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by ChrisMiller
Wed Oct 06, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Android Auto issues.
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: Android Auto issues.

A Word to Husbands

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
Whenever you're right, shut up.

Ogden Nash
by ChrisMiller
Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Towing in hilly areas
Replies: 15
Views: 7273

Re: Towing in hilly areas

Which, of course, is correct - once you have maxed out the power from the electric motors, all pressing the accelerator does is increase the revs but under 45mph can't use this for turning the wheels. Arguably this is a "design fault", but apparently the Japanese don't usually tow :idea: You can't ...
by ChrisMiller
Sat Jul 10, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Advice for a long drive
Replies: 32
Views: 11351

Re: Advice for a long drive

Also the cruise control if you're using it. I've noticed that mine is much more aggressive on the pedals than me, and results in a less smooth ride. Yes, I feel the same (mine has the basic cruise control, not ACC). For instance, if I've got the cruise control set for a 30mph limit and am approachi...
by ChrisMiller
Wed Jun 30, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Advice for a long drive
Replies: 32
Views: 11351

Re: Advice for a long drive

If you use SAVE, be sure that it engages parallel mode. My do not and keeps the vehicle in series mode which is a waste. The driver has no direct control over which mode is in use, it's decided by the car's electronics. Parallel mode uses a direct drive from the engine to the front wheels, and so i...
by ChrisMiller
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Best way for charging
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: Best way for charging

I mentally work on 'home' electricity (~£0.12/kWh*) being about ⅓ the cost of running on petrol (~£1.20/litre*). The difference is almost exactly accounted for by the fact that ⅔ of the price of petrol is tax (in Europe, anyway), whereas domestic electricity is lightly taxed - how long this will con...
by ChrisMiller
Sat May 29, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: new owner phev
Replies: 5
Views: 923

Re: new owner phev

jaapv wrote: Locking wheel nuts are a third-party accessory. Your dealer should be able to replace them with the original nuts.
Not in the UK (certainly not on my model, anyway) - mine was delivered with locking wheel nuts. I don't know where bart83 is based.
by ChrisMiller
Sat May 08, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Ran out of gas but depleted battery got me home
Replies: 29
Views: 4330

Re: Ran out of gas but depleted battery got me home

There are two different basic types of hydropower. You can dam an existing river valley (like the Hoover in US or Three Gorges in China) to create your power-generating 'head' artificially; or you can use something more closely approximating a large mountain stream, with little or no dam needed (an ...
by ChrisMiller
Fri May 07, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Ran out of gas but depleted battery got me home
Replies: 29
Views: 4330

Re: Ran out of gas but depleted battery got me home

River power is a good solution if you can combine low population density with lots of fast flowing rivers (i.e. mountains). Sweden is the poster boy for this, with its electricity coming from 40% hydro, 40% nuke, 12% wind, 8% other. It's a non-starter in England (and most countries), our rivers aren...
by ChrisMiller
Thu May 06, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Ran out of gas but depleted battery got me home
Replies: 29
Views: 4330

Re: Ran out of gas but depleted battery got me home

The simplest way of storing surplus energy is to push water up hill - to drive turbines on the way back down. True, and it's also one of the most efficient means of energy storage. The largest such power station in the UK (and still, I think, in the world) is at Dinorwig near Snowdon. It can produc...
by ChrisMiller
Thu May 06, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Ran out of gas but depleted battery got me home
Replies: 29
Views: 4330

Re: Ran out of gas but depleted battery got me home

There is a grid-scale battery in Australia that has saved the grid there millions already. No there isn't. There's a 100MWh (soon to be 200MWh, apparently) battery setup in S Australia, specifically to help stabilise their grid - because they have too much wind power and not enough thermal generati...

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