iwatson
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:17 pm

iwatson wrote:A Chevy Volt - Owned for the past two years. The first time I ever drove it was when I drove it home from Dallas Texas to Memphis, Tennessee. Love It, Love it, Love it. Use it as an EV to commute to work and back with no range anxiety when called upon to make unexpected or unplanned excursions. Also have made several road trips. Love the versatility and the fact that there are no compromises when transitioning from an ICE car.

2 Nissan Leafs - Test drives, Really liked it but my wife didn't. I feel the car is more refined than the i-Miev with more range, 5 seats, larger & roomier than the miev but I was concerned about The battery pack not having a TMS and the life of the battery in Memphis hot summers. Felt that the car was too pricey for a limited range car.

I-Miev. My wife's new (used) car. Was less than impressed with the car originally. Felt it was too small, too little range, not as techy. Rather strange design/look. My wife and children called it a clown car and suggested I wear big yellow shoes when test driving. My wife was afraid of going to an all electric car due to limited range. We warmed up to it because of price. We got it used with 8800 miles for $10,500. Monthly payment is less than we were paying in gas for her mini-van. After one month it's not a clown car anymore. She's lovin' it. This month she's put more miles on her i than I've put on my Volt. Deceptively impressive little car. Handles anything she throws at it and hasn't seen turtle mode yet. Even though it's not real high tech inside, I love how it sits up taller than my Volt and easy to get in and out of. Seats sit real firm.


This was written in 2014

Since then:

We added a second i-miev (but this one was an SE premium) Bought used (7500 miles) $6495 plus $500 shipping
Then a third I-miev SE, which we didn't need so we turned around and sold it. Bought it for $2650 + tax
sold for $5000

AND NOW!
A 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Premier $43,000 dollar car we bought used (11,000 miles) for $30,000 Drove 800 miles to Texas and towed it home on a tow dolly behind the motor home. That was a fun trip!

also

BMW i3 w/range extender: 2 test drives. Really like this car but suffers from weird looks, small, strange rear doors, reliability issues

Ford C-Max energi: Have test driven this car and would eventually like to replace one of my i-miev's with a used C-max energi. My wife rarely drives far (that's why she loves the i-miev) so the 20 mile EV range of the energi would work for her most of the time. Sometimes when the weather is cold she has a little range anxiety we she does venture a little further than normal. She has to drive her i-miev with the heat off which is a sacrifice I wish she didn't have to make. She also might like to take a 200 mile road trip occasionally, which is not do-able in the imiev. And the C-max energi is rated to be dinghy towed (4 wheels down) behind the motor home. Used prices are favorable.

Never driven, but I've ridden in a Tesla Model S and a Tesla Model 3
2012 Raspberry imiev SE Premium
2017 Cajun Red Chevrolet Bolt EV
2011 Viridian Joule Chevrolet Volt
2008 Cadillac SRX
2002 Forest River Sunseeker 3100
2001 Buick LeSabre
1997 Chrysler Town & Country

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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:04 pm

Impact at an energy fair in the 90’s

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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:44 pm

rmay635703 wrote:Impact at an energy fair in the 90’s

You win :o .
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:55 am

I can add Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (more in-depth drive) and Tesla Model S to my list. Also took a second spin in that Model 3.
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:31 am

While I haven't driven one (yet), I did see my first Model Y two days ago. Dark blue with aero wheels that drove past my work. 8-)
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:08 am

I have now driven a 2020 Renault Zoe EV - it's the replacement for our old Toyota Prius "long range" vehicle.

52KWh battery, hitech dash compared with my iON, but still quite a small car, especially by US standards I imagine - might even be a similar size to the US "wider" i-MiEV.

Front motor, front wheel drive, very nippy off the mark (even though I only opted for the 110KW "engine" over the 135KW sporty version).

Type 2 connection (max 22KW AC), and CCS (max 50KW), accessed through the front central Renault badge.

It managed a 140 mile round trip on fairly fast hilly roads with over a 1/3rd of available charge left. Showing 230 miles range after a full recharge.

Link to manufacturers website - https://www.renault.co.uk/electric-vehicles/zoe.html - I'm guessing this car will never make it across to the US, it is getting quite popular in the UK & Europe.

Here it is plugged in (with a J1772 cable and an adapter I bought as our 2nd charging point hadn't been fitted at that time):

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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:07 pm

Elsewhere here, I mentioned ithat after eight years with the MiEV, Four months ago we purchased a new 2021 Bolt.
Really can’t say enough good things about it, despite the nuisance presently being told not to charge above 90%, until Chevy installs a new main battery to mitigate the tiny fire risk.

About the only thing I can think of to quibble about is this:
Like many new cars, It has a lot of intelligent driver assistance features, such as Blindspot detection, Automatic braking if it detects an impending collision, etc.
It also has lane keeping assistance. But it's Implementation of that is half hearted.
It will warn if I’m about To drift Out of my lane, and gently nudge the wheel back.
But, unlike the lane keeping Feature on the new Subaru I test drove, You can’t just let go of the wheel and trust it to keep you accurately cruising down the middle of your lane.
Instead, if you try to used it that way It sort of weaves left and right within the lane and tells you that YOU really should be steering.
It’s not that I would ever totally depend on The lane navigation feature, but if they put it in there I like the way Subaru's…And I believe many other modern cars…Implement it much better
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Thu Sep 23, 2021 8:29 pm

Alex, look into OpenPilot. It’s a hardware kit you can add and enable some self-driving capabilities, somewhat on-par with Tesla Autopilot. It plugs into the camera behind the mirror.

Don’t know if it counts, but I took a ride in a Model S P100D early this year, including a few attempted Ludicrous launches (the car wasn’t fully prepped and had 5 people in it).

I also now own an electric longboard, which is my new favorite way to get around the city. So much more convenient than a bike, though I have a hard 20-mile range limit thanks to the slow charger.
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Sun Sep 26, 2021 2:22 pm

In nearly 10 years with our first iMiEV, I've never driven any other . . . . until last week when I bought a 2021 VW ID.4. When you compare it with the iMiEV, which cost us roughly $36,500 in 2021 dollars, the ID.4 is a completely different animal at $41,750 including destination charge. That extra $5K gets you all sorts of tech, an 82Kw battery . . . . and a 260 mile range

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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Thu Sep 30, 2021 2:22 pm

We have just bought this week our first I-MiEV but have previously driven a 1976 Enfield 8000 - restoring one too

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