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by doggy
Thu, 01 Nov 2018, 16:54
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Zoe menu items

Good idea. I shall do the same.
Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Thu, 25 Oct 2018, 04:09
Forum: Renault
Topic: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?
Replies: 17
Views: 748

Re: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?

I just realised something. I successfully charged my Zoe from a single phase Tesla charger at Dee Why RSL in Sydney a couple of months ago. This was before I knew anything about phases/neutrals on Tesla chargers. So either that EVSE is not connected in an unusual way or Zoe can handle it! The chargi...
by doggy
Wed, 24 Oct 2018, 08:19
Forum: Renault
Topic: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?
Replies: 17
Views: 748

Re: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?

AHA! Thanks for that info.
Definitely do not want to connect Zoe to that arrangement!
Regards,
Dave
by doggy
Tue, 23 Oct 2018, 11:13
Forum: Renault
Topic: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?
Replies: 17
Views: 748

Re: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?

Agreed re the Neutral. From memory, I think the Zoe uses one of L2/L3 internally as a neutral for single phase (switched by contactor). I am pretty sure their normal Neutral is not very substantial as per normal convention, because it is not needed in real three phase mode. I would certainly not lik...
by doggy
Tue, 23 Oct 2018, 07:08
Forum: Renault
Topic: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?
Replies: 17
Views: 748

Re: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?

Because it appears that the Tesla single phase chargers connect L1 to L2 and L3. So it looks like three phase but all the phases are in sync. I am not sure that any equipment normally designed for three phase would like to be connected to such a setup unless specifically designed for it (Tesla). I w...
by doggy
Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 11:59
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Zoe menu items

My most recent answer from Simone Johnson was:

"We recognise that the connected services would be of benefit to our customers and are working to introduce them on ZOE however we do not currently have a confirmed timeline for introduction of the services."

Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 11:08
Forum: Renault
Topic: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?
Replies: 17
Views: 748

Re: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?

I also agree it is probably a good idea to avoid the Tesla single phase units if they have all phases connected to L1. It is usually possible to find a plate somewhere saying whether it is 3 or 1 phase.

Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 11:07
Forum: Renault
Topic: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?
Replies: 17
Views: 748

Re: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?

Tesla EVSEs can be set in Tesla-only mode where there is a special interchange with the car and the non-Tesla car can not use it. Legacy mode allows Teslas and non-Teslas to use it. I have found the Zoe takes a little bit of extra time before the charging starts and I understand this is because ther...
by doggy
Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 11:02
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Zoe menu items

Hi Lou, That is sensible. I started with the dealer (in Sydney) and they found their demo vehicle had the same problem. I found RA reasonably responsive and cordial- until I started getting too aggressive and needed to tone it down a bit. I also added some commentary about ZE services in the AEVA re...
by doggy
Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 05:27
Forum: Renault
Topic: OpenEVSE charging Zoe
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: OpenEVSE charging Zoe

Hi Lou, You can actually program it to do anything you want because it is fully Open Source and the code is freely available. There are two main branches- a US branch and a European one. I use the European code. Basically, you send it a value via MQTT (it also supports other methods) which is labell...
by doggy
Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 08:43
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Zoe menu items

Hi Lou, unfortunately there are clauses which say that not everything in the manual is in every car. For instance Android Auto is in my manual but definitely not in the car (not that I care about that). It seems some people have a manual which is later than the cars we have and others have the same ...
by doggy
Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 17:23
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Pulse charging Lithiums
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Pulse charging Lithiums

I gave up on the triac driven primary regulation. Harmonics from the cycle dropping were causing too much core heating in the transformers. However, the idea did basically work- but not satisfactory for continuous operation. The same scheme worked brilliantly for me in regulating a 2khz 3 phase 600v...
by doggy
Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 16:00
Forum: Renault
Topic: OpenEVSE charging Zoe
Replies: 2
Views: 212

OpenEVSE charging Zoe

I thought some people might be interested in the use of OpenEVSE which I use to charge my Zoe using excess Solar power which would otherwise be exported to the grid. I tried to put this in a more general category such as charging. However, for some reason, the system will only let me add attachments...
by doggy
Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 15:12
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Zoe menu items

