Discussion in 'EV Electric Cars Forum' started by amd mad, Feb 23, 2013.
Looking at used ones. Just wondering how do they work ? Is it petrol most of the time or battery .
Ours works on fairy dust well according to our children.
Seriously, do you really care? I mean you would look at the car magazines their website etc to find out how it technically works. Just put in petrol in its little 40 litre tank and drive.
You then have a choice, drive like a lot of people do with quite a heavy foot and keep load on an engine when it is not necessary or listen to it and its indicators and ease off when it isn't required and you'll be rewarded with some decent returns. For example I get easily 72mpg out of the same trip where my wife manages about 52mpg. No magic, no special techniques, just be aware of what you are doing. I apply similar approach in my Audi v6 with similar effects, she gets high tens, I get low thirties.
Ps. We've got a 60 reg t-Spirit with basically every option that was available like led headlight etc. depending on trade in value it is going this year or ill drive it into the ground.
Pps. The article linked too by davepuma seems be for a rather old model, so ignore any of the figures mention within unless you are looking for that old model. Personally I'd avoid all the 1.3 petrol engines, the 1.8vvti is much much better and you can drive for miles on electric only at city speeds in the newer post 09 plate models.
We were looking at 08 with 60,000+
Personally I just wouldn't go for that model. Emissions are worse, engine is terrible (in my opinion, I mean a 1.3 for a larger than mid size car), the equipment levels are poor, the ride and handling are worse, the range on electric is minute, the speed after which petrol engine kicks in is pathetic. For its time when it was launched it was and improvement. But nowadays there are so many alternatives and improvements. I'd leave it well alone.
so we'd be better looking at 09+ but then mileage will be 100,000+
Or save a bit longer, or get a different car. All in my opinion of course.
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