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by brunohill
Sat, 28 Nov 2020, 13:03
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EVs on the up ... and up
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: EVs on the up ... and up

Amazingly the cheapest EVs are still $15k or so. Considering the Leaf was over $50k 8 years ago its not all bad. But cars are just a waste of money, some are bigger wastes than others. But some are fun to waste it on. 😆 I gave up smoking ( a lot) 6 years ago. The money I saved (tobacco excise), pai...
by brunohill
Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 23:05
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Leaf in the tropical north
Replies: 19
Views: 2776

Re: Leaf in the tropical north

After 12 months and 10,000km in our Leaf in the tropical north here are a couple of observations. - Battery SOH has dropped from 83% to 78% with an equivalent loss of range. - Even at our high average temeratures the GOM range was less in "winter" and has picked up again now it's really warming up....
by brunohill
Sun, 22 Nov 2020, 06:30
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Kona active cooling when unattended
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Kona active cooling when unattended

So if the ambient temperature is over 45'C you may as well have a Nissan LEAF or does it run the battery flat while it is parked and unused? It will be interesting how well the 62 kWh Leaf batteries perform over time, now that they can be compared apples to apples instead of peas to apples.
by brunohill
Wed, 18 Nov 2020, 22:57
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Tritium fast chargers
Replies: 92
Views: 16343

Re: Tritium fast chargers

To date I have seen nothing happen. There is plenty happening at the moment. The Queensland Electric Super Highway stage two accounts for a few (e.g. Ipswich ), Evie is building out their network (e.g. Buderim , Noosaville). Check out plugshare . Certainly a few more scattered around since the last...
by brunohill
Wed, 18 Nov 2020, 21:54
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Has Anyone Swapped Out The Nexen Tyres on Kona?
Replies: 33
Views: 2166

Re: Has Anyone Swapped Out The Nexen Tyres on Kona?

Someone had already put some really sticky sports tyres on my Kona before I got it. They really screw up the efficiency but the good news is they will probably wear out fairly quickly. Hopefully though the local speedway will reopen first, it has a drag strip that is only 1/8 of a mile long. I have ...
by brunohill
Tue, 17 Nov 2020, 21:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Life Cost of EVs and the government take...
Replies: 28
Views: 473

Re: Life Cost of EVs and the government take...

jonescg wrote: Tue, 17 Nov 2020, 06:57 Indeed. If your hybrid sips 3l/100km you are paying a quarter of the excise for all of the roads, and you avoid the EV tax...
Almost like it would be easier to apply the RUC to all vehicles.
I wonder if I fitted a 2 stroke whipper snipper motor (that never gets used) to the Kona EV ... ...
by brunohill
Sun, 15 Nov 2020, 11:54
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Life Cost of EVs and the government take...
Replies: 28
Views: 473

Re: Life Cost of EVs and the government take...

That extra GST and stamp duty pays for a lot of road user tax. Perhaps non smokers should pay more tax than smokers to allow for the loss in revenue. That would really be a good incentive to make you give them up.
by brunohill
Sat, 14 Nov 2020, 21:35
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Smokinjoe's Beetle conversion
Replies: 30
Views: 1651

Re: Smokinjoe's Beetle conversion

Sounds like a LEAF too. I would love to do a LEAF Brumby some day.
by brunohill
Tue, 10 Nov 2020, 22:17
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: SA govt to introduce road user tax for electric vehicles
Replies: 10
Views: 238

Re: SA govt to introduce road user tax for electric vehicles

If they do it in Victoria I think they had better seal the roads around here first or at least grade out the corrugations and pot holes, or will I subsidize ICE vehicles driving on freeways. It is the local councils around here that maintain the roads and I pay my council rates. Maybe we should get ...
by brunohill
Fri, 06 Nov 2020, 20:29
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Kona EV front protection
Replies: 10
Views: 311

Re: Kona EV front protection

An image search for 'Hyundai Kona bull bar' shows many follow the outline of the grill on the petrol model. The charge door on the electric seems to correspond to the shape of one corner of the petrol model's grill. So, it looks like a standard bull bar would either give considerable protection to ...
by brunohill
Thu, 05 Nov 2020, 18:53
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Hyundai will recall Kona EV models over faulty battery cells
Replies: 52
Views: 1433

Re: Hyundai will recall Kona EV models over faulty battery cells

The dealership in Hobart just called me to book it in for the software update. As I live on the north west coast of Tas, I told him, they need to send someone to me to do it, because I'm not doing a 600km round trip for a 5 minute software update. Hyundai should have made the car updatable over the...
by brunohill
Tue, 03 Nov 2020, 22:01
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: 2020 Ioniq
Replies: 99
Views: 8816

