Phximiev wrote: KiwiEV wrote:
I wanted to share this here before I share it with the rest of the world tomorrow: http://kiwiev.com/taking-the-electric-car-skiing/
In this 'episode' I look at my battery condition and a replacement battery cost (I need a drink after getting that email back).
Then, ultimately, we took our little city EV skiing to the mountains. It may not have been the most fun journey I've ever made in the EV, but it was an excellent test of the car under the pressure of the elements. I'm finishing up the video later today with luck.
Can't wait for the extra range of summer. I have some much more fun trips in mind!
Marvelous! Lookin' forward to the video!
Actually thats quite a good deal compared to the £11,500 replacement cost of my wifes Honda Insight Gen 2 CVT gearbox, that contains nothing other than cogs, sensors and a rubber band!... significant pain in the butt, as the dealer missed the failure under the extended warranty, and now that's up- but I'm dealing with that at the moment via a legal route.
Replacement battery cost is a bit of a strange one, because you may never need more than a cell or 2... to that end (and I know what a task getting the pack out would be - but it makes sense for someone to purchase a totaled car and distribute the batteries. I would personally be happy to pay for a couple, and ensure that the dismantler was adequately reimbursed... working out how to tackle the job would be another issue.
Also, I had thought that the individual circuit boards would be more of an issue than a pack failing in general... one dry joint and...
Dare I say that the pack is badly designed - it should have been installed upside down, to enable the bottom to be pulled off and replacement cells changed out - but that's an aftermarket care issue that Mitsu likely wanted to avoid for many many reasons.