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Old 03-17-2008, 11:18 PM   #587 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
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Big news! New charger...

This arrived in the mail today. A re-manufactured, proper 3-stage 48v charger donated (!) to Project ForkenSwift by an E.E. who works for the company that makes them in in Vancouver, B.C. (Burnaby, actually). I helped him track down some parts for his gen. 1 SuzukiClone EV.

Delta-Q chargers.

We have been using a semi-dumb 24v 10A charger, which forces us to split the pack and charge in 2 parallel strings of 24v each. It was originally for a commercial floor cleaner, I think. The only reason I call it semi-dumb instead of fully dumb is because it has LED's that show 80% and 100% charge status based on a preset voltage, and a shut off timer when (if) the pack reaches the 100% voltage level (which has never been 100% reliable because the batts are old, and some don't come all the way up to the expected voltage. Lately, it's been working about 2/3 of the time).

So this new charger is almost 4x more powerful! Faster! And probably more efficient too - which will show up in the car's fuel log soon, I hope. I'll know in a couple of days.

I already used it tonight - worked like a charm!
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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