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Nah petrols are making a comeback now what with diesels being awful in cities with nox etc.
Ford are squeezing efficiency out of them now; they've built an 1100 engine that's more powerful and efficient than the 1600's they put in their previous focuses.
(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 9:51, archived)
yeah yeah, I'll believe those efficiency records when I see it
rather then "more powerful when tested on a flat surface with overpressurised tyres with 0 wind and 10 degree air temps"
(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 9:55, archived)
It'll all be hybrids in a few years.

(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:15, archived)
Most petrol hybrids are bobbins.
The most efficient way seems to be a low rpm diesel generating power to an electric motor. Works well enough for ships and trains.
(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:17, archived)
Yeah, I did mean diesel hybrids.
Although Honda have put out a new NSX that looks the business for what it is.
(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:26, archived)
I read a reasonably interesting first hand account of owning an electric car recently.
There are far more charging points than any of us realise.

But the most interesting thing I found was that while everyone looks at the pitiful range and how long it takes to recharge and thinks 'fuck that', most of them will charge to about 60/70% in about 5 to 10 minutes on a charging station so the trick on a long journey is to bump it up to that regularly as you stretch your legs at services.

I don't think they're mature enough yet, and probably only any good as a second car if you're in a couple or whatever, but they're coming along
(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:29, archived)
So a fast charge to 70% and a trickle charge after that, is it?

(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:31, archived)
Nah, I think it's just the way Li-on batteries behave, phones seem to do the same thing.

(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:32, archived)
Yeah, I reckon my next car will probably be electric.
Fingers crossed for a generous scrappage scheme, to part me from my lovely diesel van.
(, Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:36, archived)