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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Tue Jul 04, 2023 5:36 pm
by Stevejoyce | 573 Posts

Unfortunately, anything we do won't make a blind bit of difference to global warming unless every other country also acts. The war in Ukraine probably negates all of our carbon neutral efforts for the foreseeable future. Sorry to be so cheerful!


Triton 420 towed by a Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi
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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Sun Jul 23, 2023 2:58 pm
by cruickie | 97 Posts

I can only make a comment of my own circumstances which is:

I own a PHEV hybrid car, I've owned it for a number of years.
The reason I've owned it for so long is that I absolutie love it.
It's very economical and 204 bhp, Torque 350Nm (250lb-ft),

On a long distance towing journey, I set the mode to hybrid,
engage the regeneratie braking and once on the motorway
the adaptief cruise control is set to a comfortable distance from the
vehicle in front of me.
The DSG gearbox and engine management takes care of the rest.

Car companies put a buffer on the batteries so that they are never
overcharged or allowed to run flat.
If ever I don't engage the regenerative braking the car freewheels
much faster and further than anything I've driven before, not
coughing and wheezing with the weight of the batteries.

There is a car out there that has caught my eye, it's the
"Link & co 01" 1.5ltr hybrid


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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Sun Jul 23, 2023 9:41 pm
by dinky | 211 Posts

am a great believer in knowledge is power, here are a few places can learn about the electric experience there is more on youtube.

does anyone watch vintage voltage? its on quest. https://www.youtube.com/@vintagevoltage3340/videos
they use the old car and switch out the engine for a electric motor ect. the interesting one was the landrover tested it off road.

electric car wise Andrew Ditton has a webpage about his experience towing yes towing fully electric its here
electrictouring.substack.com/
or the videos
youtube.com/@andrewjditton/videos
copy and paste if interested into your search bar


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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Mon Jul 24, 2023 3:22 pm
by Randa france | 12.844 Posts

There might be an interesting 2 part documentary starting on BBC 1 tomorrow (Tuesday 25th July) at 8pm called "Electric Cars:- What they really mean to you".

Randa


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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Mon Jul 24, 2023 11:09 pm
by dinky | 211 Posts

will look forward to that,
According to the Youtube suggestions it brought up that Toyota are reversing thoughts on electric and developing an engine running on a different fuel
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_q...gine+technology


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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Tue Jul 25, 2023 3:57 pm
by Islay | 210 Posts

I go to work in a company where the head honcho lady has got herself an electric BMW. It made me laugh. A giant of a vehicle sold by a company from the worst country for generating their electricity from coal.....


Triton 430 from 1998 and Renault Mégane.
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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Thu Jul 27, 2023 10:54 am
by Randa france | 12.844 Posts

Quote: Randa france wrote in post #19
There might be an interesting 2 part documentary starting on BBC 1 tomorrow (Tuesday 25th July) at 8pm called "Electric Cars:- What they really mean to you".
Randa


Did anyone watch this program on Tuesday? Fascinating stuff and all a bit concerning. It all seems like a "bugger's muddle" to us and there's no way that we can see ourselves being able to get on board with it.

We certainly do more than our bit to try and save the planet what with a roof full of solar panels, very low car mileages when we are not touring, about 2000 miles per annum and like the rest of Wales, an exceedingly high recycling demand, 6 different bags/boxes not including garden waste and general waste.

On top of that, our beautiful part of the country is being inundated with wind farms in every direction.

Randa


ERIBAFOLK POP UP EVERYWHERE 1999 Eriba Troll 530 pushing a VW Touran 2L TDi Match . FORUM ADMINISTRATOR


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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Thu Jul 27, 2023 11:18 am
by Pepé Le Pew | 2.722 Posts

Quote: Randa france wrote in post #22
Did anyone watch this program on Tuesday? Fascinating stuff and all a bit concerning. It all seems like a "bugger's muddle"...

I think a different presenter would have helped.

Not enough gravitas bearing in mind just how serious all this stuff really is. It was too much like a cross between Blue Peter and Watchdog.

The electric Beetle conversion was all very jolly, but utterly irrelevant.

