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by mikedufty
Sat, 20 Apr 2019, 11:11
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 30
Views: 216

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

Batteries could be a problem. Very hard to know how much though, as we won't find out how well they last until they have been around for longer. The early Leafs and i-MiEVs have only been around for 8 years, but have had considerable problems. The promise is that the batteries in newer cars will las...
by mikedufty
Fri, 19 Apr 2019, 15:20
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range
Replies: 30
Views: 216

Re: Newbie question about practicalities of charging and range

At least the stranded outside mobile range thing is easily fixed now. You can buy a satellite communicator like a garmin inreach for substantially less than a roo bar. I'm not sure if EVs are going to be better or worse than ICE for long term serviceability - possibly the biggest obstacle is the ele...
by mikedufty
Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 18:42
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: replacing the ECU and the battery pack in Miev 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: replacing the ECU and the battery pack in Miev 2010

Not charging seems likely to be a failure of the charger, not the ECU. It appears to be a quite common fault, and commonly mis-diagnosed by mitsubishi. I was only able to stop them replacing the ECU on mine because I was lent a known good one for them to try and confirm that was not the issue. Have ...
by mikedufty
Mon, 08 Apr 2019, 10:28
Forum: Renault
Topic: First Zoe Service!
Replies: 22
Views: 603

Re: First Zoe Service!

I suspect you are overthinking it, just plug in the charger for the main battery and that will charge the 12v as well. Unless you are going to leave it unused a long time in hot conditions I don't think you need to avoid fully charging. The draining to 2 bars occasionally is just to help the range g...
by mikedufty
Sun, 07 Apr 2019, 13:22
Forum: Renault
Topic: First Zoe Service!
Replies: 22
Views: 603

Re: First Zoe Service!

Re 12v battery, you could just not replace it until it actually dies There are all sorts of theories on the i-miev forums about tired, due for replacement batteries contributing to the charger failures. Not sure I accept it, but keeping a fresh 12v battery is not too expensive and might not be a ba...
by mikedufty
Mon, 01 Apr 2019, 10:25
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Tesla for sale 30k jeg in gumtree
Replies: 20
Views: 747

Re: Tesla for sale 30k jeg in gumtree

Sounds bizarre to me, lots of vehicles can get written off for basically cosmetic (but expensive) damage, especially as they get older.
Also means the roadworthiness of cars is defined by there insurance cover - eg if it is not insured, it can't get written off, therefore it can be repaired?
by mikedufty
Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 16:41
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Tesla for sale 30k jeg in gumtree
Replies: 20
Views: 747

Re: Tesla for sale 30k jeg in gumtree

I think stat write off in NSW means you can never register it again. A bit pricey for a paddock basher.
by mikedufty
Thu, 21 Mar 2019, 12:48
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Some pictures of the Energica Ego race bike, fairings off.
Replies: 8
Views: 299

Re: Some pictures of the Energica Ego race bike, fairings off.

Shouldn't it look more charred?

I guess if the rationale for the 12V secondary system is to allow things like hazard lights and door locks to function when the drive battery is isolated, then it makes sense not to apply to bikes that don't have any of that stuff anyway.
by mikedufty
Tue, 12 Mar 2019, 09:51
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Prelude conversion project - some questions
Replies: 249
Views: 15827

Re: Prelude conversion project - some questions

I am just thinking of the viability of manufacturers to offer electric drive as an option to standard cars. That would make the development cost very small. Are you saying you think the conversions manufacturers offer like the i-Miev, minicab miev, eNV-200, e-golf, e up, e focus, fiat 500e, should ...
by mikedufty
Wed, 06 Mar 2019, 16:52
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Total Cost of Ownership
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Total Cost of Ownership

Since I recently sold our i-MiEV, I have the opportunity to work out exactly what it cost to own. The way I worked it out the biggest single item was rego. Total cost 36c/km which doesn't seem to bad. Three times what my e-bike costs. I once had a Suzuki Swift that cost 10c per km, but that was a lo...
by mikedufty
Tue, 26 Feb 2019, 22:46
Forum: Zero
Topic: The 2019 Zero SR-F
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: The 2019 Zero SR-F

