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by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 05 Feb 2018, 21:00
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: Has anybody updated the satnav maps?
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Has anybody updated the satnav maps?

Has anybody updated the satnav maps?
I phoned Holden and they didn't seem to have any update. They suggested that the Volt might be like the Cruze and that some car audio place might be able to do something clever. Has anyone tried?
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 27 Jan 2018, 12:38
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Driving an EV in slow moving traffic?
Replies: 9
Views: 355

Re: Driving an EV in slow moving traffic?

No problem at all having fine control while going slowly, both in my converted car and commercial cars, iMiEV and Volt. The converted car has a Kelly controller that can plug into a PC to use an application to set the motor controller parameters, including various aspects of throttle response.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 22 Jan 2018, 13:42
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: Just bought a second-hand Volt
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Just bought a second-hand Volt

jonescg wrote:
Sun, 21 Jan 2018, 09:37
Nice one Peter - was the Volt local or from interstate?
I took an early morning bus from Canberra to Sydney, did the familiarising, test drive, negotiating and paying through the middle of the day, then drove home to Canberra in the evening.
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 21 Jan 2018, 06:07
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: Just bought a second-hand Volt
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Just bought a second-hand Volt

Hi, I just bought a second-hand MY13 Holden Volt. It is doing very nicely. It drives smoothly like an EV. I have only a couple of times noticed a very brief hesitation and wonder if that is one of the clutches in the Voltec arrangement doing its thing. Our petrol car is leaving home with our daughte...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 07:59
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Dealer can tell you kWhs in iMiEV
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Dealer can tell you kWhs in iMiEV

I now have two data points! Last week we had the airbag recall done and I asked to be told the battery capacity result as well. Previously it was 12.9kWh. Now 12.7kWh. The little change is reassuring because I had the feeling the range remaining guess-o-meter has been telling me lower numbers lately...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 07:52
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: A closer look at the volt RCD tripping issue
Replies: 109
Views: 11929

Re: A closer look at the volt RCD tripping issue

Is this RCD tripping issue an intermittent problem with all Volts in Australia or just some? Do some Volts always behave themselves perfectly on any EVSE?
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 16:20
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: How to value my iMiev for sale?
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: How to value my iMiev for sale?

Let time I had my 2012 IMiEV serviced, they were able to include the remaining battery capacity on the report (12.9kWh, from an original spec of 16kWh). Performance and range seem to be the same for the last 4 years since we bought it as an ex-demo.
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 18 Aug 2017, 14:47
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Dealer can tell you kWhs in iMiEV
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Dealer can tell you kWhs in iMiEV

I asked my local Mitsubishi iMiEV service guy about any read out he might have on battery health. So, after a recent service, our MY2012, made in 2011, iMiEV's service report had an extra line saying it has 12.9kWh. I asked if that data was available from earlier services. I was interested to have s...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 11:23
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Battery Replacement - MX-5
Replies: 27
Views: 1680

Re: Battery Replacement - MX-5

- The cells weren't a stranger to 3C discharge (occasionally over that when showing off). On the freeway they spent long minutes at 150A which is about 1.7C... My best guess is 20,000km in the registered period.... This was for 45 x 90Ah Winston cells. I have the same except older since they were T...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 11:06
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: GBS cell smell question
Replies: 10
Views: 602

Re: GBS cell smell question

My ancient (2009) Thundersky LiFePO4 cells have a bit of smell on a hot day but they are still working fine after more than 8 years and about 55,000km, albeit with 25% loss of capacity in the least strong cell.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 21:14
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Tyres??
Replies: 31
Views: 2409

Tyres??

Correct dry air is good. Where do we get it? To some extent, compressor air, if sent via a storage tank, is likely to be dried a bit anyway. Water vapour in the compressed air cooling in a tank will condense so the tank should have a drain. When the air is drawn off the tank it will be drier than t...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 14:12
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Tyres??
Replies: 31
Views: 2409

Tyres??

