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What's happening to my life!
'My fridge has gone hot, my oven won't turn on, I can't shut my front door, my lights fade up and down all the time, my alarm keeps going off and my car keeps trying to take me to Dusseldorf!'
There's nothing like a little bit of cyber-panic to start the day, but the scenario I just painted might not be total fantasy in just a few years. Everything will be linked to everything and the potential in terms of energy efficiency and ease of use is undeniable.
However so far, every connected electronic device we have ever experienced has, at some time, been wide open to criminal or state intervention.
Why would the internet of things be any different?
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+Richard Sewill Whatever you do don`t let Robert De Niro fix it or you might end up on a watch list.
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Tesla - 1st Acceleration Test | Fully Charged
A short episode where I encourage my lovely near neighbour Alexandra Tilly Loug (@MissDashboardUK on the Twitters) to floor it in a Tesla Model S P85. 
It's not fair to say Alex is a total novice when it comes to driving or testing cars, but the Tesla is clearly a bit different.
However she gives a very refreshing take on the emerging technology that is finally having a big impact around the world.
Over a quarter of a million pure electric vehicles were sold globally in 2014, all the predictions are that this will increase this year.
#justsaying  
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She sadly hadn't been told the trick to get the best acceleration; not to stomp on the pedal, but to kick it. :)
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Some of you may appreciate this
And of course some of you won't. I recorded this yesterday, phone in the cup holder, BMWi8 in sport mode, driving up a steep and winding road I know very well.
Sadly the recording doesn't do justice to what your ears pick up in the car, it's very much louder than this recording indicates.
And the sound is a mixture of the real engine noise and a 'smart MP3,' but it is very smart, incredibly well integrated and gives a very accurate rendition of that the engine is actually doing.
After driving through a couple of short tunnels with the windows open, the real engine sound is very similar, but of course the car can drive along very quietly.
A slightly more informative report coming on Fully Charged soon.
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+Benjamin Osaka I find that the lack of engine/motor sound has practically zero impact to my ability to tell how fast I'm going. The sound of wind and tires is a very audible indicator of speed and it is linear unlike an ICE with multiple gears. Of course, there's also the speedometer and cruise control to help you not go too fast, if not traffic as well.
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There can be no question. The BMW i8 is a Supercar
For someone who has made the jump from pure fossil to electron, this car poses a challenge.
It really is a fossil burner, but it represents such an enormous leap from tradition that you really can't judge it as such.
I'm now in Orkney with very little time, this is a very busy trip but the drive up here has been easy and enormus fun.
I've really enjoyed the drive.
The Fully Charged episode will go into detail but here's a snapshot.
1st 50 miles, A roads, hills, some highway driving.  72 mpg
50 miles in Comfort Mode, mostly highway driving. 58 mpg
50 miles in Sport Mode, mostly highway driving. 35 mpg
The last figure is the surprise because that 50 miles involved insane acceleration, hard breaking and no heed paid to fuel consumption.
I am leaving it in Sport Mode for the rest of the journey, the i8 is a sports car and it makes total sense.
What I want to know is, what's the average MPG for a Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin etc that can easily do 0-60 in 4.5 seconds?
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+Martyn Marty R Horton​ oh I see. I only asked how much it was which is why I got confused. Clearly it's been a love/hate relationship.

Again- interesting post. Thankyou.

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Fully Charged | Toyota Prius V
Simply due to the fact that Toyota have sold more than 7 million Prius, it's hardly a car review. But having owned 3 and driven 100's of thousands of trouble free, low fuel consuming miles in them, this is more an overview than a review.
Lots more Fully Charged episodes coming your way soon.
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+Christopher Harris Indeed. I've witnessed firsthand the damage using the head restraint as a headrest does in a crash. Two notches high should be fine for Robert Llewellyn.
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The DHL Blue Sky Transport Award
If I had a dime for every tweet I've received telling me why various alternatives to battery electric vehicles 'are the future' or 'are so much better' I'd be Richard Branson wealthy and I'd be grabbing NHS assets like they were going out of style.
So, here's a challenge to everyone. Come up with a brilliant, ground breaking electric transportation device and enter the competition. 

http://www.blueskyaward.com/ 
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Electric transportation device aye... How about a tazer? They get fuckers moving pretty sharpish!

