Kilowatt Half Hour Episode 21: The Spring has sprung |

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In this week's bumper episode, the group discuss the new ₤ 15k Dacia Spring, Ecotricity's brand-new home charging tariff, the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer and the stylish brand-new Cupra VZ. Postman Mike dips into the postbag to address your vehicle buying quandaries and discovers a listener's secret trick to increasing driving variety. Take pleasure in.

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Weekly, the satisfy online to go over all the important matters at hand. Such as the weather, what we're all having for our tea and who discarded who in last night's Love Island. In between these heavyweight topics, we also discuss electrical automobiles. A lot. Probably an unhealthy total up to be truthful.

And when we do talk about automobiles, we learn a lot. From industry chatter to the more mundane practicalities of electric automobile ownership, it's the location where we dish the dirt on the vehicles we have actually been driving and provide our own decisions on the current electric . We likewise like to have a great laugh at the daftest bits of anti-electric that we have actually seen in the press.

We can't assure that you'll find out much. You most likely won't. But if you fancy 30 minutes of idle chat and chatter about the world of electrical cars and trucks, we're here for you. If you like it/ dislike it/ believe it's too long or too short, let us understand.


23 responses to “Kilowatt Half Hour Episode 21: The Spring has sprung |”

  1. @simonevans8979 Avatar

    I am one of those that does not need a drivable piece of `technical excellence` – as long as it drives , who cares? I can leave posing for my neighbours. I still have a Peugeot 308 diesel estate for tip er, trips. I have a E208 as a `daily driver`…
    I don’t even need electric windows – nothing wrong with wind-up – at least it will still work when the 12 v battery is flat! And no electric tailgate necessary for me, either. Just lift the bloody thing with a hand… What can I buy that `doesn’t` have electric-everything? Manually-adjustable seats?

  2. @mdshovel Avatar

    I cannot have a home charger due to low power supply of 30amps to my rural home which is on a flat rate with no night saving… so I use the 3pin Granny charger at any time to top up and saved myself £1000 installation cost. The rest of the time I use public charging at 47p from my Volvo VPCS card.

    1. @adamsgarfy25 Avatar

      You might be able British Gas overnight tariff. It is 5 cheap hours.

    2. @mdshovel Avatar

      @@adamsgarfy25 erm, no. Am on bottled LPG from Calor and electric from our residential park home site owner

  3. @whittaker52 Avatar

    I chose my ID.3 because it kinda broke the mould of the normal VW range, and stands out as something a bit different from their ICE cars. Maybe I’m just in the minority when it comes to that & wanting something a bit more unique/special. I do agree though, the Cupra Born really out IDs the ID.3.

  4. @geoffreyjones6019 Avatar

    Hi all, entertaining show as per. I don’t have a home charger due to lack of off-street parking – it was a choice between putting in a drive or a wildlife pond and the frogs won out, but have no problem combining granny charging and the occasional public charge. On average I drive less than a 100 miles/week and my Born has a decent range, which helps.

  5. @stephen546 Avatar

    Love watching the channel and these podcasts, but PLEASE can something be done to improve the picture quality for Jilly, it’s like we’re watching through a sauna window with condensation 😮

    1. @johnfenn3188 Avatar

      Oh, I’m glad it’s not just me!

  6. @wendyhopkins2902 Avatar

    I’m trying to get the Dacia Spring but if you’re saying it’s a “paired down ” car like Mike said you could get a Kia Niro with possibly still 3 or 4 years warranty left for the same money or a bit more , I know where my money 💰 would go , great show as always 😊😊😊😊

  7. @fredbloggs72 Avatar

    Are you talking about a 16amp socket, the one which is used most commonly on campsites?

  8. @markmartin2622 Avatar

    Would this new vehicle to grid free tariff have a detrimental effect on your car’s battery, if your battery is going up and down over night every night as from what I’ve read you have to have the car plugged in for a considerable amount of hours per month?

