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by LouB
Tue, 04 Dec 2018, 08:42
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: Bring on the BERM please

For anyone else interested in the Ryobi RM480E ride-on mower: As the sales people at Bunnings could not tell me whether the AU standard 240V 10A power outlet was adequate to charge the battery, I emailed Ryobi Australia for clarification. The reply was affirmative, in that the charger has a standard...
by LouB
Fri, 30 Nov 2018, 14:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Bunnings now has the Ryobi RM480e available on special order. See: https://www.bunnings.com.au/ryobi-38-48v-battery-ride-on-lawn-mower_p0089488 I went and ordered one today. I didn't agree to pay for delivery because the shop assistant said it would cost an extra $148 for the 'crane lift truck'. In ...
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 11:39
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Thank you - Brendon I'm sure that the page at: https://www.ryobi.com.au/battery-powered-ride-on-mower/ must only have been uploaded within the last 24hours, or so. I think I would have seen it had it been there before. I have registered my interest with Ryobi.com.au and await news of its public rele...
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 10:17
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Just a postscript on catcher for Ryobi 480e. There's this video showing that a grass catcher is actually available (in US at least):

Ryobi RM480e Bagger Attachment with Blade Swap
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI4SiwKHLqg
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 08:58
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Hi 4Springs, I once believed I needed a catcher for my ride-on. At great expense, I bought the catcher kit for my then Cox Orion ride-on. Cox Australia made good mowers 30+ years ago. My present Cox (Stockman 4000 LiveAxle) is a POS. The Orion was a side discharge mower and the catcher contraption w...
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 08:29
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: Bring on the BERM please

It's also available with 100ah batteries (for US $200 more).
Brendon - where did you find the $3999 AUD price?
At that price I would snap it up today!
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 06:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Thank you for all the suggestions. If I was a lot younger, I would consider making up my own electric ride-on but, tempus fugit :( . I knew of Zeromow's Mean Green Machine but it had to be self-imported at considerable expense. I also queried Cub Cadet to see if they were about to import the electri...
by LouB
Sat, 17 Nov 2018, 09:54
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 21
Views: 574

Bring on the BERM please

I have to mow a couple of acres around our house. I do not care about making a nice lawn, The mowing is to reduce the impact of possible bushfires and to prevent regrowth of shrubs and trees. In restricted spaces I have been using a Victa 82V cordless electric mower; and have been very happy with it...
by LouB
Tue, 06 Nov 2018, 13:33
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 22
Views: 1307

Re: Zappi EVSE

Matthew is correct. Zappi will measure input/output from an AC coupled battery. The Zappi user manual shows the settings necessary for this to happen. It only requires installing yet another CT ($35 AUD). But, I can't see how it would help in an off-grid setup. In my case, with an DC coupled battery...
by LouB
Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 12:00
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 22
Views: 1307

Re: Zappi EVSE

Hi Wal, I dare say it could be made to work in an off-grid situation. But it could not work as intended. The whole point of the Zappi is that it is able to measure the amount of energy that is being sent to the grid and divert an equal amount of energy to charging the EV. In essence, it is totally r...
by LouB
Sun, 04 Nov 2018, 09:40
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 22
Views: 1307

Re: Zappi EVSE

I have now managed to get my Zappi EVSE working properly. It behaves as per specs when charging the EV in each of the 3 available modes: FAST, ECO and ECO+. After much mucking about with the wireless Harvi setup and getting either weak or lost signals, I tested it by extending twisted pair between C...
by LouB
Thu, 01 Nov 2018, 14:40
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Zoe menu items

Just an update to fellow Zoe conducteurs. I've received this reply from Simone Johnston – Customer Service RA: "We are chasing this up with France because we understand the importance of it for our customers, so far we have not had a response. We will contact you as soon as we have a response." I in...
by LouB
Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 09:07
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Zoe menu items

I've begun by asking the Renault Dealer for an explanation as to why the charging programming function outlined in P1.16 of the supplied Renault Zoe Driver's Handbook doesn't work. They did not seem to be aware of the problem but promised to "look into it". I suggested that if the fault was found to...
by LouB
Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 14:09
Forum: Renault
Topic: OpenEVSE charging Zoe
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: OpenEVSE charging Zoe

