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by doggy
Mon, 09 Sep 2019, 10:09
Forum: Renault
Topic: Route Planning
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Route Planning

Hi Chris,
All the trips in this spreadsheet utilised 22kW charging. A mix of 3 phase at showgrounds, ACT 22kW chargers (great scheme with AC and DC chargers) and Tesla DC.
I've never had any problem with 22kW charging (nor do I want to!)
Certainly I do not want your experience!
Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Mon, 09 Sep 2019, 07:57
Forum: Renault
Topic: Route Planning
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Route Planning

I am planning a trip Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne-Sydney. I have a good idea of the Zoe range versus speed and altitude from other trips but would really like something such as the Tesla planner which takes into account altitude at least). In checking out https://abetterrouteplanner.com, I matched it u...
by doggy
Sun, 08 Sep 2019, 09:08
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona

I'm planning a Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne-Sydney trip in our Zoe.

Definitely do-able but not as easy as by Kona with DC charging and 60% bigger battery. Wodonga to Melbourne is the most tricky part. Also 22kW AC charging is fairly sparse South of the border.

Regards,
Dave
by doggy
Sun, 08 Sep 2019, 09:02
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: I've got my Kona
Replies: 49
Views: 2994

Re: I've got my Kona

For you Kona aficionados:

1. Can you get a factory tow bar? Or indeed any tow bar? With electrics? Approx price?

2. Can you get roof bars? As it seems the same as other non-EV Konas, I assume the answer is yes?

Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Sun, 08 Sep 2019, 08:58
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS Cells capacity
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: AVASS Cells capacity

Hi Chris, I have measured several cells and they are approx half a milliohm. Half an ohm would limit discharge to <6amps a cell. Yes, very happy with the performance AND the price. There are a few AHs difference cell to cell and I could also get about 10AH more if I went to the cell limits- which wo...
by doggy
Sat, 07 Sep 2019, 18:53
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS Cells capacity
Replies: 2
Views: 295

AVASS Cells capacity

For those with the second lot of AVASS cells. I have eight. I have now cycled them about a dozen times. I stop charging at 3.5V and 10amps. I charge at 3-58A (using excess solar and a feedback loop based on power...with voltage and current limits) until any cell reaches 3.48V then I cut back to 10 a...
by doggy
Sat, 31 Aug 2019, 08:22
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona

Hi Bryce, very useful- thanks! I am particularly interested in Sydney-Canberra. My 41kWHr Zoe cannot make it at 110km/hr and this is not helped by the fact that I am at sea level a fair way North, so more like 315km. Also, Sydney-Canberra is uphill but reverse is downhill and this is very evident in...
by doggy
Fri, 30 Aug 2019, 17:07
Forum: Renault
Topic: New Tyres
Replies: 27
Views: 1721

Re: New Tyres

Hi Matt, you are sure knocking up the kilometres. Sad about killing the tyres.

What is your SOH now?

Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Thu, 29 Aug 2019, 10:00
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: melb-syd-melb (via Canberra) in a Kona
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: melb-syd-melb (via canberra) in a Kona

Very nice. It must be great to have 64kWhrs under the hood and the option of 70kW charging.
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Thu, 29 Aug 2019, 09:53
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS cells 2nd lot
Replies: 37
Views: 2453

Re: AVASS cells 2nd lot

Sorry, do not know anyone wanting to sell. However, I bought 8 cells (no spares) and fortunately they are going okay so far. I can get about 430AH from them in a 24V system at rated current 0.2C. One of the cells is definitely weaker than the others, but at the price the 30AH or so is no big deal. I...
by doggy
Wed, 21 Aug 2019, 13:11
Forum: Renault
Topic: NSW Zoes please note
Replies: 14
Views: 988

Re: NSW Zoes please note

Hi Lou, great you have profited by such a huge amount.
Our governments are SO generous and SO encouraging are they not?
Several of us have missed out because of the incompetence of RMS so we'll be coming to you for a share of your new found wealth (just kidding)!
Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Sat, 17 Aug 2019, 10:32
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system
Replies: 105
Views: 5539

Re: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system

Hi Harold, I am very pleased they sent you the new module and that you were able to install it and it WORKS! That is good customer service and you should be able to make a spare power module that you probably will never need. I used 75mm2 wire and also a hydraulic crimping tool. I also used conducti...
by doggy
Fri, 16 Aug 2019, 15:17
Forum: Renault
Topic: Earth leakage Zoe with Tesla DC charger
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: Earth leakage Zoe with Tesla DC charger

