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by JoeS
Wed May 02, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: A 73.5-mile Trip
Replies: 3
Views: 1383

A 73.5-mile Trip

Back in February I made the tongue-in-cheek claim that I held the record for the maximum number of mostly highway miles driven on one charge here: http://myimiev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=960#p960 So far, no one has stepped up with a better claim, probably because (wisely) no one wants to push their...
by JoeS
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How will they charge us gasoline tax?
Replies: 6
Views: 1882

Re: How will they charge us gasoline tax?

A tax on all road vehicles based on weight and miles driven would be equitable from a road wear-and-tear perspective. Quantifying health benefits to society is another matter...
by JoeS
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Rav4 and Honda fit EVs...anybody waiting?
Replies: 14
Views: 4292

Re: Rav4 and Honda fit EVs...anybody waiting?

I had originally been waiting for the FitEV, but when Honda announced they were only going to be leasing and (I'm told) only producing the minimum required to meet California regs, then I kissed them off. The Rav4 is too big for my tastes. Really happy I bought the iMiEV!
by JoeS
Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Test Drive
Replies: 36
Views: 7817

Re: Test Drive

Just because you CAN go 70 miles without recharging in an iMiEV deosn't mean you SHOULD do this on a regular basis. The issue is battery longevity and, although not as critical as for lead-acid batteries, the data available so far indicates that Lithiums will also last significantly longer with redu...
by JoeS
Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Potential new Honolulu i-MiEV owner
Replies: 5
Views: 1204

Re: Potential new Honolulu i-MiEV owner

Art - I haven't disconnected my 12v battery yet, so I don't know what it would take for the BMS to find itself and properly indicate the main battery SOC on the fuel gauge after reconnecting. I suspect the charger would need to be plugged in for a while. I've noticed that during charging my car char...
by JoeS
Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Dirt road driving with the i
Replies: 5
Views: 1462

Re: Dirt road driving with the i

Hi TaosEV - I just crawled under the car and measured the ground clearance to that protrusion: 6-5/8" Now that I looked at it closely, that klugy stiffener actually isn't that much of a kluge, as it's a low-weight method of adding rigidity to the crossbeam. Speed bumps are no problem as both wh...
by JoeS
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Problems about charging and starting !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 2751

Re: Problems about charging and starting !!!

So, thunder, would you mind giving us an update as to whether jumping the 12v battery worked for you, and, if not, where do things stand at present?
by JoeS
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Test drove an i - question about the back seat
Replies: 8
Views: 2302

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

SeanSolo - you expressed our sentiments towards this car very well: straightforward transportation without a lot of bells and whistles, although it does have six airbags and an interesting active stability control system. Brakes are incredibly good. Wouldn't worry about reliability, as this car alre...
by JoeS
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Dirt road driving with the i
Replies: 5
Views: 1462

Re: Dirt road driving with the i

TaosEV, having lived on a rutted barely maintained 1/2-mile-long dirt road for over 30 years (until it got paved recently), I wouldn't worry about the iMiEV. It's just fine on rough stuff and it's negligible overhangs make it better than many other cars when it comes to dips and gullies. Note that t...
by JoeS
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Potential new Honolulu i-MiEV owner
Replies: 5
Views: 1204

Re: Potential new Honolulu i-MiEV owner

alohart, you hit us with many questions. I'll let the island residents answer you Hawai'i-specific rebate queries. The white iMiEV I would think to be the most suitable for your climate simply because white reflects the sun's rays better than any of the other colors. The added advantage is that it i...

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