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Posted by Noddy on August 19, 2009, 11:02 pm

How about "extremely unlikely"?


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on August 20, 2009, 9:53 am

nothing but a crowbar upside the head could shut him up for life

Posted by Noddy on August 20, 2009, 10:07 am

Not that you'd ever know anything about that, right dickhead? :)


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on August 20, 2009, 9:55 pm

WTF are you talking about?  I know the words were English, but you
managed--again--to utter complete nonsense.

Posted by Doug Jewell on August 20, 2009, 11:14 am

Lu R wrote:

Pretty sure you'll find that its 341,000km not miles. That's
a big difference.

Furthermore, battery life doesn't scale linearly as you
describe. An NiMH battery that is getting continuous use (as
it would in a taxi) will last for more charge cycles than
one that is used intermittently. Regardless of usage
patterns it is rare for a rechargeable battery to last
significantly beyond 5 years. You may get 10 years, and
while 20 wouldn't be impossible, it would be very improbable.

Finally, one aspect of the running costs taken alone is
completely irrelevant. What is important is the total cost
of ownership over it's service life. Considering most taxis
are the larger, heavier (and considerably more comfortable)
Falcon's, it's not really a fair comparison. I'd hazard a
guess that a gas-converted Falcon would have a longer
service life, lower initial cost, lower maintenance costs,
lower insurance costs, and only marginally higher fuel cost.
  Considering I once checked over an ex-taxi EF with just
shy of 1,000,000km on the clock, that was mechanically
almost perfect, I'd put my money on the Falcon rather than a
Prius (and that's coming from a devout Holden man).

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