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by LouB
Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 14:06
Forum: Renault
Topic: Flat tyre experience
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: Flat tyre experience

Yes, I too saw all those warnings about not lifting the car in case of damage to the battery. However, the Zoe has standard, reinforced jacking points under the sills. It is what they used at my local tyre service place to lift the car. In fact, these are pics from the Renault assembly process that ...
by LouB
Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 12:14
Forum: Renault
Topic: First Zoe Service!
Replies: 27
Views: 1119

Re: First Zoe Service!

Hi Tom, first service for our Zoe is still 7 months off, but I am very interested to know what is involved and how much it is likely to cost. One reason for getting an EV is that it should require much reduced service and maintenance compared with an ICE vehicle with all those thousands of moving pa...
by LouB
Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 12:03
Forum: Renault
Topic: Flat tyre experience
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Flat tyre experience

On Tue 26 Feb my wife on entering a local shopping centre's carpark veered to the left to avoid an oncoming vehicle and scraped the front kerbside tyre on a concrete aisle divider. It resulted in an instant flat tyre. I later ascertained that the sidewall had a slit in it probably caused by somethin...
by LouB
Wed, 23 Jan 2019, 09:55
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?

Thanks for your input Terry. I have found it quite difficult to equate max flow and max head specifications to actual measured performance of pumps. For example: we do not have mains pressure (reticulated) water supply, and so have to rely on electric pumps for the house and garden. The pump servici...
by LouB
Tue, 15 Jan 2019, 11:28
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?

I only put in the link to the Tuhorse brand pump as an example of the sort of thing I was considering. I really don't yet know what to go with, or whether, as it's intended for an emergeny fire fighting pump, I may have to stick with the petrol one. A pity if that were the case as I was hoping to pr...
by LouB
Mon, 14 Jan 2019, 12:02
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?

In answer to jonescg: I don't really understand where the inverter comes into it. My interest was with pumps such as the one in this ad: https://www.tuhorse.com.au/4-500w-48v-screw-submersible-solar-bore-pump-40m-cable-free-delivery/ Your situation and ingenious setup is interesting T1 Terry. In the...
by LouB
Mon, 14 Jan 2019, 09:26
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 48V DC pump for fire fighting?
Replies: 9
Views: 648

48V DC pump for fire fighting?

I'm in the process of moving as much of my equipment as possible away from fossil fuels and oils. To that end, we have moved to a BEV (Renault Zoe) and also have an electric push mower (Victa) and electric ride-on mower (Ryobi. For safety reasons we have held onto our 5HP fire fighting pump (Robin E...
by LouB
Sat, 29 Dec 2018, 08:53
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Re: Bring on the BERM please

The Ryobi ride-on was delivered on 18 Dec and it's now done just over 4.5 hours mowing. So far, the experience has been mainly positive. It took some getting used to the sudden standing start acceleration, but, the very tight turning circle, almost as good as a Zero-turn mower, made up for it. Havin...
by LouB
Tue, 04 Dec 2018, 08:42
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Re: Bring on the BERM please

For anyone else interested in the Ryobi RM480E ride-on mower: As the sales people at Bunnings could not tell me whether the AU standard 240V 10A power outlet was adequate to charge the battery, I emailed Ryobi Australia for clarification. The reply was affirmative, in that the charger has a standard...
by LouB
Fri, 30 Nov 2018, 14:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Bunnings now has the Ryobi RM480e available on special order. See: https://www.bunnings.com.au/ryobi-38-48v-battery-ride-on-lawn-mower_p0089488 I went and ordered one today. I didn't agree to pay for delivery because the shop assistant said it would cost an extra $148 for the 'crane lift truck'. In ...
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 11:39
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Thank you - Brendon I'm sure that the page at: https://www.ryobi.com.au/battery-powered-ride-on-mower/ must only have been uploaded within the last 24hours, or so. I think I would have seen it had it been there before. I have registered my interest with Ryobi.com.au and await news of its public rele...
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 10:17
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Just a postscript on catcher for Ryobi 480e. There's this video showing that a grass catcher is actually available (in US at least):

Ryobi RM480e Bagger Attachment with Blade Swap
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI4SiwKHLqg
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 08:58
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Hi 4Springs, I once believed I needed a catcher for my ride-on. At great expense, I bought the catcher kit for my then Cox Orion ride-on. Cox Australia made good mowers 30+ years ago. My present Cox (Stockman 4000 LiveAxle) is a POS. The Orion was a side discharge mower and the catcher contraption w...
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 08:29
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Re: Bring on the BERM please

