Hot and Sandy

Travel writing, pictures and stuff for people I know. Quite a lot of cycling talk, and some semi-controlled ranting. Hiking, outdoor and two-wheeled stuff, perhaps a little computing when it's worth talking about. Meandering thoughts.

Friday, October 13

i3 REX at 33k Miles

More adventures in energy-saving. The car had a first service and a safety recall for a fuel tank vent issue, which went without a hitch.

The rear tyres are looking a little low (3mm) - legal but I think I can already feel an effect on handling, especially now that the weather is heading towards single digits. I will probably buy some Nokian winter tyres (all 155 section) and fit to stock REX wheels. Then I can keep the pair of good summer Bridgestones for next spring.

As before, the total driving distance has been lower because of working from home and a summer of using my GS when it was convenient and appealing. Some other changes to take into account also affected cost - we moved to a Tonik Energy 100% renewable electricity tariff, which is slightly more expensive (TCR of 13.6p, compared to 11.something before). And due to my works' chargers, the rate of dinosaur juice consumption has gone down and total % electric has risen (although slightly oddly the petrol MPG has actually gone up).

One final point to make about the average mi/kWh - mine is severely limited by my journey type. There is no way for me to hypermile effectively when I have to travel at 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways - the aero drag alone at those speeds is huge. Bearing in mind the recuperation scores and total eco measures I get, I am confident that we could achieve way more than 3.7 if the journey was different.