Electric Vehicles: What have you spotted?

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The charging buddy Porsche Panamera 4 e-hybrid specs are here

For more than £80,000 you get a car which does 172 miles per hour......(er when? enjoy your driving ban if you try...) and a tiny token battery, and a range of 20 miles on a good day.

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Saw a Tesla Model X at the school today, picking up youngsters via the falcon wing doors - Weird looking thing!!

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Snap!
An 07 registered blue (scruffy) Tesla X. First one I have seen.
I wonder if it was a private plate although it was laid out as DB 07 *** (can't remember the last bit)

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I spotted a rather striking car in the car park at Morrison’s today.....It’s one of those awful self-charging hybrids.....but quite a head turner in its Sonic Red paintwork.

Here is a bit of a description from a review on Driving Electric
As a 'self-charging' hybrid, the LC relies on a relatively small battery that’s kept charged by regenerative braking and the petrol engine, so it doesn’t have the advantages of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) rivals when it comes to electric-only running.

There's an electric mode that gives you a couple of miles of low-speed running during stop-start traffic, for example, but the motor is primarily there to assist the engine when accelerating in general driving. That means you can’t use a Lexus hybrid for petrol-free commuting, but neither are you faced with the hassle of plugging in to a charger every night.
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I think self-charging hybrid is only a new phrase dreamt up my some marketing whizkid.

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A wander around a local industrial estate netted a Mitsubishi hybrid and a Seat Mii that I didn't realise was electrific until recently and realised my daughter's neighbour has had one for quite a while.
Really disappointing considering the amount of cars there. I expected more.

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I think that is probably the first spot of a Seat mii on the thread Steve. :)

£19,300 to buy one out the showroom in its basic form

One of the VW little stable of triplets e-up, Skoda citygo e, and Seat mii.

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I've been seeing one for months without being aware it was a nelectric. I did take a photo but the camera was telling me the battery was buggered and it didn't save. Then it recovered for the other photo's.
Camera feeling neglected no doubt. First use of it for ages.

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myglaren wrote:
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...Then it recovered for the other photo's.Camera feeling neglected no doubt. First use of it for ages.
Get it charged up Steve, and take it with you on your strolls, and add to Potd :)

Even the industrial estate can produce some interesting photos. Nice texture on the shopping trolleys in the ditch..

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It was charged - I have two batteries for it and keep them charged.
It is a bit cumbersome to drag around all the time though - although I did think that one might suit you with all your picture taking.
Mine is an Olympus E-500, obsolete now, probably about 12-15 years old but normally works well, this is the first glitch I have had with it.

Recently bought one for my son, a Canon EOS 800 D with an 18~50mm and a Tamron 70~300mm Macro zoom.
A better kit than my own - wifi & bluetooth so no cables needed and a better viewfinder than mine.
Had Olympus SLRs for years but loaned them to jis ex-wife, never to be seen again :(
They were better cameras than the digital replacement, although there is nothing really wrong with it.

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Minor deviation off topic, but here is the original self-charging hybrid, and its from 2001, aluminium body and spotted today still going 19 years later.
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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
05 Feb 2020, 21:03
Minor deviation off topic, but here is the original self-charging hybrid, and its from 2001, aluminium body and spotted today still going 19 years later.


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I'll have to take issue with you there Neil, I thought the Toyota Prius came first so I looked them both up on Wiki and according to that the Prius began in 1997 and the Insight in 1999, which may explain why the Prius seemed to get much more attention all through the 0's especially from the motoring press including Top Gear and Fifth Gear. So I propose 50 points for the first original photo of a Prius from the 90s!! :-D

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i bow to your greater knowledge of the Toyota Prius Mick. The Insight for its current rarity is an easier spot due to its distinctiveness and dare I say it its mild headturneryness. Would I be right in thinking the Prius is anonymous in comparison?

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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
05 Feb 2020, 21:21
i bow to your greater knowledge of the Toyota Prius Mick. The Insight for its current rarity is an easier spot due to its distinctiveness and dare I say it its mild headturneryness. Would I be right in thinking the Prius is anonymous in comparison?

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Anonymous it certainly is... also to me the original one looks a bit like the lovechild of a Daf 55 and a Saab 99. See what you think:
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That was enhanced slightly for the european market to give us the Mk1.5:
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But still a lot less striking than the Insight!! :) However "Prius" is from the latin for "First" or "Original" so the coconut goes to Toyota for originality. :-D

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Those Porsche and LC above tell you everything about these petrol-tinybattery vehicles.
The battery ranges are risible, and intended only to allow owners access to low emissions zones.

The days of these are numbered, and interesting to see SMMT squealing like mad this week about the proposed 2035 (2035, for heaven's sake!) last call for ICE. I think they seriously thought their petrol engined hybrids would be allowed to plough on. They have another think coming.

An idle thought occurs. Most of our cars already have a small self-charging battery, capable of propelling the car short distances by battery power*. Will these now qualify as self-charging hybrids?

* Operate starter while in gear...