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by Don
Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Two Months and Two Thousand Miles
Replies: 17
Views: 4344

Re: Two Months and Two Thousand Miles

As much as the i met all my needs and was, and remains, my first choice for an electric vehicle, I made the decision to cancel my reservation. The next day I leased a Volt from a local dealer for $249 a month. I'll try again in 3 years to see what Mitsubishi has to offer. Archie - None of my busine...
by Don
Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Staying On Topic
Replies: 7
Views: 2221

Re: Staying On Topic

My experiences on half a dozen forums over the past 10 or 15 years (including moderating for 7 or 8 years and 25,000+ posts on Miata.Net) taught me that if you want your forum to flourish and make lots of new people feel welcome, you need to stay pretty loose with things like this Joe You can't expe...
by Don
Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Best method of long-term storage
Replies: 7
Views: 2737

Re: Best method of long-term storage

I believe that Mitsubishi says leaving it charged at only 30% to 40% is best for the battery pack for long term storage . . . . but I wouldn't consider 6 weeks to be 'long term storage' The DC to DC converter is not powered on, recharging the 12 volt battery when the key is off (unless you are charg...
by Don
Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: Level 1 EVSE
Replies: 14
Views: 3912

Re: Level 1 Charging Cord

I believe most all of them just use 3 wires - Two hot wires and a ground. My upgraded OEM charger came back with a 3 prong L6-20P connector on it and there are still only 3 wires in it's pigtail and it now does both Level 1 and Level 2 Unless your run of wire is really long (more than 100 feet or so...
by Don
Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Instruments - Radio/USB/Nav - CAN - Climate Controls - Remote
Topic: Range Remaining meter
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Range Remaining meter

Has anyone else noticed how 'active' it is - It's computing all the time, contantly updating the miles remaing based on what's happening at the moment. I always knew it computed the miles you covered and how you drove them to give you a new total after each recharge, but today I got an excellent dem...
by Don
Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:15 am
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: NHTSA crash test
Replies: 2
Views: 1458

Re: NHTSA crash test

That's our North American version - 'Test weight 2576 pounds'. Probably just a typographical error because the gas version wasn't FWD either

Don
by Don
Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:09 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Residual Values
Replies: 30
Views: 8543

Re: Residual Values

Personally, I think the residual values for just about every EV will be drastically skewed when the inevitable happens in the middle east and 'someone' (I sure hope it isn't us) messes with Iran - Gas prices will quickly spike to $5 or $6 per gallon and there will be loooong waiting lines to buy EV'...
by Don
Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:48 am
Forum: iMiev Reviews
Topic: Consumer Reports "Review"
Replies: 28
Views: 9158

Re: Consumer Reports "Review"

Regenerative braking is fantastic at recovering energy when you actually want to slow down, but it's far from 100% efficient, so "B" mode can be wasteful if you're needlessly toggling between accelerating and braking. I find the B mode delightful AND efficient. With just a little practice...
by Don
Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:18 am
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: Residential Level 2 Charging Stations
Replies: 19
Views: 5810

Re: Residential Level 2 Charging Stations

Since our cars cannot pull more than 20 amps, a good 'universal' plug to use is the NEMA L6-20 'twistlock' series. If you put that plug on your portable EVSE it will be easy (and cheap) to adapt it to just about anything you like and the connections stay secure because once you twist them together, ...
by Don
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: iMiev Reviews
Topic: Consumer Reports "Review"
Replies: 28
Views: 9158

Re: Consumer Reports "Review"

I love these "issues" that reviewers bring up. They are imposing ICE attributes onto EVs. "The car should have a bigger battery" Like 80% of other Americans, I drive less than 50 miles per day. Why would I want to lug around more batteries than I need. That's EXACTLY the niche t...

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