Yeah! I always put the 80% grade nitrogen into my tyres. Think about it. Nitrogen at 80% is what the outside of the tyre is exposed to! If there is any useful benefit it might come from the filling gas being dry. I suspect plain dry air would be as good.
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 31 May 2017, 02:52
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: mothballing my iMiEV
Replies: 10
Views: 827

mothballing my iMiEV

I would leave it at 80% rather than 30%. I doubt there is much difference for battery longevity but 80% leaves you with a much bigger margin if there is some small drain.
Another option would be to ask a neighbour to drive and charge up the car once a week.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 09 Mar 2017, 14:37
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Spares from other Mitsubishis?
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Spares from other Mitsubishis?

coulomb wrote: I thought the I-MiEV was supposed to be based on the Colt.

The i-MiEV was the EV version of the 'i'. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_i
There were some petrol i's imported.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 09 Mar 2017, 00:32
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Tyres??
Replies: 31
Views: 2409

Tyres??

There are very good reasons why the front is narrower than the rear but I am happy with the Continental 155 wide rather than hard to find 145. Also much more stable feel. Rear motor vehicles frequently have wider rear tyres. It is to do with avoiding oversteer with more weight at the rear.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 09 Mar 2017, 00:28
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Spares from other Mitsubishis?
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Spares from other Mitsubishis?

No idea re mirage or others but remember there might be a few i's about too, the non-electric version of the iMiEV.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 02 Mar 2017, 02:43
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Do I need a new controller?
Replies: 56
Views: 3964

Do I need a new controller?

I think the TBS pro was designed at a time when traction packs were of sufficiently low voltage that having a link from 12V to traction battery did not introduce a safety risk. For higher voltages such as 120V or 144V you should keep them separate.
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 01 Mar 2017, 19:41
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Do I need a new controller?
Replies: 56
Views: 3964

Do I need a new controller?

Johny wrote: Peter I think I saw somewhere that you were using a TBS. Do you have a DC-DC isolator?

No isolator but I only use the TBS to monitor the traction battery. I have the passive voltage divider. I have a different gauge for the 12V system.
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 01 Mar 2017, 19:25
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Do I need a new controller?
Replies: 56
Views: 3964

Do I need a new controller?

[quote="Paul9"] ... b) How come it worked fine for the last 7 years when wired the same way? /QUOTE] Working and safe are two different things. If you don't have the 12V system isolated from the traction battery system, then one short could be serious. Otherwise you need two shorts before anything ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 24 Dec 2016, 16:50
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Noises on!
Replies: 14
Views: 778

Noises on!

I once found a nerdy web site with sound files for every TARDiS materialisation and dematerialisation sound ever used in a Dr. Who episode. I thought those on random might be good, if I had to have a sound at all.
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 24 Dec 2016, 12:39
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Noises on!
Replies: 14
Views: 778

Noises on!

We've had quite a few comment on our i-MiEV's sneakyness. Only in car park situations though. I think it would probably make sense for the reversing beeper to be on the outside instead of the inside. Going forwards I don't see it being hazardous at the speeds it is actually silent. Comments - yes -...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 24 Dec 2016, 02:35
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Noises on!
Replies: 14
Views: 778

Noises on!

In 8 years of driving an EV I have never had anyone do a double take or give any sign of noticing anything odd about my converted charade or iMiEV. I think the quietness is a non-issue.
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 14 Dec 2016, 21:11
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Do I need a new controller?
Replies: 56
Views: 3964

Do I need a new controller?

I found that my first Kelly controller was shorted to the chassis. Then, that its replacement was deliberately referenced to the chassis via (from memory) an internal megohm resistance. Documentation of later versions of the same controller had increased this to 10 megohm (from memory). With this ca...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 11 Dec 2016, 20:48
Forum: Tesla EVs
Topic: Charging-J1772 Adapter & Better Place Stations
Replies: 12
Views: 1245

Charging-J1772 Adapter & Better Place Stations

The Better Place chargers in Canberra are now supposed to be working with a card from ACTEW. I was given an ex-Better Place cable to try with my iMiEV but could not get it to work. I am just now investigating inside. The J1772 end comes apart. The Mennekes end seems welded. At the J1772 end there is...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 25 Nov 2016, 15:20
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: New to the forum & new I-miev
Replies: 448
Views: 26618

New to the forum & new I-miev

I have had this guy calling the Imiev home for the last few months. Every time we park the car within a few hrs this frog has settled in on a smooth cool body of the Imiev. I have a different issue. The engine bay of my converted car keeps having redback spiders taking up residence. I guess they ge...