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by praxidice
Wed, 15 Aug 2018, 07:39
Forum: Other
Topic: Pipistrel electric aeroplane - in Perth!
Replies: 8
Views: 1003

Re: Pipistrel electric aeroplane - in Perth!

I wonder what these things cost to purchase and maintain ?

Presumably both are well under that of comparable ICE aircraft as the electric motor should have an indefinite life and as with an EV, maintenance will be minimal.

The proposed 2 hour version will indeed be an interesting prospect.
by praxidice
Wed, 15 Aug 2018, 07:30
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: Bye Bye Nissan Battery
Replies: 2
Views: 923

Re: Bye Bye Nissan Battery

I'd be ecstatic if some bright IT nerd hacked the factory firmware on Leaf / eNV200 and iMiEV to allow fitting a much bigger battery pack.
by praxidice
Wed, 15 Aug 2018, 07:26
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: Importing 2013-2017 Nissan leaf from japan
Replies: 8
Views: 712

Re: Importing 2013-2017 Nissan leaf from japan

I wonder if JDM Leafs have the early battery that gave trouble in some parts of the US or the replacement 'lizard' battery ? According to several sources, JDM Leafs retain the 3kw charger, unlike UK ones which have a 6kw charger. Personally I wouldn't buy a 2017 eNV200 because we are likely to see 2...
by praxidice
Sun, 29 Jul 2018, 10:38
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Aust. Auto Aftermarket article on Batteries and EV's
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: Aust. Auto Aftermarket article on Batteries and EV's

An issue I'd love to see resolved is the ability to hack the onboard computer / firmware to allow fitment of bigger battery packs. There are far greater capacity batteries available than those installed by Mitsubishi and Nissan, but as far as I'm aware, nobody has managed to make use of the later ba...
by praxidice
Thu, 26 Jul 2018, 20:12
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project
Replies: 26
Views: 1212

Re: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project

47kw would be wonderful if there was a way to hack the firmware
by praxidice
Sun, 22 Jul 2018, 10:13
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-miev battery modules.
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: i-miev battery modules.

Is there any reason why a range-extender needs to use the original style batteries ? I understand someone put together an e-jerrycan range a while back and as far as I'm aware, it didn't involve the original batteries. Presumably you are intending to top up the standard battery pack using either an ...
by praxidice
Sun, 08 Jul 2018, 06:25
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: Importing 2013-2017 Nissan leaf from japan
Replies: 8
Views: 712

Re: Importing 2013-2017 Nissan leaf from japan

To the best of my knowledge, the only Nissan EV on the SEV list is the NV200 van. SEV rules apply to low volume special interest vehicles and prohibit vehicles already sold locally in volume by the manufacturer. I imported a Minicab through JSpec without major problems and wouldn't hesitate to do it...
by praxidice
Mon, 02 Jul 2018, 15:13
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Around Australia Electric Highway
Replies: 15
Views: 829

Re: Around Australia Electric Highway

Is there reason to believe BMW i3 can be upgraded ? Everything I've read about Mitsubishis and Nissans suggests that its extremely difficult if not impossible to fit a bigger battery because there isn't sufficient information about the computer software in the public domain. From dealings I've had w...
by praxidice
Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 07:18
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Around Australia Electric Highway
Replies: 15
Views: 829

Re: Around Australia Electric Highway

Has anyone tried using the Electric Highway Tritium chademo /CCS charger at Coolangatta airport ? The cables are extremely short and it is impossible to connect a Minicab without parking side-on. The cables are probably OK for a Leaf or any other EV with the connector in a comparable position but I ...
by praxidice
Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 06:38
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Interesting issue affecting private imports

I have issues with charging imiev at the Chargepoint Australia (CA) garden city shopping centre in Perth. Imiev charges fine at other CA sites. The imiev charge LED flashes then goes out. If I put 90 degree stress on the cable it works. So it seems that the pilot pins are not connecting. Garden Cit...
by praxidice
Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 06:14
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Interesting issue affecting private imports

Very interesting. I assume your Minicab is a U67 which looks like it came from JustBuses as its the only one I've seen with mag wheels. That said, there 'should' not be any difference with my later U68. Not my Minicab. Yes it is a U67 but I have been told it did not come from JustBuses but may have...
by praxidice
Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 08:13
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Interesting issue affecting private imports

Very interesting. I assume your Minicab is a U67 which looks like it came from JustBuses as its the only one I've seen with mag wheels. That said, there 'should' not be any difference with my later U68. Neither (the two switch) Tesla to J1772 nor the type 2 mennekes to J1772 worked. The locations I ...
by praxidice
Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 09:54
Forum: Renault
Topic: Renault EVs now available in Oz
Replies: 29
Views: 2422

