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by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 12 May 2018, 11:17
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: A closer look at the volt RCD tripping issue
Replies: 124
Views: 29731

Re: A closer look at the volt RCD tripping issue

Any solution yet? I have had a Volt since Jan 2018. Most of the time it charges OK but it trips RCDs just often enough to be really annoying. It did it at a public charging location where the meter box was locked so I could not reset it. Fortunately I could use a second outlet that must have been on...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 21 Apr 2018, 07:42
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery
Replies: 159
Views: 19736

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

The DC/DC converter and the AC charger is one unit in the I-Miev... That explains a high cost. Considering that it is a specialist part that the manufacturer has had to keep a stock of, $4000 does not seem so disproportionate to other moderately complex car parts sourced from original manufacturers...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 20 Apr 2018, 06:43
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery
Replies: 159
Views: 19736

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

I think the most common thing among electric cars is to charge the 12V via a DC-DC converter from the traction battery. Some do that all the time. Others, only while driving. A weak 12V battery can cause all sorts of strange problems in various models. Some conversions don't have a DC-DC converter b...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 19 Apr 2018, 16:36
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: The full Hyundai Ioniq range headed down under
Replies: 61
Views: 13388

Re: The full Hyundai Ioniq range headed down under

The Hyundai guy I talked to at the ACT's EV policy launch at few days ago said (with a bunch of caveats) 'about $43,000'. The Ionique was a nice looking car. Very similar overall size and shape to the Holden Volt. I could live with one.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 19 Apr 2018, 16:24
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery
Replies: 159
Views: 19736

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

$14,000 is probably about the going price for an iMiEV these days.
For a more anonymous car, there are some Holden Volts going at cheap prices these days and the Hyundai Ionique looks pretty good for a new EV.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 19 Apr 2018, 14:47
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-MiEV not charging, high voltage warning light and battery
Replies: 159
Views: 19736

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

If our iMiEV required a $4000 repair, I'd be a bit annoyed but I would recognise that spending $4000 would get me back to having a well-put-together EV with no other known problem. That is not an outcome I could get for this price any other way. BTW "If only the 12V battery could be topped up, as re...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 13 Apr 2018, 14:51
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project
Replies: 161
Views: 22470

Re: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project

What about cells with threaded terminals and a copper plate with just an array of holes? [Lots of screws to do up and retighten and potential to come loose, I guess]
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 13 Apr 2018, 13:44
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project
Replies: 161
Views: 22470

Re: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project

At the moment, the prismatic cells are cooled by just having air blown past, I think, air-conditioner chilled air if on a fast charger. It seems to me that the hexagonal array would be more porous to air flow than single solid rectangular blocks and might be better cooled without any special effort....
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 13 Apr 2018, 11:18
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project
Replies: 161
Views: 22470

Re: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project

It seems to me that a key question is, What would the unmodified BMS do if it suddenly finds the battery capacity had increased? I could imagine that it might simply observe the voltage rise is slower and more than 16kWh have gone in but keep going with charging and quickly learn and recalibrate on ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 06 Apr 2018, 08:32
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: South East Electric Highway (NSW/Vic coast)
Replies: 17
Views: 3319

Re: South East Electric Highway (NSW/Vic coast)

ev.2549 wrote:
Thu, 15 Mar 2018, 12:05
...NRMA project - beans may be spilled at the April AEVA meeting at Baulkham Hills...
An accurate summary of the meeting is provided here: https://www.drivezero.com.au/nrma-ev-fa ... g-network/
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 12 Mar 2018, 09:52
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: South East Electric Highway (NSW/Vic coast)
Replies: 17
Views: 3319

Re: South East Electric Highway (NSW/Vic coast)

I am talking with Bega Valley Shire Council, & Snowy/Cooma Monaro Council, about supporting the ev highway, as per this initiative.... Cooma Showgrounds... Thanks for this work, Peter. The Cooma showground seems to be a few blocks from the cafes and park one might want to spend some time (and money...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 08 Mar 2018, 09:00
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 10 Amp charging
Replies: 69
Views: 9372

Re: 10 Amp charging

I would use 15A cable for anything that pulls 10A continuously for an extended time. It's easy to remember: 15A rated cable has conductors that are 1.5mm2 cross-sectional area of copper and 10A rated cable is 1.0mm2. Look for the embossed 1.5mm2 on the side of the insulation. Some extension cords cl...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 05 Feb 2018, 21:00
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: Has anybody updated the satnav maps?
Replies: 0
Views: 1646

Has anybody updated the satnav maps?

