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by jray3
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Barriers to EV Adoption are falling rapidly
Replies: 0
Views: 45

Barriers to EV Adoption are falling rapidly

This video is a month old now, but wonderful insights into EV market fundamentals by Pod Point CEO Erik Fairbairn, an EVSE vendor in the UK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k7k3Mzknm8&feature=youtu.be Given the battery capacity and cost curve, it seems quite possible to repack an i-MiEV battery...
by jray3
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: 12 kW chademo charging
Replies: 20
Views: 5345

Re: 12 kW chademo charging

Yes Joe, the Sunny Island was based on 48V, but the new model will support packs anywhere between actual voltages of 100 and 600 VDC. Our 360V pack is right in the middle.
Here's the spec sheet.
http://files.sma.de/dl/30859/SBS3.8-5.0-6.0-US-DUS173415W.pdf
by jray3
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: I have a secret
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: I have a secret

Oh great... Next thing you'll let out the secret that Sandange didn't actually drive 92,000 miles in under four years and just rolled his odometer forward for bragging rights! :roll: Curious to hear if an answer ever emerges, such as a replaced computer module, misplaced magnet, solar flare activity...
by jray3
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: 12 kW chademo charging
Replies: 20
Views: 5345

Re: 12 kW chademo charging

360 VDC input is pretty common in the solar inverter world, with maximum ratings of 420 VDC on both of my string inverters. A regular string inverter may be able to be tricked into starting up via a small pure sine wave inverter such as a UPS, which would have to continue running as a reference sign...
by jray3
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Trailer Hitch Installation
Replies: 57
Views: 15588

Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

I must relay an amazing customer service experience this week. Though Torklift has many long-term employees, they lost the two young ones that I began this odyssey with, so when I showed up to buy a truck part- a staffer that I didn't know gleefully exclaimed "You're driving an i-MiEV; our engi...
by jray3
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: Future of Public EV Charging
Replies: 23
Views: 678

Re: Future of Public EV Charging

![/quote]Isn't that because once a demand meter is bumped up to a certain peak demand, all future electricity is priced at that demand level until the end of that billing cycle? Don[/quote] Practices vary a lot between utilities and different states. I don't know a term for what Don described, but a...
by jray3
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: Future of Public EV Charging
Replies: 23
Views: 678

Re: Future of Public EV Charging

Back to the main topic, I think that a lot of the new VW and State public charging infrastructure will be underutilized and thought it was because the new stations would mainly serve as insurance and soothe the range anxiety of potential buyers, but according to Joe's experience, I should go back in...
by jray3
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: Future of Public EV Charging
Replies: 23
Views: 678

Re: Future of Public EV Charging

Demand charges are hideous - for example, PG&E's demand rate is $18.64 per kWh (that's right, NOT 18¢/kWh!), and as I understand it this then lasts through the entire billing cycle. tsk, tsk, Joe- probly a typo, but I'll take you to task for perpetuating some of the misunderstandings around dem...
by jray3
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: 5 Year Ownership Review
Replies: 12
Views: 444

Re: 5 Year Ownership Review

"Humbling" and "unpretentious" yet "smugly satisfying"! You're all correct! We're blessed by another grandparental visit currently, so the minivan is getting more miles, but they all serve to drive home how much more we love the MiEV! If the Outlander PHEV had preserved...
by jray3
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Used 12 SE Premium or Used 14?
Replies: 8
Views: 1211

Re: Used 12 SE Premium or Used 14?

If anyone's looking to buy, there's a nice looking 2012 black SE (perhaps a premium) FSBO near Seattle right now with only 13k miles, asking $7k. PM me and I'll forward the link.

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