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    GS450h
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    2015
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  1. Reason - aero. Door mirrors are now a very significant contributor to drag of modern cars.That said, the cars upon which they have so far been implemented (audi e-tron, honda e) are not particularly aerodynamic anyway, but many low-drag models (eg merc C-class, Tesla 3, Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius) would have significant reductions to motorway by implementing camera mirrors. Cost? Cheaper than a door mirror to replace. Seriously, you can buy a smartphone with 3 cameras in it for £100. One camera on a stalk isn't terribly expensive, compared to a large multi-part plastic and metal housing containing 3 motors (fold, mirror x, mirror y), heating element, high-grade optical mirror (with additionally complex convex section in most european cars now), auto dimming stuff and the indicator lighting.... Oh, and lots of car door mirrors now have cameras in anyway (my Leaf had the side cameras for the 360 parking in them). A regular door mirror now is not a few quid from a motor factors, but £500+ to replace on anything like a Lexus. Camera mirrors will be lest costly to replace should they be damaged which is much less likely because they protrude far less and represent a much smaller "target". They also offer the possibility of not being dazzled at night no matter how bright the headlamps of the vehicle behind (you won't necessarily be able to see anything more in the mirror than you otherwise would, but the lumens projected at your eyeballs will be limited by the screen which will be dimmed to night levels). As such they will also be "auto dimming" by default. Camera mirrors can potentially take in a wider field of view, reducing the possibility of blindspots. I'm not for a moment suggesting they're perfect and won't have their annoyances, but they have many advantages too.
  2. I've moved to Carpro PERL. It's a great multi-purpose product (I know - rare that such things are any good at one thing). It's not the longest lasting, but applies really nicely and notably does not fling. Also great on mudflaps and unpainted plastic trim, interior plastic and even the "vegan leather" (plastic) seats in the Tesla (similar to Merc "Artico" and Lexus "Tahara" materials. The door cards and centre console in the GS are trimmed with similar).
  3. Re the hybrid battery, I'd say that a 2014 car that has covered that distance is most likely a car that has lived life on the motorway - this does not charge/discharge the hybrid battery anything like as much as in-town, stop-start driving does. That means the battery will have been through relatively few cycles and should be in reasonable shape.
  4. And it can only charge at up to 50kW. Not enough for a 2019 model, let alone a 2021 model.
  5. The CO2e footprint to produce a typical new car is about 5.6t. An EV with a large battery is around 8.8t CO2e, so the EV begins with a 3.2t CO2e deficit. (https://www.lowcvp.org.uk/assets/workingdocuments/MC-P-11-15a Lifecycle emissions report.pdf) UK grid electricity average for 2019 was 189g/kWh (https://electricinsights.co.uk/#/dashboard?period=1-year&start=2019-01-01&&_k=l8pyik), and an EV typically returns between 3 and 4 miles per kWh. Using 3.5 mi/kWh, we get a true emission level of 34g/km. An older petrol LS400 returning an (optimistic!) 25mpg emits 270g/km (https://www.eta.co.uk/2010/02/22/calculating-a-cars-co2-emissions-from-its-mpg/) Thus, for every mile driven the LS emits 236g/km more CO2. In 10000 miles driven the LS emits 3.77t of CO2 MORE than the EV does. In other words, the production deficit of the EV is gone in less than 10000 miles compared to an older LS. In 30000 miles the EV has covered its entire production and running emissions compared to an LS that we assume 0 production cost for as a car that already exists. Also note that CO2 emission of electricity production is rapidly decreasing, as is CO2 emission of producing EVs. This is to say nothing of the carbon footprint of refining (11% on top) or transporting fossil fuel, nor the carbon footprint of the other consumables (eg engine oil, spark plugs, oil filters, air filters, transmission fluid, etc).
  6. For some models there's price parity at purchase. Our Tesla for example cost £38290, which was actually cheaper than a slower 330i that has far higher running costs. It is not possible for the gov to apply duty on electricity. They have no way of knowing what I use for the fridge and what I use for the car. And can you imagine the headlines if they try to hike it on all electricity? "Millions of pensioners pushed into fuel poverty" Of course, they will have to recoup the billions that fuel duty currently brings in, and that will be done through dynamic road pricing - drive along the M60 from Ashton to stockport at 8am on a weekday when it's bumper to bumper and you'll pay £1 per mile. Do it at midnight and it'll be a penny. The neat bit about that (from government point of view) is that they won't stop duty on fossil fuel... ICE cars will have to pay both taxes.
  7. Please please please don't do this! Your wire now crosses the curtain airbag. If it deploys.... Worst case scenario - the wire is strong enough to prevent the airbag correctly deploying, risking injury/death for your passenger. Best case scenario - the airbag correctly deploys by overpowering the wire, which will then whip across the cabin, potentially causing serious injury. This is what it looks like with the A-pillar trim removed: You should wire down the A-pillar and cross the pillar at the bottom, more info in my thread: It takes a little longer to do this way, but please don't risk injury to yourself or your family.
  8. Slight clarification... the £320 per year applies for 5 years, but it's years 2-6 of the car's life. First year: Showroom tax/first year tax/etc 2-6: LCT (luxury car tax) + VED So, my Model 3 has so far cost me zero VED because its first year rate is 0 as a ZEV. But later this year I'll have to pay its first LCT when it reaches 1 year old. Another entertaining wrinkle with this is that the second owner of a car must pay LCT immediately. In other words, if you buy a model 3 from a speculator who bought it to immediately resell at a profit then you'll have to pay LCT when you register the car in your name.
  9. I use the CTEK MXS3.8 on our GS450h. What's really nice with the CTEKs is that they come with not only the alligator clips for battery posts, but also ring terminals to a connector that you can attach to the battery loom in the car - that way you can simpy plug in the connector rather than messing about with risky clips that can come off and short out.
  10. LEDs actually love the cold - they'll last forever if you keep them cold! It's heat and brightness that kill white LEDs. They're fine run dimmed (lower current). A few years ago we bought my mother-in-law a cheap LED TV, and 5 years later it was so dim.... But it's on almost 24/7. However, that was a cheap TV, and LEDs have improved since then.
  11. When we got the GS the other car was a Leaf, and we didn't really have plans to change that. When the 3 launched in the UK I ran the numbers and discovered that we could manage it - the Tesla is far more adept at long journeys than the Leaf, and so the GS sees a bit less action than it would have if we'd stayed with the Leaf as second car. The other part of it is that the GS is hubby's car, the Tesla is mine.
  12. Yeah, but Verified Engineering Technician (VET) call outs are expensive, and the running costs are high...
  13. I drive one daily. It's absolutely fine and better than my previous Honda, Nissan and Volvo cars.