ChrisEV
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Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:18 pm

I’ve been lurking on this forum for a while but a few weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought a used 2012 i-MIEV for $10k(CDN). Had only 32,000 kms on it. Battery doesn’t seem to be degraded much, car looks like new.

So far I’m loving it. My commute is 82km daily(50 Miles I guess) and the car can do it easily. I can plug it in the garage at work too(unless the spot gets ICE’d :oops: )

A bit worried about the range in winter given I’m in Canada. We just did a relatively short 160km road trip and I had to charge every 50km:( Although some of it was fault given that I didn’t charge overnight before leaving and we had a nasty cold day. Learned the hard day that charging takes longer and more expensive :(

But driving to work and around town doing the errands the car shines.

Still have a lot of reading to do given the amount of information here in so many threads.

But I thought I’d register and say hi:)
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Don
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Re: Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:01 am

Welcome!

Sounds like you found a fine car and at a good price

Yes, winter driving is very different from the other seasons. While the cars A/C system is very efficient, the heater obviously isn't and just keeping the windows clear on a winter day can really use up the energy

I suspect you will eventually get around to considering the fuel heater that several other 'northerners' have installed in their cars - A very major improvement in the cars usefulness when it's cold. It's nice to be toasty warm and have clear glass all around no matter what the weather is outside

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ChrisEV
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Re: Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:33 am

I’ll have to look into the fuel heater.

So far I’ve gotten a 12V heated passenger seat for my wife and a 12V blanket for my son in the back. That worked well although I couldn’t feel my toes after a long drive.

Since it’s mostly a commuter car for me I’m hoping that preheating it in the home/work garage will be enough. It doesn’t seem to warm up a lot but I’ve only got L1 at home/work atm.
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Re: Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:45 am

Yes, preheating on L1 is pretty weak. I think the Canadian models came with a 12 amp EVSE which should work a bit better than the USA model with only 8 amps, but using L2 will heat it up much faster and probably a good bit warmer too. The heating element in the car is 5Kw and your 12 amp L1 is only good for about 1500 watts . . . . and some of that is going to the battery

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Re: Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:55 am

Not sure if my EVSE is running at 12A. I got an OBDlink LX coming in today. Hopefully I can get some numbers on the battery and the charging performance that way.

I’ll bite the bullet on the EVSE upgrade if not.
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Re: Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:26 pm

The remote preheat function is much more effective if set to defrost rather than heat. Not sure why, but definitely the case.
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Re: Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:42 pm

I *think* when you have it set to HEAT the warm air coming out of the heater only has a short trip back into the system input when you're using 'recirculate' and that causes the heating element to cycle off after much less time than when you have it on DEFROST and you're blowing that warm air up on the glass. By the time it gets back to the input, it's cooled off much more than when using the heat function

Just my guess . . . . ;-)

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Re: Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:40 am

jray3 wrote:The remote preheat function is much more effective if set to defrost rather than heat. Not sure why, but definitely the case.


Both functions heat the fluid in the heating system to 180-190 F (240 volt AC connection). But the remote defrost cycle runs the cabin fan on high, where as the remote heat cycle runs the cabin fan on medium. The defrost cycle delivers roughly twice as much heat to the cabin due to the high cabin fan setting.

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ChrisEV
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Re: Oh look another new i-MIEV owner!

Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:19 pm

I got a 900W 120V AC car warmer a year ago that I never used. I figure I can install it under the dash, and run the plug into the hood compartment and warm up the car much faster before taking off in the morning.

I’ll play with thit defrost vs. normal warm setting but since I don’t have a Level2 charger it doesn’t sound like I’ll get a lot of heat.

Installing the fuel heater seems complicated.
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