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by LouB
Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 10:37
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EVs with towing capacity?
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: EVs with towing capacity?

It would be great if the Kona is indeed allowed to legally tow a small trailer on Australian roads. It could swing my choice in its favour, even though leg and head space for rear passengers felt so claustrophobic when I tried it. The Kona certainly has all the power needed for towing but I'm not su...
by LouB
Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 08:08
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EVs with towing capacity?
Replies: 3
Views: 329

EVs with towing capacity?

EVs are of course physically quite capable of towing trailers etc. They generally have ample torque for the task. The question is: are there any that are 'legally' allowed to tow in Australia? It is clear that some EVs are just not constructed for towing in that they do not possess strong points for...
by LouB
Wed, 21 Aug 2019, 13:04
Forum: Renault
Topic: NSW Zoes please note
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: NSW Zoes please note

Just received my rego renewal notice today and can confirm that the discount on Zoe's Motor Vehicle Tax is $23 in NSW. So terribly excited, wondering what to do with all that money :lol: The same notice also shows engine capacity as 68.0. Doesn't mean much to me. Haven't yet managed to find an engin...
by LouB
Tue, 23 Jul 2019, 12:59
Forum: Renault
Topic: Capped price service
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Capped price service

I'll be following your advice Dave re: getting the SOH in writing and making sure they have a replacemet pollen filter. Even though the car will probably have done less than 10,000 K by then. Sounds as though it's not so much of a service as just a general inspection and running some precautionary c...
by LouB
Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 12:27
Forum: Renault
Topic: Capped price service
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Capped price service

Hi guys, thanks for your info on 1st service costs and dealer performance. Much appreciated. Our Zoe is due for its first service in September. Probably will be done at Peter Warren as it is closest. I too had the $241.00 service cost noted at the time of purchase.The $308.00 real-world price is cer...
by LouB
Tue, 25 Jun 2019, 08:10
Forum: Renault
Topic: NSW Zoes please note
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: NSW Zoes please note

Hi Dave,
I too have just received the same email from RMS.
Still unclear as to the value of the tax discount. I've seen various amounts mentioned, ranging from $5 to $30.
Certainly not much, but at least the Zoe will be appearing in the lower taxed vehicles list.
by LouB
Tue, 25 Jun 2019, 08:01
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe - annoyances and solutions
Replies: 15
Views: 884

Re: Zoe - annoyances and solutions

Yes, the keycard battery is easy to change, though I don't have much faith that the plastic catch of the clip-in plastic cover will last many battery replacements. Interesting that pressing the buttons on the end of the stalk clears the warning. I must admit I hardly ever touch them because I find t...
by LouB
Fri, 14 Jun 2019, 11:42
Forum: Renault
Topic: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia
Replies: 20
Views: 1215

Re: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia

My experience has been much like Matthew's. Our Zoe is almost invariably charged from a dedicated 32A single phase supply. However, because I choose to charge, whenever possible, from 100% solar energy, the Zappi EVSE feeds the car battery with a constantly changing amount of power. This power level...
by LouB
Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 13:48
Forum: Renault
Topic: NSW Zoes please note
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: NSW Zoes please note

Any idea how much the NSW regio reduction, or rebate, for 'lower taxed vehicles' is worth?
by LouB
Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 09:23
Forum: Renault
Topic: NSW Zoes please note
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: NSW Zoes please note

Dave, thank you for making me, and others, aware of this omission. Following your lead, I have just sent an email to Roads & Maritime. Unless they reply fairly quickly, I'll be following it up with phone calls. While in the mood, I also fired off another email to Renault Australia asking them to be ...
by LouB
Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 13:13
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe - annoyances and solutions
Replies: 15
Views: 884

Re: Zoe - annoyances and solutions

I have traced the rattling noise to the passenger side A pillar covering. I had my wife drive around some rough roads while I prodded and tapped at different spots. As soon as I pressed against the A pillar covering the rattles stopped. I then tested by wedging some thin, flexible material in the cr...
by LouB
Thu, 06 Jun 2019, 09:04
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 3225

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Hi Christopher, I can only relate what works for me, and I find the Ryobi to be OK for my needs. I too was spoiled from using a Cox friction-drive ride-on for years, that went from Forward to Reverse instantly by heel & toe operation. But then, it needed to. Because of its large turning circle it re...
by LouB
Wed, 05 Jun 2019, 07:40
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 3225

Re: Bring on the BERM please

This excerpt from the Ryoby Quick Start Guide assumes that you want to actually mow while reversing, rather than simply reversing: "To Reverse Mow: 1 Depress brake and bring mower to a complete stop. 2 Push blade engage knob down to turn blades off. 3. Place direction control switch in reverse (R) p...
by LouB
Sat, 01 Jun 2019, 08:30
Forum: Renault
Topic: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia
Replies: 20
Views: 1215

