A year with a twizy: London commuting and convenience travel about town

June 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on A year with a twizy: London commuting and convenience travel about town § permalink

It has now creeped over a year since I have owner my Renault Twizy.

So quick stats



Since day One; I have opted for 7500miles/year battery rental agreement,- with includes recovery assistance.

My daily commute works out roughly 25miles a day.

I have had (and since sold) twizy Windows by renault(flappy ones) and have bought lexan Windows (sturdy ones which cover all the way to the back of the door-curve.
Better security. Better protection from the elements.

I installed this #TAQSI Bluetooth sound systemic the twizy, so I can now have my favourite weekender playlist on my rides about town.

Best twizy related ado is the marketing wrap and events I have done for some folks which sort of pre-paid my battery rental for a year. So this £53/month battery fee, has not really been felt on my pocket. So “yey” there.

Daily commuting, even shopping, pick-ups and drop-offs – (friends and family members who wanted to endure a tandem ride) was actually quite an interesting development. Didn’t expect to do people collect/drops all that often.


I have however truly enjoyed two things:

Incredibly cheap cost of driving. 6.1kwh battery pack that is, costs about £0.70 with my home electricity tariff. Considering my commute does get work/based charging (top up really, 1.5hours and I’m good) and places about London – not sure if I even should count that expense.

Did I mention the charging? Well, 3 hours 0-100% to charge this beast is ridiculous.

I top up when I get to work (11-12miles later) that takes just over a hour, no thanks to my merry-zealous driving style in the morning. But you get the picture. Cost of driving fuel is near-nil.

So far some snags with the twizy were sorted by warranty, but at large I found the costs of twizy servicing and parts pretty sensible. I think a new tyre is £43, so you get an idea. Couple that with free health checks you get time to time with my dealer and it’s a good deal all round.

My range
Being me, i have been very pedantic with my range counting just like many other EV owners out there. Pushing my twizy best I could with all sort of driving styles.

I think I managed 42miles range. Half range driven with a passenger! So I’m content on that note.

Sure, winter, temperature as well as Driving style makes a difference. So common EV sense approach works and the range is the similar today as last year, although feels like it’s 1-2 miles less on the range estimate.

Had battery electronics checked by Renault, these folks given me 100% healthy report. Much like yourself, I’m finding that 100% figure incredibly dubious and naive, providing that it’s a 4 year old battery, so there is bound to be some form of degradation, – alas it’s not significant enough to warrant any serious exploration on my part. You see, battery rental is there to deal with any of battery related issues – it’s a separate product – warranty – so it’s “not my problem”, so to speak. Good. So far so good.

Convenience
One of serious twizy benefits – size!

I can fit twizy in my drive and then fit a Nissan Leaf right behind it. If it’s a BMW i3 I need to fit on the same drive instead, – all the easier. Parking at most notorious parking black spots, from obscure and awkward to downright impossible by conventional car means, with a twizy, I can hop in, pop to the high street bakery in the morning, and be back home in guaranteed 10 minutes or less.


Very impressive. Parking is not an issue.

There is a snag, whereby your twizy is not a car but not a bike either, so overtaking stationary one-way traffic – common sense – not possible. Maybe for for a short break? Anyway. Drive. Park. Go.

There are also, as discovered, a lot of custom mods available and developed for twizy electric – from external rear storage  to speed (ECU) mods, enabling you to turn up the power spec the twizy. Currently it’s limited to 50MPH, and say you wanted to go 60MPH – you can.subject to insurance cover and warranty alike but if you want it – you can have it.

Weather proofing. You know, like most, I have had Windows on, even at the spec of rain. And it was good. Especially during winter and winter freezing chills. But eventually, I found them too big, to unwieldy and unnecessary for commutes. Sacrificing convenience of free access to my twizy and even a casual QnA chat about my twizy ride with a fellow traffic-stuck driver in the lane next to me… I missed that. With Windows on, it’s not the same.


Besides. So far I am yet to be rained on, soaked so, when it’s raining so bad. With heaviest downpours here and there at odd occurrence a year, hmm…. Debatable. In my Personal humble opinion, winter months, sure, keep Windows fitted, come Feb-March, take them off.
Conclusion to date
if you need a daily commuter and your work has a lack of parking spaces, or you dont like the idea of
riding a bike, for mostly short distances, TWIZY is your thing.