Hi Lou, thanks. I have exhausted my goodwill with RA on this subject. Most recently they did concede that it would be useful to have these things working and that they did plan to introduce them but were not prepared to commit when this might happen. If everyone who has bought a Zoe pestered them th...
by doggy
Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 14:27
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Zoe menu items

Hi fellow Zoe owners, I thought I would check if everyone has the same options for charge scheduling on their Zoe. Here's what mine does: a. Default charge anytime mode set normally. This is the left hand icon. b. Can select start time on the middle icon and this seems to work. Cannot set an end tim...
by doggy
Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 08:53
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For sale J1772 to Type 2 charging cable
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: For sale J1772 to Type 2 charging cable

Hi Terry, and worse still, it sold for more on eBay than I had listed here! If you already have the plug and socket then that seems cheapest. Just need the cable. But if you had to buy the cable, plug and socket it would be pretty pricey. From time to time there are reasonable deals on AliExpress. H...
by doggy
Thu, 18 Oct 2018, 04:46
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For sale J1772 to Type 2 charging cable
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: For sale J1772 to Type 2 charging cable

Sorry, some time back I listed it and sold it on eBay.
Regards,
Dave
by doggy
Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 18:54
Forum: Renault
Topic: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?
Replies: 17
Views: 748

Re: Is the Renault Zoe Warranty Voided If Used With A Non Renault Z.E. 1.4 Certified Charging Station?

I have charged my Zoe at a number of Tesla chargers. They must be in legacy mode.

I also have a third party EVSE and a three phase OpenEVSE all of which work very nicely.

The Renault dealer here is also Nissan and I noticed them charging both cars with a third party EVSE.

Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 18:50
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe charging
Replies: 26
Views: 1699

Re: Zoe charging

This is correct. The R90 and R110 are 22kW charge. The Q90 is 43kW charge but not available in Australia. However, the regen charges at up to 41kW when you use the brake pedal as well as taking your foot off the accelerator. If you look at the real world charge rates I published at the top of this t...
by doggy
Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 19:19
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Off-grid EVSE
Replies: 19
Views: 2553

Re: Off-grid EVSE

OpenEVSE gives you everything you need. You don't have to buy a kit if you do not want to. Everything is open source and published. You could even use their schematics and lob in a PIC if you really wanted to. Plus all the code is in C so pretty portable. I am a PIC developer (since 2004) and was go...
by doggy
Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 19:11
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Pulse charging Lithiums
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Pulse charging Lithiums

It is 42J because I must have two half cycles not one or else I will have core saturation problems. So I drop or add cycles in 20msec blocks. You are right about the 60kHz- a lot of things are easier. But some others are harder. In another day or so I'll know whether I'm continuing on this current p...
by doggy
Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 10:39
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Pulse charging Lithiums
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Pulse charging Lithiums

Hm, I might have problem with this. One cycle of the mains (ie 20msecs) of a notional 2100watts is 42Joules. Assuming that the cells can take very little due to high SOC that means I am going to need a lot more than 148,000uF of capacitance to keep the voltage peak to an acceptable level. I might ha...
by doggy
Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 10:08
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Pulse charging Lithiums
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Pulse charging Lithiums

Hi Terry, Thanks for that very useful information. Your assumptions are correct, though the 300mV over-voltage will last more like 3msecs than 10. I am having to change my voltage regulation because phase shifting was causing too many higher harmonics which heated the transformer cores too much. So ...
by doggy
Fri, 28 Sep 2018, 17:23
Forum: Renault
Topic: Our new Zoe
Replies: 11
Views: 692

Re: Our new Zoe

Yes, I would expect the R110 (larger motor) car once the first batch is gone. However Renault suggested to me that it might still be the R90. The choice of colours must be getting smaller! My understanding is that the Q90 and R110 are the vehicles now shipping in Europe and more recently the UK. It ...
by doggy
Fri, 28 Sep 2018, 07:40
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Off-grid EVSE
Replies: 19
Views: 2553

Re: Off-grid EVSE

Hi Jeff, I suggest you look at the OpenEVSE which does much of what you seek. I bought a kit and assembled it and am using it with my on-grid solar system. The Eco mode works fine for me: a. Car will not accept below 6A. I turn it on and as soon as the total solar export to grid hits 6A (1440W), the...