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by doggy
Tue, 21 Aug 2018, 06:34
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 23
Views: 4483

Re: Zappi EVSE

Hi Lou, those solutions sound excellent. The inner glow will add to that you get when not spewing out exhaust in tunnels and at traffic lights. There is no way you need a whopping big EVSE in your garage so you'll have no problems. My three phase one is for long trips (tried it at a showground with ...
by doggy
Mon, 20 Aug 2018, 21:00
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Enphase microinverters
Replies: 6
Views: 1205

Re: Enphase microinverters

Hi James, Many thanks for that, particularly the heads-up on not being able to see the individual units. That would bug me. Yes, I am an IT guy (retired) so would definitely be doing some fiddling. My house is surrounded by trees. However, I have monitored the insolation for the past three years and...
by doggy
Mon, 20 Aug 2018, 14:55
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Enphase microinverters
Replies: 6
Views: 1205

Enphase microinverters

Hi,
Has anyone installed Enphase microinverters in the recent past (say 2yrs)? Any comments on performance, price, reliability?
Thanks,
Dave
by doggy
Sun, 19 Aug 2018, 15:38
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 23
Views: 4483

Re: Zappi EVSE

Hi Lou, At first I also bought a simple portable EVSE from Evolution Australia. They were excellent to deal with and the unit came super fast plus worked exactly as described. It is a single phase unit settable to 10A, 15A, 32A. Totally waterproof. You change settings by shaking it vigorously when f...
by doggy
Sun, 19 Aug 2018, 14:12
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 23
Views: 4483

Re: Zappi EVSE

Here is a bit of a discussion of Zappi and OpenEVSE with regard to solar diversion:

https://community.openenergymonitor.org ... ivert/5808
by doggy
Sun, 19 Aug 2018, 14:05
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 23
Views: 4483

Re: Zappi EVSE

Hi Lou, I have an OpenEVSE three phase unit. Max 30kW but I only use 22kW for the Zoe. Handles single and three phase. It has inbuilt WiFi and is its own AP when no WiFi around or connects to a defined AP if there is one nearby. It links easily to EmonCMS (this took only 60mins to set up). Max 40amp...
by doggy
Wed, 15 Aug 2018, 10:32
Forum: Renault
Topic: Emergency spare wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 2555

Re: Emergency spare wheel

Hi Lou, that user manual is a little different from my Aus one. However, there is a lot of discussion of the matter on the EU/UK SpeakEV forum. For instance: https://www.speakev.com/threads/zoe-jacking-points.102609/ More info if you also search there for "Jacking". You will see that people have swa...
by doggy
Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 15:33
Forum: Renault
Topic: Emergency spare wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 2555

Re: Emergency spare wheel

Thanks Terry,
Understood.
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 10:56
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For sale J1772 to Type 2 charging cable
Replies: 4
Views: 1629

For sale J1772 to Type 2 charging cable

I have made a mistake in ordering a J1772-Type2 cable and therefore I am selling a 1 meter long Duosida J1772 to Type2 charging cable. It is rated at 32amps, which is more than many such cables. It has removable caps on each end and the locking lever on the J1772 end. I can attach photos if desired....
by doggy
Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 10:50
Forum: Renault
Topic: Emergency spare wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 2555

Re: Emergency spare wheel

Hi Lou,
Thanks for the great advice.
In an earlier life I often repaired truck tyres in the desert but had not thought of fixing tubeless tyres on our Zoe in order to avoid the "gunk" solution.
Best Regards,
Dave
by doggy
Mon, 13 Aug 2018, 18:48
Forum: Renault
Topic: Emergency spare wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 2555

Re: Emergency spare wheel

Hi Lou,
I am impressed by your self repair kit. Did you put it together yourself by buying the bits and pieces or were you able to buy in one go? I would like to invest in the same capability.
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Wed, 08 Aug 2018, 12:59
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe range vs temp & speed
Replies: 16
Views: 3041

Re: Zoe range vs temp & speed

Hi Lou, the air freshener function is not on my model. I think it is only on the R110. There are a few other things not in Oz. For instance, the ability to remotely programme charge start/stop and turn on the climate control from the Zoe phone app (Android and Apple) or a web browser. I do not have ...
by doggy
Wed, 08 Aug 2018, 08:28
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe range vs temp & speed
Replies: 16
Views: 3041

Re: Zoe range vs temp & speed

Hi Lou, 1. The simulator for the Zoe does not go above 25degC. From my last 10 years in France, their summers can certainly have very hot periods. I remember one summer three years ago when we had 15 days in a row over 35degC. In some ways, more extreme than Sydney. Particularly when you factor in t...
by doggy
Wed, 08 Aug 2018, 05:42
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe range vs temp & speed
Replies: 16
Views: 3041

