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by mikedufty
Wed, 03 Mar 2021, 15:07
Forum: Hyundai and Kia
Topic: Brake Lock: it should not happen!
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Brake Lock: it should not happen!

The early ABS systems had the opposite problem, and would not slow the car enough on gravel and ice where a bit of locking could be advantageous to bite through (92 liberty was pretty bad). I wonder if they've gone too far the other way now. If you just stand on the pedal and hold it does it lock co...
by mikedufty
Sun, 28 Feb 2021, 15:22
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: E-Moto battery connectors melting....
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: E-Moto battery connectors melting....

You can get XT90 connectors, which are a bigger version of the XT60. Looks like your XT60 part is OK though. "These original Nylon XT90 plugs, manufactured by AMASS, can handle over 90A current for extended periods without exceeding 80DegC thanks to their better contact surface area. The plug is als...
by mikedufty
Sun, 14 Feb 2021, 15:41
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Motorcycle lithium battery as EV aux battery (?)
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Motorcycle lithium battery as EV aux battery (?)

Is it the jumpstart feature you are mostly after, or the smaller battery? ZEVA make a device to provide the jumpstart feature on any battery. https://www.zeva.com.au/index.php?product=118 I like the idea, but concluded it is really very rare that I need it, and a lithium portable jumpstarter is abou...
by mikedufty
Mon, 08 Feb 2021, 18:31
Forum: Other
Topic: Savic Motorcycles
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Savic Motorcycles

Even when they put them on a motogp bike they call it a "scooter brake" https://twitter.com/hazrin/status/1225946880015683586
by mikedufty
Wed, 03 Feb 2021, 10:22
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project
Replies: 504
Views: 55303

Re: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project

Mark is that in a minicab or an i-miev ?
by mikedufty
Sun, 31 Jan 2021, 12:51
Forum: MG EVs
Topic: ZS EV battery warranty
Replies: 13
Views: 452

Re: ZS EV battery warranty

My point is the EV warranty and servicing requirements are pretty similar to ICE for a new car. Bring it in for a look over and check up once or twice a year. They just miss out on any markup they put on the consumables. Sure EVs may be more forgiving of missing services, but how many people are goi...
by mikedufty
Sun, 31 Jan 2021, 09:12
Forum: MG EVs
Topic: ZS EV battery warranty
Replies: 13
Views: 452

Re: ZS EV battery warranty

Australian dealerships sell ICE vehicles by preference for the guaranteed servicing income stream. This theory doesn't make any sense, since the only EV manufacturer that doesn't have a similar servicing income stream to ICE is Tesla, who don't have any ICE models. Just because it doesn't make any ...
by mikedufty
Sun, 31 Jan 2021, 09:06
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Buying a 2nd hand Leaf
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: Buying a 2nd hand Leaf

I think the internal reverse beeper may be compulsory in Japan, my imported Delica van does the same thing. Only solution I've seen discussed online is taking some sidecutters to wires connecting the beeper (inside the steering column shroud on a Delica). I haven't worked out yet if the same beeper ...
by mikedufty
Tue, 26 Jan 2021, 12:04
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: $6000 EV
Replies: 26
Views: 4225

Re: $6000 EV

Should have been in the original 2012 post options - wait 10 years for affordable used EVs to come around.
by mikedufty
Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 08:56
Forum: Holden/Chev Volt
Topic: Volt agreed value for insurance - can anyone help?
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: Volt agreed value for insurance - can anyone help?

What insurer? Have you tried Shannons? I had similar issues insuring an old MX5. Redbook says they are worth $3k, but you'll have trouble finding one for sale under 10k. Shannons was the only insurer I could find that would cover it for the purchase price. They just asked what I wanted to insure it ...
by mikedufty
Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 08:49
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Tips for a SW WA trip
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: Tips for a SW WA trip

Have a look at Boost SIMS too, it's the only other option that gets the full Telstra coverage, and can be a lot cheaper than Telstra.
by mikedufty
Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 08:46
Forum: Other
Topic: Savic Motorcycles
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Savic Motorcycles

Thats where the clutch lever usually goes on a motorcycle. But it does look like they haven't connected the calipers. I don't understand the current obsession with mutilating mudguards either.
by mikedufty
Wed, 13 Jan 2021, 00:08
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Nuclear power for Australia
Replies: 18
Views: 1544

Re: Nuclear power for Australia

We don't really have the geography to adopt the French "good neighbour" method https://twitter.com/terriblemaps/status ... 2447772672
by mikedufty
Wed, 13 Jan 2021, 00:04
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 12V auxiliary battery replacement
Replies: 14
Views: 404