Nice to see they've finally made one that looks good.
by mikedufty
Sun, 24 Feb 2019, 10:23
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: Importing Electric kick scooters
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: Importing Electric kick scooters

they can propel a 100Kg mass to 25Kmph that takes way more than 250watts They may well be more than 250w, but 250w is quite adequate to get to 25kph on a bicycle ( I have a cycle analyst that shows the power draw) and I suspect will do on a scooter too. The claimed performance is possibly optimisti...
by mikedufty
Mon, 18 Feb 2019, 11:47
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Prelude conversion project - some questions
Replies: 249
Views: 15827

Re: Prelude conversion project - some questions

I hope they don't make you take all that apart for the licensing inspection.
by mikedufty
Wed, 13 Feb 2019, 11:12
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Hyundai Australia Kona EV info
Replies: 100
Views: 13757

Re: Hyundai Australia Kona EV info

Someone in Perth says they have ordered one for delivery in May. 62k on road. Demos arriving in March.

https://www.reddit.com/r/KonaEV/comment ... australia/
by mikedufty
Mon, 11 Feb 2019, 16:59
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Electrikhana.org
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Electrikhana.org

Working in my office now. Looks good. Might be a good idea to include the date in the page text as well as images. Took me a while to find it.
by mikedufty
Sun, 10 Feb 2019, 11:24
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Highway travelling at slower speeds
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Highway travelling at slower speeds

In WA it is illegal to travel that slowly (more than 20kph below the limit) on a Freeway. Is the Hume designated a freeway? I'd be inclined to take the side roads anyway, 40kph slower than the general traffic flow seems quite likely to increase the chance of incidents or accidents. Still a speed dif...
by mikedufty
Sun, 06 Jan 2019, 14:55
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?
Replies: 50
Views: 3558

Re: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?

What would you expect them to do other than look and continue on their way? If you could clearly see them and weren't about to collide with them.
by mikedufty
Sat, 05 Jan 2019, 14:45
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?
Replies: 50
Views: 3558

Re: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?

I bought something similar from Jaycar and attempted to install it by connecting to the reverse light wiring, but broke the car completely. I had a bit of a panic but eventually worked out I had just blown the fuse for the reversing lights, and replacing that had everything working again. After that...
by mikedufty
Sat, 05 Jan 2019, 11:19
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?
Replies: 50
Views: 3558

Re: RETROFIT SOUND GENERATOR FOR EV?

That won't fit an i-MiEV - completely different shaped globe.
by mikedufty
Thu, 27 Dec 2018, 22:54
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: Importing a Leaf into Western Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Importing a Leaf into Western Australia

Not sure how great warranties are anyway. My recent experience with the i-Miev was it took 7 months to get fixed under warranty. Other people with the same issue fixed it in a few weeks for less than the cost of 7 months rego and insurance. You could certainly get a lot of repairs done with the $20,...
by mikedufty
Thu, 27 Dec 2018, 09:31
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: Importing a Leaf into Western Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Importing a Leaf into Western Australia

Seems to be about $20,000 cheaper for the Leaf based carsales. Imports do have their issues though, took over a year to get the Takata airbags fixed on our import Delica. I quite like the Japanese sat nav, the maps there are so much more interesting than Perth, lots of mountains and islands. I am st...
by mikedufty
Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 09:02
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Electrikhana.org
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Electrikhana.org

Unfortunately our firewall at work blocks access to all newly registered domains, quite a common thing apparently as most dodgy domains don't last long. I can't remember how long we need to wait.
by mikedufty
Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 23:13
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: FS 2010 i-MiEV Perth
Replies: 1
Views: 473

Re: FS 2010 i-MiEV Perth

Sold
by mikedufty
Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 10:59
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery
Replies: 155
Views: 12040

Re: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery

The reassuring thing is we've gone from stories of being unable to fix anything due to VIN locking to seeing examples of quite a few people fixing things themselves.
by mikedufty
Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 09:47
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery
Replies: 155
Views: 12040

Re: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery

I have the impression the dramas we've had are not so much due to having an electric car, but due to having a rare car.