It is worth looking up the story of the man who designed the Turbine from technical drawings he made in prison. He got thrown in prison for making an ultra fast catamaran for clients in Columbia!
He said he was only interested in the boat, after all Chevrolet don't ask what their customers are going to do with their cars. Wonderful story of life. The man is a genius inventor and deserves a great life doing all the tinkering with renewables he wants.
So the French own the Turbine now. Good for the French, much as this is a subsidiary to their defence programme.
So my previous comments about where the power cables go to are rather unjust, as again the power network will be French.
However they do have to pay leasing rights to put the turbines in, so Alderney will benefit hugely, and be able to afford a new runway after all!
We have run the new Mitsubishi PHEV in petrol only mode for two days to find out how it uses petrol.
So far it is doing 39.9 miles per gallon on short trips. The Chevrolet only did 28 miles to the gallon on long runs and 23 miles to the gallon on short trips around town.
In EV mode with no emissions it does 3.9 miles per KW. Which works out to about 3.21pence per mile in France.
For 39.9 miles X 3.21 = £1.28p call it £1.30 hope my maths is OK as this seems ridiculously cheap.
Petrol in Jersey is 92p per litre. X 4 .4 = £4.04 per gallon or thereabouts.
Its cheaper to run the car fully charged obviously, especially on the short journeys.
What is very interesting is how quickly my driving style has modified to keep energy consumption low.
There is no vroom-vroom element to the car as it is so quiet. There is no sense of the engine revving up, so it changes your perspective on how the car performs.
For a ten mile journey to a nice market and a bit of supermarket shopping, I find myself happy to use all the slopes and hills for regenerative breaking, so long as I don't have an impatient French driver on my tail! I also find I am quite happy to bumble along at 40-45 mph as this uses half the energy of 50+mph! Driving along with the ECO button in reduces the energy output by about 20% as well.
This is pretty much the speeds we would be doing in Jersey.
I have to say we did a short motorway stretch the other day still with the Eco button depressed and no battery left and the car had no problem accelerating to overtake.
There is a definite zip to the car when not in ECO mode, however I am a skinflint. I want the car to be clever and use its battery brains to go farther an cheaper on my electricity bill.
Speaking of which there is a range of data available in the car. Useful to know is how much each charge has cost, just enter your cost per unit and it calculates it for you. Our unit cost is higher in France, I am sure there is the equivalent economy seven tariff, so we may look into this later.
We have bought into this car and driving on electricity, so part of what I see as the purchase price is to get the charging ports installed. I even think to save hassle I would rather have an outside port here in France. It's pretty tight to get the car to the back of the house where we can plug it in. It will cost more to get paintwork done with a nasty scratch, than put in an extra port.
I can understand Mitsubishi can't give definitive energy and miles per gallon stats. It really depends on who is driving the car, and what their driving style and speed restrictions are. The type of journeys the car will make, and how impatient a driver you are. It only took a couple of minutes longer to do the drive we took today, but on petrol alone we got about a third extra mileage with minimum petrol emissions compared to the Chevrolet Captiva.
I prefer driving this car too!