What struck me about it - as if we didn't know already - was how easily government promises and deadlines trip off the tongue. The Whitehall can gets kicked further and further down the road with monotonous and disingenuous regularity.

Almost all fixed-term capitalist-based democratic governments do it.

Boot the ball far enough into the long grass and it becomes someone else's problem.

This whole thing is far, far too important for that kind of facile procrastination.

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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Thu Jul 27, 2023 11:50 am
by dinky | 211 Posts

we ended up on 3hr grocery run 4 stores 2 towns, with a rainstorm, got back too late to see it.
like you we do the recycling, n errands in one continuous journey, turn all plugs off t night, we even switched the dishwasher to counter one because uses less power n 6l water 29mins.. how dw is eco running 2 to 3 hrs at 2.5kw 15 plus litres of water, is beyond me.
doing something is better than nothing however,
some are just not earth friendly in their daily lives whom light fires just to socialise beside one, in thinnest of fabric clothing not even jumper, be ok if was a need for cooking or need for heat. bah humbug to pointless fires.
if car is maintained n tyres at correct pressures, smooth tootles, driving fast enough to be able to stop,
rather then the flat to floor throttling, harsh braking scaring other road users, even the car to breathe in even though stopped.
perhaps there be repeat showing sometime of part 1.


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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Thu Jul 27, 2023 1:19 pm
by Steve and Debbie | 1.070 Posts

BBC have reduced their number of repeats as they want you to use iPlayer instead which is how I am currently watching the program.

Steve



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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Thu Jul 27, 2023 1:27 pm
by dinky | 211 Posts

thanks am not an iplayer user as refuses to work with browser.


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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Thu Jul 27, 2023 1:37 pm
by Pepé Le Pew | 2.722 Posts

Quote: dinky wrote in post #26
thanks am not an iplayer user as refuses to work with browser.
You can always try a different browser.

You don't have to use it instead of the one you use at the moment; install it and keep it on the substitutes' bench for when whatever you use now doesn’t work.

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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:36 am
by Randa france | 12.844 Posts

Can't think of anywhere else to put this but looking at the BBC News over recent days:-

Battery powered cars, bikes and scooters igniting. Cargo ship goes up in flames

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-66319222

https://news.sky.com/story/dramatic-mome...itchen-12883337

Not wishing to sound like a Doom Merchant, I post this to entice comment,conversation and awareness.

My concern, if the reports are correct, is that many people who are charging their bikes become aware of the problems. Also, if there is even the remotest chance that an electric car can ignite in your driveway, perhaps while charging...........

I say that with the perhaps misguided comfort that a fossil fuel vehicle has all it's power shut down when parked.

Randa


ERIBAFOLK POP UP EVERYWHERE 1999 Eriba Troll 530 pushing a VW Touran 2L TDi Match . FORUM ADMINISTRATOR


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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:48 am
by dinky | 211 Posts

the reason it happens is folks are plugin in to recharge and forgetting to unplug. the battery gets hot. trickle charging never a good idea with lithium
its best to be about when anything on charge, not sleeping.
dishwashers can also set fire, washing machines can jump out of their gap. hot water can burn, life is a constant risk assessment
we turn all off and unplug when sleeping.

airplanes have had to land due to fire too possible cause batteries.
there is a 6ah for each battery limit that came in for flying.
there is also different levels of lithium battery, some are more safe there's a chart somewhere on interweb



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RE: A Question about Hybrid Tow Cars

in We've got it down to a T Fri Jul 28, 2023 12:38 pm
by Simboc2004 | 641 Posts

A friend of mine got off a plane recently and realised he had left his phone onboard. When the air crew went back to look they found it had slipped between the seat and back and overheated (as was playing a video), melting the seat material... a near miss.

The fire service expert on tv the other night said don't charge anything overnight - always charge bikes/scooters outside if at all possible and never block escape routes with charging items. Good advice. I bought, a few years ago, a new house with built in Indesit dishwasher. When the service engineer came to fix a fault he said he would never put on a dishwasher overnight or when out of the house! I replaced it with a Bosch.


Poppy, our 2005 Eriba 430GT, leading our Volvo V70 astray...
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