Re: 2020 Ioniq

Yeah... Once you go batt you'll never go back.
by brunohill
Mon, 02 Nov 2020, 22:30
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Kona EV front protection
Replies: 10
Views: 311

Re: Kona EV front protection

Personally I think the charge door is in the wrong spot. It should be in the middle of the front. Then I would be able to fit the bullbar you can get for the fossil fuel Konas to it. It is just a matter of time until the expensive Kona has a collision with a Roo or a Roo has a collision with it ( af...
by brunohill
Fri, 30 Oct 2020, 18:03
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Road trip - Tas to Bris
Replies: 9
Views: 310

Re: Road trip - Tas to Bris

My top tips: 4. If stopping at an NRMA Tritium charger for lunch, hit the 100% button on it and leave your ph no and a note to say ok to unplug if over 80% on the dash should you take an over-relaxed extended lunch. 😆 Will it let you do this? Doesn't it lock the plug in until it has finished chargi...
by brunohill
Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 14:38
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: I've got my Kona
Replies: 83
Views: 8743

Re: I've got my Kona

LORAX wrote: Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 08:13 The LORAX has finally arrived ...
Congratulations ... Yours looks shinier than mine. Perhaps it has something to do with the 32 km of dirt road mine travels every day.
by brunohill
Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 20:13
Forum: Other
Topic: New Hummer
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: New Hummer

I wonder if Arnie is already in line for one? ;-) Apparently he has already been seen testing it around Wagga Wagga. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAXxnvLmtdc I think I like his original one better. https://www.kreiselelectric.com/en/blog/kreisel-electric-and-arnold-schwarzenegger-present-the-wor...
by brunohill
Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 19:20
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: I've got my Kona
Replies: 83
Views: 8743

Re: I've got my Kona

Well my Kona turned up today. It took 8 weeks to get it 250 km up the Hume highway. I am 99.9% sure it is the ex demo one used by Caradvice which is also the lake silver one in the photo of the 1st shipments arriving in Sydney. It was sad to say goodbye to my Leaf, the best car I have had in forty y...
by brunohill
Wed, 14 Oct 2020, 21:37
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 29
Views: 3234

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

I think I would prefer this guys experience with a Renault Zoe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5DUd5t ... &index=959
by brunohill
Tue, 13 Oct 2020, 19:36
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Non OEM Leaf battery upgrade?
Replies: 59
Views: 12577

Re: Non OEM Leaf battery upgrade?

Chinese 38 kWh LEAF battery???
by brunohill
Sun, 11 Oct 2020, 19:50
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Hyundai will recall Kona EV models over faulty battery cells
Replies: 52
Views: 1433

Re: Hyundai will recall Kona EV models over faulty battery cells

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/20 ... 97406.html

Maybe it is the Australian ones as well now. Are they made in Korea or Czechoslovakia or both?
Now 77,000 vehicles world wide.
by brunohill
Sun, 11 Oct 2020, 18:17
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Kona EV Real World Range Experience
Replies: 74
Views: 10328

Re: Kona EV Real World Range Experience

Just a couple of numbers to add 24/10/2019 - 07368km - 100% GOM = 549km @ 26deg 27/01/2020 - 14857km - 100% GOM = 556km @ 31deg 05/10/2020 - 24824km - 100% GOM = 546km @ 25deg 10000km reading 12.5kWh/100km 20000km reading 12.6kWh/100km I guess that makes it 68 to 70 kWh usable battery capacity at 2...
by brunohill
Sat, 10 Oct 2020, 10:50
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Retrofitting heat pumps?
Replies: 9
Views: 366

Re: Retrofitting heat pumps?

They just need a heated windscreen for demisting though. I put a switch in my LEAF to turn the heating element off so that I could just blow air to demist the window. A towel over the windscreen would stop the ice from frost forming, but when it is 0'C (+/- 5 'C) blowing cold moist air just doesn't ...
by brunohill
Fri, 09 Oct 2020, 10:15
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Hyundai will recall Kona EV models over faulty battery cells
Replies: 52
Views: 1433

Re: Hyundai will recall Kona EV models over faulty battery cells

What colour was yours?
I have been waiting 7 weeks for mine to come from 270km away. Mine is lake silver, but perhaps it is more a smokey grey.
by brunohill
Sun, 04 Oct 2020, 10:58
Forum: MG EVs
Topic: MG ZS EV
Replies: 53
Views: 2503

Re: MG ZS EV

I sounds good in theory, but in reality most of the components and raw materials used in Australian manufacturing these days, comes from China. Even a lot of our food additives. Where I worked at one stage it was cheaper to buy Chinese food grade chemicals than industrial or technical grade Austral...