Ps mine is still for sale. Holla me on Twitter or email me on iam[at]evmeerkat.com

Renault twizy door struts replaced. Now scissor doors spring up!

March 17th, 2016 § Comments Off on Renault twizy door struts replaced. Now scissor doors spring up! § permalink

It’s been a short-long-time coming to get this fixed up. But it’s was a relatively straight forward process, once you know what you’re facing and what’s wrong and where, as well as having aplenty video-evidence examples of this issue. 

 In my Renault twizy ownership case, it was the doors this time, which caused discomfort. It was initially a “hunch” where, during my recent servicing back in  the fall of 2015, I did point out the doors being sluggish opening up, – forcing me often to push them up forcefully when getting out of twizy – or pull them up, again, forcefully when trying to get in.
Fast forward through our London winter, with average low temperatures and we have a significant further degradation in the door opening mechanism – gas struts which push the doors open (and indeed more sluggish in colder weather) – which deteriorated to the point of lifting the door(s) a mere inch, when the door mechanism was released-open.
Last time, Renault service tech merely advised that “it opens, sorta, it works. Let us know only [when] if it gets worse.” That was then. This is now.
 YouTube video here.

http://youtu.be/c7gDDMrWfFk
Good news is. It’s all fixed. Under warranty. Free.
Following the comprehensive forum discussion and discovery of similar like-for-like cases on Twizyowners.com forum.

Turns out I’m not alone. Glad there are some alternatives out there to DIY remedy the fault as well which are quite affordable.
Luckily for me, it didn’t have to come to that, nor testing my DIY skills (phew..) – repairs done under warranty.
I have shared those videos with the Renault service team – made quite a few – to avoid being turned around again.
So, again. Good news: my Renault twizy door issue was resolved under warranty (for free).
Just collected the twizy, still cold and the doors aren’t exactly flying up, but they do work a LOT better than before and a lot springy!
https://youtu.be/sLRG2MVrKiE
Meanwhile, here is some snap of Renault’s work  

 

How much I’ve saved in petrol/diesel fuel cost while driving an electric Nissan Leaf? 

January 3rd, 2016 § Comments Off on How much I’ve saved in petrol/diesel fuel cost while driving an electric Nissan Leaf?  § permalink

Folks,

Just completed my second service here for my Nissan Leaf,
– major service £149

– New Set of Tyres £ 139

All good, fair play. Good job. Now all this made me stumble across another point, it appears we have covered a lot of miles in 2 years and 3 months of our lease. Never mind the excess pm charge of 4.8p/pm we gonna cough up (over 10k/a x3)

   

Quick calculator check – see menu on left or click here  

 
Indicating Saving of £2,800 in fuel costs over that period…
Result!

That’s nearly £110/month saving. So effective lease figure of £290/month is actually £180/month in real terms.

Not shabby.

More soon!

I take it as good news: U.S. delays ‘quiet car’ rules for hybrids, electric cars

November 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on I take it as good news: U.S. delays ‘quiet car’ rules for hybrids, electric cars § permalink

U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing.

The decision is the latest setback for a government plan that has been in the works since 2013 to require “quiet cars” – vehicles that operate at low speeds without an internal combustion engine running – to add new audio alerts at low speeds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the odds of a hybrid vehicle being involved in a pedestrian crash are 19 percent higher compared with a traditional gas-powered vehicle.

The auto safety regulator has said that if the proposal were implemented, there would be 2,800 fewer pedestrian and bicyclist injuries annually. About 125,000 pedestrians and bicyclists are injured each year.

The proposed rules would force automakers like Tesla Motors Inc, General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp to add automatic audio alerts to electric and hybrid vehicles traveling at 18 miles per hour or less.

The rules would apply to hybrid and electric cars, SUVs, trucks, buses and motorcycles, and are aimed at preventing crashes at intersections or when electric vehicles are backing up. Advocates for the blind have pushed for the rules.

Automakers have raised concerns about the alerts, saying they are too loud and too complicated. They also want them required only at lower speeds.

Under a 2010 law passed by Congress, the NHTSA was supposed to finalize the regulations by January 2014. Automakers will get a minimum of 18 months from the time the rules are finalized before they must begin adding the alerts.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in July the regulation would be finalized by November – a timetable the agency says in a new government document it will not be able to meet.

