I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by majorphill » Sat, 24 Feb 2018, 16:28

Hi all

A quick update on our 2010 Imiev.

It is now into it's sixth month at Paceway.

The battery has been tested to death but still shows O.K.

The charger has been replaced. No difference. It still stops when they test drive it.

The last effort as directed by the Brisbane office was to drive around doing a live video of the dash along with commentary until it stopped.

Luckily it didn't take long.

The Brisbane office admits there is a fault but have no explanation. The video has been sent to Japan for advice.

At least it's still all being done under warranty.

To give them credit we have had a loan car for most of the duration and I'm getting used to the petrol ripoff again

Phil

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by antiscab » Fri, 04 May 2018, 10:01

When the car stops, has anyone been able to check the cell voltages, whilst the car fails to proceed?

I wonder if the issue is actually the motor controller, rather than the battery or charger?
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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by majorphill » Sat, 05 May 2018, 08:15

Mathew

I suspect that is the problem (partly because nearly everything else has been checked or replaced).

When they asked me what I thought the problem was, the MCU was my choice as well (following from similar problems discussed on this forum). That suggestion seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by majorphill » Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 11:28

Our Imiev is finally back home

After exhaustive testing Mitsubishi Australia have declared (according to Paceway Mitsubishi).

1. That it is within operating parameters for the vehicle to stop with bars remaining.
2. There is no such mode as turtle.

If / when it breaks down again it will be time for either the EV shop or scrap. That depends on how we feel at the time.

As a car it's great but the ability to maintain it is less so.

Phil

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by PiMan » Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 11:48

majorphill wrote:
Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 11:28
Our Imiev is finally back home

After exhaustive testing Mitsubishi Australia have declared (according to Paceway Mitsubishi).

1. That it is within operating parameters for the vehicle to stop with bars remaining.
2. There is no such mode as turtle.

If / when it breaks down again it will be time for either the EV shop or scrap. That depends on how we feel at the time.

As a car it's great but the ability to maintain it is less so.

Phil
Bwuh?
1) No reasonable consumer would accept that, therefore Australian Consumer Law says no way to that.
2) If there's no such thing as turtle mode, then why is just about every iMiEV owner familiar with that little light on the dash? Why does the light exist at all?

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by mikedufty » Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 12:41

Is the turtle exclusive to the i-MiEV or carried over from the i?
Never had it come on in ours, even when it had obviously gone into a reduced power mode.
Is there any official documentation about it from Mitsubishi?
I think I looked in the handbook and didn't find anything.

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by mikedufty » Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 21:57

Phil, did you ask about what happened to your original charger they replaced? I'm now seeing reports they can be swapped without VIN locking problems.

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by nuggetgalore » Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 05:46

mikedufty wrote:
Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 12:41
Is the turtle exclusive to the i-MiEV or carried over from the i?
Never had it come on in ours, even when it had obviously gone into a reduced power mode.
Is there any official documentation about it from Mitsubishi?
I think I looked in the handbook and didn't find anything.
The turtle is definitely mentioned in (some) manual. And it definitely comes on if run past zero on the "fuel gauge". I am referring to both my 2010 iMiEV and my mates several 2012's
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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by mikedufty » Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 15:10

Mine stopped before getting to zero on the RR, maybe thats why there was no turtle?

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by PiMan » Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 19:30

In the manual for my 2010 iMiEV it is on page 8-15 and is called the "low power warning lamp".

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Re: I-MiEV Main battery cell failure

Post by majorphill » Sun, 01 Jul 2018, 10:57

HI

I have seen the Turtle twice. Luckily close to home. Each time it's stopped there have been bars remaining.

I couldn't get a manual from Paceway. The one I bought on the net doesn't work so I can't say if it's in the manual or not.

I have no idea what happened to the replacement charger or, in the back of my mind, if there ever was one.

We received so many conflicting stories over the time I'm not certain what happened.

We are sick and tired of the whole episode so I'm not sure what the next move will be, after all the car is 7 years old with 56000 on the clock

One wonders why dealers aren't more interested if EV's are the way of the future, as I believe they are.

It may have something to do with not being able to charge an arm and a leg to change the oil every six months, but maybe I'm just being cynical and that thought hasn't crossed their mind.

Phil

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