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by bennelson
Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: EVSE (Charging Stations)
Topic: EVSE Upgrade
Replies: 113
Views: 42548

Re: EVSE Upgrade

Hi Jim,

I'd be interested in doing exactly what you did.

Do you have a link to a detailed description of what you did and where to get the parts?

Thanks!

-Ben
by bennelson
Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 195
Views: 58041

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

In my house, my water heater is natural gas, so going solar with water wouldn't save me electricity (but it would save me gas, and I AM planning on doing that in the long run!) For the garage, I'm looking at trying to find a way to do some wood heat out there, or possibly a pellet stove. (Firewood i...
by bennelson
Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 195
Views: 58041

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Generally just feels less cold.
Hard to make an exact comparison, because I'm trying to compare how I remember last winter compared to this winter (now with insulation.)

Overall, I think it's an improvement.
by bennelson
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 195
Views: 58041

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Here's the thing with solar hot water vs solar electric: I'm already going to have a WHOLE bunch of solar electric set up. All the solar panels match each other, use the same racking, need the same permitting, and I pretty much need to do the same work and meet the same requirements and regulations ...
by bennelson
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 195
Views: 58041

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

I probably will try to trim the very top of the pine tree, to stunt its growth. And again, this time of year is WORST CASE SCENARIO for solar. The rest of the year, the shadows are nothing like this.

Now just imagine if I tried a GROUND mount for solar!
by bennelson
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 195
Views: 58041

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Insurance companies routinely rate WHITE cars as the safest overall. The thought is that the more light a car reflects, the more likely it is to be seen in overall conditions. Black is TERRIBLE at night. I think that the best color to be seen would be "safety colors" such as "Hunting ...
by bennelson
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 195
Views: 58041

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

I can't get the garage doors in until the ceiling goes in (as that's what the door tracks mount to!) I might just block off the openings with construction plastic or something. It's really only a problem if it's snowing and the wind is blowing north, which it was a bit last night. Here's what it loo...
by bennelson
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 195
Views: 58041

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Hey Guys! Yep, lots of adventures lately, mostly tearing down my garage. I've also used the towing ability a fair number of times. Pulling a 12'x6' utility trailer works great! For the garage, the plan is to rebuild, larger, with insulation, heat, and lots of solar panels on the roof. In the mean-ti...
by bennelson
Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Car won't start after storage
Replies: 42
Views: 13008

Re: Car won't start after storage

Great to hear it. Sounds like it was exactly how it should go!
by bennelson
Sat Aug 27, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Car won't start after storage
Replies: 42
Views: 13008

Re: Car won't start after storage

How was the experience with the dealership? Was everything straight-forward with the battery replaced under warranty the way it is supposed to? I always like hearing the ends of these types of stories. One common misconception about EVs is that the batteries are expensive and have to be replaced oft...

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