I keep an eye on MPG, topping up and taking a note of mileage. I am confident that what I am doing is right. My wife and I have been going for 40 odd mile runs during the last warm evenings, through the country lanes. Average Speed has been low due to traffic etc. The last 400 miles has been done at 46mpg ! Couldn't get anymore fuel in and the gauge shows full. Is this really possible. 99 20v NA, 102,000 miles.
I just watched this video (it's a good channel if you don't know it BTW) and thought I'd post it up given the recent conversations on alternative power sources for cars. On the face of it, it certainly looks like a potentially workable solution held back by politics and profit... I've also been replaying Fallout 4 so I'm kinda biased at the moment...
Our electrical infrastructure is governed by a set of regulations BS7671. These regulations ensure we adhere to a common practice for electrical infrastructure. This includes, installation, training for those and who can work on the infrastructure, and that we also undertake take regular tests and inspections. I know that the new 18th edition has amendments for EV chargers but I've not noticed anything to do, specifically, with vehicles.
We have manufacturers delivering training on EV's but there does not seem to be any recognised standard, or nationally recognised qualification on the matter. I do hope we don't wait for deaths to indicate we need some standards!
When we were doing body repairs we had to complete an EV safety course about location of high tension cables. For us it was virtually irrelevant as we only tackled minor damage, but there were nasty stories about PDR guys getting shocks when using rods. Manufacturers do sometimes route the cables in bizarre ways. Because Tesla wouldn't release details of their cabling to Thatcham, we were banned from working on them completely. I must admit, if I were a Fire and Rescue Service person operating the "jaws", I'd be pretty reluctant to cut the top off an EV without clear guidance.
That would require that the cruise control be linked directly to the braking system. I'm not sure that's a good idea.
Although to be fair, I'm pretty down on the vast majority of driver aids. If you want the car to do all the work (I firmly believe on no evidence whatsoever except my old fogey prejudices that drivers rely on the aids working rather than actually (e.g.) looking out of the window before changing lanes) why didn't you just take a train? Fixed speed cruise control is fine; it's as easy to turn it off (four ways: the off switch, the temporary disable, the brake pedal, and the clutch pedal) as it is to turn it on.
Lane following? Not interested.
Yesterday I drove from a tiny village in Slovenia to a tiny village near Potsdam in Germany - four countries in one day, and at the beginning in storm weather so bad that Italian drivers were moving no faster than 15kph!