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by Don
Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Quantifying Regeneration and Consumption
Replies: 26
Views: 14314

Re: Quantifying Regeneration and Consumption

I think your tests are ultimately going to prove something I've suspected all along Joe - That speed is the biggest killer of range . . . . much worse than using the climate control. The faster you go, the shorter the range. Peukerts Law and aerodynamic drag combine to really take a toll on the batt...
by Don
Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:45 am
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: solar on the car roof
Replies: 67
Views: 16758

Re: solar on the car roof

Our car goes about 4 miles on a kilowatt hour of electricity - A little less if you park it in the sun and must run the A/C to remove the added heat from the car. It's *possible* to do all sorts of things, but the cost/benefit ratio makes many of them impractical The Fisker Karma comes with a $5,000...
by Don
Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: solar on the car roof
Replies: 67
Views: 16758

Re: solar on the car roof

It's a 330 volt battery, so you'd need enough 12 or 24 volt panels to string together in series to provide about 350 volts - It would probably be a tight squeeze to fit them on the roof of your garage, let alone on the roof of the car

Don
by Don
Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: 240 to 120 step down transformer?
Replies: 4
Views: 1256

Re: 240 to 120 step down transformer?

www.evseupgrade.com

They usually turn it around in only 24 hours, so the time you're without it is basically the shipping time - If you shipped it via air and paid the extra to get it return air, you'd probably be able to send it off Monday and get it back Friday

Don
by Don
Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:07 am
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: 240 to 120 step down transformer?
Replies: 4
Views: 1256

Re: 240 to 120 step down transformer?

Yes, the car would charge using a suitable 240/120 stepdown transformer. It would have to be rated to handle the power the EVSE will draw . . . . around 1,000 watts for the stock unit . . . . more if you're using a 12 amp Level 1 EVSE. Good idea? Probably not I'm guessing the power in Raratonga is a...
by Don
Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:10 am
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: 120 V Charge cable storage
Replies: 7
Views: 2131

Re: 120 V Charge cable storage

I too wish there was a 'designed in' space inside the car for carrying it . . . . but I wouldn't want to give up any storage space behind the seats - Good suggestion

There is a removable panel on the right side that maybe could have been designed to hold it

Don
by Don
Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:06 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Anyone have this as their ONLY car?
Replies: 35
Views: 6552

Re: Anyone have this as their ONLY car?

I agree as well. The upgraded OEM charger is waterproof, so it's safe to use outdoors and with it's 13 amp output at either 120 or 240 volts, it might be all the EVSE he'd ever need - It would certainly be enough for the immediate future and he could then research something else later on if he felt ...
by Don
Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:52 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Stroking Batteries in Hot Weather
Replies: 19
Views: 5574

Re: Stroking Batteries in Hot Weather

I sure hope you're right, Ray. As you mentioned earlier, there are already Leafs which are down to 85% of capacity after just one year . . . . hopefully they'll stay there and not lose much more over the next 4 or 5 years I was really leary of Mitsu's battery warranty when I first read it and then w...
by Don
Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Stroking Batteries in Hot Weather
Replies: 19
Views: 5574

Re: Stroking Batteries in Hot Weather

Well, we know that it's a 16Kw pack and that it's 330 volts, so that gives us the C (capacity) of the pack at 48.5 AHrs - A 15 amp Level 2 charger puts power back at roughly 1/3 of C . . . . certainly nothing around 10%. True, it will supply up to 150 amps to the motor for brief periods, but I'm sur...
by Don
Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:44 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Anyone have this as their ONLY car?
Replies: 35
Views: 6552

Re: Anyone have this as their ONLY car?

Given the unusual constraints that you face, you might want to look into a simpler solution - Just install a new pole with a separate meter and a breaker box out in the yard near where you want to park the car I'm not sure how it works in Canada (or even at other locations around the US) but here we...

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