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Old 04-25-2012, 11:12 AM   #981 (permalink)
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The ForkenSwift came out of hibernation a couple of weeks ago.

It sure is nice to have this little utility vehicle available for errands again - I've got quite a pile of cut brush that needs transporting to the city compost yard with the light utility trailer. It's already been pressed into service transporting ladders, saws, and lengths of eaves troughing, among other things.

Oh, and carrying my lazy ass around because it was brrrrr cold and a little rainy yesterday and I didn't feel like biking.


I trickled/topped up the pack once in February. (I parked it for winter storage with a full charge Dec. 15th, 2011)

I've done about 4 drive/charge cycles so far, and I can't say for sure, but the pack seems to have reduced capacity compared to last year (could just be my fading memory too). 20 km (12 mi) seems about the maximum useful range now.

Range may recover somewhat with a few more drive/charge cycles to "wake up" the batteries (at least this is what one expert with lots of experience with lead has told me in the past).

Doesn't really matter - I have a set of newer (but still used) batteries on the sidelines obtained last year that I'll put in the car soon.

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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