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So I did a long run to Sheffield earlier in the week and got home with about 50% charge. I didn't bother to top up as I wasn't going far for the remainder of the week.
But, each day, the Better Half has borrowed my car for various trips of 5- 10 miles. Fine I think, good in fact....
Today she announced that she was taking the kids shopping. 45 miles of range left and 25 miles round trip. But 'just on case' I reminded her where the reliable charge points are on Teesside.
She arrived home having done lots of shopping completely relaxed with just 4% left. First I knew of it was when my car emailed me to tell me it was low on charge. 'Why didn't you top up whilst out?' I asked. She replied that there was no need, there was enough juice to get home. Cool!
Now I'm wondering how long it will be before she needs an EV too!
 

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I have the same from the women that thought the car was silly and a waste of money. She now waits till I come home to take the leaf and refers to her qashqai as the "tractor" that incidentally I had to take in for service and put diesel in!


It's not doing much for the plotted 10k miles a year estimate!
 

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Us women are much more chilled about these things. We figure if we break down we can just flutter our eyelashes at some unsuspecting male to get rescued. That and people expect women to be clueless about cars so there's less shame in being broken down ;)
 

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My wife borrows my car for Christmas shopping. The fast chargers provide a near guaranteed parking space, in the dry, close to the local Debenhams.

More recently she proposed that the lowest carbon dioxide emissions would be achieved by her using my car for her longer commute, and me using our regular car for my shorter commute. While true, it rather goes against the grain to hand over my most expensive purchase (short of dwellings) for her use.

Thus we could be a 2 EV household for our regular usage - we'd just need to think about how we handled holidays when more space is required.
 

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My wife borrows my car for Christmas shopping. The fast chargers provide a near guaranteed parking space, in the dry, close to the local Debenhams.

More recently she proposed that the lowest carbon dioxide emissions would be achieved by her using my car for her longer commute, and me using our regular car for my shorter commute. While true, it rather goes against the grain to hand over my most expensive purchase (short of dwellings) for her use.

Thus we could be a 2 EV household for our regular usage - we'd just need to think about how we handled holidays when more space is required.
Sounds like you need to test drive an Outlander, the perfect holiday car:D
 

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Sounds like you need to test drive an Outlander, the perfect holiday car:D
I not a great fan of SUVs. I thinking more of an estate car or smaller people carrier. That role is currently taken by a C-MAX.

A trailer would fix it of course, but I don't think the Ampera is approved for a tow bar.
 

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I not a great fan of SUVs. I thinking more of an estate car or smaller people carrier. That role is currently taken by a C-MAX.
Nissan e-NV200 Combi is people carrier-shaped. But could you live with it for the other 50 weeks of the year?
 

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My wife borrows my car for Christmas shopping. The fast chargers provide a near guaranteed parking space, in the dry, close to the local Debenhams.

More recently she proposed that the lowest carbon dioxide emissions would be achieved by her using my car for her longer commute, and me using our regular car for my shorter commute. While true, it rather goes against the grain to hand over my most expensive purchase (short of dwellings) for her use.

Thus we could be a 2 EV household for our regular usage - we'd just need to think about how we handled holidays when more space is required.
That's exactly what happens with us, she uses the car most of the time as she has to drive more miles. Means that I sometimes have to fight to use it ;)
Have just arranged with the garage to 'borrow' a qashqai when we are away for a week. (too much to keep charging on the long drive to use the Leaf)
 

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I not a great fan of SUVs. I thinking more of an estate car or smaller people carrier. That role is currently taken by a C-MAX.

A trailer would fix it of course, but I don't think the Ampera is approved for a tow bar.
Frustrating that Ford haven't decided to sell the C-Max Energi in the UK then, that would fit your needs (probably) although the EV range is pretty rubbish.

http://www.ford.com/cars/cmax/trim/energi/

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My wife borrows my car for Christmas shopping. The fast chargers provide a near guaranteed parking space, in the dry, close to the local Debenhams.

More recently she proposed that the lowest carbon dioxide emissions would be achieved by her using my car for her longer commute, and me using our regular car for my shorter commute. While true, it rather goes against the grain to hand over my most expensive purchase (short of dwellings) for her use.

Thus we could be a 2 EV household for our regular usage - we'd just need to think about how we handled holidays when more space is required.
Low miles 2-3year old Amperas can now be had as low as £16-£17k. In another 2 years you will be able to pick up 4-5 year old ones with less than 50k on the clock for about £8k. And this will still have three years and 50k of gm battery warranty to fall back on.

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Low miles 2-3year old Amperas can now be had as low as £16-£17k. In another 2 years you will be able to pick up 4-5 year old ones with less than 50k on the clock for about £8k. And this will still have three years and 50k of gm battery warranty to fall back on.

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Dont make me cry:( I will probably always owe more on the finance for my Volt than it will ever be worth until the day I pay it off:mad:
 

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Dont make me cry:( I will probably always owe more on the finance for my Volt than it will ever be worth until the day I pay it off:mad:
As nearly all new cars lose 50% after 3 years and 30k you will struggle to find a car to buy from new for £30k where after 2 years have passed it will be worth more than the outstanding finance. Remember 20% of a new cars cost is VAT which is not charged if it is sold six months later!

Hence why we waited to buy the low mileage Volt for £17k and under 2.5 years old and under 20k miles. Still expect that to be only worth £8k in 2-3 years time. We maybe lucky and the low running costs buying 2nd hand may create a healthy demand around £12k @ 3 years creating a temporary glass floor in the 2nd hand value.

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As nearly all new cars lose 50% after 3 years and 30k you will struggle to find a car to buy from new for £30k where after 2 years have passed it will be worth more than the outstanding finance. Remember 20% of a new cars cost is VAT which is not charged if it is sold six months later!

Hence why we waited to buy the low mileage Volt for £17k and under 2.5 years old and under 20k miles. Still expect that to be only worth £8k in 2-3 years time. We maybe lucky and the low running costs buying 2nd hand may create a healthy demand around £12k @ 3 years creating a temporary glass floor in the 2nd hand value.

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Mine was one of the first ex demo cars to come on the market. It has10k on the clock and was year old. If I had waited 18 months I could have brought a new ampera for less money:(
 

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Low miles 2-3year old Amperas can now be had as low as £16-£17k. In another 2 years you will be able to pick up 4-5 year old ones with less than 50k on the clock for about £8k. And this will still have three years and 50k of gm battery warranty to fall back on.

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So is the proposal that I take two Amperas on holiday rather than one conventional vehicle?
 

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So is the proposal that I take two Amperas on holiday rather than one conventional vehicle?
Think of the benifits. You can nip off to the pub at certain times to watch Football/Rugby/Formula1 and the wife and kids still have a car to "do stuff" in. Also, insist your Ampera is the mule full of cases and stuff, and the wifes just transports the kids. Peaceful journey too!!

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Think of the benifits. You can nip off to the pub at certain times to watch Football/Rugby/Formula1 and the wife and kids still have a car to "do stuff" in. Also, insist your Ampera is the mule full of cases and stuff, and the wifes just transports the kids. Peaceful journey too!!

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It's growing on me. However I think that I might need my own cottage in order to get 2 charge points which rather ruins the economics!
 
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