Anyone got an electric car in France?

I was looking at electric cars and was surprised how many of them are RWD - or AWD for the models higher up the range.

Is there a reason for that? My experience of RWD is limited to a Volvo 340, so I’m no expert :wink:

I do all our long haul traveling at night as I cannot be bothered with the traffic around Rouen or the M20-25 during the day, I have always preferred night driving, bonus is the passengers and the dog are usually asleep as well :yum:

It’s great fun if you like drifting…

Most of the time you’d never notice the difference, and with traction control there probably isn’t much anyway.

My Westfield 11 is rear wheel drive and great fun. For a left bend, foot off accelerator, a touch of right on the steering wheel then apply accelerator and return steering wheel to straight ahead. To increase or decrease the steering, simply add or reduce throttle…

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I had a 2CV like that though it was more to increase or decrease wobble.

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Despite living and driving in France, I’ve always preferred duodecimal systems, but with distances in leagues rather than miles or kms. But that’s just me!

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Problem with leagues and lieues is they vary, the most common French lieue is about 4km which means your 7 league boots are pretty nippy :slightly_smiling_face:


Should have made it clear that I had in mind leagues used by sailors from the ports of the former East Riding of Yorkshire

I dimly recall that the ghastly neoclassical pastiche architect Quinlan Terry’s practice uses what in English is known as the Florentine foot, but which was known In Florence as the braccio fiorentino or Florentine arm (58.36 cm), so called because it measured like the arm of an adult person.

Traditional pre-decimal measurements of lengths’ relationship to the body are very appealin, albeit inevitably a tad variable…

And Leonardo fudged his Vitruvian man!

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In Dunkeld (Perthshire) there’s a fine ell on a wall in the market Square, for argument-free measuring of cloth.


Ells, eh? We’re now a long way from electric cars - has anyone still got an ox cart?

No no no, it has to be 113, or 87 surely.

The Ell house :sunglasses:

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I’ve no range anxiety, I’ve worked out how to play the game :slightly_smiling_face:. I’ve spent most of my many, many long distance drives à fond les manettes no matter where because I like to get where I’m going quickly. But with the bloody speed limits zones, even on autoroutes, autostrada, autobahnen, etc., going up and down like the proverbial professional’s underwear, it’s all a pain in the backside to reset the, albeit adaptive, cruise control. Now I can dial in 110 and let the software take the strain. As it can read the speed limit signs too and use the Satnav for speed zones I might dial in 130 and let it decide what speed we travel at, but I’m still a bit wary of its accuracy and I don’t want loose points just because it gets it wrong :slightly_smiling_face:

Do you have all the hanger hooks in you wardrobe pointing the same way. I do :joy: Maybe it’s an age thing. As I’ve got older I do like things “just so”.

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You do know Tory that all speedometers under-read, by law? When you think you are doing 110, for example, you are really only doing 107 or 108. You can verify that with a stand alone Garmin or Tomtom. I must say that annoys me so I always set the cruise control for 5% higher than the speed limit. 3% for speedo error and 2% for radar tolerance. So running at an indicated 135 and using the shortest lane on curves (fast lane on left bends, slow lane on right bends) you can whizz along. It alleviated the boredom :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

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In that case you should know that there is no slow or fast lane - they should be referred to as lane 1 or 2 (etc). :wink:

The accuracy varies with tyre wear as well by a couple of % between unworn and fully worn tyres (your actual road speed will be lower on fully worn tyres).

Like you I tend to set the cruise a bit higher than the posted limit because of this.

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When I worked in Bradford, in the early 1990s there was an accurate measured half mile on a straight piece of road that you could use to check your speedo. There was also one later on the road between Keithley and Skipton I think. I did use the one in Bradford a few times and the speedo was surprisingly accurate on my old battered Renault 5.

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Indeed, I should have written the lane with the shortest radius :face_with_hand_over_mouth:


That’s the technique a lot of French drivers use on roundabouts :wink::roll_eyes: