tigger19687
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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:03 pm

Congrats on a Great trip ! It is so fun to drive all over and I am still jealous, but some day I will buy one ;)
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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:19 pm

Couldn't resist making a comment on one of Green Car Reports postings, as I can now 'authoritatively' speak about both cars.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1106245_know-what-a-baller-is-wanna-be-one-for-clean-energy

"Yes, of course The Rock would have to be seen in or around a Model S or i8. Could not imagine a beast of a man like that squeezed into a Leaf or even worse Mitsu iMiev!"
Here's what I said:

Sorry, but as the owner of both a Model S (our long-distance car) and three Mitsubishi i-MiEVs (our family's daily drivers), let me tell you that not only is ingress/egress MUCH easier in the i-MiEV, but it has better headroom and visibility as well. The distance from the centerline of the seat to where my elbow hits the door is 16" in the i-MiEV and 14" in the MS. As far as styling is concerned, beauty is in the eye of the beholder: I've been told often (by women) that the i-MiEV is 'cute' and I, for one, would prefer that my Tesla have rear fender skirts (like my previous Gen1 Honda Insight) as well as fully-covered (aerodynamic) wheels, to further improve its efficiency.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:38 am

Great reply Joe
:D
Someone has to educated the short sighted
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
76,400 miles, 123,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven
118,000, (190,000 km)

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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:01 am

Thanks, but to balance the story what I realize that I left out is the fantastic legroom in the Tesla, both front and back - with a fully adjustable steering wheel (it remembers individual settings for steering, seat (fore-aft, up/down, tilt, and seatback angle), mirrors, and backup mirror positions), one can really get comfortably settled-in for the long haul with those setting remembered for each driver.

Our short (1000-mile) hop down to Southern California (to pick up a replacement i-MiEV door) a few days ago confirms our choice of the Tesla as a long-distance cruiser with good cargo-hauling capacity. Heading up to B.C. (Canada) in a week or so...
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:09 am

Plugging the Tesla into a SuperCharger or the i-MiEV into CHAdeMO reaps the most benefit from such high power charging if the car's battery is at a low state of charge. On longer trips, this results in significant time savings if one simply keeps the charge state low and charges just enough to get to the next charging station.

Of course, this runs counter to our normal good charging and driving habits of always leaving a nice safety margin at the bottom.

Had an interesting episode while driving the 400 miles (640km) up from home to Medford Oregon yesterday: I had charged in Corning (still in the valley, basically at sea level). The next SuperCharger is in the city Mt. Shasta at around 3600' (1100m) and recognizing the altitude change I had put in just a wee bit more than necessary to get there.

So there I am happily zooming along still trying to figure out the latest Tesla over-the-air Media update when I get a phone call from my wife: "I see you've passed Red Bluff but could you go back there and meet someone at a gas station to retrieve my brother's camping gear?" - he had just completed a 100-mile canoe trip and forgot some of his stuff. With her iPad and the Tesla app, my wife knows EXACTLY where I am with the Tesla (works both ways). :P

"Um, ok" - so I take the next turnoff and go back about 15 miles and meet this nice couple and chat EVs (he'd never seen a Tesla before but is really into environmental stuff) and we say goodbye and I now have 30 more miles to go than previously. No worries, just slowed down a bit and arrived in Mt. Shasta with 10% SoC (predicted 8% when leaving the gas station in Red Bluff).

Moral of the story: ALWAYS have a range cushion.

A quick glance at PlugShare shows that there were still plenty of J1772 stations and campgrounds along the way, so there was no danger of running out of juice - and I never leave home without my huge box of adapters.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:48 am

Presently in Victoria, going to be crossing to Port Angeles on the ferry later today before the storm hits. Toured the Sunshine Coast (Sechelt peninsula) and Vancouver Island.

No problem with charging the Tesla anywhere - including dangling a power cord out a backwoods cabin bathroom window for an overnight boost. Would have been 'interesting' but doable in the i-MiEV.

This trip confirmed my distain for charge ports on the left side of the car: in Bellevue WA the curbside J1772 cord wouln't reach the Tesla port aft (left rear) location but thankfully I had bought a 40A J1772 extender a few weeks ago. The other was a curbside CHAdeMO in North Vancouver where luckily I was able to simply move the car forward in front of the fire hydrant for the cable to reach, and where I had to stick around and subsequently had a pleasant chat with a lady policeperson who was ok with that as long as I was there.

Miss the maneuverability and small size of my i-MiEV, especially in city parking.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:53 am

A J1772 extension has been on my wishlist for a while now (just haven't gotten around to buying it). The real desirable item is a CHAdeMO extension for the one place that is a stretch to reach the EV spot.

Enjoying the trip?
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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:50 pm

Still planning on a visit to Electra Meccanica?
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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:23 pm

Phximiev wrote:Still planning on a visit to Electra Meccanica?
No, unfortunately, we bypassed that area (also missed a meetup opportunity there with an i-MiEV owner on this forum) and we've been on an accelerated schedule due to external constraints. Did spend a pleasant evening with jray3 and his great kids.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

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Re: Hatched a Tesla

Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:23 am

PV1 wrote:A J1772 extension has been on my wishlist for a while now (just haven't gotten around to buying it). The real desirable item is a CHAdeMO extension for the one place that is a stretch to reach the EV spot.
I haven't seen any CHAdeMO extenders, but imagine they would be very heavy and very very expensive. I have no qualms about parking either my Tesla or my i-MiEV up on sidewalks or other 'forbidden' places if I need the charge.
PV1 wrote:Enjoying the trip?
Yes, thank you, Canadians are such nice friendly people who go well out of their way to help. In Canada, charging has been free everywhere I plugged in. The Tesla sure makes a great long-distance cruiser with a negligible recurring cost (so far). By the time I get home we'll have put on 20,000 miles since May.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

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