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http://www.evcorporation.com.au/safety/

climate control system.
wish that there was a single button for recirculation; mainly when following diesel / smoky vehicles.

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finally worked out when the whine occurs

it happens when the petrol generator is running.
eg. hold mode

managed to determine this while visiting
http://stellarviolets.org

near manjimup
they are next to the speedway
Simon & Lucinda are converting a Proton.
Jamie Pardoe & Rod Dilkes from evpower.com.au are working on this.

happens when accelerating & decelerating.
the whine seems to come from the centre console area.


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volt going in tomorrow for firmware update
hopefully may fix RCD issues

volt bit me this evening
sharp corners on armrest lock

up to range of 77 km
travelling at 50-60kmh

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tested volt at Melville Holden
3x external GPOs with RCDs fitted
2x GPOs in the kitchen

no trip on my volt
no trip on Paul's black volt

the volt could be the litmus test for sensitive RCDs

tested with swedish & mitsubishi EVSEs


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote g4qber Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 April 2013 at 9:27pm
volt is not the only one that trips
leaf also same

http://youtu.be/vkyXvyEW26E?t=1m45s

Thanks Paul for the loan of the black volt
black volt did not trip at UWA
a) mitsu EVSE
b) swedish EVSE

it tripped with mitsubishi EVSE at my home.

Perhaps volts are catalysts to find faulty RCDs

also confirmed:
a) whine occurs in HOLD mode on acceleration & deceleration
b) slight lag when flooring pedal, car seems to go into energy saving mode if pedal is left in one position for a while


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Aha finally worked it out tonight. The power button is the blue power button. I thought you meant the volume power button.

Marty11 is correct
Only thing is that the led lights come on too.

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another volt fault

I wonder what the next one will be?



this is coincidental with going to Phoenix Holden to ask them about a letter that says "Please service your car"

Volt's service intervals are 9 months / 15,000 kms

I also tried the Swedish EVSE at the Goderich car park
http://www.recargo.com/sites/9394
, this could have done it.
surprisingly the RCD did not trip.

http://gm-volt.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-15445.html

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c5-tech/1015483-steering-column-lock-faqs-please-read-before-you-post-sticky-please.html


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what happens when the volt runs out of fuel

can only access 70 kw of power until petrol is added.


distance travelled after add fuel message.




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seems that volt is not really fully charged when the green LED starts to flash,
need to wait another 30 min to possibly 1 hour for the final trickle charge.

eg.
72.7 km from Edgewater to Guilderton
but volt could not make it back on Electric alone after charging at Guilderton Caravan Park with cardfbox
65.7 km

this is where the imiev is great again.
once it is charged, it is charged.

could also be the temperature?
16deg vs 14deg

and lights?

I did not have the a/c on tho'
11km/h E vs 11km/h ESE

the Gen 1 Leaf has a scary Guess-O- Range Meter
Nikki GB suggests that it should have a state of charge meter

seems to be the implemented in the 2013 Model
http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/nissan-gives-leaf-owners-a-preview-of-the-2013-model/

one of the reasons I'm waiting for this model

i've just realised why the volt & leaf have their charge ports at the front
they are front wheel drive.

I prefer my ports to be on the side.
also possibly separate
cos with the leaf people can fiddle with the Chademo port if one has not purchased the security Nissan accessory.

http://www.nissan.com.au/Cars-Vehicles/LEAF/Accessories

holy moly $AUD490 for the charging port cover

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?p=175194

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I think the EV1 started the charge point at front trend with its inductive slot. But wasn't it RWD ?
Hang on, where was the Detriot electric's 'charge connector' ?

Being FWD probably has little to do with it ?
The mains via J1772 connects to the battery charger (2.5mmsq wiring then to battery) so no saving there. location of charger may influence connector location.
The DC charge (chademo) is at least 25mmsq wiring but goes direct to DC charge contactor in battery pack in centre of vehicle. No reason to choose front or rear ?

Having the charge connector at front of vehicle may be more convenient when vehicle parked front in to parking spot ?

I see the biggest down side with front location is the vulnerability to damage by placing the charge connectors on the most damaged panel of a vehicle. The nose.
Kangaroos, red deer, buffalo, parking, traffic. Expensive fix and likely unchargeable vehicle until fixed. Many thousands of $ and weeks off the road.

The volt charge position on front quarter side is good, though less familiar than the rear quarter sides.

Good to see you are noting use of lights, wind speed/direction and temperature on your runs.

Tried Mandurah in the volt in EV mode yet ?
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Volt won't make it to mandurah on full ev mode
99.9km

Unless I ditch the engine :p

Patrick and I went down to mandurah a while back
Petrol engine cut in at 60-70 km mark. Can't remember.

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Ditch the engine. Now that appeals.

It would have been an interesting marketing exercise to have the ICE as an OPTION in the volt. Take off 20k for the ICE and all its associated junk and vehicle complexity to make it hybrid and just go pure electric with a) full access to existing 16kWh battery b) option of 32kWh battery (given the removed ICE weight). That would probably take it back to the volt's current price.
That last option would perhaps give a genuine 200km range EV (300+km nana driving).

So, with the volt now, Mandurah 60 of 200km round trip on electric (unless charging). That's 30%. A prius would do the same fuel saving ? maybe not quite, seeing it is freeway and freeway south is flatter than the north run ? You get the point though.
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1ECO 909
still for sale
since Feb 2013

http://www.carsales.com.au/demo/details/Holden-Volt-2012/AGC-AD-15696548

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cruise control bug

jumps by 2 kmh at times (tonight, noticed before but not written down)
eg. 54 to 56 kmh

need to disable then enable to get it to do 1 kmh increments

probably not a volt thing, could be a general GM cruise control thing

http://gm-volt.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-101689.html

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glad I got rid of the Volt
Simon please check with Holden for any future recalls

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Originally posted by g4qber g4qber wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA6lJ9SnGbI

glad I got rid of the Volt
Simon please check with Holden for any future recalls

About the only thing of value in that lot was the advice to contact the manufacturer with your second hand vehicle vin code so you get the recalls if any are issued, the rest is nonsense really..... or don't Holden Volts have catalytic converters? It does take some serious effort to gas yourself with carbon monoxide using the exhaust from a car equipped with a catalytic converter, you are more likely to get carbon monoxide poisoning from the gas stove or heater if it isn't working correctly and/or not vented outside. Refill a caravan bottle from the autogas bowser and use it for a gas heater or stove is another great method of gassing all involved with excess carbon monoxide

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60k to 25k depreciation.
Also Gm/Holden don't fix things until forced to.
Unlike BMW n tesla with voluntary campaigns.
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