RE: Fluence in Essex
Still here Paul, been pretty busy but following most of the threads on the forum. Just topped 1000 miles in the Fluence in just under a month so the 12k annual contract looks about right. The car also clocked 10k miles today.
No major problems to report. Looked under he bonnet at the weekend for the first time. Looks surprisingly like a conventional engine, which shouldn't be a surprise given how the car in many ways is very conventional looking. Biggest issue is that the range has dropped off alarmingly as the weather has got colder. From a peak of 92 miles it dropped steadily to just 53 miles last week. Back up to 66 miles this morning as I've reverted to a steadier driving style. I was stuck in a traffic jam this morning so daily commute took 90 mins rather than the usual 40 but noticed that I hadn't used any more charge. This was reassuring and good to see the meter reading 0kw whilst stationary.
Two gripes, firstlly, the heater not only eats charge but it isn't very effective either. I can't seem to get warm air to blow out of the dash vents. Even set at 25degc only Luke warm. Secondly, I'm struggling to make sense of the car phone and radio controls. The buttons don't feel very intuitive. Sure I'll get used to them over time. The auto pre heating is working pretty well each morning but not available in the evening as I've no charging facility at work yet but hopefully that will change soon.
Still not received an Activation Code for the ZE Services app. Renault have contacted me a couple of times to update but all very frustrating and now been chasing for over a month. I agree with our view that Renault simply haven't thought about his issue.
Had a setback when British Gas surveyed my house to install a home charge unit. My house failed on virtually all fronts, thevtethered cable was too short, earth loop impedance test failed, 220 ohms (200 ohms max allowed) - no proper earth connection! SWA cable length needed was 30m when only 10m is included plus an external post and trench to bury the cable is needed and two men to run the cable. Finally the gas pipe wasn't bonded correctly. Awaiting a BG quote for the work but i think it'll be much cheaper to arrange to get the building work and external cable run installed myself and then get BG back just to fit the fharger and make thebterminations for free. fitting the gas pipe earth bonding cost me £1.50 and 10mins compared to the £180 charge the BG engineer quoted! Installing a new earth rod not too difficult to arrange. Glad I'd got the 3 pin cable that's proving to be very easy to use coupled with the Belkin Wemo timer unit.
Planning to make the first foray into central London next weekend having now received my Chargemaster RFID card and tested successfully at the local Tiptree Asda store charge unit. I suspect I might have been the first car to use it given the level of comment and interest from passers by who hadn't realised what the strange looking black pole was meant for!
Overall very happy with the car and the experience. Looking forward to another un eventful 35k miles!