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by phb10186
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Riversimple and Fuel Cell Discussions
Replies: 146
Views: 17609

Re: Riversimple and Fuel Cell Discussions

Look how tiny this car is compared to the Prius-sized Mirai - I simply can't see how that would ever gain the requisite approval in the collision safety department to go mainstream, not least because I think you need to supply 2 vehicles for crash testing (definitely 1). I think there is a very low ...
by phb10186
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: EV prices in the next 3 years.
Replies: 20
Views: 643

Re: EV prices in the next 3 years.

Naturally, we consider the i-MiEV far superior to the Smart, if for no other reason than because its interior is voluminous and thus it makes a great workhorse. Not to start a thread on this, but I am curious about how the two compare, in your opinion (apart from the DCQC, of course). Well one has ...
by phb10186
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Mouse in the Miev!
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: Mouse in the Miev!

Get a can of air duster (or an air line) and spray all around the car... hopefully it will leave? Whether it comes back is another story, but there arent that many places to hide in there.
by phb10186
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Instruments - Radio/USB/Nav - CAN - Climate Controls - Remote
Topic: how to remove the center ventilation unit
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: how to remove the center ventilation unit

OK, so I managed to fix this in about 30 mins, as I can't stand anything broken - the design is a bit odd, as the two vents are clipped directly into the main dashboard moulding, rather than clip into a frame which then fits in to the dashboard - must be a design characteristic that is part of keepi...
by phb10186
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: EV prices in the next 3 years.
Replies: 20
Views: 643

Re: EV prices in the next 3 years.

It's likely that you spend much more than $1,000 per year on gasoline. Eh, $1000 sounds about right to me. Average driving is said to be 10,000-15,000 miles a year... let's assume 10,000 for simplicity. A typical ICE car gets 25 MPG -- that's 400 gallons/year. And the price of gasoline is hovering ...
by phb10186
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Instruments - Radio/USB/Nav - CAN - Climate Controls - Remote
Topic: how to remove the center ventilation unit
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: how to remove the center ventilation unit

Bump - has anyone managed to do this yet? Very annoyingly I managed to unpop two of the vertical blades on the right hand air vent in the centre of the dash with a vent mobile phone holder (was a good idea at the time)... However, even more annoyingly - I cant effectively hold the vent properly with...
by phb10186
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Outlander PHEV thread
Replies: 50
Views: 8532

Re: Outlander PHEV test drive report

...Mitsu has been way too conservative with the 1500 lb tow rating compared to 3500 lb for the V6... Jay, thanks for the writeup, but sorry to hear about it's diminished towing capacity. The only reason I've kept my Isuzu Trooper is that the little four-banger with its compound-low 4WD gearing has ...
by phb10186
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: EV prices in the next 3 years.
Replies: 20
Views: 643

Re: EV prices in the next 3 years.

Several European vehicle manufacturers of high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans identify that "under no circumstances should tires older than 6 years be used" in their vehicle owner's manual. However, it should be noted that European recommendations must include driving conditio...
by phb10186
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: EV prices in the next 3 years.
Replies: 20
Views: 643

Re: EV prices in the next 3 years.

The front Continental tyres I have on my Imiev are '08s, and I got them as new old stock for a very low price... £40 for the pair or something. They were wrapped when I bought them shortly after I bought the car which was 4 years old, and I left them wrapped until I needed them after about 6 months....
by phb10186
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: EV prices in the next 3 years.
Replies: 20
Views: 643

Re: EV prices in the next 3 years.

New EV demand is pretty strong now, and the rate limiting step is still in battery production, hence supply is behind demand, and new prices will remain higher for the foreseeable future compared to ICE - and I don't see a lot of change over the next 3 years - which should strengthen used EV prices ...

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