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by jray3
Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: i-MiEV Sport Air resurfaces at the New York Auto Show
Replies: 2
Views: 1682

i-MiEV Sport Air resurfaces at the New York Auto Show

The small, 2,161 lb. sporty car features a more powerful all-electric drive train than that of the production-based vehicle giving it a max output of 80 horsepower and a torque of 170 lb-ft. Its very low center of gravity and 50-50 weight distribution gives drivers full control around curves. The mi...
by jray3
Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Two Months and Two Thousand Miles
Replies: 17
Views: 3612

Re: Two Months and Two Thousand Miles

Go Joe! I'll second your post, with one small addendum; three months and 3700 miles ;) Secondly, have you actually seen any problems with stale gas? When I worked in a wrecking yard during college I ran my beater pickup off of fuel drained from the hulks- now that was some stale gas! I just recommis...
by jray3
Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:34 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Wheel covers
Replies: 8
Views: 3578

Re: Wheel covers (SE Drivers, eat your heart out!)

So I got the spun stainless 'salt flat discs', and not the screw-mounted either, but spring tabs. I stayed away from JC Whitney and spent a bit more for the CCI brand, and am quite pleased with the heavy gauge stainless disc and precise spring tabs with a recess for the valve stem. They locked into ...
by jray3
Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: iMiev not selling well?
Replies: 130
Views: 22763

Re: iMiev not selling well?

Ouch, and here I'd been gettin mad at all the "Volt vs Leaf" news stories that ignore the i. Cause or effect? You decide.
by jray3
Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: Metrics Musings
Replies: 8
Views: 2990

Re: Metrics Musings

For those who don't know, the iMiEV is my second EV, the first being a custom Karmann Ghia conversion that's documented at http://www.karmanneclectric.blogspot.com For the first time since buying the i, I ran both cars over the same course back-to-back for a performance comparison. Here's a cross-po...
by jray3
Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: DIY Boat Tail for Better Aerodynamics
Replies: 2
Views: 5308

Re: DIY Boat Tail for Better Aerodynamics

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-z46kv-MAnN8/T3JpMBahNOI/AAAAAAAAAN8/riENUwz-AQo/s1600/iMiEV+with+3+possible+aero+mods.jpg This quickie drawing shows what an iMiEV might look like with disc wheel covers, rear fender skirts, and two different options on the rear. In black, I echoed the rear passenger windo...
by jray3
Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: iMiEV CdA?
Replies: 52
Views: 16265

Re: iMiEV CdA?

Besides a flat tray or sculpted sheet under the motor bay, the biggest practical aero improvement I'm pondering would be a partial Kammback. Picture a clear plastic 'eyebrow' over the rear window that starts at the roofline and sides of the rear hatch, and slopes down at 12-14 degrees. Where to cut ...
by jray3
Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Hypermiling the i-MiEV
Replies: 53
Views: 17919

Re: Hypermiling the i-MiEV

SWOT, but my odometer just rolled 3400 miles while still a week short of 3 months of driving. This 'second car' has certainly proved to be our prime mover! :mrgreen:
by jray3
Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Hypermiling the i-MiEV
Replies: 53
Views: 17919

Re: Hypermiling the i-MiEV

Yep, that's battery-to-wheel from the guessometer. The ChargePoint station I used midday didn't output the kWh for some reason, only the elapsed time on charge. On the return trip I took a hillier, twistier route that was a mile shorter, but had more fun! The net elevation change was only 600 feet, ...
by jray3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Hypermiling the i-MiEV
Replies: 53
Views: 17919

Tire pressure

:oops: Surely the pressure would be properly set from your dealer, eh? Well, I neglected to check up on their prep, and sure enough, the tires were set to a cushy 32 psi when Mitsu recommends 36 psi. Since I had a challenging 50 mile uphill highway run planned with a newby passenger yesterday, I wen...

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