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Old 11-27-2007, 12:53 PM   #300 (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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04-01-2007, 11:00 Pm

BTW, I made and uploaded a neat 5-minute video of the first drive activities. Just waiting for YouTube to process it and spit it back out.

Today: added 2 more batts to the string, for a total of 48v. This made a noticeable difference; it turned the car from "interesting science experiment" but too slow to be practical, into a barely usable car. At 48v, it would never handle the cut & thrust of typical urban traffic, but as an NEV equivalent on the side streets of a small, quiet city, it'll be fine.

With some effort (EV hypermiling!) I managed to go 5.x km around the neighbourhood today on one charge (but 3 separate journeys).

I also started documenting individual battery voltages after each run to see if I can figure out which batteries are weakest. Turns out driving around the neighbourhood is an excellent "load test" procedure - the bad batteries are quick to reveal their true selves, relative to their pack-mates.
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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