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by JoeS
Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: Metrics Musings
Replies: 8
Views: 4491

Re: Metrics Musings

... I only pulled 2865 Watts from a Level II ChargePoint station (starting at 50% SOC) when I was hoping for something much closer to the stated 3.3 kW. This measurement is 'at the plug' and not discounted for charging loses. Wow, that's disturbing, as at that SOC I would be expecting full power dr...
by JoeS
Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: 120V charging cord
Replies: 22
Views: 14754

Re: 120V charging cord

Marta: the Level 1 (120vac) EVSE cord can be unplugged from the wall and also from the car, so someone could walk away with it. The Level 2 cord is usually permanently attached to the fixed-mount EVSE. A possible solution is to stick the Level 1 box inside the vehicle through the open window and the...
by JoeS
Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Maximum Miles Driven on One Charge
Replies: 66
Views: 33864

Re: Maximum Miles Driven on One Charge

WeeJohn: thank you for the explanation. That Sunol grade is a tough one, but at least it has a truckers' right lane so one can ease up without backing up traffic. Over time, all of us will develop tricks for extending the range when we need to.
by JoeS
Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: Maximum Miles Driven on One Charge
Replies: 66
Views: 33864

Re: Maximum Miles Driven on One Charge

WeeJohn: I cringed at your description of your flat-out maiden voyage from the dealership. I guess you've never owned an EV before, as I'd perhaps have wanted to determine how much range I had left AFTER first getting home. Looks as though you really relied on the miles-remaining gauge, and it sure ...
by JoeS
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:46 am
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: Metrics Musings
Replies: 8
Views: 4491

Metrics Musings

As the owner of a number of EVs I've long ago come to grips with a conservative number for the miles I can drive without recharging. Just as a prudent ICE driver doesn't get down to empty, neither do we, and the term "range anxiety" (promulgated by GM http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/08/g...
by JoeS
Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Driving the iMiev - Range - Energy Efficiency - Operating Cost
Topic: how does the imiev drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 2711

Re: how does the imiev drive?

Hi barryc - welcome to the iMiEV forum! I've only test-driven it a couple of times (three onboard), and am now awaiting delivery. The "i" (US , "i-MiEV" in the rest of the world) is very much a modern small car which has decent handling, good acceleration for getting onto the Int...
by JoeS
Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: proud new owner of an 'i'
Replies: 63
Views: 20677

Re: proud new owner of an 'i'

If you notice under braking they say that the regen braking system is an option, not standard equipment. Also all of the stearing and suspension is classified as an option. Dan O Don't scare me :shock: I ordered the bottom of the line as I was assured they all had the same regen capabilities and co...
by JoeS
Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: Better charging controls
Replies: 31
Views: 23255

Re: Better charging controls

Is the charging linear or does it taper off (i.e., take more time per bar) as it approaches full? Without better external visuals, I'm hoping we'll all quickly get a feel for this and won't need to take a peek inside.
by JoeS
Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: Better charging controls
Replies: 31
Views: 23255

Re: Better charging controls

Hi jjlink and jray3, thanks for the inputs. Nice to know that I can always time my charging externally without having some weird interlocks prevent that. My own situation is that I live in the hills and invariably start every trip with a three-mile downgrade, and thus my desire to terminate charging...
by JoeS
Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Suggestions for Mitsubishi
Topic: Better charging controls
Replies: 31
Views: 23255

Re: Better charging controls

As the present owner of a number of EVs, I have a good feel for the time required to recharge each one based on the number of miles driven (and who drove them - my wife's a featherfoot whereas I'm a leadfoot unless I need to hypermile). I use mechanical timers to shut off the input power about when ...

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