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Old 03-30-2013, 10:30 AM   #236 (permalink)
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You got the batteries in the back, right?
If those behave anything like the NiMH batteries in my hybrid (which vents the battery with air from the passenger compartment) they would benefit from being in the passenger compartment; as they seem to function best under temperatures that we find agreeable ourselves.
When they start to give off some heat after long use you'd need the heater less.
And you get better weight distribution and more boot space.
You do need some shielding though to be safe in case of a blowout.

Just a thought...
2011 Honda Insight + HID, LEDs, tiny PV panel, extra brake pad return springs, neutral wheel alignment, 44/42 PSI (air), PHEV light (inop), tightened wheel nut.
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