tigger19687
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:15 pm

I finally hit Turtle yesterday. Had to drive around DD to Dentist, hair, ice cream. I had 3 bars left.

It was warmer out, maybe 35. Thought I could make the 8 miles to work with no issue .... then I went the faster route...... blink blink, 1 bar... no bar, no miles left... TURTLE ! I still had about 1/2 mile to go.
White knuckled I just made it to work. Plugged in and was SO happy to make it in.

I plug into 120v wall socket, so I didn't get full charge, had to plug in at home to charge over night.

But at least I finally hit Turtle.
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:21 pm

Half-mile? No sweat :lol: .

3rd day of ownership, 3 miles from home at 45 MPH without my cord, hello Turtle ;) . Though I could go get pizza with 5 bars left, which turned out to be 4 bars and about a mile of the 5th bar. I made it, but I learned that anywhere near a close call warrants the cord being in the car.

Glad you were able to charge at work.
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:05 pm

HAHA, I was a little nervous because it was cold out and I had to make a Left hand turn at a set of lights off RT 2 (2 lanes on my side).
I was afraid of getting stuck at the lights {blush}
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:11 am

Well - I officially ran completely out of juice for the first time (hopefully the last time but I doubt it)
Started the day fully charged - 16 bars.
Commute is only 60 kms round trip but ended up having to do 2 short errands for work during the day.
Still should be OK. Today was cool but not too cold, had my seat heaters on and the heat completely off the entire time.
Then my son calls stranded at the Richmond Skytrain station and he and his two buddies need a ride home.
This will be pushing it I know.
On top of it I had to drop off another friend at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Another 5 or 6 kms out of the way.
With 5 people in the i-MiEV (yes I know it's a 4 seater but I added a 5th Mitsubishi seatbelt in the middle rear seat.)

I made it to the ferry terminal and the turtle came on.
Still 9 or 10 kms to go to get home.
Ran out completely with about 2 kms to go.
The battery symbol illuminated on my dash lights and game over.
Called my wife to tow me home the last 1500 meters or so (Yes I know towing the i-MiEV is not great).
Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Long story short - I had maybe 8 kms after the turtle showed himself before running out of juice.
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:32 am

What a trip!

I take it that once the car shuts down, you can't get it into READY so you could use regen while being towed?
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:53 pm

Regen isn't working at all with my slightly smaller rear snow tires.
The snow tires will come of next week.
I was more interested in making it home safely and quickly with some of my pride intact and hopefully without ALL of my neighbours seeing me getting towed home.
Although being incognito isn't my strong point.
The sight of a grey market diesel Toyota Hiace 4WD right hand drive towing a Mitsubishi i-MiEV isn't exactly stealthy.
I may not have all of my pride intact but at least now when my friends and neighbours ask "have you ever run out of battery charge?"
I will have to say "Why yes.....".

Kind of like asking a sailor if they have ever run aground...but that is another story.
Most honest sailors will have run aground at some point.
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Roman
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:27 pm

Hey, I've had to make a couple of unplanned charge stops. I've been there, too, where regen won't work with the wrong size tires. Expensive mistake, but they refunded me, eventually. :roll:

Hate to say it, but with regen, you probably would've made it. In my normal driving, I see an energy return of 15-20% from regen.
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:07 pm

nikalex wrote:...Then my son calls stranded at the Richmond Skytrain station and he and his two buddies need a ride home. This will be pushing it I know. On top of it I had to drop off another friend at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Another 5 or 6 kms out of the way. With 5 people in the i-MiEV (yes I know it's a 4 seater but I added a 5th Mitsubishi seatbelt in the middle rear seat.) I made it to the ferry terminal and the turtle came on. Still 9 or 10 kms to go to get home....
Roman, might I suggest that at that point you might have consulted PlugShare which shows two private and one public EVSEs in Tsawwassen within what looks like 1.5km of the Terminal (you are a PlugShare member, aren't you?), with the public EVSE being at Boundary Bay Regional Park but perhaps 3.5km away. A 1/2-hour charge would have seen you home comfortably. ;)
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:11 pm

3rd time seeing the turtle for me.
This time the turtle came on (dash range indicator went to 3 lines) and I was 10.9 kilometers (6.8 miles) from home according to Google maps.
This time I made it without being stranded! Phew

I don't plan on these kind of trips but it just happened.
I know running the battery down this far is not ideal.
I don't make a habit of it. No charging stations that make sense between this spot and home.

Just mentioning the distance I was able to travel after the turtle appeared.....
Cheers, Roman
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Re: Turtle riding (How far has the turtle brought you ?)

Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:09 pm

Roman, this is pretty decent. Was the turtle portion of the trip on flat road or slightly downhill?
Stan

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