Has anybody updated the satnav maps?
I phoned Holden and they didn't seem to have any update. They suggested that the Volt might be like the Cruze and that some car audio place might be able to do something clever. Has anyone tried?
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 27 Jan 2018, 12:38
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Driving an EV in slow moving traffic?
Replies: 16
Views: 3617

Re: Driving an EV in slow moving traffic?

No problem at all having fine control while going slowly, both in my converted car and commercial cars, iMiEV and Volt. The converted car has a Kelly controller that can plug into a PC to use an application to set the motor controller parameters, including various aspects of throttle response.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 22 Jan 2018, 13:42
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: Just bought a second-hand Volt
Replies: 5
Views: 2098

Re: Just bought a second-hand Volt

jonescg wrote:
Sun, 21 Jan 2018, 09:37
Nice one Peter - was the Volt local or from interstate?
I took an early morning bus from Canberra to Sydney, did the familiarising, test drive, negotiating and paying through the middle of the day, then drove home to Canberra in the evening.
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 21 Jan 2018, 06:07
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: Just bought a second-hand Volt
Replies: 5
Views: 2098

Just bought a second-hand Volt

Hi, I just bought a second-hand MY13 Holden Volt. It is doing very nicely. It drives smoothly like an EV. I have only a couple of times noticed a very brief hesitation and wonder if that is one of the clutches in the Voltec arrangement doing its thing. Our petrol car is leaving home with our daughte...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 07:59
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Dealer can tell you kWhs in iMiEV
Replies: 7
Views: 1517

Re: Dealer can tell you kWhs in iMiEV

I now have two data points! Last week we had the airbag recall done and I asked to be told the battery capacity result as well. Previously it was 12.9kWh. Now 12.7kWh. The little change is reassuring because I had the feeling the range remaining guess-o-meter has been telling me lower numbers lately...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 07:52
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: A closer look at the volt RCD tripping issue
Replies: 124
Views: 29731

Re: A closer look at the volt RCD tripping issue

Is this RCD tripping issue an intermittent problem with all Volts in Australia or just some? Do some Volts always behave themselves perfectly on any EVSE?
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 16:20
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: How to value my iMiev for sale?
Replies: 13
Views: 2082

Re: How to value my iMiev for sale?

Let time I had my 2012 IMiEV serviced, they were able to include the remaining battery capacity on the report (12.9kWh, from an original spec of 16kWh). Performance and range seem to be the same for the last 4 years since we bought it as an ex-demo.
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 18 Aug 2017, 14:47
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Dealer can tell you kWhs in iMiEV
Replies: 7
Views: 1517

Dealer can tell you kWhs in iMiEV

I asked my local Mitsubishi iMiEV service guy about any read out he might have on battery health. So, after a recent service, our MY2012, made in 2011, iMiEV's service report had an extra line saying it has 12.9kWh. I asked if that data was available from earlier services. I was interested to have s...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 11:23
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Battery Replacement - MX-5
Replies: 27
Views: 3937

Re: Battery Replacement - MX-5

- The cells weren't a stranger to 3C discharge (occasionally over that when showing off). On the freeway they spent long minutes at 150A which is about 1.7C... My best guess is 20,000km in the registered period.... This was for 45 x 90Ah Winston cells. I have the same except older since they were T...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 11:06
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: GBS cell smell question
Replies: 10
Views: 1676

Re: GBS cell smell question

My ancient (2009) Thundersky LiFePO4 cells have a bit of smell on a hot day but they are still working fine after more than 8 years and about 55,000km, albeit with 25% loss of capacity in the least strong cell.
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 21:14
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Tyres??
Replies: 33
Views: 6939

Tyres??

Correct dry air is good. Where do we get it? To some extent, compressor air, if sent via a storage tank, is likely to be dried a bit anyway. Water vapour in the compressed air cooling in a tank will condense so the tank should have a drain. When the air is drawn off the tank it will be drier than t...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 14:12
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Tyres??
Replies: 33
Views: 6939

Tyres??

Yeah! I always put the 80% grade nitrogen into my tyres. Think about it. Nitrogen at 80% is what the outside of the tyre is exposed to! If there is any useful benefit it might come from the filling gas being dry. I suspect plain dry air would be as good.