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by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 10 Oct 2016, 20:51
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: AC-50 based 64 Beetle build
Replies: 19
Views: 2921

AC-50 based 64 Beetle build

... I guess a heater of some type behind the console would be the go. Get a 12V electric seat heater kit. For a fraction of the energy required for a space heater you apply the heat where you want it. De-fogging the windscreen remains a problem to solve for which you might need heated air. In my co...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 10 Sep 2016, 16:16
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Some "don'ts" for EV building
Replies: 60
Views: 11520

Some "don'ts" for EV building

The legality of this suggestion would need to be considered before doing it: Get a car with 12 months rego. The initial basic conversion could be done reasonably quickly and testing can be done when using daily. Also the car can be driven to the engineer rather than trailered. Repeating, legal rami...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 10 Sep 2016, 03:19
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Some "don'ts" for EV building
Replies: 60
Views: 11520

Some "don'ts" for EV building

bladecar wrote:Watch the petrol/diesel cars accelerate away from the lights...
I don't understand this comment. I don't think that ever happens. For some reason they seem to be still fiddling about with gears while I am well down the road. Image
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 10 Sep 2016, 03:07
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: AC-50 based 64 Beetle build
Replies: 19
Views: 2921

AC-50 based 64 Beetle build

I don't think a J1772 port is all that important. Icing on the cake if you want it. It works just fine to build it to charge from any 10Amp power point. 99% of charging will be at home. If you are keen you can make it take the maximum from a 15A outlet and have one of those at home but able to be sw...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 10 Sep 2016, 02:55
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Cold Weather Performance?
Replies: 19
Views: 2345

Cold Weather Performance?

Replying to the original question, yes, I always get more voltage sag under load in winter with my >7 year old thunder sky LiFePO4 cells. Their internal resistance is higher when cold.
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 03 Aug 2016, 20:10
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Do I need a new controller?
Replies: 56
Views: 8341

Do I need a new controller?

...I intend getting the ZEVA MC600 at about 120v, from Ian Hooper, and I hope he may be able to "dumb" it down to about 300 amps max, prior to sending it to me. I will also fit fans to it. It sounds like you have it all under control Paul. The MC600 is motor current configurable so he will be able ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 03 Aug 2016, 18:13
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Do I need a new controller?
Replies: 56
Views: 8341

Do I need a new controller?

Ideally you would have a controller that is capable of delivering over 330A and then have it limited to 330A max. Mine, for example, is rated at 1000A but electronically limited to 800A, the short term rating of the motor. Mine is a Kelly brand which has a port to plug in a PC to adjust such setting...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 03 Aug 2016, 04:06
Forum: Electric motors and controllers
Topic: Do I need a new controller?
Replies: 56
Views: 8341

Do I need a new controller?

Thanks Richo, It was only after reading your reply that I remembered that the 100ah batteries are rated for a max 3C discharge which obviously means that a 500a controller would "stuff" them up quickly. l Not necessarily. A controller will put out a higher current at lower voltage than the battery....
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 01 May 2016, 19:20
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Rego discounts for EV?
Replies: 7
Views: 1001

Rego discounts for EV?

In the ACT new EVs get an exemption from paying stamp duty and all EVs get 20% off actual registration but not the insurance component.
When I registered my converted car, the software could not cope with zeros in certain fields so it is a 1 cylinder, 1cc motor. At least the motor is cylindrical.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 04:25
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Two Chargers Simultaneous Charging
Replies: 55
Views: 7574

Two Chargers Simultaneous Charging

Adverse Effects wrote: ...have seen a similar thing happen in duel PSU's...


Maybe because the PSUs duel rather than dual! Image
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 17 Apr 2016, 14:32
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Two Chargers Simultaneous Charging
Replies: 55
Views: 7574

Two Chargers Simultaneous Charging

Parallel output from two identical chargers should be fine. I would not be so sure about two non-identical chargers. Things could go wrong. Eg. One charger might have its -ve output referenced to the mains earth. The other charger could have its output deliberately isolated. I have two Elcon 1.5kW c...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 04 Apr 2016, 01:03
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Using ex I-MIEV battery in home solar
Replies: 18
Views: 2477

Using ex I-MIEV battery in home solar

and some termites will eat electrical cable insulation.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 31 Mar 2016, 04:25
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Outlander PHEV on Greeny Flat blog
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Outlander PHEV on Greeny Flat blog

