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by LouB
Thu, 16 May 2019, 12:54
Forum: Renault
Topic: What is happening with Renault EVs in Australia?
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: What is happening with Renault EVs in Australia?

Hi Chris, I don't think you are far wrong about Renault Australia's self-imposed stop-sale. By now everyone must have been taking note of the big push in the NRMA's Open Road magazine to support the EV revolution. However, there has not been a single article or indeed even mention of Renault Zoe or ...
by LouB
Wed, 15 May 2019, 14:41
Forum: Renault
Topic: What is happening with Renault EVs in Australia?
Replies: 3
Views: 65

What is happening with Renault EVs in Australia?

On the surface, it seems that nothing is happening on the Renault EV scene in Australia. Has anyone seen any TV ads? I haven't. Though there is lots of TV advertising for Renault gas guzzlers. The Renault Australia Home page has the same stuff re: EVs as when we bought our Zoe, that is: 7 months ago...
by LouB
Wed, 15 May 2019, 11:21
Forum: Renault
Topic: R-LINK Accounts
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: R-LINK Accounts

After managing to register with R-LINK Store and successfully running the update that fixed the April 06 bug, I thought it was time to update the TomTom maps in my Zoe navigation system. The instructions are clear and the process should have been fairly simple but, here I struck a problem. Ours, is ...
by LouB
Fri, 03 May 2019, 09:32
Forum: Renault
Topic: R-LINK Accounts
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: R-LINK Accounts

It was my fault. I registered using my every-day Firefox browser and disremebered that it was loaded with ad blockers, antispam an anti-tracking add-ons. It was probably preventing the login pop-ups from showing. Swapping to Opera made everything OK. Just one small hiccup: the vehicle registration p...
by LouB
Fri, 03 May 2019, 08:13
Forum: Renault
Topic: R-LINK Accounts
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: R-LINK Accounts

Hi Dave Thanks for the info. I went through the registration but don't know yet if it has been properly processed. I got back a confirmation email with a link to activate the account but does not seem to be working, at least not yet. The activating link takes me to the login page but then only provi...
by LouB
Wed, 01 May 2019, 13:29
Forum: Renault
Topic: R-LINK Accounts
Replies: 7
Views: 143

R-LINK Accounts

Except for updating R-LINK Evolution system following the recent April 6, 2019 bug, I have not done other updates or created an account for 'MY Renault' or registered our Zoe to it. The Renault Australia page at: https://easyconnect.renault.com.au/help/r-link-evolution shows you how create the accou...
by LouB
Wed, 01 May 2019, 13:02
Forum: Renault
Topic: Single phase charging
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Single phase charging

Hi Dave As Matt says, it all seems to depend on how much power you have available. At our place, we seem to be blessed with more solar than we actually need. Even after charging a house battery, more than than 1/3 is going back into the grid. It accrues credits that we will probably never get back. ...
by LouB
Mon, 29 Apr 2019, 10:39
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe charging
Replies: 29
Views: 2669

Re: Zoe charging

Yes, regen at up to 43kW is very nice. It is really surprising to see the estimated range increasing so rapidly when travelling downhill with brakes on. So far we have only recharged at home from a single phase EVSE that provides 7.4kW max., and we never even use that maximum rate because we try to ...
by LouB
Sun, 28 Apr 2019, 13:04
Forum: Renault
Topic: Cannot connect to live services
Replies: 16
Views: 343

Re: Cannot connect to live services

Today, I did finally manage to run the R-Link update. I say finally, because the process took such a long time and completed in an uncertain manner. Following the advice from this thread, I had no difficulty with downloading and extracting the TOMTOM.000 file to an USB stick. After inserting the USB...
by LouB
Sat, 27 Apr 2019, 11:55
Forum: Renault
Topic: First Zoe Service!
Replies: 27
Views: 844

Re: First Zoe Service!

Hi Dave, Just shows how out of touch I have been. Had no idea that there had been a dealership change. I got my Zoe from Sydney City Renault in Alexandria where, if I'm not mistaken, you did too. I just now looked up the Renault Australia 'Find a Dealer' web-page and discovered 2 dealerships apparen...
by LouB
Sat, 27 Apr 2019, 09:02
Forum: Renault
Topic: First Zoe Service!
Replies: 27
Views: 844

Re: First Zoe Service!

Tom - thanks for all the info on your first Zoe service. Really shows that you have to be prepared to prompt the service people to do all that is required. Hopefully, as EVs become common, they will gain more expertise and streamline procedures. Our Zoe has been problem-free since purchase. Except, ...
by LouB
Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 14:06
Forum: Renault
Topic: Flat tyre experience
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Flat tyre experience

Yes, I too saw all those warnings about not lifting the car in case of damage to the battery. However, the Zoe has standard, reinforced jacking points under the sills. It is what they used at my local tyre service place to lift the car. In fact, these are pics from the Renault assembly process that ...
by LouB
Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 12:14
Forum: Renault
Topic: First Zoe Service!
Replies: 27
Views: 844

Re: First Zoe Service!

Hi Tom, first service for our Zoe is still 7 months off, but I am very interested to know what is involved and how much it is likely to cost. One reason for getting an EV is that it should require much reduced service and maintenance compared with an ICE vehicle with all those thousands of moving pa...
by LouB
Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 12:03
Forum: Renault
Topic: Flat tyre experience
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Flat tyre experience

On Tue 26 Feb my wife on entering a local shopping centre's carpark veered to the left to avoid an oncoming vehicle and scraped the front kerbside tyre on a concrete aisle divider. It resulted in an instant flat tyre. I later ascertained that the sidewall had a slit in it probably caused by somethin...
by LouB
Wed, 23 Jan 2019, 09:55
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?

Thanks for your input Terry. I have found it quite difficult to equate max flow and max head specifications to actual measured performance of pumps. For example: we do not have mains pressure (reticulated) water supply, and so have to rely on electric pumps for the house and garden. The pump servici...
by LouB
Tue, 15 Jan 2019, 11:28
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?

I only put in the link to the Tuhorse brand pump as an example of the sort of thing I was considering. I really don't yet know what to go with, or whether, as it's intended for an emergeny fire fighting pump, I may have to stick with the petrol one. A pity if that were the case as I was hoping to pr...
by LouB
Mon, 14 Jan 2019, 12:02
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?

In answer to jonescg: I don't really understand where the inverter comes into it. My interest was with pumps such as the one in this ad: https://www.tuhorse.com.au/4-500w-48v-screw-submersible-solar-bore-pump-40m-cable-free-delivery/ Your situation and ingenious setup is interesting T1 Terry. In the...
by LouB
Mon, 14 Jan 2019, 09:26
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 501

48V DC pump for fire fighting?

I'm in the process of moving as much of my equipment as possible away from fossil fuels and oils. To that end, we have moved to a BEV (Renault Zoe) and also have an electric push mower (Victa) and electric ride-on mower (Ryobi. For safety reasons we have held onto our 5HP fire fighting pump (Robin E...
by LouB
Sat, 29 Dec 2018, 08:53
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

Re: Bring on the BERM please

The Ryobi ride-on was delivered on 18 Dec and it's now done just over 4.5 hours mowing. So far, the experience has been mainly positive. It took some getting used to the sudden standing start acceleration, but, the very tight turning circle, almost as good as a Zero-turn mower, made up for it. Havin...
by LouB
Tue, 04 Dec 2018, 08:42
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

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: 22
Views: 1711

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: 22
Views: 1711

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: 22
Views: 1711

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: 22
Views: 1711

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: 22
Views: 1711

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!