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by jray3
Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How will they charge us gasoline tax?
Replies: 6
Views: 2341

Re: How will they charge us gasoline tax?

Washington State has passed an arbitrary $100/year EV registration surcharge. I have it on inside authority that the work required for self-reporting of mileage during annual (electronic) re-registration would be negligible, but the senator who pushed this measure refused to consider other options, ...
by jray3
Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Wheels - Tires
Topic: Tires
Replies: 17
Views: 10368

Re: Tires

As one who's driven on many an old, mismatched and under/oversized tire, I'd say that anything round and black that holds air and fits on the hub will work for a temporary spare. ;) Since we'll always be less than an hour from home in this car, I've instructed the wife unit on where to pull out one ...
by jray3
Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Test drove an i - question about the back seat
Replies: 8
Views: 2927

Re: Test drove an i - question about the back seat

Hi Sean, If you daily mileage average is that small, then Level II charging might not be a worthwhile investment at this time. Even the measly 8 amp OEM charger refills my 16 mile commute before lunchtime.. You'll enjoy the i. I think it's a modern successor to the original Beetle- underpromise and ...
by jray3
Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Volt
Replies: 8
Views: 2437

Re: Volt

Congrats Archie, that lease rate is a powerful incentive, and being way out of range of a dealership is a definite dis-incentive. If you're in a rural area that results in high annual mileage, I hope that the lease is gentle re: extra miles.
Best of Luck!
by jray3
Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Dirt road driving with the i
Replies: 5
Views: 1857

Re: Dirt road driving with the i

Not on dirt, but I can report that the i has ample torque and clearance to smoothly climb over a 6" sidewalk curb. Just hold the brake carefully to keep the suspension ridin high and not bottom out when you come down the other side! I took it at an angle, but it went so easily I'd bet you could...
by jray3
Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: EMCU, Accelerator opening angle, Creep
Replies: 4
Views: 2162

Re: EMCU, Accelerator opening angle, Creep

Yes Jenn, I view that response as expert approval to shift into a forward mode while braking in reverse. Of course, there's no good reason to start slamming it into forward without even using the friction brakes, but a little bit of overlap between rollin backwards and pushing forwards shouldn't hur...
by jray3
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: EMCU, Accelerator opening angle, Creep
Replies: 4
Views: 2162

Re: EMCU, Accelerator opening angle, Creep

Here's a thread from the venerable international EV Discussion List that y'all might find relevant. It reads better from the bottom up... It was prompted by the revelation that a LEAF can tend to drift back into other cars during parallel parking on a hill because the brake overrides the accelerator...
by jray3
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Problems about charging and starting !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 3277

Re: Problems about charging and starting !!!

And I thought it vestigial that our owners' manual refers to the 12 house battery as the "starter battery", but guess that term still works. Now our "starter" is the main contactor, which also energizes the dc/dc converter to recharge the 12V battery from the traction pack. Hobby...
by jray3
Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: suitecase hack...
Replies: 1
Views: 1431

Re: suitecase hack...

Yep, we've tossed that around a bit. I think the logical place for DC input at pack voltage would be to build a splitter cable with the OEM connectors between the charger and pack. I haven't identified those connectors yet, pictured here. http://www.caranddriver.com/photos-10q1/335484/mitsubishi-i-m...
by jray3
Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Highway miles
Replies: 7
Views: 2402

Re: Highway miles

Welcome aboard. I average 47 miles of mostly street i driving per day with lots of range to spare, but EVery Saturday take on a 54 mile highway round trip. I couldn't do the 54 mile trip in winter with a defogged windshield without holding up traffic on the 70 mph highway, but it's looking much more...

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