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by LouB
Yesterday, 14:09
Forum: Renault
Topic: OpenEVSE charging Zoe
Replies: 1
Views: 53

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: 4
Views: 50

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: 4
Views: 50

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: 135

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: 1370

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: 16
Views: 792

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: 16
Views: 792

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: 511

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: 511

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: 16
Views: 792

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: 511

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: 703

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 ...
by LouB
Sun, 23 Sep 2018, 07:42
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 703

Re: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit

Hi dgh853, Yes - I have 3 phase supply to the house but, I am hoping that the Zappi will work for me. I have been careful to have it installed on a single phase (the same one that my main 6.48 kW solar PV is on). I would think that in this case the Zappi would not be even aware of the other two, unc...
by LouB
Sat, 22 Sep 2018, 11:26
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 703

Re: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit

As promised: here is my experience and cost of installing an 32A dedicated circuit to power a Zappi EVSE. Besides purchase price of Zappi, total installation cost was $1900. It was a somewhat complex job as our house is 2 storeys and cabling had to to be run some 25 M in total, up cavity walls to ro...
by LouB
Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 14:15
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe charging
Replies: 26
Views: 1370

Re: Zoe charging

Hi TomZoe,

Yes the version of Konnwei 902 is important. Somewhat surprisingly, others have found that version 1.5 works with the Zoe whereas higher versions do not.

Do look at:

https://canze.fisch.lu/ios/

for a lot of ins & outs re interfacing iPads and iPhones with CanZE and Zoe.

Cheers
Lou
by LouB
Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 13:40
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe charging
Replies: 26
Views: 1370

Re: Zoe charging

Hi TomZoe, Sorry to hear that. The Android version of CanZE from Google Playstore that I have installed is in english. I am aware that IOS could present some problems with language and communications type. This from the CanZE site on their Team "IOS" page: "Posted on October 22, 2016 CanZE was porte...
by LouB
Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 12:13
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe charging
Replies: 26
Views: 1370

Re: Zoe charging

I have no info on 'ZE Connected Services', but I do have some knowledge of OBD2 scanners and related Android apps. I've used a MaxiScan OBD2/EOBD scanner for years on my ICE vehicles. Something similar is available for Renault ZE vehicles. Threre's a cheap scanner (LEM327 Bluetooth Konnwei KW902 V1....
by LouB
Sun, 09 Sep 2018, 12:40
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 703

Re: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit

Thanks Bryce - Just what I was afraid of. However, I had already read (and saved a copy) of the ReNew article. It's what made me believe that my switchboard might not need any drastic upgrade. The Zappi EVSE (from myenergy.uk) should not require a special breaker as it comes with an integral 30mA RC...
by LouB
Sun, 09 Sep 2018, 08:10
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 703

Cost to install 32A dedicated circuit

I am currently getting quotes to install a dedicated 32A circuit for my Zappi EVSE. Probably will require approx 20 M of 6mm (twin & earth TPS) cable and also some conduit because of metal house framing. I have priced a generous cable run, conduit, RCBO etc and can get the lot for under $200 AUD ret...
by LouB
Fri, 31 Aug 2018, 11:17
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe charging
Replies: 26
Views: 1370

Re: Zoe charging

Hi Dave, I'm stiil some weeks from purchase of the Zoe, so cannot offer any personal experience with charging efficiency. Attempting to charge at 6A seems a great trial of patience. I have read some OS posts indicating that: at such low power, the on-board charger may not be operating at all and tha...
by LouB
Tue, 21 Aug 2018, 12:03
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: How DC chargers work
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: How DC chargers work

Thanks jonescg. Your figures make sense.
I just asked because of reports like this:

Tesla explains why it limits Supercharging speed after high numbers of DC charges

Link: https://electrek.co/2017/05/07/tesla-li ... r-charges/

Cheers
Lou
by LouB
Tue, 21 Aug 2018, 09:58
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: How DC chargers work
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: How DC chargers work

Are these proposed 350kW, and possibly 800kW charging stations, predicated on the general adoption of solid state and/or ultracapacitor batteries? Wouldn't current Lithium-ion batteries be seriously degraded by the heat generated (unless charging rate is drastically controlled)?

Cheers
Lou
by LouB
Tue, 21 Aug 2018, 06:42
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: Zappi EVSE

Hi Tassie6er Wow! Your Model S must be capable of return journeys to any point in Tassie on a single charge. Tasmania must be the ideal state to own an EV, with reduced range anxiety and with the grid mainly fed from green hydro. How long does it take to charge that huge battery from the Zappi? Chee...
by LouB
Mon, 20 Aug 2018, 07:29
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: Zappi EVSE

I too support Open Source where I can; I run various flavours of Linux on each of myPCs. The OpenEVSE looks the goods but I've not been able to find it from an Aus supplier. After some previous experience with imported electrical/electronic gear I'm wary of items that may not meet Australian Standar...
by LouB
Fri, 17 Aug 2018, 09:35
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: Zappi EVSE

If anyone wants to know more on the Zappi EVSE, these videos provide quite a lot of info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQnzk9LvRoQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EtegQfZQRw The first video is a lengthy and fairly technical overview of the whole system, while the second provides more of a user's...