The Transportation Department, in explaining the latest delay, said in a document posted on its website that “additional coordination is necessary.” NHTSA declined to elaborate on Tuesday.

NHTSA in 2013 said it expected the rules would cost the auto industry about $23 million in the first year, because automakers will need to add an external waterproof speaker to comply.

From: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/11/24/us-usa-autos-regulations-idUKKBN0TD35820151124

Bit of both: BMW X5 XDRIVE40E PLUG-IN HYBRID (2015) 85mpg

November 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on Bit of both: BMW X5 XDRIVE40E PLUG-IN HYBRID (2015) 85mpg § permalink

BMW’S X5 was one of the pioneers of family friendly off-roaders. Tall, spacious and bristling with gadgets, it’s a familiar sight the world over, from Austrian ski resorts to American freeways and outside school gates in the home counties.  
The one in the picture may look like its predecessors but it is different. At 70mph there is no sound to be heard other than a gentle rustle of wind and the remote hiss of tyres on asphalt. It is, frankly, amazing. The quiet is so enveloping that the voices of passengers drop to a hushed murmur.

This is the new BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid — no noise, no vibration and no petrol being guzzled, even hustling us down the motorway at the legal limit.  

Plug-in hybrids, in case you hadn’t noticed, are all the rage. Audi, Mitsubishi, Porsche and Volvo are using the tech to help sell SUVs. And BMW — which already has several in its range, including the desirable i8 sports car — is harnessing the technology to help ease the conscience, and tax bill, of drivers.

In this case the system teams up a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with a synchronous electric motor for a combined power output of 308bhp. The key here is that this X5 features a large lithium-ion battery pack that can deliver a pure electric range of up to 19 miles. Top speed on battery alone is 75mph, although you will seriously reduce the range at that pace.

  The X5 has three primary hybrid modes. Get in and start off without selecting anything, as you would in an ordinary X5, and the system will default to Auto eDrive. In this setting it behaves like any old hybrid, using a combination of electric and petrol motivation depending on what you’re doing with your right foot. Mash the throttle pedal to the floor and you’ll get every ounce of power the petrol engine and electric motor can muster, but if you’re pootling around town, the system will give you silent, pure-electric motoring.

So this is the mode for people who don’t want to think about modes; just let the car sort everything out. What you end up with is a fantastically refined SUV — the transition from pure electric running to petrol and electric is seamless. Often the only way to tell that the engine has joined proceedings is to keep an eye on the rev counter, which leaps into life when the car reckons you need a bit of poke. 

 You really have to charge it as much as possible, because if you run around on zero battery you’ve just got a needlessly heavy SUV that’ll get a fraction of the fuel mileage an equivalent diesel will

And it does have a decent turn of performance when you want it; for such a large car, 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds is good going, by any measure. Power is fed through a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, and this X5 has permanent four-wheel drive.

If you select Max eDrive the X5 plug-in operates in pure electric mode; it will engage the petrol engine only if you suddenly find you need maximum beans. Around town it works really well — exploiting gaps in traffic is quite good fun as the torque of the electric motor is all there instantly.
The third setting, Save Battery, is self-explanatory; if you’re on a motorway and expect to be driving in a city centre where you might want pure electric motoring, this mode will maintain or even top up a minimum level of charge, which will give you a reasonable range of urban miles under electric power. It’s a handy feature, but the X5 is inefficient in that mode, especially if the engine is acting as a generator to top up the battery at the same time it is powering the car. You’ll feel more sinner than saint using it.

The X5’s cabin is still a good place to spend time, with comfortable seats and masses of space in the back. But if you need seven seats, it’ll have to be a non-hybrid X5, as the rear-mounted battery pack means a third row of chairs can’t be fitted. There is also restricted luggage space — 150 litres less with the rear seats down — although subjectively, the boot still looks quite capacious.

The plug-in X5 is heavier than its diesel equivalent, but because all the extra weight is low the car doesn’t feel unwieldy. You can hurry along a B-road, using its torque to slingshot out of corners, but ultimately, you’ll get early understeer if you’re caning it. And why would you want to do that in a big SUV?

