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by jray3
Thu May 25, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (PHEV) thread
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (PHEV) thread

Calling out RobbW, now that I see a Pacifica PHEV in his signature line. How's your bigger jellybean doing? I've been watching this van's progress closely since giving up on the Outhlander PHEV, and finally test-drove one last week. Of course, it had never been plugged in with 94 miles on the odomet...
by jray3
Tue May 16, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Hatched a Tesla
Replies: 54
Views: 5459

Re: Hatched a Tesla

Now to find an ultra-light jack... I thought of an air bladder jack, but they're expensive. :cry: You might find one cheap on a 4x4 forum. A recent review of a spendy exhaust airbag jack (Car and Driver IIRC) found the wait exhausting and resorted to a traditional mechanical jack. With low clearanc...
by jray3
Tue May 16, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Wheels - Tires
Topic: TPMS on i-MiEVs
Replies: 16
Views: 2470

Re: TPMS on i-MiEVs

A downside to our TPMS is that they have to be individually linked to the car, and my local tire shop couldn't do it, though they thought they had all the latest tools and software updates... The dealer of course wants a pound of flesh every time, so TPMS is only active on my winter wheels, and not ...
by jray3
Tue May 16, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: GENTLEMEN. I need help.
Replies: 29
Views: 725

Re: GENTLEMEN. I need help.

Your first trip reminds me of a friends' wife who didn't make it home from the dealership with their new iMiEV and complained of low range for weeks, despite several coaching sessions by phone. Turns out she wasn't completely disengaging the parking brake... :oops: "I thought that BRAKE light w...
by jray3
Thu May 11, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lithium Fire at EVTV and Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Replies: 35
Views: 3222

Re: Lithium Fire at EVTV and Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Interesting about the issue of dousing water onto a lithium battery fire. I knew about water and Sodium but not Lithium. I think it's either a misquote or a misunderstanding on the fireman's part. IIRC, lithium battery fires with the cobalt (and possibly magnesium) chemistries may not be put out by...
by jray3
Wed May 10, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 17
Views: 487

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

Sorry to see this, My1stEV! Would you mind elaborating on the accident? I've worried about getting rear-ended while regenning, as there's no brake lights during that significant deceleration. If insurance does decide to total it out, I hope you'll consider a negotiated buyback. (Yes, you can negotia...
by jray3
Wed May 10, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Down Route 66
Replies: 218
Views: 7984

Re: Charging Down Route 66

Did you get from Moriarty to the RV park in Santa Rosa on a single charge, especially in such weather? :shock: That looks like a 79+ mile leg with nothing in the middle. After a feat like that, the 59 miles to Tucumcari must've been no sweat! :mrgreen:
by jray3
Tue May 09, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: Japanese range extender--to the rescue
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Japanese range extender--to the rescue

misterbleepy wrote:you could go even smaller - Minilite still make 10" wheels in Aluminium and also lightweight Magnesium
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Thx- didn't know that. They're pretty private about pricing, but I found a vendor at around $140/wheel.
by jray3
Tue May 09, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Spent the day driving a monster SUV
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Spent the day driving a monster SUV

So it's been a long time since I owned an SUV; my very first daily driver was an '84 Dodge Ramcharger- right at the beginning of the big box craze. Yesterday found me chauffeuring a gaggle of coworkers down the highway in an ice-white 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe. Great; an opportunity for insight into why ...
by jray3
Mon May 08, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: Japanese range extender--to the rescue
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Japanese range extender--to the rescue

So tiny, the wheels... Been thinkin' 'bout that, as I have a set of 12" aluminum wheels that have been proven to take the weight, as they were on a lead sled conversion for a decade. Small diameter wheel/tire combinations not only drop the gear ratio, but have less rotational inertia to resist...

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