Hi Chris, Leakage currents all relate to the three phase AC input to the charger. DC is apparently measured there also but would most likely come from the traction battery or rectified AC. So it's a bit like having a very comprehensive RCD. Incidentally, in Europe they have specs for the curve of RC...
by doggy
Fri, 16 Aug 2019, 14:22
Forum: Renault
Topic: Earth leakage Zoe with Tesla DC charger
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Earth leakage Zoe with Tesla DC charger

I did some tests on a Tesla DC today. It has two cables (left and right). The right EVSE always works with my Zoe. The left one only works about 20% of the time with a charging impossible or check charging post error. My theory is earth leakage is the problem. I got to test the right hand (working )...
by doggy
Thu, 15 Aug 2019, 13:52
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Heat pump hot water systems
Replies: 21
Views: 1051

Re: Heat pump hot water systems

Hi Richo, Peltiers are so inefficient. I built my own Solar HWS from evacuated tubes, using a standard (non solar) HWS tank in 2011. Total cost was <$2000. Did not bother with STCs. Performance over 8 years has been brilliant (in Sydney, suboptimal 70deg Azimuth, lots of huge trees). Totally exceede...
by doggy
Thu, 15 Aug 2019, 12:56
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: 'Unsealed 4x4' on my conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 1034

Re: 'Unsealed 4x4' on my conversion

Have only just read this.
VERY impressive!
Dave
by doggy
Tue, 13 Aug 2019, 17:10
Forum: Renault
Topic: Fascinating Spreadsheet
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: Fascinating Spreadsheet

Hi Chris, Your problem was different from what this spreadsheet indicates. If Zoe cannot charge at the full amperage defined by the pilot signal (eg because of battery temperature), it just scales back but continues to charge, albeit more slowly. Also, when staring charging, it always starts slowly....
by doggy
Tue, 13 Aug 2019, 15:33
Forum: Renault
Topic: Fascinating Spreadsheet
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Fascinating Spreadsheet

Zoe folks (and possibly Chris Jones) might be interested in this spreadsheet which shows the relationship between battery temperature and maximum charging rate and SOC. You need to select the 40kWhr rather than 22kWhr sheet. Also, the spreadsheet covers Q90 with 43kW charging. Though this might affe...
by doggy
Fri, 09 Aug 2019, 14:57
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 23
Views: 1371

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

Hi Chris, Entertaining and interesting reading. A few comments specific to Zoe: 1. If the clock was not working, then the onboard SIM was not connecting to the 4G network. Over a year ago, our Zoe lost signal a couple of times and I had to restart one of the onboard computers by pulling a fuse. This...
by doggy
Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 20:04
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: New/Unused A123 AMP20 pouch cells x approx 120
Replies: 3
Views: 1290

Re: New/Unused A123 AMP20 pouch cells x approx 120

I did contact them a couple of times and made offers which were not accepted on each occasion. I have since bought some cells from Suzi Auto and was lucky enough more recently to get 8 AVASS cells. So I am no longer in the market and the ex golf cart CALB cells from Suzi were cheaper by far in terms...
by doggy
Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 19:58
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Way to start and stop an inverter
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: Way to start and stop an inverter

Hello Harold, I have now used my inverter, which is almost the same as yours, quite a bit now. I have turned it on and off in all possible ways. When charging my EV from it, the BMS interrupts the battery connection to the inverter when any cell reaches 2.8V. I can start the inverter with load attac...
by doggy
Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 16:34
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 23
Views: 1371

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

Hm. This might be an issue when they finally sell their demo vehicle! However I guess it would be covered by warranty.
It's a pity they did not take you more seriously and thoroughly investigate.
Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 14:54
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 23
Views: 1371

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

Hi Chris,
Any news on what went wrong on your demo car?

Regds,
Dave
by doggy
Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 13:10
Forum: Renault
Topic: NSW Zoes please note
Replies: 14
Views: 988

Re: NSW Zoes please note

RMS did not update the Web list of vehicles as of this morning, so I contacted them and they have now done the update (and fixed the "Renalt" spelling for Kangoo).

So, finally Zoe is on the official list.

I note the Tesla 3 is not there yet

Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 19:16
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system
Replies: 105
Views: 5539

Re: Is anyone using an arc welder with an offgrid system

Hi Harold, They would almost certainly be good. Probably exactly the same as in our inverters. However the French Tax man might charge you extra. Ones from Mouser, Digitech or Farnell would be totally genuine. I'll be back to France for just a month next year in Bretagne. My daughter and two grandso...