Hi Dave, OpenEVSE appears to be a very capable unit. I especially like the charge scheduling function. Have you any idea as to how it handles PV connected home batteries? And especially batteries that connect to DC side of inverter? I understand that charge in AC side batteries, like the Tesla Power...
by LouB
Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 07:29
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Zoe menu items

I will be contacting both the dealer that sold me the Zoe and Renault Australia on what could constitute false advertising under Australian law. First: I need to make a list of all functions that are not operational, though they are shown, with instructions, in the supplied Zoe Driver's Handbook and...
by LouB
Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 15:06
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Zoe menu items

Yes - same thing here. A real bummer really as I was thinking that I might use the charging time settings to overcome a problem I have with the EVSE not being able to distinguish surplus solar generation from house battery charge. Ability to set end time would ensure that forgetting to remove the ch...
by LouB
Wed, 17 Oct 2018, 06:36
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EV Buyers Guide – choosing an EV type that suits you
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: EV Buyers Guide – choosing an EV type that suits you

We have a Renault Zoe and a Subaru XV. The Zoe is mainly driven by my wife (was an easy way to convince her that we absolutely 'needed' an BEV. Since it arrived I hardly ever get to play with it. The Zoe has been quickly promoted from second car to main vehicle; it is now getting used for 90% of all...
by LouB
Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 10:08
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe charging
Replies: 26
Views: 1829

Re: Zoe charging

Congratulations Dave on your interesting article in Oct-Dec EVNews on the Zoe I too feel that the non-adjustable regeneration is fairly efficient. It's quite apparent on long downhills when more range appears to be added than the travelled distance. Driving from my place to the nearest shopping cent...
by LouB
Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 06:07
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 22
Views: 1307

Re: Zappi EVSE

Hi Bryce I actually purchased the Zappi, together with Harvi and a couple of CTs, from Russ at EVolution. I did send him an email with feedback info, but have not heard back yet. We have had a couple of phone conversations, in the past, so I will try that route again. Thanks for the heads-up re: Oct...
by LouB
Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 14:18
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 22
Views: 1307

Re: Zappi EVSE

After a couple of weeks of using the Zappi EVSE to charge our Zoe, its now possible to provide an interim assessment. There is no doubt that it works well in the setup it was originally designed for. That is: where there is a single phase power supply, with solar PV (or wind) generation connected to...
by LouB
Fri, 28 Sep 2018, 10:19
Forum: Renault
Topic: Our new Zoe
Replies: 11
Views: 774

Re: Our new Zoe

I wasn't using Eco mode. In fact, I have mentally relegated that button to the same use that fighter pilots have for the ejector lever. Only for Last Resort. What I meant to say is that acceleration is excellent from 0 - 70 kph but tapers off substantially between 70 - 110 kph. That is: in compariso...
by LouB
Thu, 27 Sep 2018, 10:50
Forum: Renault
Topic: Our new Zoe
Replies: 11
Views: 774

Re: Our new Zoe

Hi Tom, Maybe it was just me. I probably need to improve my technique and exercise my lead-foot :) . It would be interesting to discover just how many Zoes have landed in Australia and how many have been sold to fleet buyers and to private individuals. When the Nissan Leaf first became available bac...
by LouB
Thu, 27 Sep 2018, 10:33
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 22
Views: 1307

Re: Zappi EVSE

I got the Zappi installed and have had a go with it, charging a Renault Zoe. Like the curate's egg, It seems to be good "in parts". It appears to be charging OK in Fast Mode, but I don't think it is working properly in the other two modes, i.e. ECO and ECO+ mode. The Zappi screen says it is, but the...
by LouB
Wed, 26 Sep 2018, 12:19
Forum: Renault
Topic: Our new Zoe
Replies: 11
Views: 774

Our new Zoe

Yesterday I drove our new Zoe ZE40 home from the dealers. Got to drive at freeway speeds for part of the 62 km trip. Although acceleration above 70 kph was pretty sluggish, once it got to 110kph it held speed quite well. It's blue, and the best part is that my wife chose the colour, so I can't be bl...
by LouB
Mon, 24 Sep 2018, 07:04
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 1321

Re: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit

Hi dgh853, I'm stiil waiting to pick up the EV but I've been comparing what appears on the Zappi screen with what I see from the Inverter. Like you, I have the wireless Harvi setup. I have only the one CT, that came with the Zappi, connected. After some fiddling with the Zappi settings, the display ...