Re: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia

Thanks bladecar for reminding me of those annoying features of Zoe's dashboard display.
Since annoyances are a separate subject from charging, I have started a new topic (Zoe - annoyances and solutions) to discuss them and, together, possibly devise some solutions.
by LouB
Sat, 01 Jun 2019, 08:21
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe - annoyances and solutions
Replies: 15
Views: 884

Zoe - annoyances and solutions

During 8 month of ownership, our Zoe experience has genearally been quite satisfactory. We have only had one flat tyre to contend with and no other maintenance problems. However, there are a couple of things I find annoying. 1. The safety warning, that appears on the dashboard display on switching t...
by LouB
Sat, 01 Jun 2019, 07:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 3225

Re: Bring on the BERM please

This is an old topic but, for those interested in battery-electric ride-on mowers, I just got this update from Ryobi Australia: "we have good news - more mowers have just landed in Australia!" AND "Catcher now available . Visit your local Bunnings Warehouse to place an order via. Special Orders Desk...
by LouB
Thu, 30 May 2019, 07:21
Forum: Renault
Topic: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia
Replies: 20
Views: 1215

Re: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia

Hi Tom, You're lucky. At least you've got a message from Renault Australia. Since buying our Zoe there has been no contact unless I have importuned them with some question, to which I have received just brief and non-committal reply. What Renault news feed are you subscribed to? I'd like to know wha...
by LouB
Thu, 16 May 2019, 12:54
Forum: Renault
Topic: What is happening with Renault EVs in Australia?
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: What is happening with Renault EVs in Australia?

Hi Chris, I don't think you are far wrong about Renault Australia's self-imposed stop-sale. By now everyone must have been taking note of the big push in the NRMA's Open Road magazine to support the EV revolution. However, there has not been a single article or indeed even mention of Renault Zoe or ...
by LouB
Wed, 15 May 2019, 14:41
Forum: Renault
Topic: What is happening with Renault EVs in Australia?
Replies: 3
Views: 473

What is happening with Renault EVs in Australia?

On the surface, it seems that nothing is happening on the Renault EV scene in Australia. Has anyone seen any TV ads? I haven't. Though there is lots of TV advertising for Renault gas guzzlers. The Renault Australia Home page has the same stuff re: EVs as when we bought our Zoe, that is: 7 months ago...
by LouB
Wed, 15 May 2019, 11:21
Forum: Renault
Topic: R-LINK Accounts
Replies: 7
Views: 628

Re: R-LINK Accounts

After managing to register with R-LINK Store and successfully running the update that fixed the April 06 bug, I thought it was time to update the TomTom maps in my Zoe navigation system. The instructions are clear and the process should have been fairly simple but, here I struck a problem. Ours, is ...
by LouB
Fri, 03 May 2019, 09:32
Forum: Renault
Topic: R-LINK Accounts
Replies: 7
Views: 628

Re: R-LINK Accounts

It was my fault. I registered using my every-day Firefox browser and disremebered that it was loaded with ad blockers, antispam an anti-tracking add-ons. It was probably preventing the login pop-ups from showing. Swapping to Opera made everything OK. Just one small hiccup: the vehicle registration p...
by LouB
Fri, 03 May 2019, 08:13
Forum: Renault
Topic: R-LINK Accounts
Replies: 7
Views: 628

Re: R-LINK Accounts

Hi Dave Thanks for the info. I went through the registration but don't know yet if it has been properly processed. I got back a confirmation email with a link to activate the account but does not seem to be working, at least not yet. The activating link takes me to the login page but then only provi...
by LouB
Wed, 01 May 2019, 13:29
Forum: Renault
Topic: R-LINK Accounts
Replies: 7
Views: 628

R-LINK Accounts

Except for updating R-LINK Evolution system following the recent April 6, 2019 bug, I have not done other updates or created an account for 'MY Renault' or registered our Zoe to it. The Renault Australia page at: https://easyconnect.renault.com.au/help/r-link-evolution shows you how create the accou...
by LouB
Wed, 01 May 2019, 13:02
Forum: Renault
Topic: Single phase charging
Replies: 10
Views: 707

Re: Single phase charging

Hi Dave As Matt says, it all seems to depend on how much power you have available. At our place, we seem to be blessed with more solar than we actually need. Even after charging a house battery, more than than 1/3 is going back into the grid. It accrues credits that we will probably never get back. ...
by LouB
Mon, 29 Apr 2019, 10:39
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe charging
Replies: 29
Views: 3749

Re: Zoe charging

Yes, regen at up to 43kW is very nice. It is really surprising to see the estimated range increasing so rapidly when travelling downhill with brakes on. So far we have only recharged at home from a single phase EVSE that provides 7.4kW max., and we never even use that maximum rate because we try to ...