Re: Zoe range vs temp & speed

Hi Mike, Yes, France (and other parts of Europe) continue to swelter. Where we used to keep our barge, the heat wave is the worst since records began over 180 years ago. Hi Matthew, Yes, Zoe's battery is "air conditioned". This was a key checklist item for me when buying. Some cars do not have batte...
by doggy
Mon, 06 Aug 2018, 15:31
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe range vs temp & speed
Replies: 16
Views: 3041

Re: Zoe range vs temp & speed

Hi Lou, Actually, I did not think to look under the bonnet on the test drive as I had seen several photos and even now have not lifted the lid! I'll do so tomorrow! There is 400V DC floating around there, though I think it is reasonably protected so perhaps that was something to do with the reluctan...
by doggy
Sun, 05 Aug 2018, 09:03
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe range vs temp & speed
Replies: 16
Views: 3041

Zoe range vs temp & speed

Having spent approx 6moths a year of the past 8 years in France (on our now-sold 115 year old barge), I speak reasonable French and have pulled the following Zoe figures from the Renault simulator in France. In France, you can buy a Q90 (43kw AC charging) or a R110 (22kW AC charging). In Australia, ...
by doggy
Sat, 04 Aug 2018, 07:24
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: NRMA funding 40 DCFCs around NSW
Replies: 25
Views: 11654

Re: NRMA funding 40 DCFCs around NSW

Hi Charles, I do congratulate the NRMA on their initiative- it is great- but I think it could be better. Likewise, I congratulate Nissan in bringing the Leaf to Australia when it did and thereby promoting EVs a lot more at an early stage. I congratulate Renault in finally bringing the Zoe (which I a...
by doggy
Fri, 03 Aug 2018, 09:24
Forum: Nissan
Topic: 2018 Nissan Leaf!
Replies: 35
Views: 12813

Re: 2018 Nissan Leaf!

Hi Rob, I too received this email and was disappointed. I am on their list because my pecking order was Tesla 3, Leaf 2018 then Zoe. I discovered the dimensions of the 3, which exceeded what I was looking for (small car for around town). I then discovered the Leaf 2018 had not added thermal manageme...
by doggy
Fri, 03 Aug 2018, 08:18
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe energy use
Replies: 11
Views: 2083

Re: Zoe energy use

Hi Lou, I am not sure if the situation has changed, but I ordered my Zoe from the same place about a month ago and it arrived in one week (which was one week quicker than the estimated delivery). Elie was good to deal with. On the other hand, he did not have to sell us anything. We wanted one, so we...
by doggy
Thu, 02 Aug 2018, 20:20
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe energy use
Replies: 11
Views: 2083

Re: Zoe energy use

There might be CCS2 on the Zoe in 2019 but I would bet anything it will not be in Oz then. There is a 6month wait for Zoes in the UK and they are still shipping the R90s there. The R110 will be out soon but RHD units a while yet in the UK. As for 2019, there are nil announcements yet but you would p...
by doggy
Thu, 02 Aug 2018, 06:09
Forum: Renault
Topic: Renault EVs now available in Oz
Replies: 29
Views: 6905

Re: Renault EVs now available in Oz

In general, the Zoe can charge at 22kw from Tesla Destination Chargers and there are a lot of them.
So, have a look at the section Sydney->the border.
Maybe NRMA can be convinced that adding AC charging in places out of the big cities is sensible?
Cheers,
Dave
by doggy
Thu, 02 Aug 2018, 06:06
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe on steep hills
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

Re: Zoe on steep hills

Hi Lou, No problems at all with speed and acceleration. However I have only been on 100km/hr not 110km/hr roads so far. I have only owned European cars for the past 54years so no problems with the stalks for me (or my wife)! The only time I have a problem is when I drive an Australian car- which is ...
by doggy
Wed, 01 Aug 2018, 13:14
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Nissan Leaf Battery Flattening Test
Replies: 3
Views: 1215

Re: Nissan Leaf Battery Flattening Test

Given the nature of Li batteries, I would have thought this would be a bad thing to do on a regular basis.
Maybe very,very rarely to see the State of Health (SOH).
Regards,
Dave
by doggy
Wed, 01 Aug 2018, 13:01
Forum: Renault
Topic: Renault EVs now available in Oz
Replies: 29
Views: 6905

Re: Renault EVs now available in Oz

Hi Greg, But aren't you in Qld not NSW, so what NRMA does is presumably not relevant there as you already have AC charging? Or do you want to drive into NSW? I find the NRMA decision unbelievable. I have spent about 50% of the last 8 years in France (and other European countries). Last year, I was n...
by doggy
Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 11:20
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe energy use
Replies: 11
Views: 2083

Re: Zoe energy use

Hi Matt, I just tested my EVSE against a true watt hour meter and the two agree to within 2%. So, the figures I quoted above should be true kWH and not kVA. I also found that people in the UK seem to be getting 20kWhr into their battery when charging at an indicated 22kW rate. This would indicate th...