It's also available with 100ah batteries (for US $200 more).
Brendon - where did you find the $3999 AUD price?
At that price I would snap it up today!
by LouB
Thu, 22 Nov 2018, 06:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Re: Bring on the BERM please

Thank you for all the suggestions. If I was a lot younger, I would consider making up my own electric ride-on but, tempus fugit :( . I knew of Zeromow's Mean Green Machine but it had to be self-imported at considerable expense. I also queried Cub Cadet to see if they were about to import the electri...
by LouB
Sat, 17 Nov 2018, 09:54
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Bring on the BERM please
Replies: 30
Views: 2351

Bring on the BERM please

I have to mow a couple of acres around our house. I do not care about making a nice lawn, The mowing is to reduce the impact of possible bushfires and to prevent regrowth of shrubs and trees. In restricted spaces I have been using a Victa 82V cordless electric mower; and have been very happy with it...
by LouB
Tue, 06 Nov 2018, 13:33
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 23
Views: 2698

Re: Zappi EVSE

Matthew is correct. Zappi will measure input/output from an AC coupled battery. The Zappi user manual shows the settings necessary for this to happen. It only requires installing yet another CT ($35 AUD). But, I can't see how it would help in an off-grid setup. In my case, with an DC coupled battery...
by LouB
Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 12:00
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 23
Views: 2698

Re: Zappi EVSE

Hi Wal, I dare say it could be made to work in an off-grid situation. But it could not work as intended. The whole point of the Zappi is that it is able to measure the amount of energy that is being sent to the grid and divert an equal amount of energy to charging the EV. In essence, it is totally r...
by LouB
Sun, 04 Nov 2018, 09:40
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Zappi EVSE
Replies: 23
Views: 2698

Re: Zappi EVSE

I have now managed to get my Zappi EVSE working properly. It behaves as per specs when charging the EV in each of the 3 available modes: FAST, ECO and ECO+. After much mucking about with the wireless Harvi setup and getting either weak or lost signals, I tested it by extending twisted pair between C...
by LouB
Thu, 01 Nov 2018, 14:40
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

Re: Zoe menu items

Just an update to fellow Zoe conducteurs. I've received this reply from Simone Johnston – Customer Service RA: "We are chasing this up with France because we understand the importance of it for our customers, so far we have not had a response. We will contact you as soon as we have a response." I in...
by LouB
Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 09:07
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

Re: Zoe menu items

I've begun by asking the Renault Dealer for an explanation as to why the charging programming function outlined in P1.16 of the supplied Renault Zoe Driver's Handbook doesn't work. They did not seem to be aware of the problem but promised to "look into it". I suggested that if the fault was found to...
by LouB
Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 14:09
Forum: Renault
Topic: OpenEVSE charging Zoe
Replies: 2
Views: 717

Re: OpenEVSE charging Zoe

Hi Dave, OpenEVSE appears to be a very capable unit. I especially like the charge scheduling function. Have you any idea as to how it handles PV connected home batteries? And especially batteries that connect to DC side of inverter? I understand that charge in AC side batteries, like the Tesla Power...
by LouB
Sat, 20 Oct 2018, 07:29
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

Re: Zoe menu items

I will be contacting both the dealer that sold me the Zoe and Renault Australia on what could constitute false advertising under Australian law. First: I need to make a list of all functions that are not operational, though they are shown, with instructions, in the supplied Zoe Driver's Handbook and...
by LouB
Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 15:06
Forum: Renault
Topic: Zoe menu items
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

Re: Zoe menu items

Yes - same thing here. A real bummer really as I was thinking that I might use the charging time settings to overcome a problem I have with the EVSE not being able to distinguish surplus solar generation from house battery charge. Ability to set end time would ensure that forgetting to remove the ch...
by LouB
Wed, 17 Oct 2018, 06:36
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EV Buyers Guide – choosing an EV type that suits you
Replies: 10
Views: 1134

Re: EV Buyers Guide – choosing an EV type that suits you

We have a Renault Zoe and a Subaru XV. The Zoe is mainly driven by my wife (was an easy way to convince her that we absolutely 'needed' an BEV. Since it arrived I hardly ever get to play with it. The Zoe has been quickly promoted from second car to main vehicle; it is now getting used for 90% of all...