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by pbui19
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 189
Views: 20348

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

I've contacted Solaredge and the word is that the integrated inverter is essentially a grid-tie inverter with a built-in EVSE. So it will shut down without grid power, at least with the current release anyway later this year. It doesn't have a preference setting to use more solar power over grid. If...
by pbui19
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 189
Views: 20348

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

very nice looking installation and panels. They look like Astronergy panels I have on my roof. I am wondering if you have a plan to keep the micro-inverter on during power outage, in order to continue charging your iMiev ? eventually, you can pick up an "inexpensive" used iMiev/Leaf and ke...
by pbui19
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Best charging practices for battery longevity
Replies: 55
Views: 7255

Re: Best charging practices for battery longevity

thanks for all replies. I did find this yesterday "..• 75–65% SoC offers longest cycle life • EVs use 85–25% SoC to prolong battery life • 100–25% SoC gives long runtime, makes best use of battery, but reduces battery life." at this web site: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_...
by pbui19
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Best charging practices for battery longevity
Replies: 55
Views: 7255

Re: Best charging practices for battery longevity

I just re-read this thread for the same reason as the title, but for a BoltEV application. Let's say if the iMiev has a 60kwh pack and your typical daily usage only needs 16kwh, about 60-miles, or about 25% of the pack capacity. What is the recommended SOC % to hover around for daily charging ? some...
by pbui19
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Solar panel charging
Replies: 24
Views: 2977

Re: Solar panel charging

We have already have a 5kw grid-tie system and am just toying with the idea of adding more panels. The easier and most cost effective way would be to slap on additional panels with micro-inverter grid-tied. Since our address is already permitted for solar production, it ought to work just fine; thou...
by pbui19
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Solar panel charging
Replies: 24
Views: 2977

Re: Solar panel charging

Given that PV panels and inverters prices are definitely getting better and better; I am thinking of adding some panels diy but don't want to hassle with permit and inspection etc... I recently found a local distributor so I wouldn't have to pay shipping. One option is to do an "off-grid/standa...
by pbui19
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Instruments - Radio/USB/Nav - CAN - Climate Controls - Remote
Topic: A/C Issue.
Replies: 61
Views: 7325

Re: A/C Issue.

you guys rock ! to document this problem. Am making a mental note to check these mounts next chance, especially now that the i is a classic
by pbui19
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: 12 Volt battery is failing, I'm looking for replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 6662

Re: 12 Volt battery is failing, I'm looking for replacement

my plan is to go cheap, since i don't think there is very much demand on the 12v battery. https://www.harborfreight.com/12-volt-35-amp-hour-universal-battery-68680.html $70 at HFreight (less the usual 20% coupon). I've used these on numerous Prius. Is there any reason this 35Ah 12v wouldn't work in ...
by pbui19
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Life with Chevy Bolt EV
Replies: 26
Views: 1341

Re: Life with Chevy Bolt EV

I mis-quoted yesterday, my final cost was $32K for the LT after the $7500 fed, $2500 CA, PGE (electric util) $500. I've heard that the leather seat is not as comfortable due to the stiffer feel of the seat edges, digging into your legs. PV1 - my daughter never really pays attention to her range, she...
by pbui19
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Life with Chevy Bolt EV
Replies: 26
Views: 1341

Re: Life with Chevy Bolt EV

Don - if you lease, you sort of indirectly get the fed tax credit, as the dealer includes the credit in the lease calculation

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