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Old 03-25-2018, 06:55 PM   #11
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I'd like to buy an electric car, but in the UK my needs fall in a gap in the market.
This could be a good use case for a hybrid vehicle, and there are a couple of smaller electric cars that had range booster kits of various kinds if the visit trips can be low on luggage.
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Old 03-26-2018, 08:45 PM   #12
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The BMW i3 probably comes closest to my needs and has a range extender. But it's still a bit big and frankly looks ugly. I suspect I'm going to have to wait a few years for the market to mature and more electric cars to be available.
Ugh, the i3's range extender was deliberately neutered to qualify for a subsidy in California, looks like.
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Only the first released version was neutered that way, and only in the US. The larger battery of the newer i3 means they can allow full range from the range extender and still qualify for the subsidy in California.
Still, it looks like you could buy a range extender extender in the form of a 20 liter jerrycan to solve the long distance and 4 hour layover use cases.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:28 PM   #14
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I was in Hangzhou, China last week and found a Tesla charging station near the Yellow Dragon Hotel (northwest of the famous West Lake attraction in city center).

Looks like the Chinese car market is also getting in on the sustainable-resources automotives.
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Old 05-27-2018, 03:02 PM   #15
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Yes, Beijing's air quality has improved markedly since the few years of horrible press. I was back a few times in recent months, and it's back to maybe mid-1990s levels of pollution rather than the everpresent industrial smog that bedevilled it from 2001 onwards.
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