As well as a choice of hybrid power modes, the plug-in X5 gets different driving settings, in common with other models in the range, that adjust throttle response, steering weight and gearshift speed. And while the steering is a little light, it’s perfectly suited in this application; the combination of easy torque response, refined transmission and quiet, smooth running makes the plug-in X5 a relaxing driving experience.

There’s something strangely satisfying about running this car on electric. Not in a polar bear-saving, Swampy kind of way; it’s just a brilliantly relaxing, smooth and quiet way of getting around

It would be a good commuter car for those with a journey combining motorways and city centres. And low CO2 emissions bring the usual tax breaks, although at 77g/km it just misses out on the London congestion charge limit of 75g/km. So close, but no cigar.

There is, though, an obvious drawback to owning a plug-in hybrid. You really have to charge it as much as possible, because if you run around on zero battery you’ve just got a needlessly heavy SUV that’ll get a fraction of the fuel mileage an equivalent diesel will. For the record, the claimed combined fuel consumption for this plug-in SUV is 85.6mpg.
First Drive review: BMW X5 xDrive40e

There are more public charging points, that’s true — and some of them even function — but for most, it’ll be charging at home or at work that’ll be the most sensible routine. That all sounds a hassle, but bear in mind that you can fully charge the X5’s battery on a domestic socket in just under four hours.

I made my last run to Munich airport — about 20 miles — mainly on electric power. And there’s something strangely satisfying about doing that. Not in a polar bear-saving, Swampy kind of way; it’s just a brilliantly relaxing, smooth and quiet way of getting around, in a car that’s as far removed from the ridiculous Reva G-Wiz as possible.

Then, on the last stretch of A-road, I gave it maximum right foot for a glorious surge of acceleration, which was hugely amusing. Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.
2015 BMW X5 xDrive40e rivals

Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum, £59,995 (view cars for sale)
For Beautiful interior; great on the road

Against Expensive compared with rivals

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.0 GX5hs, £45,054 (view cars for sale)
For Affordable; impressive range
Against Comparatively low power; performance is on the leisurely side

Good news at last for Leeds drivers (but only if you drive an electric plug-in car)

October 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Good news at last for Leeds drivers (but only if you drive an electric plug-in car) § permalink

LEEDS could introduce free parking for electric cars as civic leaders try to forge a path to creating a clean, green and modern global gateway.   
 Environment bosses are considering the parking perk for green-minded drivers in the city centre as part of a raft of measures to urgently improve air quality.

It follows revelations that Leeds is at severe risk of missing its European emissions targets for 2020 – and could face fines of millions of Euros if it doesn’t up its green-friendly game.

It also comes just days after civic decision-makers unveiled ambitious plans to revitalise parts of Leeds city centre, boost the public realm and update the creaking highways network as part of a 20 year vision.

Oslo, Los Angeles and the London borough of Westminster are among a handful of world cities to have already introduced free parking for plug-in electric vehicles – with mixed levels of success.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said: “With the immensely positive health benefits people could experience and the possibility of severe financial penalties, doing nothing is not an option.

“We want to put the emphasis on rewarding people who make a positive contribution to improving the city’s air quality, such as offering free or discounted parking for ultra-low emission vehicles.

“This alone isn’t going to be enough.

“So we need to think about and act on what we can all do as businesses, communities and individuals about our travel habits that will cut pollution and improve air quality.”

He added the city was already doing some good work – with a quarter of all Leeds’s municipal vehicles set to run on new technologies.

Friends of the Earth’s Simon Bowens, who lives in Leeds and drives an electric car, said the plan was “a step in the right direction” but stressed it wasn’t “the whole solution”.

“Certainly the encouragement of less polluting vehicles in the city centre is welcome, but I don’t know whether electric cars are the whole solution,” he said.

“The question is how do you get more people walking and cycling – and better public transport.

“A lot of problems come from car traffic in the city centre, so if you remove that, it is positive.

“But there are other things – such as areas like Burmantofts and Harehills getting the most HGVS – which are very polluting as well.”

He said improving charging points in the city centre was also vital as “the ability to charge your vehicle is difficult” in Leeds.

Leeds currently has around a dozen public electric car charging points, amongst them the Elland Road Park and Ride, Leeds Arena, the council-run Woodhouse Lane multi-storey and Asda in Middleton.

Public charging points can power a car up to 80 per cent in half an hour – enough for an 80 mile drive.

