Wednesday, January 19

Broom year 2021: We Norwegians should have been well paid to test this

2020 is coming to an end – and we at Broom, as usual, use the opportunity to summarize and reminisce a bit.

Now you will get to read what the various members of the Broom editorial staff remember best from the past year.

Today it is editor Knut Skogstad’s turn. Here is his story:

– Yes, hello. I’m standing here at their charging station in Fåvang. Everything looks right, but the car does not get in touch with the charger … Can you helplpe?

– Just a moment …

(Which turns into two, then three moments. Then the person at the other end comes back)

– Everything looks right here. I can restart the charger, then try again in a few minutes.

As said so done, We wait a few minutes, reconnect. But no: Still no contact with the charger.

There are certainly nice things to say about the small town Fåvang in Gudbrandsdalen. But on an icy Friday afternoon in November, they are not particularly prominent. At least not when you are standing in a rather godforsaken charging station, with a car that needs power and a charger that does not want to talk to the car.

Electric car charging at Fåvang, this is from a previous stop here, when everything actually worked!

We are guinea pigs

We are four guys on our way to a boys’ trip (or maybe it’s called men’s trip at our age?) And we really should have been at the cabin now. Yes, maybe even sitting with something good in front of the fireplace. But then we drive an electric car and it has used more electricity than I had expected, and thus we MUST charge to be sure to get all the way up to the cabin.

It finally settles, on another charger, from another operator. But this is exactly the problem I have had several times this year. And it really emphasizes that we Norwegians are in many ways guinea pigs in the big shift to electric cars. There is far too much that does not work, that is not user-friendly and that creates frustration and problems.

200 new electric cars on Norwegian roads – every day

But Tesla can do it …

I have a flair for lists. Here’s a little of what annoys me about charging an electric car:

Queues and waiting time on departure days. To sit in line and wait for someone to squeeze in the very last kilowatts before they FINALLY disconnect and drive on. It’s pointless waste of time, that!

2. The jungle of apps and pieces. Why on a daily basis should it not be possible to pay by card when charging an electric car? After all, it is possible for most things in this world.

3. Technical problems. Chargers that do not work or that do not come into contact with the car. When was the last time you experienced that a petrol or diesel pump did not work? No, me neither…

In sum, these are things that make it completely unnecessarily cumbersome to have an electric car. It works great if you only charge at home (or in many cases: Have Tesla. For some suspicious reason, it seems like their charging stations just work. And there are many of them).

Believes Tesla succeeds much better than the Norwegian state

Car under the rug: Here it is just before Toyota's new electric car bZ4X (FOR a name!) Will debut in Belgium.

Car under the rug: Here it is just before Toyota’s new electric car bZ4X (FOR a name!) Will debut in Belgium.

Korona and home office

Why is it like that? Yes, because we are out so early with electric cars. Everything from cars to charging systems is simply not fully developed yet. But when Norwegian politicians have poured out money to make it so favorable to buy an electric car that many feel they have no choice: Then we jump in – and do the job of testing this for the rest of the world.

But just wait for big European markets like Germany, France and the UK to switch to electric cars. Then this must work in a completely different way. If not, it could be a joke for the whole transition from fossil to electric. In that case, it will be a real shot in the arm for both politicians and the car industry.

This year we have made a Podcast in Broom, just before Christmas we also had a visit from Broom-Larssen himself.

This year we have made a Podcast in Broom, just before Christmas we also had a visit from Broom-Larssen himself.

Enough complaining: Apart from a little electric car frustration, my 2021 has been a very good year! Yes, there has been corona and home office, little travel and no vacation with sun and beaches far south in Europe. But it was still nice. I’m one of those people who thrives in the home office.

Over 1,500 articles

Two days a week, the little gang in Broom has been gathered in our office. We have achieved a lot together. Worked hard, set traffic records on a trip together (All the way to Sweden and of course by car).

We have produced over 1,500 articles and videos. Mats, Vegard, Benny eternal freelancer Frank and I have been responsible for it. (By the way, Frank has published a book this year, it is recommended!)

But the most important person in Broom is not one of us. It is sales manager Øyvind who makes sure to get the money that allows you to read all the articles and watch all our videos – completely free. Think about it!

By the way, Øyvind bought a used car unseen from Poland – read more about it here

Mandatory with a bandage, it is something we have become well accustomed to in recent years.

Mandatory with a bandage, it is something we have become well accustomed to in recent years.

Two cars stood out this year

I have been so lucky to get to test lots of new cars this year. Yes, I also managed two business trips abroad this fall, before everything closed down again. Coincidentally to Belgium both times.

The first time was to drive a new Volvo C40 and visit Volvo’s factory in Belgium. The second time was a large information meeting with Toyota, where they talked about technology, car models and plans for the next few years. By the way, the flight home with SAS corona was canceled then, but it also worked out.

