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Message posted by Wobbly Box on 18/8/2018 at 11:18am
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I agree with you over the power options. Why have varioys battery pack options. But I suppose this is where they are following other manufacturers who have numerous power options for each model in their range. Lets take a 1.2 fiesta aye it's good enough in zetec trim and trundles along getting you from A to B. But for extra you can have the same car trim level but with the improved performance of the eco boost power plant under the bonnet.
As much as Tesla may be leading they way they are following other manufacturers also.

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Yep, like the Leaf, the new Chevy Bolt only has the one battery, 57kw giving 238 mile range.

To be fair, if you can live without all the tech and Tesla styling, then the lower price of the Bolt is a better buy BEV, and available now not in two years time.

Of course the Chevy Bolt is not type aproved for towing, although a few have fitted tow bars, or hitch's as the yanks call them, to the Chevy Bolt, and it tows perfectly well upto around 1000kg.

Also I think the Bolt is currently only available in the U.S.


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Since found out that the Opel Ampera-E is the same car as the Chevy Bolt, even found a YouTube video of a tow bar being fitted to the Opel.

The Opel of course is sold Europe, but maybe only LHD for the new model, so not available in the UK, as yet but could be who knows.

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My mates wife works for the transport police & i'm sure she drives the vauxhall version as a pool car
She actually says its a really nice car to drive

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Yep, seems you can't even get the Opel Ampera e (aka Chevy Bolt) any more in Europe, since GM sold of the Opel/Vauxhall brand to Citroen, in fact it's replacement due 2020 will be the all electric Corsa, with a 40kw battery giving around 200 miles, it will probably be cheap for a BEV when it arrives, but will be viewed more of a city car, to compete with the Renaul Zoe, which is currently Europes best selling BEV.
That leaves just the all electric Hyundai Ionic and Nissan Leaf to take on the base model Tesla Model 3 in the UK.

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my boss has a tesla, a model s , he doesnt tow with it.... but its 3 years old and just been in the dealers for 11 weeks while they fitted a new battery .... there battery is no longer produced so they struggled to find a replacement of the same capacity.... but more importantly is the model 3 and the model x are designed to tow then tesla need to rethink their super charger stations... theyr'e designed to be reversed into to plug in.... not something you can do easily with a trailer/ caravan on the back !

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Yep bricklayer, check out Bjorn Nyland on YouTube, he tows his large box trailer with a Model X, currently the only Tesla type approved to tow.

According to Elon Musk, there will be a tow hitch option for the Model 3, but that is as yet to be confirmed.

Plenty of folk are towing with Model S and Model 3, again plenty of YouTube videos showing tow bar installs on both.

But few seem to bother with electrics!, so I guess there are a few warranty and insurance issues.

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Bricklayer, now thatís a very good point you have raised, especially as the post is about towing with a Tesla. Yup.your driving down the M6 and need a charge, I can assure you it would not be an easy task reversing into a parking bay between a couple of cars to charge your car up. Further more Iíd imagine youíd block the road due to length of car and caravan and would the charger cable stretch an extra 6m further.
And what a palaver if you e to go find a space, u hitch your caravan drive to charge point then drive back to hitch up caravan again. Lol. I canít imagine many folk buying into that idea.



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Simples, drop the jockey wheel and unhitch the unit, and then proceed to the fast charger, it's not rocket science!

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Your right itís not, but not many people would leave a unhitched caravan on the services, I donít leave mine full stop.
To many caravans get nicked at services and they are connected to the cars, as soon as the owners walk off their away.

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Aye itís not rocket science, just time consuming, inconvenient and not ideal in the pouring rain, then you need to fit hitch and wheel locks as the caravan isnít attached to the car. Then thereís a higher risk of theft as the caravan is left unattended in a high risk place.


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Quote: Originally posted by Francais on 21/8/2018
Simples, drop the jockey wheel and unhitch the unit, and then proceed to the fast charger, it's not rocket science!





What an outstandingly brilliant idea, and while your getting a charge get a nice bloke in a Transit pick up to watch over it for you.

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New kid on the block.     

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Remember, if you buy something you bought it, not brought it.

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Now your talking lol.

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Well the Tesla Model 3 is now well into the numbers, production running at well over 5,000 cars per week in fact one week did see 8,000 cars produced.
Some time in 2019, production numbers of Model 3 are expected to reach 10,000 cars per week.

This will happen when more battery pack manufacturing lines are opened up at the gigafactory in Sparks Nevada.

Even at current production levels, no other legacy automaker is producing as many BEV as what Tesla are churning out.

Well done Tesla, and to Elon, although I am not sure that smoking joints, and dating young chicks, is calming the investors.

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Recent reliability survey,Tesla came out as worst in 10 most unreliable cars! It is very new technology.
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