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17 hours ago, cvzyl said:

Hi @SolarNoob, which model did you buy and what is the price on this type of motorcycle?

@cvzylI bought the SR, traded in my 1000CC superbike and I couldnt be happier. They are more expensive than gas bikes but my monthly commute only costs me R80 for electricity and no maintenance except tyres and brake pads.

Once you go elecric you will never go back...

Cayenne in Midrand are the importers if you want to get current pricing

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Some user info on this incredible car.
First there are no fast DC chargers in KZN only the type 2 charger that can do 80% in around 3 hours.
The cars gps only shows one at BM in the Bellaire area. The one at SMG BMW Umhlanga opposite Gateway does not show.
There are 2 chargers coming to Gateway "soon".
Last Sunday did a Durban return from home in Eshowe. Travelled at 115kph in EcoPro mode with aircon running. Was raining a bit and needed wipers. Daytime running lights on the whole trip. Got to La Lucia mall having driven 130km and still 70km range showing. Lot of downhil initially from Eshowe helped.
Next stop was charger at SMG Umhlanga where we arrived with 28% charge.
Spent 1.5 hours shopping at Gateway and got back to the car with it at about 65%. I had set a pre-condition departure time as it was a very hot day so the car was cooled to 22°C waiting for us. It does this while on mains and saves batteries.
Two more stops in Durban and a lunch stop Umhlali area. Got into Eshowe on 5% battery after using the Rex for about 30km. Needed 3l petrol to fill. Aircon the whole way as was over 30°C day.
Overall I was seriously impressed. If BM had a fast DC charger or had spent a bit longer charging we would have not needed the rex.

Edit:- Total round trip of 285km and 3l petrol used. I charge for free from my business solar system.

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On 11/25/2016 at 4:46 PM, Gerald_db said:

Some user info on this incredible car.
First there are no fast DC chargers in KZN only the type 2 charger that can do 80% in around 3 hours.
The cars gps only shows one at BM in the Bellaire area. The one at SMG BMW Umhlanga opposite Gateway does not show.
There are 2 chargers coming to Gateway "soon".
Last Sunday did a Durban return from home in Eshowe. Travelled at 115kph in EcoPro mode with aircon running. Was raining a bit and needed wipers. Daytime running lights on the whole trip. Got to La Lucia mall having driven 130km and still 70km range showing. Lot of downhil initially from Eshowe helped.
Next stop was charger at SMG Umhlanga where we arrived with 28% charge.
Spent 1.5 hours shopping at Gateway and got back to the car with it at about 65%. I had set a pre-condition departure time as it was a very hot day so the car was cooled to 22°C waiting for us. It does this while on mains and saves batteries.
Two more stops in Durban and a lunch stop Umhlali area. Got into Eshowe on 5% battery after using the Rex for about 30km. Needed 3l petrol to fill. Aircon the whole way as was over 30°C day.
Overall I was seriously impressed. If BM had a fast DC charger or had spent a bit longer charging we would have not needed the rex.

Edit:- Total round trip of 285km and 3l petrol used. I charge for free from my business solar system.

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Nice. 

It might be worth-while to install some flexible solar cells on the roof, perhaps? Look at how the solar racers do it. 

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After phoning around (cos the SA i3's have not got charge stations loaded correctly - will be sorted 1 day) I find the only high speed CCS DC rapid charger in KZN at Supertech BMW Durban .....and... I kid you not...they have installed it in their showroom so there is zero access afterhours. WTF. These things cost R450k and are for a quick stop and go 50 minutes to full or 40 min to 80%. SA BMW dealers have no idea.

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The reason electric vehicles as a rule have noisy brakes.....

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Rust because we just hardly use them. Got to remember to hit brakes harder at intervals to try to keep them clean especially if the weather is wet. Regeneration is great and you rapidly get used to right pedal only driving.

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Just now, Gerald_db said:

The reason electric vehicles as a rule have noisy brakes.....

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Rust because we just hardly use them. Got to remember to hit brakes harder at intervals to try to keep them clean especially if the weather is wet. Regeneration is great and you rapidly get used to right pedal only driving.

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Most vehicle's brakes do that if they're not driven often ;)

Quick question, does yours make any noise when you drive? I've read somewhere, that in the USA, electric vehicles cause most deaths on the road, since the blind can't hear them coming. So they need to fit some noise making devices to them, even a "cow bell" could work. Just curious if it does come out with a suitable safety device from the factory. 

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6 hours ago, Gerald_db said:

Rust because we just hardly use them.

In my experience there is just a massive difference between drivers when it comes to brakes, and I would expect that difference to be much more visible with an electric vehicle.

For example... I bought my present vehicle with just 42 000km on the odo (that's practically new as far as I am concerned). By the time it had 60 000km on the pads and disks were finished. I had no idea if it was the previous owner, myself, or the car. The car was still in service plan, so it took a bit of effort to find the right parts outside the dealer network (because the dealer wants 4 times more), but that is another story. That was 7 years ago. I'm now at 153 000km with plenty of use left on the current set.

In other words, my driving style probably gets double the mileage out of the same set of brakes :-) That same driving style only gets 30 000km out of a set of tyres though... so it's not all good :-)

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In other words, my driving style probably gets double the mileage out of the same set of brakes :-) That same driving style only gets 30 000km out of a set of tyres though... so it's not all good :-)

Agreed. A friend and I bought the same model Prado. He needed new tyres at 32k and I got 128k out of the exact same tyres. I kid you not.

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