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by siai47
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Annual Fees to Compensate for Gas Taxes in Some States
Replies: 9
Views: 3449

Re: Annual Fees to Compensate for Gas Taxes in Some States

Florida hasn't had a tax on electrics yet. However, they did have a sticker you had to buy for CNG powered vehicles. $150.00 per year per vehicle. Problem was (and this will impact electrics if enacted) it was necessary to use a "refueling station". At the time, there were only a couple of...
by siai47
Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Suspension - Handling
Topic: Who has felt a rumble in the rear?
Replies: 8
Views: 3305

Re: Who has felt a rumble in the rear?

A "rumble" sound seems more like it would be tire noise or a wheel bearing. However, application of power or regeneration might change it a little but even when coasting at the speed you hear it under load or acceleration it would still be there when coasting. If the CV joint boots look in...
by siai47
Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: IMIEV chassis pictures, with body removed?
Replies: 4
Views: 2151

Re: IMIEV chassis pictures, with body removed?

The I-MiEV is a uni-body car. The chassis is the body. If you wanted to make a dune buggy or something like that out of one, there are two partial subframes. One for the front suspension and one for the rear. You would have to build your tube chassis to attach to the mounting points on the existing ...
by siai47
Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Annual inspection and "required" maintainence?
Replies: 17
Views: 6915

Re: Annual inspection and "required" maintainence?

The battery capacity test isn't a bad thing----and it is something I would require if purchasing a used I-MiEV. The BMS hides any battery degradation until they are really in bad shape and the range drops quickly. Anyone who owns an I-MiEV should also have the CANION program to monitor the battery p...
by siai47
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not
Replies: 42
Views: 27397

Re: New I-MiEV's --- Maybe, maybe not

Just an update. I have the new Volt and am happy with it so far--nice car but not quite the "grin's" I had with the I-MiEV's. Too expensive and complex to start cutting apart to see how it works. I am going to give up on the Outlander PHEV as it is delayed again. I think the Mitsubishi dea...
by siai47
Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Car won't start after storage
Replies: 42
Views: 9849

Re: Car won't start after storage

A lot of the numbers on the dash display are wrong or impossible. Were you even able to pick up cell voltages with the CANION? Even if there was a bad cell, the data displays are all wacked out so something else is going on. You may have a ECU issue giving bad information to the rest of the systems ...
by siai47
Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:13 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: SE vs ES and Range and Capacity Discussions
Replies: 24
Views: 8357

Re: Difference between the SE and ES Models

If you are in southern Florida and your car is equipped with the CHAdeMO quick charge port, you should look at posts and threads related to battery cooling and make any one of the suggested modifications to your car. It will like you for it and return many extra happy miles of trouble free driving.
by siai47
Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:19 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Imiev efficiency on the highway
Replies: 31
Views: 8990

Re: Imiev efficiency on the highway

A little of topic but the last reply mentioned a 8.5 KW generator would be capable of running the I-MiEV at 45 mph continuously. The problem with the "range extender" issue is how much power you really need to complete the task. On one hand the required source of extra power adds weight (a...
by siai47
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:27 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Hatched a Tesla
Replies: 83
Views: 23345

Re: Hatched a Tesla

Love your posts about your trip. Sorry we couldn't have met when you were in Florida. That being said, I am going to take the Tesla from Florida to Michigan next week. This will be my first multiple supercharger road trip. Lots of superchargers on the trip (I-75) so it shouldn't be a big deal---more...
by siai47
Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Instruments - Radio/USB/Nav - CAN - Climate Controls - Remote
Topic: Steering Wheel Thumb Control Issues!
Replies: 9
Views: 3546

Re: Steering Wheel Thumb Control Issues!

The way the radio and other controls on the steering wheel operate is though a limited number of wires (as few as two) for some of the systems. For the radio, each button on the steering wheel (which is a switch) is connected to a resistor. Each resistor is a different value for a specific function....

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