Adverse Effects wrote: link that works

And the Canberra AEVA display gets a nice mention as the first place Andy saw a PHEV Outlander and test drove my two EVs (converted Charade and iMiEV).
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 12 Mar 2016, 22:46
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Hit a Kangaroo at 50kmh
Replies: 15
Views: 2318

Hit a Kangaroo at 50kmh

Sorry about your i-MiEV and the kangaroo. That will sure not happen to me, since it will be very difficult to find one around here. I thought I heard of somewhere in your part of the world where there was a small population of feral wallabies. Perhaps it was France or England. Edit: Oops. Read on f...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 25 Feb 2016, 16:43
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Two Chargers Simultaneous Charging
Replies: 55
Views: 7574

Two Chargers Simultaneous Charging

I have two 1.5kW TC chargers operating in parallel. Their endpoint voltages are nominally the same but actually not quite identical. Their output is 8A each up to not quite 165V (45xLiFePO4). One charger gets to its endpoint so the current drops over a short time to 8A as that charger tapers down th...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 25 Feb 2016, 16:10
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Imiev tyres
Replies: 9
Views: 1397

Imiev tyres

...My advice would be do not use the original Dunlops after 5 years of age. They appear to break up internally. that was the case with mine. Interesting. I replaced my front original tyres when they still had plenty of tread because I noticed a distinct egg-sized bulge on one of the side walls. I a...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 24 Feb 2016, 03:35
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Imiev tyres
Replies: 9
Views: 1397

Imiev tyres

Johny wrote: acmotor's new tyre experience starts here.
viewtopic.php?title=imiev-tyre-wear-sta ... 671#p48256

The 10mm wider front tyre was a distinct improvement in handling.
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 17 Nov 2015, 02:30
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Carrying bikes?
Replies: 19
Views: 1892

Carrying bikes?

offgridQLD wrote: ... you could have access to it from the removable plastic section in the rear bumper. Kurt


Why did Mitsubishi put a removable plastic section in the rear bumper? Did they intend something to be attached to the structure behind?
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 19 Sep 2015, 20:13
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Home Wall Chargers?
Replies: 59
Views: 5950

Home Wall Chargers?

Now I'm a bit concerned about the range estimate it's reporting once it's charged to 100% - but I'll find the right thread to ask about that... Wait till you have driven it a bit. It could get better. The last person to drive might have been a lead foot. Also, if it sat for quite a while getting ze...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 12 Sep 2015, 19:43
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 10 Amp charging
Replies: 69
Views: 8861

10 Amp charging

yes, I was going to say you would be struggling to find a 10A extension cord at Bunnings with 2.5mm cable. Not that it needs to be that thick. I got an extension cord at Bunnings that was 1.5mm2 conductors but 10A plug and sockets at the ends. That is appropriate cable for 15A so you could put a 15...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 12 Sep 2015, 18:50
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 10 Amp charging
Replies: 69
Views: 8861

10 Amp charging

Strictly speaking, the 15A to 10A adaptor is not legal, although it is possible to use it sensibly and safely. An adaptor sold commercially (such as from Jaycar) that includes a circuit breaker to prevent overload of the 10A circuit is legal. Be careful with cords sold as 'heavy duty'. Some have fat...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 10 Sep 2015, 20:40
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: iMiEV tyre wear status
Replies: 158
Views: 19214

iMiEV tyre wear status

"Tyres run Cooler hence longer life" Only from the supposed effect of keeping the pressure right. I can't see how a slightly different gas mixture (still 80 or 100% N2 either way) would make any difference to the running temperature if the pressure is correct. "Not only can nitrogen assist in mainta...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 10 Sep 2015, 14:57
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: iMiEV tyre wear status
Replies: 158
Views: 19214

iMiEV tyre wear status

I fill my tyres with 80% nitrogen, which comes for free!
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 10 Sep 2015, 00:15
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 10 Amp charging
Replies: 69
Views: 8861

10 Amp charging

I carry a Holden Volt EVSE cord around with me and it comes with a 10A plug so can legally plug in anywhere. It works just fine on a 2012 model iMiEV but probably not with the 2010 that doesn't talk to EVSE. Someone else in the Canberra branch with a 2010 model is happy with a Jaycar adaptor box. It...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 08 Sep 2015, 13:27
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Home Wall Chargers?
Replies: 59
Views: 5950

Home Wall Chargers?

Supercharger???..... Please explain.... I assume he is talking about a level 2 outlet as above requiring the extra pins for communication, not a Tesla supercharger or Chademo charger. If you read back through the thread above there are options to get a 2010 iMiEV talking to EVSE. The much faster, d...