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Old 12-07-2012, 02:58 PM   #151 (permalink)
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Here is my EV to-do list....
I wonder if this list is EVER finished or if things just keep getting added to it forever...

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Old 12-10-2012, 05:55 PM   #152 (permalink)
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I wonder if this list is EVER finished or if things just keep getting added to it forever...
I keep wondering that too...

I spent this weekend working on my girl friends car and playing with a load of Solectria parts, so not much got done on my EV. I like just being able to drive my EV without any problems or worries.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:21 PM   #153 (permalink)
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Your girlfriend has a Solectria? They're pretty neat cars - I drove a "Force" sedan version once - quite slick! (1-pedal driving + regen = fun & more efficient!)
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Your girlfriend has a Solectria? They're pretty neat cars - I drove a "Force" sedan version once - quite slick! (1-pedal driving + regen = fun & more efficient!)
Nope, she has a 08 Focus that needed a dirty oil change and the brakes done.

I was given a load of Solectria stuff to repair over Thanksgiving and I finally got around to working on them. My university has a bunch of Solectria sedans and 2 door cars but very few run right now. I've been trying to acquire one of them but no one knows how to sell it to me...
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I finally knocked inflating the tires off my list and tomorrow I will fix my heater relay. I am also working on a fuel gauge solution that will hook up to my Fuel Gauge and also link to an LCD for AMPs/Volts.

Tomorrow I am going to try and get another reading to see what my efficiency is, I am hoping to get closer to the 250 wh/mi target.

I hit the 1,800 mile mark on my way home today! I've been having fun with my EV and it looks like we might get some major snow next week so maybe I will get to see how it handles.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:52 PM   #156 (permalink)
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Are you measuring Wh/mile at the wall? If so, I'm doing something very wrong.
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Are you measuring Wh/mile at the wall? If so, I'm doing something very wrong.
Yup I am measuring it from the wall using Kilowatt meter, without running the heater. On a normal, traffic ridden commute I use 290 wh/mi, but I now have a better route with less traffic and that brought it down to 268 wh/mi from the wall. This is 75% at 45 MPH and 25% at 30-35 MPH with stop and go.

I am hoping the inflated tires will give improvement (they did with my last EV) and I can probably do some more adjusting of the suspension.
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Last night I did my first high way run, accidentally. I was going to a Christmas party with my girl friend and I had the GPS running and I was not paying attention and just got on the highway and was on it doing 60 MPH for a good 20 minutes before I realized I was in my EV! I was in 4th gear and I could have definitely hit 70 MPH no problem with my current settings.

It did really well, even at only 360A battery max. That is 2C on my CALBs, but I might bump it up to 3C (540A) for some more acceleration power!

One of these days I am going to do a 0-60MPH test with 3C settings and figure out the real timing.
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I'd be pretty comfortable with pushing those cells to 3C. Thats what the spec sheet says they can do continuous and you won't be pulling that continuously.
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I'd be pretty comfortable with pushing those cells to 3C. Thats what the spec sheet says they can do continuous and you won't be pulling that continuously.
My spec sheets say 4C continuous, but I'd feel safe with 3C max. Then I would have true power through all my RPMs, exceeding the original gas engine torque considerably.

I need to hook up my netbook to my Zilla tomorrow, but I think I have a 65-75 A continuous cruising draw on my pack, maybe upwards of 100 A when around 45-50 MPH.

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