RE: Fluence in North Yorkshire
Thanks for the welcome, Paul. Yes I was actually in negotiations to buy your old white now infamous Manchester car when I read your story on this board. That kinda put me off... I'll say one thing - they weren't shifting on its price. But pleased to hear your new blue Fluence is a much happier experience. You mention a deliberate change of direction and this is so for me also - I've never been an early adopter as such but (perhaps at odds with this commuity) a total petrol head. Like you I've lost count of the cars I've had over the years (from a BMW C1 bike/car hybrid to my much missed Tuscan S) and this seemed like something new and (risks aside) probably a one-off window to buy in.
Hills - erm yes - good point, not sure how that one will play out. Our village is at 500ft so nothing too radical but when I go over the other side to Cumbria for family visits it will be interesting to see the difference. Being able to charge for free at work was the real clincher, so I'll only ever need 30 mile range in practice. Interestingly the university has set the charge points to only deliver 2hrs at a time - may have to move the car a space or two at lunch times and replug for full benefit!
Thanks for the low early range warning - I'll look out for that. From what I gather from other threads the range indicator becomes pretty accurate after a while so I hope that is true for me. I think 71 miles at the moment is not bad at all, it's getting frosty at night round us. Anyway, cheers again for all your own postings - I am officially a lurker no more!