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by Aerowhatt
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Driving in Snow
Replies: 34
Views: 4212

Re: Driving in Snow

Sorta back on topic, can anyone contrast the range hit due to driving on snow vs. driving in the rain? That would be a hard one to quantify! I think that if you are driving correctly for snow and ice conditions (really, really slowly). Then definitely driving in rain would yield less range. One exc...
by Aerowhatt
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Driving in Snow
Replies: 34
Views: 4212

Re: Driving in Snow

I drove an old VW on snow quite a bit too. The iMiev is even better on snow and ice IMO. The traction control give you a quasi positraction for the drive wheels. So no more spinning one rear wheel while the other has a better grip. My wife complained about the system when she drove to work on glair ...
by Aerowhatt
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Why not a RoadPro heater?
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: Why not a RoadPro heater?

My comment was based on the fact that the Coast Guard forbids mounting flooded batteries of any type in any passenger space on a boat - They usually don't make such rules without good reason The same rules apply to RV's. It is a hazard for those who know not what they are dealing with. For those wh...
by Aerowhatt
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Future battery replacement
Replies: 74
Views: 12850

Re: Future battery replacement

I wonder what the weight difference is compared to lithium ion. While energy density increases are always helpful, does anyone else find the charge time claims almost pointless? With Gen2 EV battery packs in the 50-60 kWh range, <1 hour recharge time isn't going to make much difference when the cha...
by Aerowhatt
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: Motor Warning Light Comes On Shortly After Restart With Nearly Full Charge
Replies: 9
Views: 261

Re: Motor Warning Light Comes On Shortly After Restart With Nearly Full Charge

I normally take a pic on my smartphone now before I take a car in for service. Proof that all the lights are off! That's an excellent practice. I also put small chalk marks on the sides of the tires when getting wheels balanced, aligned etc. This way one can tell whether tires were moved around the...
by Aerowhatt
Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Future battery replacement
Replies: 74
Views: 12850

Re: Future battery replacement

I would think that perhaps the best place to look for replacement battery would be to Tesla's Powerwall2. They are using the new 2170 cells that they are making in Nevada. At $5,500.00 for 14 kWh, I haven't found anything less expensive by far. I have not been able to find out how they are configure...
by Aerowhatt
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Using the battery as an emergency supply
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Using the battery as an emergency supply

You are in luck though because during charging L1 or L2 the dc to dc converter is powered and charging the 12 volt battery under the hood. So you can pull 12 volt power off the system while it is charging too. Aerowhatt would the i have to be in non-ready mode ? i believe L1/L2 charging only occurs...
by Aerowhatt
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Using the battery as an emergency supply
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Using the battery as an emergency supply

Since we live in the hills and sometimes the roads get closed; I am also planning to charge the i from the roof top solar panels when it's sunny out. Unfortunately I don't think it's possible to charge the i while in ready mode; but not a problem since it'll be day time and sunny. You are in luck t...
by Aerowhatt
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Down Route 66
Replies: 144
Views: 4366

Re: Charging Down Route 66

After breakfast decided to top up our charge at the nearby Grants KOA RV park. The park was nearly empty so we figured it would be easy. Asked the rather gruff attendant if we could charge. He took my card and ran it for $34.50, saying it was 11.50 an hour. Incredulous, i asked him why he was charg...
by Aerowhatt
Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Down Route 66
Replies: 144
Views: 4366

Re: Charging Down Route 66

This is about the best wind forecast I have been able to find for winds at least 48 hours into the future. Plus you can simply use the "change station option" on the page to move along to other reporting points along your route. We can't change the winds but it is nice to know what to expe...

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