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by Troglodyte
Thu, 02 Apr 2015, 21:45
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Leaf Pricing
Replies: 59
Views: 8334

Leaf Pricing

I've spoken to about a dozen dealers between Townsville and Melbourne and offered low $20s but none have been even slightly interested. Nissan Australia won't even begin to talk about price with an individual although its anyones guess what would happen if there was a group offer. If perchance anyon...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 02 Apr 2015, 18:41
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Leaf Pricing
Replies: 59
Views: 8334

Leaf Pricing

I was initially told the 2012 story as well but a bit of judicious investigation revealed the actual build dates were around the middle of 2011. Furthermore I've seen no evidence to suggest there are any 2012 or later Leafs / Leaves in Australia. My sources tell me there are dozens of the 2011 UK bu...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 02 Apr 2015, 18:32
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Leaf Pricing
Replies: 59
Views: 8334

Leaf Pricing

Each of the various dealers I've encountered has confirmed that the vehicles Nissan Australia are selling as at April 2nd 2015 were imported from the UK late 2011, hence they were built four years ago. They have delivery mileage (or kilometerage if one is pedantic) and have nothin g whatever to do w...
by Troglodyte
Sun, 15 Mar 2015, 16:26
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Leaf Pricing
Replies: 59
Views: 8334

Leaf Pricing

I've had a number of conversations with Leaf salespeople over the past couple of months and every time I was told there are heaps of old stock ones gathering dust in a Melbourne warehouse. Whilst all sales staff to whom I've spoken claim they are 2012 versions, a bit of questioning revealed they wer...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 15 May 2014, 21:15
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

Running a generator wouldn't be my first choice, however its still a better option for the odd longer trip than burning dinosaur juice for the whole journey. Maybe one day the price of batteries will halve so its economically practical to fit sufficient for a 250k trip between recharges. In any case...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 15 May 2014, 17:08
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

Now if we had a Norway style incentive system............... Until / unless we give the flick to knuckle-dragging neanderthals in Canberra thats a non-event, however it may well be that the budget is their epitaph. Cost of conversions is only one problem, another is convincing mentally deprived mupp...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 15 May 2014, 16:09
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

As I've said elsewhere, I've considered a conversion several times however its simply not viable because of the batteries I need to get an acceptable range. Its probably OK for city commuters who only travel 20k per day, but us bushies need close on 200k minimum. I have scads of solar electrons in s...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 15 May 2014, 15:29
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

No doubt however it will only take a couple that do find their way here wearing a halfway intelligent price tag to give the market a sorely needed number twelve in the nether regions.
by Troglodyte
Thu, 15 May 2014, 14:51
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

I believe Kia is planning to drop a $25,000 Corolla sized BEV on the OZ market sometime this year and other sources report there is something comparable from China in the wind. Once there are a couple of alternatives its likely Nissan will come to the party & other 'watchers' will presumably come to...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 15 May 2014, 14:37
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

The original $50,000 odd price was utterly ridiculous. Whatever lunatic dreamed up that idea needed the services of a good shrink. When its all said and done, the MiEV is only a kei car that realistically should have had a sticker price around the low 20s. Arguments about new technology are meaningl...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 15 May 2014, 12:34
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

I've looked at the conversion route a few times and always found the cost & hassles with the bureaucrazies rendered it totally unviable. Among other issues, companies like Nissan / Mitsubishi / Renault / Tesla / Mercedes will always have infinitely better buying power than Joe Bloggs. Personally I b...
by Troglodyte
Wed, 14 May 2014, 22:04
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

Thanks for the responses. Those figures are about what I expected but its nice to have them confirmed. I'm still much more interested in a Leaf than an MiEV as its more like a regular sized vehicle. A mate has a Smart that I've punted around Brisbane a bit & whilst its got more than sufficient get u...
by Troglodyte
Wed, 14 May 2014, 20:57
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

Whilst the question is akin to 'how long ia a piece of string', does anyone have a clue as to the life in years / kilometers / whatever of a MiEV / Nissan Leaf battery might be ?? Replacement cost is another issue, but given the number of both vehicles sold somewhere on planet earth, there are proba...
by Troglodyte
Tue, 29 Apr 2014, 01:43
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 45554

New to the forum & new I-miev

10kw grid-connect on the June v2011 52c Fit and currently collecting bits for another 2kw off-grid so I can sell virtually the full output of the 10kw system. Still room for another 2kw before I'm out of roof space.
by Troglodyte
Sat, 12 Apr 2014, 16:30
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging Network Australia -Help needed
Replies: 120
Views: 10571

