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    Don't know if a thread has been started on this, I did a search and nothing come up.

    Tought I'd have a look at this to see if it was any good, and TBH it doesn't look bad (for an electric car) the design looks very nice.

    You can get 25-50 miles on the battery and then it switches to the 1.4 16V petrol engine, which can do 100mph max,this powers a generator to keep the car moving, you can then treat the car like any other normal car. the battery comes with a 100k or 8 year warranty which is also a good little bonus as i'm sure a battery for one of these is going to set you back a few k.

    No idea how much it costs as it's not stated on the website. But we all know this will be the cars of the future but if they look this good then i won't complain

    http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/microsite/...ging_daily_use

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    Quote Originally Posted by CH-VECTRA-ELITE View Post
    You can get 25-50 miles on the battery
    the battery comes with a 100k or 8 year warranty
    No idea how much it costs
    25 to 30 miles on electric power is a dreadful range
    New cars come with such a warranty, so I would expect at least that
    I've just come from my local dealership and they advised "from £40K", although I could probably get a discount once the 2nd edition comes out as they would be buying sales stock, so expect to pay "around £28K"
    I'm sorry, but for that money I'd rather have something else...

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    25 to 30 miles on electric power is a dreadful range
    I think you're missing the point - after the 25-50 miles are done, you're not stuck at the roadside looking for a charging point, the petrol engine starts up, but not to propel the car, it powers the batteries so that you keep driving along, electrically, just as you were before. The vast majority of people who commute to work travel considerably less than 50 miles each way, and where I work charging points were installed in the company's car park 8 years ago, long before any viable electric cars existed.

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    So if the car was fully charged and had a full tank of petrol, under normal driving conditions what sort of mileage would you get without doing a charge in-between??

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    50 miles on the battery and then 310 miles on a full tank of petrol. So providing your not thrashing the nuts out of it you could get 360 miles. Which is no different than a normal car but i'm guessing you won't be paying road tax and if you can get to work in under 50 miles or from home to work and back in the same range then all your doing is charging the battery and you won't touch the petrol which will save you the cash in the end but if it does costs 40K then i can't see many people buying one.
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    It was on the VX website for about £40k and there was only 2 levels of trim iirc. I'd rather buy something for £25k, a nice watch, go on holiday and use the rest for running costs for 3 years or more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CH-VECTRA-ELITE View Post
    50 miles on the battery and then 310 miles on a full tank of petrol. But for if it costs 40K there is no way i'd pay that much.
    Thats pretty poor then really. I can get 350 miles from my 2.8T if driven under normal driving conditions.

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    I think you're missing the point - after the 25-50 miles are done, you're not stuck at the roadside
    I am refering to the electric only mode (that's the whole point of these cars)
    If owners are only expected to drive up to 50 miles per day, solely on electric, £40K on such a car is a complete waste; the cost per mile is nearly double that of a traditional car (returning 35mpg)

    Equally, what is the EXACT cost of a full recharge to the battery?
    I've still not seen any published figure on this, all you get is "full recharged within 6 hours"; compared to running a domestic fridge, washing machine, cooker?

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    I also read on the daily mail online that because there are more cars like this coming to the market in time the government will start loosing money as petrol sales will be down so the govenment will increase the price of fuel even more. But it think they're talking about 20-25 years times, god knows how much fuel will cost then with the way the prices go up these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CH-VECTRA-ELITE View Post
    I also read on the daily mail online that because there are more cars like this coming to the market in time the government will start loosing money as petrol sales will be down
    The revenue is hidden in the higher car sales tax, we have some of the highest in the UK; such cars are still not exempt hence the ridiculous high retail price

    This also explains why the eagerly awaited Honda DX has an anticipated UK retail price of £80K and I've already signed up for a test as soon as one arrives in the UK (2014)
    Being able to go for 10K miles without refuelling, yeeeha!

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