Re: 12V auxiliary battery replacement

I believe that after early problems Teslas now turn themselves on periodically and top the 12v battery up from the main pack.
by mikedufty
Mon, 11 Jan 2021, 17:46
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 2019 mitsubishi outlander - concerns/risks
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: 2019 mitsubishi outlander - concerns/risks

Our i-MiEV was technically out of warranty when we got the loan car. The dealer with the car said they didn't have any loan cars available, but Mitsubishi Australia was able to provide one. I think you'd be pretty confident of getting one for a car under warranty.
by mikedufty
Mon, 11 Jan 2021, 17:39
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Prospective EV owner
Replies: 43
Views: 1355

Re: Prospective EV owner

You need an i-MiEV, it will give you heaps more space in the garage. Just use the other car for trips over 100km.
by mikedufty
Wed, 06 Jan 2021, 13:40
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Used Outlander PHEV - concerns/risks
Replies: 21
Views: 2977

Re: Used Outlander PHEV - concerns/risks

Have you tried test driving a 2L outlander with a charged battery? Dealers never seem to charge them. I've driven a 2015 and 2017 I think, both with the 2L. The 2017 impressed me much more, not sure if it was a real difference or just lower expectations than the first one. I suspect the engine cuts ...
by mikedufty
Wed, 11 Nov 2020, 09:15
Forum: MG EVs
Topic: MG ZS EV
Replies: 93
Views: 4649

Re: MG ZS EV

New deal on the MG ZS EV got a mention on Oz Bargain today, $43,990 driveaway, which is cheap enough to make it quite attractive.
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/579953

And actual MG page
https://mgmotor.com.au/models/mg-zsev/
by mikedufty
Wed, 28 Oct 2020, 22:46
Forum: Hyundai and Kia
Topic: Why we bought the 2020 Ioniq
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Re: Why we bought the 2020 Ioniq

The Ionia looks nice. The 20,000 litres per kg of beef claim is irrelevant, but also untrue. Lazy copy and paste below--- Research led by the University of NSW in 2010, funded by Meat & Livestock Australia, found that water used to produce red meat in southern Australia was 180–540 L/kg of hot stand...
by mikedufty
Wed, 09 Sep 2020, 13:03
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project
Replies: 504
Views: 55303

Re: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project

I hope we're all well aware of how a normal car behaves. Interestingly all the comments on turtle modes are at odds with my experience where I was able to drive to the point of the car refusing to drive anymore, with 10km range remaining showing and no turtle. Maybe there was something wrong with m...
by mikedufty
Fri, 14 Aug 2020, 18:29
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project
Replies: 504
Views: 55303

Re: Aftermarket iMiEV battery upgrade project

Also similar to the results with a doubled up battery (repeat post I made earlier)Post below from the guy who did it, which suggests you could get the extra range. (from http://myimiev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2793#p23784 ,there is more discussion there ) His setup had the extra battery connected i...
by mikedufty
Thu, 06 Aug 2020, 08:54
Forum: Renault
Topic: Charging failed
Replies: 50
Views: 2898

Re: Charging failed

another "maintenance free " EV . Hope you get it going soon. It took over 7 months for Mitsubishi to fix our iMiEV charger. People were fixing the same problem themselves in about a week with the help of others over the forums. In hindsight may have been better off if they hadn't agreed to do it und...
by mikedufty
Mon, 03 Aug 2020, 09:46
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Harley Davidson e-Motorbike
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Re: Harley Davidson e-Motorbike

$50k seems a lot for a motorbike, but there are 5 pages of more expensive Harleys on bikesales.
by mikedufty
Sun, 02 Aug 2020, 20:59
Forum: Other
Topic: Ubco motorbikes
Replies: 2
Views: 572

Re: Ubco motorbikes

I hadn't realised they were road legal. Presumably as a moped going by the 50kph speed. Looks cooler and more versatile than the scooters to me, but it is twice the price.
by mikedufty
Thu, 30 Jul 2020, 17:02
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EV Imports: the pitfalls
Replies: 9
Views: 886

Re: EV Imports: the pitfalls

The safety issue doesn't seem real to me. Fairly trivial to keep a register of vehicles sold and forward recall notices. Mitsubishi replaced the Takata airbags on my Delica import recently. We can put the VIN into the japanese website to check for issues (online translation tools FTW). Did take a fe...