Charging Network Australia -Help needed

I've been following up with electrical engineering types of my acquaintance regarding home-grown DC chargers. Seems I may in the forseeable future be able to get my hands on some 415v rectifers although the issue of voltage choppers has yet to be resolved. I note also the posting from someone or oth...
by Troglodyte
Fri, 11 Apr 2014, 00:55
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV Range *no discussion*
Replies: 256
Views: 33943

i-MiEV Range *no discussion*

Fourbys really don't belong on highways, mind you I'd be quite happy if I never saw a highway again. Too many petrol-head land speed record types all frantically searching for a flash for cash unit to which they can pay their speeding taxes. I wouldn't even have a Suzuki if it wasn't needed for farm...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 10 Apr 2014, 19:52
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV Range *no discussion*
Replies: 256
Views: 33943

i-MiEV Range *no discussion*

a 4WD is crazy when you may only go truly "off road" once or twice a year at best. Particularly so when the 4WD is a four tonne behemoth used almost exclusively to ferry a couple of yard apes to and from school & to pickup milk / bread from the supermarket. On the other hand a Suzuki Sierra doesn't...
by Troglodyte
Sat, 05 Apr 2014, 01:10
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging Network Australia -Help needed
Replies: 120
Views: 10571

Charging Network Australia -Help needed

Same reason why I didn't acept any rebate on water tanks. I dotn't want my tanks on a register so I can be charged for the water I colect myself or forced into paying for 1\2 yearly water quality inspections at some silly rate. Kurt I believe the wicked Witch of the North AKA GoAnna the Blight enac...
by Troglodyte
Fri, 04 Apr 2014, 23:21
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging Network Australia -Help needed
Replies: 120
Views: 10571

Charging Network Australia -Help needed

Personally I think the better option for subsidisation would be as a tax deduction. There's less chance of a shonky operator trying to milk the system, ) Thats certainly a problem in many areas however I don't believe it would necessarily prove to to be so with EVs where the market perception of wi...
by Troglodyte
Fri, 04 Apr 2014, 00:30
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging Network Australia -Help needed
Replies: 120
Views: 10571

Charging Network Australia -Help needed

As for the rebates. I pay enough tax each year as it is. So I don't want to support Another handout.Kurt Given the iniquitous / duplicitous nature of politics generally, what our tax contributions go toward, and what we want them to go toward, aren't necessarily related. Personally I'd love to see ...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 03 Apr 2014, 23:58
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging Network Australia -Help needed
Replies: 120
Views: 10571

Charging Network Australia -Help needed

I for one would be more likely to buy a vehicle with sticker price somewhat akin to the yankee one than the padded one we get in Australia. Whether or not that involves a subsidy is immaterial to me, I'll happily accept any handout I can get. After all the bloodsucking parasites in Canberra & elsewh...
by Troglodyte
Thu, 03 Apr 2014, 18:42
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging Network Australia -Help needed
Replies: 120
Views: 10571

Charging Network Australia -Help needed

jonescg wrote: In Barcelona the cost of fuel was roughly AUD$2.15 a litre. Not many EVs there.


Aren't they all broke in Spain ?? Poor sods probably can't afford anything more than a 2CV & even then they probably run them on grappa
by Troglodyte
Thu, 03 Apr 2014, 18:29
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging Network Australia -Help needed
Replies: 120
Views: 10571

Charging Network Australia -Help needed

just a different attitude? Kurt Australia has long tended to ape the yanks in many ways and especially the petrol-head bit. Just try to imagine the typical Logan Bogan driving an EV, or for that matter one of the V8 Supercar tragics or urban-assault freaks. I've long hoped the price of dinosaur jui...
by Troglodyte
Mon, 31 Mar 2014, 00:07
Forum: AEVA QLD Branch
Topic: charging infrastructure vision
Replies: 35
Views: 3601

charging infrastructure vision

offgridQLD wrote: there is public(charge point) charging allready on the Gold coast. Not fast charging though.


As far as I'm aware, the Gold Coast charge point is weekday / business hours only, which precludes weekend trips. Does anyone know differently ??
by Troglodyte
Thu, 27 Mar 2014, 23:29
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Charging Network Australia -Help needed
Replies: 120
Views: 10571

Charging Network Australia -Help needed

I like the publican idea from carnut1100, maybe a few other country pubs would do something similar. Even non-drinkers need to eat