NWR EV thread

The pattern on the top tyre will have been made in the few hundred metres he drove with it flat. However, it's true that MX tyres/rear suspension are often badly adjusted. It doesn't help that the car drops the suspension when at speed, and the geometry is insufficiently tolerant to avoid a pivot of the wheel, resulting in uneven wear (which is indeed common) as seen in the lower tyre. Getting a proper wheel alignment is recommended, but very few garages have the appropriate equipment. But, yes, Tesla sucks in nearly as many ways as it delights!
 
Well. I paraphrase. But they basically said I should have checked them at 25k km. and regularly since.

Though they don’t advise it specifically in the manual!

Anyway. I know now.
 
The pattern on the top tyre will have been made in the few hundred metres he drove with it flat. However, it's true that MX tyres/rear suspension are often badly adjusted. It doesn't help that the car drops the suspension when at speed, and the geometry is insufficiently tolerant to avoid a pivot of the wheel, resulting in uneven wear (which is indeed common) as seen in the lower tyre. Getting a proper wheel alignment is recommended, but very few garages have the appropriate equipment. But, yes, Tesla sucks in nearly as many ways as it delights!
The other was as bad pretty much. B2CEE712-9BDB-46D5-B630-50547F11FA33.jpeg
 
This prompted me to have my rear tyres checked despite them passing their MOT only 2 months ago. Oh and the fact that my wife hit a kerb and took chunks out of them and the other was slowly deflating too…! Sure enough, both were no longer really road legal and the slowly deflating one had a screw in it!
 
Funnily enough, I was at CostCo today to have my tyres replaced. The garage I go to in Cheltenham (which I love because it gives an excuse to visit Champignon Sauvage or Prithvi) had said back in January that my tyres had only about 4,000 miles on them before they'd have to be replaced. I think I've put on a good 5,000 miles, so toddled along to have the CrossClimates fitted. It was only when the car was on the lift that it seemed to me that the wear wasn't that bad. The manager measured the tread with his gauge and said there was probably about 4,000 miles left!
So we ended up putting the Michelins in the boot and I came home.
Not a completely wasted trip. Picked up some Tondonia 09 and Meerlust 17 among other various bits and bobs.
 
My MG5 ev has a large boot and a large well under the floor for a spare wheel.

Obviously it comes as standard with no wheel, a big piece of polystyrene to fill the well and a can of tyre goo.
Having now seen a picture of the MG5 it does like like a rather tall estate type car so I would expect a large boot. And I was comparing my Hybrid 3 series with a diesel 3 series and there is a significant difference in boot capacity (counted in cases of wine ;) )
 

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Funny driving through California, Utah, Nevada and a little bit of Arizona last month - every 3rd car in Califronia a Tesla (or so it seemed) every 300th in the other states :)
 
Anyone got a Model Y?
Yep.

They are a little longer than a model 3 but singnifiantly taller. It doesn't feel that big inside though.

Pros:
Good acceleration.
Lots of stuff as standard that are extras on others.
Hatchback (main reason for choice).
Good range.
Tesla charging network.
Panoramic glass roof.
Loads, really loads, of boot space.
Lighter than some of its competitors meaning it feels a bit more nimble - relative this obviously as still a heavy car.

Cons:
Is a lot bigger than my previous cars.
Can't turn off regenerative breaking (although you get used to this quite quickly).
Adaptive cruise control supper sensitive and can break unnecessarily due to oncoming vehicles.
Rear tinted windows obligatory.
Can't adjust front seat headrests !!
The font on the Tesla screen - range, charge, navigation ,clock etc - is small and can't be adjusted.

People say the ride is firm but I haven't found this a problem. However I am used to cars with a firm suspension.
 
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Can't turn off regenerative breaking (although you get used to this quite quickly).
Can't you dial it down? Either way, as you say, it becomes the norm
Adaptive cruise control supper sensitive and can break unnecessarily due to oncoming vehicles.
This changes on each software release, the AI used to freak out about bridges. It gets better -> worse -> better etc.
Can't adjust front seat headrests !!
Yes, this I find baffling.
 
Can anyone demystify chargers for me? Internet research is pumped full of advert laden nonsense and I’m struggling to make heads or tails of it.

As far as I can tell, I want an untethered 7kw charger like an EO Mini that will allow me to charge basically any car I end up buying. However I see some have Ethernet, RFID, GSM and all sorts of other connectivity options, but I can’t really work out why!
 
I think the connectivity is so they can report back to someone (eg your energy supplier) that they’re being used so as to allow for smart taxation/tariffing in the future. Increasingly this is required to qualify for government grants.

RFID I have no idea!

FWIW, I went for a dumb commando socket and got a smart cable (Ohme) but I don’t use the smart features, and use ev.energy instead.
 
Jules, if you have secure off-road parking I would recommend a tethered unit. It means you don’t have the faff of messing around with cables and can leave the one that comes with the car in the boot.

I have an Ohme Pro charger which has smart programming functions. However it doesn’t currently support solar which I’m disappointed about as we are looking to get solar at some point. Maybe Ohme will add the feature but I’m not convinced.
 
Jules, if you have secure off-road parking I would recommend a tethered unit. It means you don’t have the faff of messing around with cables and can leave the one that comes with the car in the boot.

I have an Ohme Pro charger which has smart programming functions. However it doesn’t currently support solar which I’m disappointed about as we are looking to get solar at some point. Maybe Ohme will add the feature but I’m not convinced.
You should definitely have an extra cable with the charger, but it needn't be a captive cable. And long is good!
 
I have an Ohme Pro charger which has smart programming functions. However it doesn’t currently support solar which I’m disappointed about as we are looking to get solar at some point. Maybe Ohme will add the feature but I’m not convinced.
We have Solar and an EV and to be honest, this time of year you will get very little into the EV. A min excess of 1.4kW is required to trigger an EV charge 100% off solar and it is better to push it all into a battery, hot water immersion (via a diverter) or some other household consumption (washing machine, dryer etc.)

In the Summer you will be able to charge the EV provided you are parked up at the premises for long periods which not everyone will be able to do. A good Night rate is also important if you have an EV. Preferably not those 2-3 hr EV rates, but a proper 9-hour cheap Night rate.
 
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