  9. @TeaBreak. Avatar

    Ginny, just sat in pool in Del Duque, Tenerife, so was listening intently on youtube/podcast. Pretty sure Dale Winton doesn’t own Forest Green footbal club 😂. I think it is the other Dale erm forgot Surnane, ok Winton. 😂

    Btw Gin, are you from Rochdale? Similar age, Bury! Small World. 😁👍

  10. @Musketeer009 Avatar

    Would wearing a pair of Speedo budgie smuglers and nothing else, aid EV efficiency? Loving the pod-cast format and always informative to hear your diverse thoughts on EVs and EV related stuff. Thanks to all of you. P.S. I’d like to see the Triumph name back as a UK designed and built series of electric cars with a halo small TR8 electric sports car. Obviously, the build quality will need to improve somewhat compared to the defunct Triumph’s offerings.

  11. @fredbloggs72 Avatar

    An old A series engine leaking oil is great for keeping the rust at bay. 😜

  12. @trixiepickle8779 Avatar

    We have a Spring Expression which I drive – bought in June 23. Great for going shopping, dog walking, navigating our incredibly narrow country lanes. Great for that, great in town as well. Fully charged in Summer just under 300 km. Winter 190 – 230 km . Charge at home on a normal outside plug. takes about 8 hrs for a full 100% charge. Comfortable in the front, narrow in the back but the dog and the shopping are perfectly OK with it. I had an old diesel which I swapped for this which cost me around €90 a month in fuel. This costs me just over €20 Charging time is under 8 hours for a full charge on a normal outside plug socket. I do like the amendments, would I get another one, yes definitely. Do like the red.

  13. @MarkSanders77A Avatar

    A 32A commando socket £12 from Screwfix and 7KW, same as £1000 wall box … if not have them install one. The socket works with any UMC , portable charger with commando plug / adapter. (I use a spare Tesla UMC .. this works a treat at 3x times faster than 3pin). This is the same as used at all boat yards and caravan parks. So safe, but to keep electricians happy add a PEN earth for extra protection. I’ve been using these for EV’s for 15 years (incl Tesla ‘Toadster’ , model s/3) And Lotus Elon – which also has V2G , 28KWh battery (as spring) and weighs 650kg (20kg less than ICE). Just keen to make the point that ARE the future.

  14. @RobVerleg-mf9hx Avatar

    This podcast still makes me happy, I like it.
    I still haven’t bought an electric car.
    Who knows, some day. 🕺

  15. @robsmith1a Avatar

    The top range Cupra Born should be called The Born Supremacy

  16. @Jaw0lf Avatar

    Thanks again for the mention but I wanted to wexplain my thoughts in lack of stalks. Tried the Model Y and indicator failed to cancel so try and cancel, but it started to indicate the opposite way. Then try again and same. So it was annoying. Model 3 push button and if not auto cancelled press again. Roundabouts meant wheel turned to face up and down with hands still on wheel, did not need to let go of wheel to hit the indicator stalk, just pressed the button.
    It meant hands were kept on the wheel all the time and less chance of sending the wrong turn signal.

  17. @russellgilchrist3951 Avatar

    Love washing my car in the hot summer with my Mancini on 🤭🤭🤭

  18. @anthonystevens8683 Avatar

    I love these! The great banter between whoever is on is always entertaining but informative as well.

  19. @TassieEV Avatar

    “Good News….” so what is the EuroNCAP rating that is the question of the new model Dacia Spring? I have a 16A dedicated circuit using a 15A outlet to charge my classic Ioniq so I am guessing this is what this ‘power boost’ thing you talk about. My new 2024 Kona on order will also use my 15A outlet to get 3.6kW using a 16A granny charger and I rent and I paid for the full install of my dedicated outlet and the electrical board upgrade from fuses to breakers. Wonder anyone has called their Born the Jason.

  20. @TheJAMF Avatar

    10:15 Charging a Y on the granny charger, 13 amps. In 10 hours it should get about 40% added, but a daily commute is a 3 hour charge. So the schedule starts the charge 3 hours before departure and the climate schedule is set for 15 minutes AFTER departure, because otherwise it would be really for 15 minutes before departure. 🤷‍♂️ So it bounces between 40 and 55% every day. If I go on a long trip, I start charging more, from 3 nights before, so I can depart with anything between 90 & 99%.

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