited drive), must say I didn’t feel like i’d Been in a car for the best part of 9 hours at all.
    Averaged 45.9 mpg, so happy with that given above profile (cruise set on motorway at’just’ over 70 :rolleyes:)
    Apart from the first 6 or so miles of course wasn’t using battery power
    Could I have used a bit more electric?
    Practically, NO unless I’d planned a couple of 1 hour stops each way which might have added 60-70 miles to the range, just didn’t feel worth it.
    So that was the longest trip I’ve done in the i8 since getting it..
    As a daily it’s still performing very practically- the warmer weather has given the overnight charge a range of 18-19 miles, so easily getting to work on a charge, and easily back after topping up at work
    Only other thing to report is that the paint thickness is no way near as good as the Mercedes- not sure if this is BMW generally or i8 weight saving.
    So a few bonnet chips (one a little larger picked up on the Scottish trip)
    Scuffed an alloy (NSR) after being forced onto a kerb in the local lanes by an oncoming vehicle, Craig styleee grrrrr :mad:
    Summarising, still a lovely thing, great to drive (sometimes I’d like more noise but at other times enjoying the effortless power), gets attention constantly ....
     
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    glad you so happy with it John , how much has the leccy bill at home changed OR is it too soon to say ?
     
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    John Laidlaw

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    Thanks!
    Bit difficult to say as I’ve not yet got a season by season comparison fully but so far it seems £14-£16 a month I estimate
     
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    Great to hear it is still going well. I bet it gets loads of attention, I've only one on the road so far.
     
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    John Laidlaw

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    Thanks Andy- yes it surely does which is not to everyone’s taste..
    My daughter (10 yo) was recently heard to say “ I hate going in Daddy’s car to the shops- every time we park it people talk to him about it and take pictures, it’s embarrasing!!”
    Ah well, can’t please everyone- when I was 10 yo nobody stopped to talk to my dad about the Landy or tractor we were in :rolleyes:
     
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    I like them myself, the shame has never dated. I think more people would stop and stare at the i8 than an E63s!!
     
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    I realise it's the Wirral & not Liverpool proper but are you on a gated estate otherwise I'd worry about theft or vandalism?
     
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    I live in a small cul-de-sac of 12 houses , only one way in or out and not a through route or even footpath, so ‘relatively ‘ safe- won’t stop a determined oik of course
     
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    JD, Buy an extension lead for charging so when this happens again park behind this inconsiderate more ron's and plug your car in, when these people return to their EV's, you, 'can't possibly move yet as my battery is flat and it will take a good hour or so to get my car moving again' :D
     
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    What did you say your exact address was John? :)
     
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    CH62 7JG according to my Sat Nav Tony :)
     
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    Well today it is mainly gone for the weekend to have the well delayed polish, detail and Gyeon MOHS ceramic treatment ....that should see it through the winter and beyond !
     
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    That sounds good, John, pics when you get it back please. How much for that lot? :)
     
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    And help preserve the cheaper and lighter paint :p
     
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    John Laidlaw

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    Including interior detail and leather treatment £500, I’m a regular so it’s a decent price ...
    Ok I could do it myself much cheaper but I’ve no indoor facility to work in ( come to think of it I’ve not the time either)....it’s away until Monday
     
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    There is more than an element of truth there Peter, it’s not a patch on MB
     
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    It looks the dog's though, John.:D
     
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