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The Fiesta: Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs for the Fiesta Electric Car
How many miles does the vehicle do before it needs recharging?
This varies according to the way in which it is driven, but on average the range is about 50 miles, which is considered sufficient for most people's needs in an urban environment.
How fast does it go?
Using practical experience gained over the last 4 years driving in and around London, Oxford and Leicester, we have geared the Fiesta to have a maximum speed of 45 - 50 mph. This was found to be adequate for nearly all driving conditions and gives excellent mileage. Cars or vans can be geared for higher or lower top speeds if required. Fleet managers appreciate the opportunity to govern the speed so that the vehicles cannot be driven faster than their pre-set maximum eg. to keep within urban speed limits.
How much does it cost?
We offer a renovated Mk3 Ford Fiesta saloon or van for £9950. VAT is included on cars and extra on vans. New donor vehicles when available cost about £2000 more.
How many batteries are there?
We use five 12 Volt lead-acid batteries. Due to the high efficiency of the Lynch motor, we are able to get good performance figures from the Fiesta without having to resort to extremely expensive high-tec battery packs. As and when more efficient batteries become available at a reasonable cost, it will be possible to replace existing battery packs with the new type for an immediate gain in performance.
Are the batteries expensive and how long do they last?
The batteries we use cost £100 each, so five for the Fiesta will be £500. We estimate that, providing they are used and maintained correctly, they will last for 2 - 3 years before needing to be replaced. However the cost of replacement is more than offset by the savings made in lower road tax, fuel and maintenance charges (See paragraph 16).
Do the batteries make the car heavier than before?
The weight of the new parts put in, including the batteries, is not much more than the weight we have taken out - that is - the petrol engine and its ancillaries. The handling, balance and road holding of the car are therefore not affected.
How do you know when the batteries are getting low?
The car's instruments show the condition of the batteries and also how much power you are taking whilst driving.
What is the cost of recharging the batteries?
The vehicle uses about 6.4 units of electricity from the mains for a full charge after 50 miles running. At a night rate of 2.7p/unit the cost is 18p. On a day rate of 7.7p/unit the cost is 50p. The electric fuel efficiency is 0.128 KwHrs/mile (0.08 wHrs/km). Note: 1 KwHr = 1 unit of electricity.
How does this relate to petrol/gasoline costs?
A small petrol engine car in good condition will return about 30 mpg driven in London. The fuel cost for 50 miles motoring will be about £5. The equivalent is cost for electricity in the electric Fiesta is 20p - 50p. So, if you spend £20 a week on petrol, you will only be spending appx. £2.00 on electricity.
How are the batteries charged?
The car has an on-board charger which has a lead with an ordinary 13amp plug on the end. Simply plug into any handy 13amp socket, either on demand or overnight.
How is the car heated?
An efficient Diesel fuel water heater is fitted as an optional extra. This provides hot air through the standard Fiesta heating system. Combustion is highly efficient, avoiding undesirable fumes, and fuel consumption is less than .5 litre per hour. The heater can be pre-programmed to warm and demist or de-ice the car before it is used.
How do we get the car serviced?
The Ford mechanical parts can be serviced by any competent mechanic in the normal way. The electrical and mechanical parts relating to the drive system can be serviced by us or by an auto-electrician appointed by us.
Is there a warranty?
We give a one year parts and labour warranty on the complete car.
What does the renovation process mainly
consist of?
The basic vehicle is a good quality used car or van which is recycled as follows:

a) The bodyshell and panels are restored and metal replaced if required. The shell is Waxoyled for added protection - inside the sills, door pillars etc.
b) The car interior is cleaned and trim and other parts replaced where necessary.
c) All mechanical parts are inspected and worn parts replaced. New front brake pads are fitted and if necessary, rear brake linings.
The final result is a car or van which should last at least another 7 - 8 years. When the bodyshell finally needs replacing, it may be feasible to put the electric drive parts in another vehicle.
Finally, how much could I save each year?
The following comparisons are based on figures provided by fleet managers, and exclude costs which are common to petrol/diesel/electric vehicles - ie. brakes, steering etc.
  Electric Petrol/diesel
Road tax £45.00 £145.00
MOT £0.00 £100.00 (incl. incidental repairs)
Annual servicing £50.00 £250.00
Batteries £200.00 £0.00
Fuel (night rate) £29.00  
(day rate) £80.00 £640.00 (8,000 miles p.a.)
Total costs: night £324.00 £1135.00
Day £375.00  
Annual Saving: £760.00 - £811.00  
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