Has anyone gone from Sportage to Niro to have the benefits of the Hybrid or EV or for any other reason for that matter. Would it be a complete no no for you or would you wait for the Sportage to add an EV to it's range?
If it helps, I have a Mild Hybrid Sportage and my son has the Self Charging Niro. Both of us are perfectly happy with our purchases, but our reasons are different. The Mild Hybrid works in a different way to the Niro, it really depends how 'pure' you want to be. I wanted AWD and not to be so low to the ground, he wanted a 'proper' hybrid. His consumption figures are better than mine but I have a bigger, heavier, AWD drive car, which, for me, is the better compromise. Horses for courses really, but both seem suitably competent in their way.Has anyone gone from Sportage to Niro to have the benefits of the Hybrid or EV or for any other reason for that matter. Would it be a complete no no for you or would you wait for the Sportage to add an EV to it's range?
It's a big ask, Kevin! Long time no see, by the way; I thought you had perhaps bought into another brand.That's the challenge, who can meet it sub £40k?
I tend to agree with #Indalo's thoughts generally, I too think battery technology is at it's peak with no major developments in quite some time to come.It's a big ask, Kevin! Long time no see, by the way; I thought you had perhaps bought into another brand.
As for battery technology, don't expect major breakthroughs any time soon. The Americans have had people pursuing extended battery life for many years and the improvements have been slow to emerge - there have been improvements but nowhere near enough to produce the kind of mileage from motor cars that would answer the questions about cross-continent road trips.
I'm on my third electric bike and I have kept an eye on the subject of batteries over the years and the progress on extended battery life has been slow. Every now and again, I have read reports of a major breakthrough, typically, 'Scientists working in conjunction with MIT are on the verge of new miracle battery technology!'..........Invariably, nothing ever comes of it except that the American military throws millions of dollars from their budget into MIT, so desperate are they to stay ahead of the game with battery powered weaponry, aircraft, boats, satellites, etc.
It's a nice trick for universities to acquire extra funding!
If I change cars again, I expect it will need to be electric I suppose. Otherwise, the clowns running (ruining) the country will tax i/c cars relentlessly, ban them from more and more cities, and they will become unsellable. You are right to question the reality of electric car usage because the hype from know-nothing politicians outweighs the substance by an enormous measure. The planet will not be saved by electric vehicles alone!
Plenty of people do long trips into Europe in EV's. just requires a bit more planning.With the pressure on in the UK for EV cars, my biggest issue is true range.
The Niro seems to have one of the best, somewhere over 300 miles, but how much is impacted by bad weather, dark, cold winters nights on a long run?
We need a boot as large (or larger) than the Sporty and I can't see the point in hybrids where you have the weight of both an ICE engine AND batteries. Either one or the other.
There's also the problem of recharge while on a journey, how many fast charge points are there, and are they working or available when you get there?
We drive to southern Spain twice a year, over 600 miles a day, which would mean at least two stops for a recharge, a fast one at lunch and perhaps overnight at a hotel, but I'd hate to do it worrying about where and how long a recharge would take at lunch, in case we didn't reach our hotel in time.
Early days but I keep hearing that the batteries tend to deteriorate each year, so range would come down, requiring a recalculation as to which hotel we can reach each day.
Then there's the colossal cost of an EV car, even with tax allowance and home charger.
With the UK having so many people made redundant, there must be brains aplenty out there that could work on battery technology to solve it in the next few years and put the UK in the lead.
A proper 5 seater (as in Citroen C4 and C5) AWD with large boot (a 7 seat chassis with option to lose the rear row?) and 400 mile plus range in all weather and night driving.
That's the challenge, who can meet it sub £40k?