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by mikedufty
Wed, 04 Dec 2019, 12:13
Forum: Tesla EVs
Topic: Hypermiling in a Model 3
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Hypermiling in a Model 3

In theory the steep climb - gentle descent should be better, since you are not wasting the power that went into gaining altitude on brakes/regen inefficiencies. Would be more interesting to hear from someone who has tried it though. On the same theory on a bicycle I should put in max effort on the u...
by mikedufty
Tue, 03 Dec 2019, 11:44
Forum: Tesla EVs
Topic: Tesla Insurance
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Re: Tesla Insurance

RACWA were cheap for the i-MiEV for the first year, then jacked it up hugely for the renewal (so I switched) I wonder if they'll do that with Tesla too.
I suppose the glass half full approach is you get the first year cheap, but it is hard not to think of it as the second year being expensive.
by mikedufty
Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 12:31
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Used Outlander PHEV - concerns/risks
Replies: 9
Views: 358

Re: Used Outlander PHEV - concerns/risks

I think Tesla are the only EV manufacturer that suggest annual servicing is optional. Our Delica D:5 (same platform as petrol outlander) is around $300 annual service. iMiEV (full BEV Mitsubishi) was around $250. Price of oil is the only difference. (Mitsubishi actually say both need to be serviced ...
by mikedufty
Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 11:34
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Used Outlander PHEV - concerns/risks
Replies: 9
Views: 358

Re: Used Outlander PHEV - concerns/risks

I had a vague intention to get one once they come down to around $20k, but now they are getting there the stories of battery degradation are a bit off putting. I've test driven the 2014 and 2018 and the 2018 was much more impressive, seemed to do the transition from battery to engine much better, an...
by mikedufty
Sat, 28 Sep 2019, 12:00
Forum: Nissan
Topic: Leaf in the tropical north
Replies: 16
Views: 872

Re: Leaf in the tropical north

I agree with most of the above, but wouldn't be concerned about running air con full time in an i-Miev. We pretty much did that with ours in Perth. I'm pretty sure it would be more in Kununurra. Knocks 10% off the guessometer range, but doesn't seem to reduce actual range that much. I'd be more conc...
by mikedufty
Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 15:13
Forum: Tesla EVs
Topic: Model 3 orders are now Open!
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Model 3 orders are now Open!

I've finally admitted to myself I'm not going to get one and asked for my deposit back.
by mikedufty
Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 17:06
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: To import or to build? New to EV's
Replies: 27
Views: 957

Re: To import or to build? New to EV's

Mikeymcblimey wrote:
Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 13:43
Personally I just don't like the sports style
Sports style? I thought they only did standard / classic type styling?
by mikedufty
Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 21:37
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: To import or to build? New to EV's
Replies: 27
Views: 957

Re: To import or to build? New to EV's

Have you looked at the evoke bikes? Hub motors, but full size wheel and seem to have sufficient performance for you (130kph). https://www.evokemotorcycles.com.au/urban-series Fairly pricy I think, can only see one second hand one on bikesales and that says "huge savings on new" at $12,500. Still abo...
by mikedufty
Wed, 04 Sep 2019, 12:47
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Solar day parking with AC charging
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Solar day parking with AC charging

May start happening once they move off peak charging times to the middle of the day.
by mikedufty
Mon, 02 Sep 2019, 11:23
Forum: Charging Infrastructure
Topic: Solar day parking with AC charging
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Solar day parking with AC charging

Even with a 90km range i-MIEV the shopping centre carpark chargers seem more of a marketing gimmick than any actual use. You'd need to be really pushing your range to the limit going shopping for it to be a significant benefit to slow charge for an hour.
by mikedufty
Thu, 22 Aug 2019, 22:49
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: i-miev degradation in the tropics
Replies: 9
Views: 581

Re: i-miev degradation in the tropics

I'd be concerned about the 58km range being an indication something is about to break completely. It's possible it will just continue to slowly drop in range, but some people have had to replace the battery when it triggers errors and refuses to charge. You'd probably want to at least get canion dia...
by mikedufty
Sat, 17 Aug 2019, 13:49
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Regenerative braking effect compared to traditional braking?
Replies: 6
Views: 622

Re: Regenerative braking effect compared to traditional braking?

