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Old 08-15-2008, 02:09 PM   #714 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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New video: hot swap!

Just for fun, how long would it take to hot swap the car's battery pack?

Not bad! I guess that's one of the "benefits" of a small pack.

In reality, not terribly practical, though it could be simplified with some engineering if hot swapping really was a goal... (which it isn't!)

A nice little workout: lifted 16 batteries @ 65 lbs, or 1040 lbs.

I envision a pit crew doing regular drills to get the time below 3 minutes.


Current project:

Now that the supposed "A" pack is back in the car, my current project will be to use the LED battery pack gauge to rank the batteries from best to worst by cycling the pack a few times & keeping a close eye on it while driving.

Once I've figured that out, I'll evict the worst batts from this pack, swap in the best from the "B" pack (which has already been ranked), and voila, "A+ pack". That's the theory anyway.
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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