Mr Bowens added Leeds has some way to go before catching up with promotion of low polluting vehicles, and the North East had been “particularly good” at encouraging usage, partly due to the Nissan Leaf – the leading EV (electronic vehicle) brand – being manufactured in Sunderland.

Opposition leaders from Leeds City Council’s’s Tory and Lib Dem groups welcomed the proposals, but called for “firm action”.

Coun John Procter, Tory group deputy leader, said a free parking initiative for plug-in cars, like Norway’s trailblazing and highly successful scheme in Oslo was the sort of “imaginative approach” that Leeds should look at, and encouraged his Labour colleagues to lobby Central Government to provide extra funding.

Coun Stewart Golton, leader of the Lib Dem group, warned that the city’s emissions readings could get worse before they get better, because new plans to pedestrianise some parts of the city centre would divert traffic to the inner ring road, one of the city’s worst hotspots for poor air quality.

He urged more “firm action” by the council rather than ideas.

UK sales of electric cars have seen a massive boom in the past year.

From January to September this year, Nissan’s Leaf model sold 43 per cent more than in the first nine months of 2014, and year-to-date sales are already dwarfing the 2013 total of 1,812 by more than double.

Sales of the firm’s e-NV200 electric van have also more than doubled since last year, according to a Nissan spokeswoman.

Bought Used Lexan twizy Windows. Snag? Repeated grazing against twizy roof left graze marks :/ see more

October 14th, 2015 § Comments Off on Bought Used Lexan twizy Windows. Snag? Repeated grazing against twizy roof left graze marks :/ see more § permalink

Very grateful to fellow (now ex) twizy owner who sold me his used twizy Lexon windows which he had leftover.

These are absolutely brilliant. Sturdy – no more more flappy window noise. And good seal too! Back seat passenger is now to be dry! And my wifey won’t need to wear a “head scarf” ever time she sits there due to continuous wind buffeting which “ruins her hair”. There we have it. It’s a win win and this purchase was “wife-approved-and-authorised” so I didn’t have to prepare much case study, to justify that.

(Is that just me or you folks do that also for your other halves? Full swap analysis, proposal, case study before toys-for-boys buys? 🙂 – ok – just me then…) 

these came with a good price but not without snags.

their repeated use has left marks on both windows.

well can’t have everything so I ambuying some fine scratch removal gear from eBay and will be reporting more in due course.

   
 but first, some youtube education…
novus 3,2,1? meguiar?

#twizytweaks : covering the gap around the steering column on twizy for Less Winter’s Icy Breeze.

October 14th, 2015 § Comments Off on #twizytweaks : covering the gap around the steering column on twizy for Less Winter’s Icy Breeze. § permalink

To be honest when I first came across this video on YouTube covering the steering column gap, I didn’t really give it much notice.
now however, that it is winter-ish, and ice cold slowly creeping in I have experienced this icy chill factor firsthand, when riding 50 miles an hour while wearing my loafers – that I couldn’t feel my toes anymore.
so this is what I have done to fix this small snag…
#twizytweak hashtag to be used for all my tweaks and upgrades.

   
    
 
Found some type of non-slip floor-mat rubber.

Measured the dimensions of the gap.

Cut it out. Note that I opted to arrange it in such a way that I don’t have to secure this mat. Instead it can “hang” over the steering column – and it won’t turn right of left as its cut tight in place.

I may have cut the hole too small, as I was keen to ensure it fits like a “funnel”. Since you cannot place such DIY mat of yours flush with the floor as steering column has a corner fitted there.

Side effect of this is that my steering is squeaky, guess some grease should do the trick.

I say pick thinner rubber mat option – easier to work it and should do the same trick – some old car mats is a good place to start.

Aftermarket Upgrade Planning: T.A.Q.S.I – Installing Sound System into #Twizy #ev Brainstormfest #taqsi

October 8th, 2015 § Comments Off on Aftermarket Upgrade Planning: T.A.Q.S.I – Installing Sound System into #Twizy #ev Brainstormfest #taqsi § permalink

Unlike other folk’s Premium #electricVehicle #Twizy models, mine did not come with any Bluetooth Parrot integration, nor speakers.

