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by jonescg
Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 21:17
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Motorkhana and khanacross car
Replies: 49
Views: 6029

Re: Electric Motorkhana and khanacross car

Might be worth helping them along like we did with eFXC - the rules for that competition were still pretty open but we had basic safety considerations, including capacitor discharge at shut-down and the like. I think most racers at the track were interested in the electric bikes too, but like most m...
by jonescg
Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 16:18
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Converted Ford Focus - WA (needs windscreen and battery)
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Converted Ford Focus - WA (needs windscreen and battery)

antiscab wrote:
Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 15:34
This would go great with some new lightweight ncm cells.
Which I will be ordering early next week!
by jonescg
Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 13:26
Forum: Renault
Topic: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia

It's staggering that they think charging at such a low rate could ever do harm to the battery. More likely the battery failed for its own reasons and the charger was a convenient excuse. Having seen how workshops troubleshoot EV problems (replace the easiest stuff first, and keep replacing things un...
by jonescg
Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 12:24
Forum: Renault
Topic: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: Charging e-mail From Renault Australia

Maybe, as I discovered earlier this month, there is a problem with some vehicles' chargers and they are looking for any excuse to deflect responsibility?
by jonescg
Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 16:01
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe - annoyances and solutions
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Zoe - annoyances and solutions

Hi Chris, from memory, the clock is set OTA (over the air). I have never set ours and daylight saving was also automatic. Very interesting about the charging problem. I have done Tesla DC charge and also 3 phase charge on 40deg days but only running at 80-90km/hr. The times I did 100/110km/hr charg...
by jonescg
Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 15:49
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Converted Ford Focus - WA (needs windscreen and battery)
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Converted Ford Focus - WA (needs windscreen and battery)

From Leigh: I purchased a 2010 WA Electric Vehicle conversion trial car (a Ford Focus), which I have been trying to get rid of for a little while now. Unfortunately someone has just smashed the rear window of it, which has convinced me to finally contact you. I will warn you that the battery pack ne...
by jonescg
Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 15:42
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

It wasn't the EVSE as such - it was the charge rate, exacerbated by (and resulting in) higher temperatures. After a long drive, plugging into a 32 A 3-phase supply caused it to fail within 30 minutes. After not charging for 2 hours restarting the charge seemed to work. Charging at 32 amps single pha...
by jonescg
Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 15:37
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe - annoyances and solutions
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Zoe - annoyances and solutions

Oh - one other annoyance we found with our demo Zoe was the menu screens were messed up - almost like it was firmware version 0.9. We couldn't even set the clock, despite our best efforts pressing every button in every menu. Probably unique to that vehicle though.
by jonescg
Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 13:08
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

Yeah if the days had been a little warmer I think 200 km at 100 km/h is a solid bet. This is a demo car which has had a bit over 8000 km on it (12.5 % of that was my trip to Esperance!). I wouldn't have thought that was a big deal, and it should effectively have 99% of it's rated capacity.
by jonescg
Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 11:55
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe - annoyances and solutions
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Zoe - annoyances and solutions

I since worked out it was a charger problem, so ignore the locks discussion. There was definitely something wrong with the power electronics.
by jonescg
Tue, 11 Jun 2019, 13:15
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Direct Drive options
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: Direct Drive options

The Leaf motor and drive unit can be powered directly without any additional sensors - some guys over in New Zealand have developed a drive interface which plugs right in. You would simply need to devise new driveshafts and engine mounts. Arlin Sansome dropped a Leaf motor into his record-breaking H...
by jonescg
Mon, 10 Jun 2019, 08:14
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Michael's Lotus Elise
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Michael's Lotus Elise

Looking forward to watching this return to its former glory! Former EV glory of course.
by jonescg
Fri, 07 Jun 2019, 16:21
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Direct Drive options
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: Direct Drive options

Try and source a Nissan Leaf motor-drive assembly. It might be a very tight fit for the old N600, but it's the most compact and efficient way to deliver power without losses through the gearbox.
by jonescg
Fri, 07 Jun 2019, 16:19
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Members thoughts on the different EV brands
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: Members thoughts on the different EV brands

Tesla has built a very compelling product, and they had to. Being as good as an ICE was not good enough - it had to be better. And if it had to be expensive, it needed to be MUCH better. That's why they are an outstanding vehicle with an outstanding price tag. Because they had to smash perceptions a...
by jonescg
Fri, 07 Jun 2019, 08:20
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

Hmmm, yes the motor windings - inverter charger system certainly complicates things. My theory as to why the Melville Zoe was failing to charge is that there is a problem with the power electronics. After a long drive, the system was warm, and charging at 32 A on three phases caused it to overheat t...
by jonescg
Thu, 06 Jun 2019, 06:36
Forum: Admin Notices
Topic: AEVA Non-Secure so Password Issue
Replies: 17
Views: 470

Re: AEVA Non-Secure so Password Issue

Thanks Rob. Enjoy your 900 emails to sift through.
Worst part about tuning out for a couple of weeks is coming back to the tsunami of emails.
by jonescg
Wed, 05 Jun 2019, 15:52
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Fuso ev truck
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Fuso ev truck

Yeah it's exciting times, and EV trucks, especially 4-9 tonners are the perfect market for electrification.
by jonescg
Wed, 05 Jun 2019, 13:12
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Electric bus inverter-motor units + gearbox for sale
Replies: 17
Views: 580

Re: Electric bus inverter-motor units + gearbox for sale

Price is negotiable, but I think around $4000 for an inverter-motor setup.
by jonescg
Wed, 05 Jun 2019, 08:17
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

I wonder if the battery may have been faulty. Our Zoe didn't struggle to get past 200km on our trip, though not sure how much of the esperance run is up hill Overseas BCI failures have had battery replacements BCI error is a pretty general one - could be anything from the socket to the cells. Kalam...
by jonescg
Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 21:56
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wanted to buy 144v charger
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: Wanted to buy 144v charger

Matt might have one - @antiscab ?
by jonescg
Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 11:16
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

So a couple of basic questions answered: How far would it go on a charge? Well at 98 km/h (set the cruise control) I reckon 200 km was the hard limit. Hyden to Ravey was 195 km and we squeaked in with less than 5 km on the range remaining dial. Ravey to Esperance was 190 km, and we sat on 100 km/h f...
by jonescg
Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 11:05
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: My experiences with the Zoe

The sound of a TIG welder moments before the charge failure isn't ideal either...
by jonescg
Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 10:39
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Dual Charging
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: Dual Charging

Jack Rickard had a ChaDeMo kit for conversions which was being used on occasion but it did seem like a lot of work, particularly when most EVs were running less than half the voltage normally used by OEMs. So a 144 volt DC conversion would still only charge at 120 amps, which is only 17 kW. More tha...
by jonescg
Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 09:12
Forum: Renault
Topic: My experiences with the Zoe
Replies: 18
Views: 447

My experiences with the Zoe

I will be writing up a bit of a story on the Plasmaball Run weekend, but here are a few photos from our trip to Esperance from Perth (700 km there and... 200 km back. More on that later) image-20190531_072518.jpg 20190531_135440.jpg 20190601_122824.jpg 20190602_144928.jpg :| image-20190603_083251.jpg
by jonescg
Tue, 04 Jun 2019, 06:58
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: BMS for AVASS cells, 16S LiFePO4
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: BMS for AVASS cells, 16S LiFePO4

There is a Zeva 16 cell module which is serving several of us West Aussies quite well.