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Old 02-12-2009, 12:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I agree with the previous posters. It may be cheaper to operate a smaller diesel or petrol, even with the amount of miles driven. Honda came to mind first...

You could still use the MPV when you need it, and perhaps a smaller vehicle when you don't? Sometimes it's a stretch on cost vs. benefit -- crunch the numbers to see what works best in your situation.

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Welcome to EM! What they^ said. So this is what your Serena looks like? :



When I think electric, I often think of a small pick-up because of the ready and waiting "battery bed". I guess you could call the Serena an enclosed pick-up, so I can see why you have envisioned the electric conversion.

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Old 03-11-2009, 04:58 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Hello and good luck! What mileage numbers have you been getting? Have you been trying to drive "eco" for a while? I'm interested in how much you spend in gas each year driving that many miles.
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In the Serena I was getting about 400Miles for 55Litres (Ireland we don't use gallons).
I also have a peugeot 106 1.5 Diesel and that gets up to 750Miles on about 45-50 Litres.
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My 1990 Honda Accord with 292,000 miles @ 34 mpg (36,000 miles/year) would beg to differ with you. :-)
I think your one of the lucky ones or you really look after your car.
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:03 AM   #15 (permalink)
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No offense, but this looks to me a vehicle meant basically as a station-wagon, maximizing space for urban pick-up-and-drop use. Would have no crumple zone, setting the driver at the edge of the vehicle itself... maybe I am barking up the wrong subject, but I'm concerned... you use it for 80 miles of highway commuting a day...
Well actually you sit on top of the engine kinda in the middle of the van.
The front has quite a bit of space for where you have the radiator/spare wheel, fluids bottles and such. The serena I have is actually the original model which was really a Nissan Delivery with seats bolted into it.
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You're lucky enough to live on the right side of the pond. If it were me, I'd get a Polo with a small diesel engine in no time.
Oh I have a small peugeot 106 diesel, that I am currently using
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I agree with the previous posters. It may be cheaper to operate a smaller diesel or petrol, even with the amount of miles driven. Honda came to mind first...

You could still use the MPV when you need it, and perhaps a smaller vehicle when you don't? Sometimes it's a stretch on cost vs. benefit -- crunch the numbers to see what works best in your situation.

Kudos on the Bio-D, though

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I will probably end up still the peugeot for the long hall and the Serena for around the village and locally.
The amount I'd like to get out of the "Electricised" version of it, is really just wishfull thinking, but I would rather shoot for that than just resign myself to only being so limited.
Just thinking hopefully I guess.
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Welcome to EM! What they^ said. So this is what your Serena looks like? :



When I think electric, I often think of a small pick-up because of the ready and waiting "battery bed". I guess you could call the Serena an enclosed pick-up, so I can see why you have envisioned the electric conversion.

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Actually mine is the more rounded one, like this only with 5 doors rather than the 3 on this one.
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Wondering...

Sorry about the sudden lot of replies....
I am wondering if anyone could tell me whether anyone these motor would be of use in this van.

27KW ELECTRICAL CAR MOTOR

The van was never fast so it doesn't need to really be now.
I am still very new to all this so any assistance would be appreciated.
Also as this is just experimenting with my first EV and only really need to be able to move about the village and neighbouring one, as long as the motor can move the van at a speed that can keep up with average traffic is good enough.
Unfortuantely in Ireland it is very har to find help with anything other than drinking

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