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by Don
Tue May 22, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: steering wheel toggle for drive mode
Replies: 12
Views: 3054

Re: steering wheel toggle for drive mode

I understand what you're saying and I'm sure you're right - That 'N' removes all current from the motor and centers the ammeter with no current flow. Certainly the best scenario if you want to coast down a hill or gradually slow to a stop or to make a turn - Probably less energy used than maintainin...
by Don
Tue May 22, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Range question
Replies: 11
Views: 2839

Re: Range question

If it was me and I had to either get 70 mile range under all conditions or risk walking home I would either find another car (maybe a hybrid?) or make arrangements to do some charging while at work - Even 5 or 6 hours at the really slow 120 volt 8 amp rate the basic level 1 charger provides would gi...
by Don
Tue May 22, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: steering wheel toggle for drive mode
Replies: 12
Views: 3054

Re: steering wheel toggle for drive mode

Putting the vehicle into N is electrically equivalent to keeping your foot balanced on the go-pedal trying to keep the red needle exactly in the middle between the blue and green zones. I submit that simply putting it into N is easier, faster, and certainly less distracting when driving. I don't kn...
by Don
Tue May 22, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: From Lurking to Owning, Finally!
Replies: 11
Views: 1819

Re: From Lurking to Owning, Finally!

I think about it not being a gas car nearly every mile I drive it - I'm 'learning' how to maximize all it's pluses and I relish every gas station we drive by . . . . because we don't have to pull in and 'offload' $40 or $50 ;) One day it will become 'normal' for me to drive an EV . . . . but I hope ...
by Don
Tue May 22, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Heated Mirrors
Replies: 3
Views: 843

Re: Heated Mirrors

Page 3-29 and 3-89 of the owners manual

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by Don
Tue May 22, 2012 4:45 am
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: steering wheel toggle for drive mode
Replies: 12
Views: 3054

Re: steering wheel toggle for drive mode

I don't think it's ever going to coast like an ICE car does in neutral simply because we don't have one - No matter what, we still have a 7 to 1 reduction gearbox spinning an electric motor directly connected to the rear wheels . . . . which is why Mitsu warns us against towing the car with the rear...
by Don
Mon May 21, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Instruments - Radio/USB/Nav - CAN - Climate Controls - Remote
Topic: Question about using the a/c
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: Question about using the a/c

Finally . . . . a subject I have some personal experience with ;) We use the A/C *lots* down here in Biloxi! Like so many other things on the car, the engineers tried to minimize energy usage by making this as 'automatic' as possible If you press the bottom knob with the A/C on, you've set the insid...
by Don
Mon May 21, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: Level 1 EVSE
Replies: 14
Views: 3236

Re: Level 1 Charging Cord

Amazon.com has a Pass & Seymour L1EVSE 120 volt portable charger for $550.50 which includes free shipping. This is a dual rate charger at either 8 amps (OEM i charger) or 12 amps. Best price I have found for a 120 volt charger. You can also contact Home Depot, a store not online, and ask about ...
by Don
Mon May 21, 2012 5:24 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Regen discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 2456

Re: Regen discussion

For starters, I'm wondering what would happen if you just added a switch in parallel across the brakelight switch so you could press it when you wanted regen - An added bonus would be that the brakelights would come on so you wouldn't get run into while slowing in the regen mode. Hmmmm . . . . where...
by Don
Mon May 21, 2012 5:19 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: iMiev oddities
Replies: 22
Views: 3723

Re: iMiev oddities

Actually, I tried having a cup in the cup holder while the fan was on and it didn't block the airflow nearly as much as I expected. In fact, it was pretty much a non-issue. But I think I read somewhere that you've only used the A/C once . . . . ? We've seldom driven our car without it, and it reall...

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