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#3970 of 4019 Re: andre [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 18, 2006 (1:47 pm)
Thanks for that information.
My own information was from an EV1 data sheet, and after I made that post talked to an actual ex EV1 driver.
This was his response:
"The original PbA (lead acid) EV1's only got about 60 miles per charge and were limiting, the Gen2's had NiMH batteries and got the 120+ mile range. If you've got a 100 mile daily, commute, I am sorry. Were 120 mile EV's available, you could possibly top off a bit at work. I worked in 5 buildings in 3 cities during the time I had an EV1. One building was only 1/2 mile from a public charger, the rest less than a couple of blocks. That was in California. If cars are available, chargers can be installed.
The best mileage on a Gen2 I ever did was 140 miles (135 of them on the freeway). I believe the record was around 180 miles.
The range of the EV1 was a soft thing. Even when 'empty', you could still crawl a long way (20+ miles) at under 35 mph (kind of like a golf cart). It screamed and yelled at you but it wouldn't let you down.
Today's Lithium batteries, of course can offer ranges up to 300 miles on a charge.
By the way, charging time seldom approached 6 hours excepte for the time I went 20 miles past empty on a very hot day (I think it was just part of the punishment). With a 220 volt charger, one charged at about 25 miles per hour (4 hours to go 100 miles). Charging time is mainly limited to the power available. Commercial chargers could charge in less than an hour easily but houses are normally limited to 240 volts/30 amps."
So you're right Mr_Shiftright I would be sweating it for the trip home!
Too bad I can't post a link to the acutal conversation here. His alias is exEV1 driver and is a pleasure to converse with.
#3971 of 4019 Re: andre [hot_georgia]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 18, 2006 (2:13 pm)
#3972 of 4019 Idling is costly and damaging to your car
Oct 11, 2006 (7:12 am)
Avoid Idling to warm up car on those cold mornings
"If you actually idle your car for more than 10 seconds, you're wasting fuel," says Quentin Chiotti, air program director at Pollution Probe, a Canadian environmental watchdog group.
"That's a shockingly short amount of time."
An average idling gas engine burns 3.5 litres of fuel per hour. So if gas was selling at 85.9 cents per litre, in the 10 minutes you spent idling in the Tim Hortons lineup, you just threw away 50 cents.
If you did that five days a week, waiting for that morning coffee would cost you about $130 over a year.
#3973 of 4019 Re: Idling is costly and damaging to your car [larsb]
Oct 11, 2006 (7:16 am)
Think about this. We started our four 1 ton Ford diesels at 5:30 AM and did not shut them off until 5:30 PM for about 8 months of the year. They all had idle monitors that kicked them up to 1600 RPM to keep them warm. Life in the Arctic. The cost of doing business in the oil patch. Many days they would not be driven more than 4-5 miles.
The 10 second goes against some auto manufacturers requirements. Some cars need to run at least 30 seconds on a cold morning for the transmission fluid to properly circulate. Many cars with turbos should be idled about a minute before they shut down also.
#3977 of 4019 Re: Gas price fluctuations threaten hybrid future [rockylee]
Oct 18, 2006 (1:54 pm)
That's an OPINION PIECE from a paper which has always cast a "cynical eye" toward hybrids.
With 12 more hybrid cars trucks and SUVs on pace to hit the road by the end of model year 2008, it seems like his opinion will be in the minority.
#3978 of 4019 Re: EPA, drivers' rankings clash [rockylee]
Oct 18, 2006 (2:19 pm)
Not much news in that "news" article, but if you visit the fueleconomy.gov website and the car you are interested in has a lot of respondents, you DO get a pretty good idea of how your fuel mileage will be.
Even next year when they revise the way they test the cars for fuel economy, nothing will change as far as peoples' mileage varying heavily from the numbers on the window. However, they will probably all be a little more satisfied, because there will be more of a likelihood that the mileage they actually get will be higher than the numbers on the sticker.
#3979 of 4019 Re: EPA, drivers' rankings clash [nippononly]
Oct 18, 2006 (5:03 pm)
maybe i will post i get 100 mpg with my v8 explorer.