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    Volvo maps

    Our cars have factory NAV. (Jag and VAG). The VAG system has the upgraded £1750 option. I've previously used Ford, older VAG satnav and BMW. Nothing is as reliable for routing and traffic info as Google Maps/Waze. I don't bother with any incar SatNavs now, it's either Android Auto or a phone cradle for me. As for speed limit indication, the SatNav based systems are not reliable and even when backed up with the newer camera based systems they are not 100% so I don't use them.
  2. The stupidity of people indeed never ceases to amaze me. If they are prepared to shell out £40K+ on a product they don't understand and have not researched if it suits their requirements then I have little sympathy. Manufacturers comply with legislation and publish the figures they are required to by that legislation. But there's no shortage of real information out there for buyers to research.
  3. There's a more powerfull 245PS 1.4TSi hybrid coming soon. If it was a new Leaf don't they have LED headlights?
  4. There are some figures available for some vehicles but there really needs to be a framework in place. NEDC figures for "Battery Empty" included. https://ev-database.uk/car/1155/Land-Rover-Range-Rover-P400e-PHEV
  5. You have to forget official figures for PHEV as they are meaningless. Electric range and your daily driving is the thing to look at.
  6. Yep correct. If you have a Phev Range Rover, never charge it and spend all day on the motorway. then don't expect 72mpg, 88g/km
  7. The switch from diesel to straight petrol is very short term and in reality people have been downsizing from 2.0TDi's to 1.5Turbo Petrol or smaller. Most people don't need a towcar. But as legislation starts this year on a graduated scale to impose an average of 95g/km CO2 per vehicle on manufacturers we have already started to see an influx of hybrid and PHEV. So yes the industry is seeing a massive drop in diesel sales but CO2 is still expected to fall from vehicle emissions year on year from 2020 to 2024 due to the legislation currently in place.
  8. I find a these articles very one sided. They class payments like the Capacity Market as subsidies. If you want an industry to be in private hands and want the plant to be stood most of the year then yes there has to be a mechanism to pay for the plant to stay open and stay available for when demand is high, it's dark and the wind isn't blowing.
  9. A formula 1 style MGUH could work if they could make it reliable and affordable for road use but we are someway off that for big enough outputs.
  10. It's been looked at, tried and tested. It's not efficient and wouldn't sell.
  11. Motor generator systems have been tried before but few reviewers liked them and even fewer buyers bought them. So we are left with a the likes of BMW i3 range extenders. If you are thinking a diesel able to drive and generate and also an electric motor with battery for decent range the packaging, weight and cost becomes a real issue. And most importantly there's little demand for manufactures to develop it. Our transition will be. Ice>Mild hybrid>Hybrid>Phev>BEV. The manufacturers have their development programs well mapped out. It's just a matter of where and when you jump to which technology, And I'm not aware of any significant investment in diesel PHEV.
  12. It's too little too late. The C220d produces no NOx on RDE but that's a test carried out above 14 degrees and manufacturers are still allowed to disable SCR below operating temperatures to protect emission control equipment. So measure it from a cold start with an ambient of 4 degrees or lower. That's why the like of Bristol and Cities across the world are looking at diesel bans. The C220d puts out 121gkm CO2 and is one of the lower emission ICE only cars in Mercs lineup yet is still above the average 95g/km Merc need to achieve. Even this smaller diesel car could be imposed with fines from 2022-3 onwards. 95 euros per gram CO2 over 95g/km per vehicle. So good results for now but the technology in those ICE only cars is out of date and manufacturers are scrambling and retooling to get them out of the model ranges. Although their PR may say otherwise as they still have units to shift and engine manufacturing plants to keep in production.
  13. But you could still be in town when you ask that diesel to run under load and you'd need to have it decoupled from the drive train to charge the batts at optimum rpm/load. It's just trying to invent something that no one would buy. Would you want to be sat at the lights while a diesel engine is churning away at 2500rpm. I doubt the Nox police would like that either.
  14. Most of the new diesel hybrids are mild hybrids that have a small 48V battery that charges with regenerative braking and uses that energy to offset diesel used during acceleration. It's a tech to slightly reduce CO2, there's no electrical range. Having electrical range as you say causes major issues with diesel emission controls as DPF and SCR require the engine to be at operating temperature to be efficient.
  15. Although that is starting to have some effect on what people are buying and will affect what manufacturers are offering what we are seeing now with the proliferation of mild hybrid and the increasing PHEV options has been coming for many years. The development and tech is not done over night but over many years. This has been on every manufacturers radar since 2009. What twisted the development somewhat was dieselgate and the massive shift away from diesel. https://ec.europa.EU/clima/policies/transport/vehicles/cars_en
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