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Remember, in the past, lots of car makers just built the chassis, engine, gearbox and running gear and then employed (or the buyer did) coach builders to make and fit the bodywork.

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VW's most important new vehicle?

The VW ID3.

...and currently its launch in Europe is likely to be delayed, not by massive software problems this time but...

Continuing massive software problems.

Every EV manufacturer without exception, is turning a straightforward, four basic component electric vehicle (motor/motor controller/battery pack/battery management and charging system) into a computer, or smart phone on wheels with an unbelievable exponential rise in the "lines of Code" required to make them function as such.
VW ID3 software problems threaten summer launch in Europe, report says

Still plenty work for 10,000 technicians reportedly trying to solve the problems.
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VW struggling to find some defeat software program to make it look better than it is? :)

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It’s a case of the motor manufacturers and traders being given plenty warning of the move away from ice, but they don’t want to do it and hope regulators will go soft in response to their protestations. Every single one of those manufacturers is perfectly capable of both making 100% electric cars, and planning the phase out of petrol and diesel models from their production lines.

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A story from the "Finbarr Saunders and his Double Entendres" stable

Bristol's going Bust

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Well its some comfort in its illustrious history Bristol has appeared in a Whatsthisthen? on the FCF.

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Back on the Bristol, there's something rather disturbing to see one with square headlights. :shock:


Nicked from a VW Sirrocco as well! What do you think of ther rear lights :?: From a Bedford van by all accounts.
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Plenty relatively pessimistic news for Making Cars in the UK Ltd, so this announcement from Nissan should be good news...right?

Nissan gives Sunderland plant £400m boost to build new Qashqai

"it's set to make use of a new 'ePower' hybrid system as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain and regular petrol engines. It's not yet clear if a diesel will also be offered."

NiSSAN planning for the future more large SUV's that run on fossil fuel.

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Maybe some will be wondering what e-power is apart from a BS marketing tag....



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Similar system - small ICE (diesel) engine charging batteries, which provided the motive power for electric drive - was used on a batch of around fifty London buses a while ago. Small engine ran pretty much flat out and noisily to keep up with electrical demand, and the vehicle turned out not only unreliable, but also consumed more diesel fuel than its conventional diesel counterparts. Use abandoned, SFAIK.

Another ICE distraction, misleadingly promoted.

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I think the saddest thing is that a larger than you'd think proportion of the motoring public will probably see this and other similar videos and be duped into thinking, that by buying an "epower" vehicle they will be running a green car and helping the planet. I accept that there will be a very small reduction in carbon emissions as a result of regenerative braking but in reality the energy used to power the car will still come from the fossil fuel and just go through an electric conversion process before becoming kinetic energy. What a fiasco to find that the manufacturers think they can pull the wool over the public's eyes and not be able to stop it. The reality is they will probably sell a large number of "epower" vehicles based on range fright!! :( :( :(

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The new rates for the Plug in Grant in the UK effective from tomorrow, have been posted on the Electric Vehicles Whats Available? thread here

https://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/ ... 16#p638016

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Plenty relatively pessimistic news for Making Cars in the UK Ltd, so this announcement from Nissan should be good news...right?

Nissan gives Sunderland plant £400m boost to build new Qashqai

"it's set to make use of a new 'ePower' hybrid system as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain and regular petrol engines. It's not yet clear if a diesel will also be offered."

NiSSAN planning for the future more large SUV's that run on fossil fuel.

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Relax, Nissan haven't abandoned EV's. The Ariya looks like the QashQai successor, and they have the Nissan IMk concept, the ultimate urban EV commuter on the drawing board (if the drawing board actually exists now in high tech car design :!: :-D ). Both are described as concepts as at the Tokyo motor show, but in reality for Nissan they have to make it to production, and soon. Having a single EV offering for a major car manufacturer is not a sustainable position inspite of the e-power revamp (or con depending on your view) of their expiring ICE offerings.
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