Partly due to fuel efficiency, but mainly because they are exempted from the "congestion charge" that most vehicles have to pay to enter central London during Monday-Friday daytimes.
Other electric cars are also exempted but I think Prius is a cheaper vehicle for taxi compare to Audi A3 or BMW i3..
The hybrid car battery pack is made up of many size 18650 cells. Some cars use nickel metal hydride while others use lithium ion.
Lithium ion ones are smaller, lighter and pack more power than metal hydride ones.
" In the land of the blind the one-eyed-jack is king."
Of course one cannot just pick up on certain points to compare the Ioniq with the i8. BMWs have a different target customers with specific demands from the car they have chosen.
If a hybrid/electrical car can deliver about the same in terms of power output, safety and comfort features with a petrol/diesel car AND there is substantial price incentive like tax reduction, etc, then I would say hybrid or EV is a good consideration.
I noticed regardless of Japanese or European make, the percentage of depreciation is close after 10 years and above. Japanese cars have much better resale value in the 1st 5 years and can be still good around 8 years. After 10 years, most cars would reach the salvage value. The quantum in depreciation loss is definitely higher for continental car as they carry a higher price tag initially.
About fuel cost, if your monthly bill is around RM500 which is about RM6000 per year. After 8 years, the savings in fuel cost is RM48K. If you have to dump the car at very low resale value after 8 years, look at how much tax reduction (price discount) you enjoyed when you bought this hybrid car.
The savings in fuel cost and the price discount maybe is enough to compensate the losses in resale value once the warranty of the car buttery expires after 8 years..
Going to do some light driving around the taman to reach zero. I will refuel at 0km. With the EV mode at low speeds, I may need to drive slightly further. The tank capacity is 45L, we'll see how much fuel is left in the tank when I refuel.
A guy did an experiment with his Ford Fusion on his YouTube vlog about distance to empty. He got 21.6 miles (34.7km) from zero.
Another guy from ioniqforum.com topped up 39.5L in his tank with 2 miles to zero.
So I'll say I am pretty safe to top up my tank at 0km.
Also, some observations about fuel consumption about highway driving, KLIA to USJ.
Started from KLIA with 44km of fuel left on the meter.
Arrived USJ with 16km balance.
Journey from KLIA to USJ about 45km, only used 28km of fuel.
At RM0.09/km for the Ioniq, only RM2.52 worth of petrol.
Price at the time of top up was RM2.26/L
Please correct me if my calculations are wrong thank you.
As a person who has a habit to stretch the ringgit, I am a stickler to monitor my expenses. And also looking for ways to squeeze the last ounce of benefit from what I have.
And since we have this thread, I just thought that our members will be interested.
In your fuel tank, there is an important device called fuel pump, which sends the fuel from the tank to the engine. The fuel pump relies on the petrol in the tank to keep it cool and lubricated. Running the car with a low tank means that the pump isn’t staying as lubricated as it should and is at risk of overheating. The obvious downside is premature failure of the pump.
Fuel pump is pretty expensive to repair, let alone replace.