Of all the cars I have driven this year, two stand out. They are also about as different as cars can be.

Guess if it attracts attention, among both young and old!

Guess if it attracts attention, among both young and old!

Primitive and roughly built

The first is the Ford Mustang Mach-1. In a year where electric Mach-E has sold in the thousands here at home, this is something completely, completely different.

Shall we take some nice facts? Yes, here we find a 5-liter V8 engine under the hood. It provides 460 horsepower, the gearbox is a six-speed manual. 0-100 km / h goes away in 4.6 seconds. And the sound – it’s magical!

It is both more primitive and more rugged than the best competitors from Germany. But what the Mustang lacks here, it makes up for in soul and personality.

Click here to read more about Mustang Mach-1

VW has come up with a brand new Multivan, it is also a taste of something else and exciting.

VW has come up with a brand new Multivan, it is also a taste of something else and exciting.

The same interior

Then there was the other car. And here I have to explain a bit first: One of the cars I’m really looking forward to next year comes from Volkswagen and is called ID.Buzz. It is the hippie bus that will finally return, 20 years after VW showed the first concept version of it.

I cross my fingers that Volkswagen really makes it as cool and distinctive as such a model deserves to be, both on the outside and inside.

And speaking of inside: I got a solid taste of it now before Christmas, when I tested the new VW Multivan. “No comment”, is the answer when I ask the importer if the interior of these two cars is almost the same. But it will surprise me a lot if it is not.

– The coolest car we’ve ever had

And here things are in order. The seats slide on smart rails, they can be folded down, folded or completely removed. The smart table also runs on rails and can be adjusted in height.

The kids loved it:

– Dad this is the coolest car we’ve ever had. Can we not buy it, my 11-year-old asked after the first drive.

The Multivan made more of an impression than the Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover Sport and Mustang Mach-1. Yes, more than any other car my kids have been driving in recent years. Then I think VW has done something right.

Read the test: Family cars do not get much smarter

The Multivan has one of the smartest car interiors ever.  We will also get this in the upcoming ID.BUZZ.

The Multivan has one of the smartest car interiors ever. We will also get this in the upcoming ID.BUZZ.

Sold father-in-law Mercedes

In 2021, we will set a record for new car sales in Norway. I have not contributed to it. Privately, I still drive a Ford S-Max with a diesel engine. The plan is to switch to an electric “main car” soon, but it must meet an absolute requirement: Get us all the way up to the cabin on Venabygdsfjellet, without charging. Also when it is 20 minus. And there are certainly not many electric cars that can do that yet. So there are probably quite good chances that there will be an S-Max out in the cabin yard next Christmas as well.

Father-in-law's old Mercedes got a new home this year.

Father-in-law’s old Mercedes got a new home this year.

But if I have not bought a car, I have at least been heavily involved in selling. I helped my father-in-law sell his 1995 model Mercedes E-Class this year. A real good car that had been car number two for the last 15 years.

It did not take very long before this question appeared via Finn: “Can you guarantee that there is no rust on it?”.

That’s when it’s tempting to say, ‘Yes, of course I can. You do not think there can be any rust on a 25-year-old car, do you? ».

We did not sell to that guy. On the other hand, another appeared who had an older E-Class from before, who obviously knew the model inside and out and wanted to give it a safe and good life. That’s how it should be!

These are the cars our own Benny would not go on vacation with …

Starting your car holiday by ferry - it never goes wrong!

Starting your car holiday by ferry – it never goes wrong!

No range anxiety this year

Another good memory from the year that is soon over: Korona optimist Knut had bought flights to Portugal in July. We just had to cancel that trip. Then it was instead a car holiday, first to Denmark, then to Sweden. Packing the car for a holiday trip, getting up early, driving to the ferry berth and then rolling ashore in Denmark a few hours later. It’s a very special feeling, much more of a travel feeling than just boarding a plane and moving hundreds of miles at the same time.

Next summer I hope for Portugal again. But there will also be a car holiday in the coming years, something good has come out of the corona era!

On January 1, 2021, I started the day by skiing to Venabu Fjellhotell and picking up a Volvo XC40 that had been charging there (it did not quite find the tone with the mains at the cabin). There will be a ski trip this year as well, but not to pick up a car. It is ready with a range of almost 1,000 kilometers on diesel. It should hold up well into the new and exciting year ahead of us!

Colleague Vegard has also summed up his year: Here the ferry crew got a chin drop

One fairly frozen diesel car is soon ready for the trip home - and a new year!

One fairly frozen diesel car is soon ready for the trip home – and a new year!

Video: Here you can see a little more of the upcoming ID.BUZZ

Reference-www.tv2.no

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