Ed - sorry unsure why I refer to it as the P70, it was the rear wheel drive 70kwh model S, I believe range extend mode limited the amount of energy that could be used by the climate control system, when I said 100% I was referring to the maximum recommended charge level (which I believe was set to 90% of the overall batteries capacity), to be clear it took around 70 minutes to fill the battery from almost empty to its capped full capacity - around 90% of its overall capacity....
Graham - your welcome to your opinion on the V60, however, it fits my needs perfectly. My daily commute is around 28 miles each way which makes up around 60 - 70% of my overall annual milage, for the most part its restricted to 50mph as its a busy A road congested with HGVs. I charge the car overnight at home and charge it while I'm at work, I'm managing to commute almost entirely on electricity. The Volvo running on battery alone in pure mode is more than capable of the acceleration I need for the work run. If going on a longer journey I leave the car in hybrid mode and the diesel engine fires up when needed, when it does fire up the car accelerates pretty much as quickly as my model S did, I'd go as far as saying from 50 - 80 the Volvo feels quicker - this is mainly ICE though.
Overall Im not slating the model S, going by the other posts it looks although many owners are happy with them, Im just trying to add some balance - I lost a fair amount of money because I bought into the range (as calculated by the range calculator on their site) and cost savings claims.
When I researched the car most reviews stated that the range wasn't far off claimed, however, most of the reviewers were posting from warm parts of the USA where the batteries overall efficiency will be far better.
If the car was capable of anywhere near a range of 200 miles consistently I'd still have it but the thought of running out of power on the motorway with the family in the car gave me the fear, in all of the sample routes I looked at before ordering the car I worked out I could live with it so long as it had a real world range of 160 miles, theres no way at the time of year I had that car it was capable of 160 miles.... ever..... I'll say it again, theres every chance it was a fault with the car, although Tesla claimed the car was fine. Buying a car with a claimed range of 250 miles, I thought Id be reasonably safe with an expectation of 160 miles.
Before everyone starts chipping in that I must have been driving it like a boy racer, it just didn't happen! If I remember correctly I gave it some welly on one journey but generally I'd stick to speed limits + - 15%.
Before the car arrived I was on here every day looking at everyones progress in the model S delivery thread that was running between Oct and Dec and the spreadsheet that was published; I was really really bought into this - I didn't change my mind because of the poor quality of the interior or the sharp angles on the retracting door handles / rear view mirrors that my kids hurt themselves on a couple times, I was willing to put up with a load of the minor shortfalls given the cars eco creds and safety features however I worked out if I were to attempt to take on a 400 mile run charging for 40 mins every 100 miles restricting my speed to 60mph it would take around 10 hours. I could get stuck into some EPO and cycle that distance in 13