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Sorry
I hope this goes all viral and ubiquitous.
I've never heard of this Prince Ea fellow but he strikes me as being refreshingly wise.
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+Mike Lane It is not that the government thinks nuclea is green as much as they know who gives the biggest donations and more importantly which industries would cost the most to shut down. Any government who tries to remove the nuclear industry has to plan for a very large clean up bill. 

I stated before that the price of electricity in Japan from nuclear includes an advanced payment for the de-commissioning. It was announced last week that Japan will plan for 22% of energy to be nuclear based in the future. Even though at present no reactors are working they are committed to re-starting many of them with a protest at each site and each local authority saying they would rather keep them stopped. The government continues on a path of least pressure for government funds. They can not afford to shut down all the reactors. 

This is the case with UK as well where not only reactors but bombs have a clean up cost which hurts the government and the people paying taxed. It is a debt left over since its inception and will not go away with the democratic process we have all considered progress.

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As far as I am aware Robert charges a large proportion of his journeys through solar. For him it is a much greener process. An we can assume this would be the case for many others but obviously not all people. I do not drive a car very often. I walk, ride a bike, take a train for most of my journeys. For me that is the best option but once again people have to assess there own needs to pick the more appropriate lifestyle for themselves. It can not and should not be a universal rule for everyone.
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Bosch eBike | Fully Charged
A very short term experience with a car or bike is not able to give you anything more than a hint of what the machine would be like to live with.
I rode this bike for about 20 minutes (I was booked in for a 5 minute ride) and I'm fairly confident it's the best pedal assist bike I've ridden.
And I've ridden quite a few.
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+Robert Llewellyn perhaps Fully Charged should look at bike conversion kits in a future episode...
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Quick update
Have now driven over 700 miles in the BMWi8
Contrary to some of the comments in my last post, the BMWi8 is not an electric car.
It is a plug-in hybrid supercar, it uses petrol, but much less than comparable supercars.
It can't be compared to other petrol or diesel saloons hatchbacks in terms of mpg because this really is a supercar.
You surely have to compare
it with something like a Ferrari or Lamborghini in which case the MPG is astounding.
I got 77.6 mpg on my first 55 miles in the car. Switched it from Comfort to Sport which was terrifying and got 38.2 mpg.
A comparable old school sports car would get 10-15 mpg at best, many much less.
The fake engine sound is better than the real thing. It's very compelling when your driving the car hard.
Fully Charged BMWi8 episode coming soon
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It's really cool man!
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Driving a BMW i8 plug in hybrid supercar to Orkney
The title says it all really. Only an idiot would do it.
It's taken 2 years to organise but I'm really looking forward to it. 
I am visiting Orkney to give a talk about electric cars and have a look at their renewable energy systems, how they've organised and funded the projects and to find out how it all works.
I'll post updates on G+ while shooting the journey and our Orkney visit for an episode or 2 of Fully Charged
So far I've driven the BMWi8 50 miles and achieved 77.6mpg.
It's important to remember that this car has the potential to be pant splittingly rapid, only once have I floored it and it was terrifying.
However it's also very easy to drive sensibly, which, because I'm like an old vicar, I will be doing most of the time.
More to come.
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Just heard about this today. Smaller battery, greater range. 
In keeping with its tradition of updating its lineup when it has something new to share rather than waiting for arbitrary model year changeovers, Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] has just unveiled the all-new Tesla Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive version of its popular Model S luxury sedan which will offer an EPA-approved range of 240 …
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That'll make used S60 even cheaper when there start showing up for sale second hand :-)
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Just used Periscope for the 1st time
After a couple of trail sessions with Meerkat I knew they were onto something but it simply didn't work very well.
I've just done a Periscope session and it worked amazingly well. Had a great time answering questions, they came thick and fast.
And check my stats! 100% retention. That's good isn't it?
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Well +Birkett Ackuaku I'll see if I can summarise, +Robert Llewellyn has been using something called Periscope which may or may not have caused +Simon Stuart to begin ranting about Clarkson and spelling word like antagonised with a z rather than an s. +Robert Llewellyn then pointed out that rump thumping because you haven't had your dinner, was rather stupid for any grown man. +Simon Stuart then said that the BBC's replacement show 'Save Face' in which people who have been punched, don't talk about how sore their noses are, won't make millions of pounds. +Charlie Gould then forgot about Clarkson wit's, which had a very long day down a coal shaft or in an A&E department, in the build up to the cold meat action.
I think that's what happened, but I may not have had 100% retention of the all the details.
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