All twizy (for the sake for simplicity and design) have the roof-moulder speaker mounds. They are relatively easily exposed with some Torx screws (x2). But lets get hasty, I need to ensure this poor-and-excited-twizy-owner’s-attempt wont bring tears but deliver a good sound upgrade which is well appreciated, especially by moi – the Driver.

I also do hope this Sound upgrade could be a Twizy, Affordable, Quick, Simple, Sound, Install (T.A.Q.S.I) #TAQSI

My Requirements and Considerations for aftermarket upgrade are as follows:

  • Need for simplicity in music playback/hands-free audio. bluetooth is the way to go
  • Also don’t mean to be picky, but i am after a quality playback. to research good speaker’s(options). Stereo Playback is a must
  • No major #twizy body panel alteration or any soldering, this needs to be relatively easy plug-and-play
  • Power Source will be that “cigarette lighter” affixed in the left glovebox.
  • Does not require much technical knowledge allowing this to become “Quick-Twizy-Audio-Upgrade” standard

Having scouted the ebay and indeed many forums, I found that while everyone had a different approach to this “challenge”, not all was documented enough for me to follow. Some required soldering – which was at odds with my requirement above.

I have also come across numerous “car-kits” which simply wont do in a twizy, whether they are too cumbersome, complicated, or just draw too much power.

What we are after is a Bluetooth’s receiver with Quality Playback(Stereo speakers), which can be charged via the USB, – a plug fixed into that cigarette lighter, which i mentioned earlier.

What i have settled in – and considered – is ordering something alike Bolse BTS-12  since for £33 odd pounds sterling the unit had a great review: Bluetooth, 6W speakers for Left and Right, delivering some impressive quality playback. It is a nice package, but i feel it may be just as good once i dismantle it for #Twizy’s retrofitting. I know this would go against “non complicated setup”, and alternative consideration was floating around whether i am able to fit the whole unit somewhere “up there” by the roof’s speaker mounds or not. Things would be much simpler that way.

That remains to be considered seriously. So we keep this as Plan B.

 

For Plan A, I intend to go high and low and get the best return-on-investment, saving time, money and making this installation most simplest possible, without undermining the quality of the setup.

 

Having hopped a few stores for hands-on research, i have come across the following speakers;

  • Music Angel Friendz Universal Rechargeable Portable Mini Speaker Pink 6w Output
Music Angel Friendz Universal Rechargeable Portable Mini Speaker Pink 6w Output

Music Angel Friendz Universal Rechargeable Portable Mini Speaker Pink 6w Output

The Best Bit:

You can daisy Chain those – for louder, Stereo playback with a simple

3.5mm audio jack. Sorted. Another “Best Bit”, well, they are £7.50 Delivered. Each. peanuts.

Also They are USB chargeable, with small on-board battery offering additional nn-hours playback (double digits – more than i need – enabling me to charge phone if i need to do so While i listen to music)

So, now i thought i had speakers, as nice as they were, i still needed an Bluetooth reciever, – and with good old fashioned ebay to the rescue, – i found some;

  • USB Bluetooth 3.5mm Stereo Audio Music Receiver Adapter for Speaker iPhone Mp3
USB Bluetooth 3.5mm Stereo Audio Music Receiver Adapter for Speaker iPhone Mp3

USB Bluetooth 3.5mm Stereo Audio Music Receiver Adapter for Speaker iPhone Mp3

Simple installation: USB plug-and-play + 3.5mm jack

Quick and Simple to install. Good reviews and with a cost of < £5 delivered. no brainer.

 

Finally, for the last bit, i need power. Twin USB source to power my contraption. Sorted:

  • Universal Dual USB 2-Port In-Car Socket Twin Charger 12v iPhone (£1.49 free delivery)

    Universal Dual USB 2-Port In-Car Socket Twin Charger 12v iPhone

    Universal Dual USB 2-Port In-Car Socket Twin Charger 12v iPhone

The Good bit:  it can draw enough power to charge an ipad. this means the daisy chained speaker set could very likely share the single usb power (which i’d split later too)

 

Oh Yes, i may just may require some extras:

USB splitter/Hub to share power from for Individual Speakers (Bus Powered)

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub; Bus-powered

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub; Bus-powered

Its Ipad*(more amps)-powered connection which is then split via such a hub to provide individual power to each of the speaker.

