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I always thought that a replacement battery service would be a better idea, like the gas canisters. If folks could just drive into the service station and swap out their depleted battery for a freshly charged one many more people would go for electric cars.
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Lots of places in Australia where there recharging points are in abundance and it is free (they are charged by solar energy).

I believe there are places (can't remember where) that are trialling just swapping the battery free of charge.

So there is quite a bit of variation across countries within and outside the EU.

What annoys me is the really significant push to change to electric cars in France (which for the govt is all about Renault of course - the business, not necessarily the French economy), but very little investment in these sorts of options. Perhaps Macron could tell Renault to work on that
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We drove our RHD Meriva here for about eight years before trading it in for an eco-friendly new version. There was a government scheme which contributed Ä2,000 to the price. Given the fuel savings, everything else being equal, it will have paid for itself in 8 years.

I'm not sure I'd want to drive an automatic round the town where I live, perched on a steep hill and full of narrow winding cobbled streets and anarchic Spaniards reversing down one-way streets in the wrong direction (they seem to think it's OK if you go backwards). But if I lived somewhere I bit less "picturesque" I'd love an electric car.

I think you're right about LPG going into decline, I'd worry about availability in the future.
An automatic (especially a modern one) would be far better than a manual in the place you describe.

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Just out of interest could Brits be overstaying their welcome in driving their Right-hand drive
cars in Spain.
Suffice to say the Brit in question, namely myself has followed all the procedures in getting
my RHD British car matriculated onto Spanish plates, when required after arriving in Spain
plus all the other requirements; with the only inconvenience caused to Spanish drivers
is when they laugh, seeing me get out of the car to collect my parking ticket
( on the left hand side ) in the multistorey car parks.

I have been pondering whether to go green and buy a brand new LHD Electric
car or Hybrid/Biofuel car but have always been put off by the fact that they are all
Automatic transmission cars. Therefore the only way to go green and still
be on Manual transmission, is to go for an Autogas car or what they call
LPG Cars in the UK but LPG seems to be in decline with most manufacturers
producing new Hybrid/Biofuel or Electric cars these days.
Electric is the future & if you can charge at home (only then & off peak) then this is the sensible option.
Maintenance is a fraction of what an ICE car is so a big saving there.
Road tax 0 ....?
Fuel cost per Km way lower.
Battery's giving well over 150.000km's without any major degradation.
Purchase depreciation is non issue on many EV's.

Test drive a few & you may well be amazed.


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Just out of interest could Brits be overstaying their welcome in driving their Right-hand drive
cars in Spain.
Suffice to say the Brit in question, namely myself has followed all the procedures in getting
my RHD British car matriculated onto Spanish plates, when required after arriving in Spain
plus all the other requirements; with the only inconvenience caused to Spanish drivers
is when they laugh, seeing me get out of the car to collect my parking ticket
( on the left hand side ) in the multistorey car parks.

I have been pondering whether to go green and buy a brand new LHD Electric
car or Hybrid/Biofuel car but have always been put off by the fact that they are all
Automatic transmission cars. Therefore the only way to go green and still
be on Manual transmission, is to go for an Autogas car or what they call
LPG Cars in the UK but LPG seems to be in decline with most manufacturers
producing new Hybrid/Biofuel or Electric cars these days.
''have always been put off by the fact that they are all
Automatic transmission cars'',,,,, automatic transmission systems are ideal when connected to an electric motor as electric motors deliver their power in a linear manner IE they produce as much power at low revs as the do at high revs, think diesel/electric trains, they have an internal combustion engine connected to a generator and it is the electrical power that is the motive force to propel the train.

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Purchase depreciation is non issue on many EV's.
Err.

Think not. At the moment the depreciation of electric and hybrid vehicles is a lot higher than their carbon based versions.

see here for example.
https://www.insurethegap.com/article...fferent-models

Its also be proved that at present producing the battery packs causes more CO2 than any other type of fuel. Also disposing of the cells at the end of their live will cost a fortune

This article makes for good reading.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/...-power-energy/

Im all for alternatives to petrol but we have to be careful about which route to go down.

Just think of the current issues over power generation and then put 30 million electric cars in the uk all being switched on to charge at 5pm as well as the TV, kettle, washing machine. We hardly have enough power to cope with use in the winter here.

I don't know why all electric cars don't have solar cells fitted into the bonnet, roof etc so they can harvest 'free' power whilst parked and driven outside. Makes more sense to me to do it this way than to plug in at home.

I can't charge at home as we live on the second floor and a long extension lead won't work. Although as I own a 27 year old car anyway. Plugging it in might not be a good idea anyway...
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Err.

Think not. At the moment the depreciation of electric and hybrid vehicles is a lot higher than their carbon based versions.

see here for example.
https://www.insurethegap.com/article...fferent-models

Its also be proved that at present producing the battery packs causes more CO2 than any other type of fuel. Also disposing of the cells at the end of their live will cost a fortune

This article makes for good reading.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/...-power-energy/

Im all for alternatives to petrol but we have to be careful about which route to go down.

Just think of the current issues over power generation and then put 30 million electric cars in the uk all being switched on to charge at 5pm as well as the TV, kettle, washing machine. We hardly have enough power to cope with use in the winter here.

I don't know why all electric cars don't have solar cells fitted into the bonnet, roof etc so they can harvest 'free' power whilst parked and driven outside. Makes more sense to me to do it this way than to plug in at home.

I can't charge at home as we live on the second floor and a long extension lead won't work. Although as I own a 27 year old car anyway. Plugging it in might not be a good idea anyway...
You forgot to Google the other points i made.


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You forgot to Google the other points i made.
Couldn't be bothered as the others were correct...

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I can't charge at home as we live on the second floor and a long extension lead won't work. Although as I own a 27 year old car anyway. Plugging it in might not be a good idea anyway...
Yes Electric cars that need the overnight recharge from you home is ok for the UK in
areas like Suburbia but not really practical for apartment dwellers like you & me in Spain;
and no doubt for many Spanish towns and cities, where people are brought up on
apartment block living. Unless of course, the apartment comes with its own car park
space & adjacent lockup ( with electric point ) in the apartment blocks underground
car park.

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