* Posts by D Peilow

8 posts • joined 18 Jan 2011

LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

D Peilow

Just got the following from Clove in the UK. You have to ask why on earth LG would not launch this given the Note 7 debacle::

Thank you for registering your interest in the LG V20.

We are contacting you today to let you know that despite our best efforts we will not be selling the LG V20.

Soon after launch, LG confirmed it would not be coming to the UK. We have since been working to source a UK compatible device that can be backed up with warranty support over the life of the handset.

Our intentions were to import the V20 from Europe, like we did with the V10 where supply and support networks existed.

Whilst interest and demand has been high, particularly since the Samsung Note 7 recall; LG have confirmed that they are not launching the V20 in Europe and are not planning to reconsider this in light of the recent surge in demand.

Although the V20 has been launched in other regions of the world and whilst we can potentially source from these areas, we are not prepared to do so at the risk of supply, network compatibility and after sales support.

As smartphone users ourselves we see the appeal of the V20 and have clearly stated just how many customers have expressed interest in the handset (it is one of our most requested, ever). Having presented this information to LG in addition to a commitment to a volume of handsets, LG remain firm that they wish not at this time to launch the V20 in Europe.

Avanti's bird plumps up feathers

D Peilow

Be interesting to see what the chaps from Paris will charge for 4Mbit/s

It was ESA, not the EU, that 50% funded this btw.

Electric cars not as 'green' as advertised

D Peilow

I'm sure he'll be along in a minute.

In the meantime, I'll ask: If the emissions are slightly better (according to Which, all of the EVs were 20% better than the diesels and one was 92% better than the comparison car), then what is the problem?

The grid is being cleaned up, so the EVs will only get better.

If you get an £8k solar PV system on your garage you can essentially get 10,000 miles a year for 25 years (that's the usual guarantee on them - they may work longer). That's a saving of over £22k on the diesel. The PV supplies the grid during the day, the car charges back from it at night - net saving £22k.

If you don't have the option for that, it's still going to be a lot cheaper even when they start taxing it.

Either way your not propping up Colonel Gaddafi.

D Peilow

The only "Quelle Surprise"...

...is that the Register ran with this flawed study and only chose to highlight one of the comparisons.

What about the one comparing the Mitsubishi and Suzuki where the difference was over 90%?

What about the 9kWh it takes to refine a gallon of crude into fuel? Enough to drive your EV 30 miles and that's before the fuel even reaches you. If EVs produce emissions from power stations, then your own fossil fuel car produces more before you've even filled it up.

What about the price of oil shooting up thanks to protests across the Middle East? You really want to see another British Prime Minister shaking the hands of some greasy dictator to guarantee the supply of the stuff?

What about putting £8k of solar panels on your garage roof? A 6 x 3 metre garage roof could generate enough free juice for 10,000 miles a year, last for 25 years and produce no emissions. A 50mpg diesel would cost you £30,600 in fuel costs alone at today's rate during that time.

I thought this was a technology site. Seems like it doesn't want to understand this technology. Wonder why?

Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

D Peilow

Exactly what I did

It cost me £4 to fill up. I offered to give my uncle a fiver but he didn't want it.

D Peilow


Exactly, I use them regularly - and I hope they pull their finger out and build HS2.

But there are times when you just need to carry stuff or take a car up there and for that reason I want to see a few thousand spent on EV fast chargers too.

D Peilow

Exactly - the people saying we should do the numbers are the ones that should do the numbers

I'm sick of people saying this crap. France is the only place where electric cars work blah blah.

If you take the energy use numbers from Tesla (which I have seen in practice), multiply by transmission losses and multiply by *today's* UK grid efficiency it comes out at 103g/km

A Prius is 104g/km, but any Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette, etc is up above 250 or more usually 300g/km. And this does not take into account refinery losses.

A Nissan LEAF is lower - more like 80g/km, as was the old Toyota RAV4 EV.

Nissan puts the energy used in refining a UK gallon of petrol at 9kWh. That's enough to drive a Tesla for 48 km alone.

So I'm affraid all this emissions rubbish that Top Gear et al spout is b*ll*cks. They even often show a picture of a "coal fired power station" that was actually converted to run on cleaner gas.

D Peilow

A little bit jealous Mr Page?

So as a reader of this site for more than ten years, I finally made it into a story! I never thought it would be on this topic back then, though.

Mr Page seems to have an issue with the £90k car I just took on the *428.2* miles to Edinburgh (on my route). Like the high price is a reason not to like the technology. I can remember my old man's first PC costing £4000 in 1983 money. Now look at them...

For the record, this one was a non-Sport basic model Tesla.

Yes we had to stop for a while at the second location due to the smaller socket that was there (and yes I got 40 winks), but I can tell you it was a damn sight less stressful and I arrived more refreshed than the usual 7 hour trips that I regularly do on that route.

I have to declare an interest here: My Mrs is from Edinburgh and I'd really like to see this become practical on a regular basis so that we can drive up there by EV. At less than £10 of electricity, what is not to like about that?

That 70 Amp High Power Charger I charged on at the first stop costs £2k. £2k! The government is spending £30m on charging infrastructure at the moment and all we have to show for it are the silly jumped-up 13 Amp domestic sockets that the BBC man used in a few carparks, which are useful for G-Wiz drivers and not much else. WTF?!? I could use £4k worth of Tesla chargers and get to Edinburgh in under 11 hours. That's maybe 7 hours on the road and 4 to have a couple of decent meals en route. After next year it will be back close to 7 hours when someone (who knows it could be me) does the same trip in a Model S with DC fast charge. For £30m we should be seeing thousands of these chargers - where are they?

What makes it even more of a joke is that the Mini-E can also fast charge. In the USA, BMW even supplied the same type of fast charger as Tesla uses to trialists. The BBC man never mentioned that, I bet.

What your story also doesn't say is that I then went on from Edinburgh to Armagh, Northern Ireland for a birthday party, before taking the Tesla back via Dublin (where I saw a DC fast charger, by the way), Wales and down from Stafford to my place on Sunday night. That's right - a real trip to see real family - not PR stunt followed by return trip to London on a trailer like the BBC. We covered nearly 1200 miles in five days, including two rest days.

On my previous trip I took a boot-full of adapters because I didn't know what I would find or what to expect. That trip gave me the confidence in the car to know that it will go as far as it says it will. This time it was much easier because we just had to get to Edinburgh. And yes, I did install a 32 Amp socket in the garage before. At a total cost of £15 (£8.50 for the socket from Screwfix, £3.50 for a breaker and £3 of cable), there is no excuse for every new house, hotel or pub not to have them.

As for your jumping to conclusions about whether Tesla's fans can afford the car - I bet you have no idea what a satellite engineer earns and I'm certain you have no idea what my household income is. But that's beside the point because I will be getting a Model S when it hits the showroom. Why? Because being in the right place at the right time three years ago got be a 5 minute spin in a Roadster prototype and the rest is history. I was a committed petrolhead until that date and I still love all sorts of cars, but it showed me what an EV could be and I never looked back. I expect most naysayers have never even sat in one.

This site was regular reading back in the day, but I must admit that these days a story has to be pretty interesting for me to come here. I think the quality of stories from Lewis Page recently has something to do with that.


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