 

 

3.5mm 2 Male to Female Y Splitter Audio Cable For iPhone,iPad,Speaker,Computer

3.5mm 2 Male to Female Y Splitter Audio Cable For iPhone,iPad,Speaker,Computer

3.5mm 2 Male to Female Y Splitter Audio Cable For iPhone,iPad,Speaker,Computer

This will enable My single bluetooth adaptor “playback” to each of the speakers individually. Costs about £1-£5 (depending where you order from. Cheaper from Hong Kong)

 

 

3.5mm Jack Male to Male Stereo Audio AUX Cable Cord For iPhone iPod phone #C BG

3.5mm Jack Male to Male Stereo Audio AUX Cable Cord For iPhone iPod phone #C BG

3.5mm Jack Male to Male Stereo Audio AUX Cable Cord For iPhone iPod phone #C BG

This 3.5mm jack extension will connect to bluetooth adaptor, for extra length, which I intend to run behind plastic interior into the Speaker Moulds. This will then be connected to the 3.5mm splitter, which THEN be connected to each individual Speakers.
Costs about a £1, if ordered from Hong Kong. You can vary the prices and indeed qualities with your local supplier as well.

 

Wow. I ordered the lot. Now we gotta sit tight, wait, and see if my plans yield to any fruition.

Ok Wish me luck, leave comments and questions below or tweet @evmeerkat for of the same!

Plan A estimated cost is about £25:

  • Speakers £15 (2x£7.50) +
  • £5 Bluetooth Receiver +
  • Car USB 12V A2 socket £1.50 (ANY STANDARD SOCKET WOULD DO) +
  • USB Hub £5.00 odd +
  • Y-Splitter 3.5mm 2 Male to 1 female jack (found from Hong Kong) £2 +(NOT NEEDED)
  • 3.5MM Jack Male to Male extension £1

If this works. Its better than a Bargain.

Thank me with a Pint Later (Twizy Ride to Hampstead anyone?), or;

If you need a good cause to donate – Donate some some to EVDA-UK – EV Drivers Association could really do with some support.
PS. #TAQSI is the new hashtag for this event – spread the love

UPDATE:

  • Y-splitter is not required at all actually.

Ev competition – more choice for customer? Porsche plans electric car to challenge Tesla

September 15th, 2015 § Comments Off on Ev competition – more choice for customer? Porsche plans electric car to challenge Tesla § permalink

  
Porsche and Audi are hoping to challenge Tesla in the luxury electric car market, but Elon Musk can sleep easy for now. Both are still years away from production.
Porsche unveiled its first all-electric concept car at the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday. It looks like a futuristic version of the Porsche 911.

The German sports car maker boasts that the four-door Mission E will be able to drive roughly 310 miles on a single charge. The new model should take just 15 minutes to charge to about 80% of its capacity.

That would be significantly faster than market leader Tesla (TSLA), which requires about 30 minutes to reach the same level of charge.

Plus, the Mission E boasts a longer range than Tesla’s Model S. It should run for 250 miles after a 15-minute charge versus 170 miles from a 30-minute charge.

Still, Tesla has a few years to close that gap.

A Porsche spokesperson told CNNMoney that production of the car would be “feasible within the near future,” but noted that it may take five years for battery technology to advance sufficiently.

The concept is part of a bigger push by Porsche parent Volkswagen (VLKAY) into electric vehicles. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said the group is planning to roll out 20 more electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020.

“No commitment to electro-mobility can be any clearer than that,” said Winterkorn, who oversees brands including Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti.

Audi unveiled a new all-electric SUV concept vehicle called the e‑tron quattro last month. It will have the same driving range as the Porsche Mission E, and production will begin in 2018.

The Mission E will offer features such as gesture-activated controls, eye-tracking controls and some holographic images around the dashboard.

  
 It turns out that the X5’s 3.3 l/100 km (71 mpg US/85 mpg UK) average fuel consumption is…actually average itself, compared to how good the Q7 and the XC90 look on paper. The Audi is by far the most fuel efficient SUV here, with its 1.7l/100 km (138 mpg US/166 mpg UK) average.

Sure, good luck getting anywhere close to those numbers in the real world, but for some people specs do matter a lot. We buy most of our smartphones based on who’s got the best specs, even though we rarely use all that processing power – the same mentality can be used to analyze rival cars.

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