Regen is not on or off, it's proportional to the accellerator position, so the same as regular brakes, will only cause a problem if you use too much at the wrong time and place. The i-miev regen is no stronger than manual engine braking. I think other cars have more, but I don't know if any have eno...
by mikedufty
Fri, 09 Aug 2019, 20:53
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: Are hybrid bikes worth the money?
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Re: Are hybrid bikes worth the money?

He mentions two batteries in the link. I'm on my third after only 20,000km but I use cheap batteries ($85). Still on the first drive belt and head set too. I did have to replace the front fork, not sure if that was related to the electric drive, the steerer tube came loose so only the mudguard bolt ...
by mikedufty
Fri, 09 Aug 2019, 09:52
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: Are hybrid bikes worth the money?
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Re: Are hybrid bikes worth the money?

I gather from mention of east coast PCN that you are in Singapore? I think the differences between bikes can be exagerrated. You can almost do anything with any bike. An MTB will be a little slower on the road, but tyres make up a lot of the difference. Not uncommon to see a really fit rider on a fu...
by mikedufty
Fri, 02 Aug 2019, 22:08
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Can someone please save me from myself?
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Re: Can someone please save me from myself?

That back seat is pretty cool, but I guess you'd want the space for batteries.
by mikedufty
Mon, 29 Jul 2019, 13:02
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS cells 2nd lot
Replies: 37
Views: 2287

Re: AVASS cells 2nd lot

Sorry, I've been a bit slow checking this thread, I've agreed to sell them to Ivan in Perth. Jeff, I will let you know if that doesn't work out.
by mikedufty
Sat, 27 Jul 2019, 15:09
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS cells 2nd lot
Replies: 37
Views: 2287

Re: AVASS cells 2nd lot

No idea, I think Chris Jones organised the shipping to WA.
It was only $120 to get them shipped to WA, but that was as part of a bigger bulk shipment, I suspect it may be a fair bit more on their own.
by mikedufty
Fri, 26 Jul 2019, 14:01
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS cells 2nd lot
Replies: 37
Views: 2287

Re: AVASS cells 2nd lot

Hoping to sell them at the original offer price from AVASS $2,040 for the lot.
Seems nice to keep them in a set that will do 48V, but I'll consider splitting up if I can sell at least half of them.
by mikedufty
Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 13:35
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: AVASS cells 2nd lot
Replies: 37
Views: 2287

Re: AVASS cells 2nd lot

I don't think I'm going to be able to use my cells in the near future.
Is there anyone who missed out, who would like to buy them?
Set of 16 (~48V)
by mikedufty
Wed, 17 Jul 2019, 13:48
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: What kind of unexpected challenges arose when you started converting your ICE motorcycle to electric?
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: What kind of unexpected challenges arose when you started converting your ICE motorcycle to electric?

I'm surprised Chis hasn't mentioned the unexpected challenge that arose with trying to sell his GSXR chassis to go with a custom one. I guess its not very specific to electric.
by mikedufty
Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 10:56
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Battery interconnect sizing
Replies: 48
Views: 2063

Re: Battery interconnect sizing

Can confirm, I've got a nice blister on my thumb at the moment from trying to hold down a bit of 2mm thick aluminium to drill a 4mm hole through it.
by mikedufty
Mon, 17 Jun 2019, 12:44
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Direct Drive options
Replies: 22
Views: 1178

Re: Direct Drive options

The zcars unit above is designed to allow you to fit a motorcycle engine into an fiat 500 to make it ridiculously fast.
by mikedufty
Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 10:53
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Total NOOB to convert Classic Mini
Replies: 45
Views: 6004

Re: Total NOOB to convert Classic Mini

Can you get EV half-cuts from japan?
by mikedufty
Sun, 09 Jun 2019, 13:26
Forum: Hyundai
Topic: Hyundai Sales Tactics
Replies: 38
Views: 1938

Re: Hyundai Sales Tactics

The electronic system diagnosis needs specialised equipment most people don't have at home, though there are some hacked versions floating around. I would have thought the recalls shouldn't need a service either, but they came up with one on ours (the inverter/charger) that we were not notified of, ...