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  1. Most modern cars the ECU turns the ignition on, not the physical key so it's entirely possible for the Prius to start up if so programmed by the manufacturer.
  2. It shouldnt really be an option......
  3. That sounds seriously dodgy, what if it was in a garage built into the house, it could poison everyone.
  4. I personally wouldnt mind if it was down the side of a house or round the back of a house but at the front it would be an absolute eyesore.
  5. No ice on mine either AND the interior is warm and toasty.
  6. I havent looked at the one on the car that closely yet, the house ones usually run between 350% and 450% dependent on outside air temp. The ground sourced one is even better but no good for cooling.
  7. Market forces will prevail. If new ones arent selling, manufacturers will find a way to lower the prices.
  8. Correct but the only car I know that uses it for heating as well is the Outlander PHEV. For heating it is many times more efficient than electric heating via a resistor, thats the point I was making.
  9. Yes there is that aspect I agree. On the outlander it has a heat pump which is really efficient for both aircon and heating, very much like domestic aircon, it can take consume up to 6Kw from the system so is very efficient at heating, I havent tried cooling yet but I assume it will be equally efficient. A much better solution for electric heating rather than a resistor.
  10. I disagree. The additional load on the alternator is far from insignificant with these electric heaters, in excess of 100 amps. The losses of the high current in wiring will be relevant, burning the diesel in the engine to create the electricity is inefficient compared to burning the dieselk to create the heat directly. The overheads on the car electrical system are around 80w (6.5 amps) to produce 5Kw of heat. Surely sticking a 100 amp load onto a cars electrics will wack up the emissions? even more than a fuel burning heater ? In fact, speeding the engine warm up should reduce emissions further.
  11. Well it wouldnt be a 25K caravan rammed into the back of a transit, you dont have to provide the walls and floor, you dont have to provide the chassis, wheels, alko stability whatsit, and the list goes on. As for canbus issues, sorry, I dont believe that, there wont be any canbus interface done on this conversion. That £25k I would suggest is a lot nearer £10k
  12. Emissions dont come into it, if you use electricity to produce the heat that has to come from the alternator which in turn is driven by the engine burning fuel, no emission benefits there. Our outlander PHEV uses a heat pump which is very efficient for heating and cooling but does incurr expense compared to a FBH or a big resistor. It has the advantage also of heating car up using the mains whilst still plugged in.
  13. But it has been converted from a commercial vehicle to a very highly priced luxury vehicle, I see no reason why the tax should not be applied. The tax is lower on commercial vehicles for very good reason - business, a motorhome is anything but.
  14. Some systems just try to be too clever at times. I'm not sure I really see the advantage of electric heating over the fuel burning heater, 5kw of heat easily achievable on a fuel burner with good reliability versus very heavy cabling and heavy duty switch gear for the electric.
  15. Well you may think Im talking nonsense but it illustrates the point I was making perfectly. If you care to look at my reply you will see I had taken VAT into account as stated on the van prices. It's all academic really the tax is will be on new motorhomes / campervans / call them whatever you like - and rightly so it my humble opinion.
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