Re: Renault EVs now available in Oz

I'd prefer a Kangoo rather than a Zoe, but with the bigger battery that is in the Zoe. Don't suppose the model refresh will put a bit more battery in a Kangoo ? It will be interesting to see how Nissan prices the 40kw Leaf, hopefully Nissan sharpens its pencils a bit more than it did with the origin...
by praxidice
Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 09:45
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: The full Hyundai Ioniq range headed down under
Replies: 46
Views: 4839

Re: The full Hyundai Ioniq range headed down under

The blurb I've read says that the EV version of the Ionique only has a 28kw battery. That is very disappointing given that the Zoe, 40kw Leaf, 60kw Leaf and who knows what battery capacity Tesla 3 are due in Australia within the next year or so.
by praxidice
Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 09:31
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: 2018 Nissan Leaf!
Replies: 21
Views: 4547

Re: 2018 Nissan Leaf!

I see someone suggesting a RRP of $42,000 ..... my guess given Nissan's original pricing for the original Leaf would be well into the $60,000s and probably nearer $70,000 for the 60kw version. Of more interest to me is the NV2000 which reportedly got 40kw from earlier this year. Whether or not it wi...
by praxidice
Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 09:21
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Interesting issue affecting private imports

I haven't experienced any issue with charging the Minicab from a Tesla charging station using the Gelco Tesla to 3 pin adaptor, apart of course from the time it takes. The problem I had was with the Gelco Tesla to J1772 and Type 2 to J1772 cables (both not requiring use of a 'regular' EVSE). I still...
by praxidice
Thu, 21 Jun 2018, 05:31
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Interesting issue affecting private imports

My present situation is that I've avoided the Tesla to J1772 problem by using a Tesla to 3 pin 15 amp adaptor, consequently there doesn't appear to be anything to be gained from a Tesla destination charger perspective from messing with the onboard J1772 socket. That said, I still can't use a type 2 ...
by praxidice
Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 17:45
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: BEVs in Australia
Replies: 22
Views: 1478

Re: BEVs in Australia

As far as I'm aware, the only SEV compliance workshops in Australia for ENV2000 and Minicab U67 and U68 is JustBuses at Virginia on northside of Brisbane
by praxidice
Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 09:00
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Interesting issue affecting private imports

Thanks, I'll decide whether or not to go down that track when I see what is involved. I know Gelco has a solution for early MiEVs but its not a cheap fix for a minor problem, its designed for a different wiring configuration and this Minicab is a current model. Given the time involved in J1772 charg...
by praxidice
Sun, 17 Jun 2018, 13:59
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Interesting issue affecting private imports

I've never been in King George Square but will attempt to get there in the near future. Is there another comparable J1772 somewhere closer to the Gold Coast as I spend much more time in that part of the world than in Brisbane. My interest in a portable chademo derives from the painful wait for a ful...
by praxidice
Sun, 17 Jun 2018, 04:29
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Interesting issue affecting private imports

The issue I'm on about with the Minicab seems a different one to the early iMiev one even though the two missing pins is a similar factor. Public 1772 stations are never a problem for me ... the only things I know of that don't work are the Type 2 to 1772 and Tesla to 1772 cables. Its still possible...
by praxidice
Sat, 16 Jun 2018, 02:53
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Tesla HPWC adaptor >J1772
Replies: 19
Views: 3464

Re: Tesla HPWC adaptor >J1772

I just discovered another issue (mentioned in a different thread) affecting privately imported vehicles. Seems there are two pins in the onboard J1772 plug that are not used in Japan, and this means that Type 2 to J1772 and Tesla to J1772 cables won't connect.Reportedly the Tesla to 16 amp 3 pin ada...
by praxidice
Sat, 16 Jun 2018, 02:29
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Interesting issue affecting private imports
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Interesting issue affecting private imports

I recently purchased a Type 2 to J1772 and a Tesla to J1772 adaptor from Gelco and found that neither would connect. After a bit of investigation we found that cars intended for the japanese market don't have two pins in the J1772 socket connected. Its apparently still possible to use one of the Tes...
by praxidice
Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 09:52
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Around Australia Electric Highway
Replies: 15
Views: 829

Re: Around Australia Electric Highway

The portable chademo that according to plugshare used to live at Springers Lawnton is no longer there and no staff have any knowledge of it. I believe the post re the portable chademo was made by a Leaf owner from another group.
by praxidice
Fri, 08 Jun 2018, 05:29
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Around Australia Electric Highway
Replies: 15
Views: 829

Re: Around Australia Electric Highway

For some reason, it seems that WA bloodsucking parasites are slightly more enlightened than the bloodsucking parasites in other states. This business about 3 phase 32 amp sockets appears to be associated largely with country showgrounds as I have stumbled across some that are so equipped. Unfortunat...