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by WetEV
Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Other Electric Cars & Plugin Hybrids
Topic: Kia Soul EV
Replies: 18
Views: 16638

Re: Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV is currently for sale in Washington. This is one of the "new" markets that Kia has decided to expand to outside of their original planned sales footprint. Interesting, the web site will now let me build and price a Soul EV based on my zip code, but it tells me that the closest cars are ...
by WetEV
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: 145 FFE's sold in February
Replies: 25
Views: 11922

Re: 145 FFE's sold in February

Not "need" to contact owners, BUT they might please more future customers if Ford took trouble to ask about possible improvements that we recommend (as the ones who actually use the machines), what features we see as annoying (unlike the designers' expectations), or what differences we are looking ...
by WetEV
Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: 145 FFE's sold in February
Replies: 25
Views: 11922

Re: 145 FFE's sold in February

People need to look at the FFE as nothing more than a guinea pig purchase. Ok, that is always how I viewed buying an electric car. It failed miserably because Ford just never seemed interested in selling it, but regardless of the reason, it's a failure to have a car that nobody buys. And maybe that...
by WetEV
Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Suggestions for Ford
Topic: Suggestion for Ford regarding charging door
Replies: 25
Views: 27057

Re: Suggestion for Ford regarding charging door

I also agree that putting the door in the hood makes it likely to be unable to be opened after a front collision. I also don't like where the Leaf door is. Try clearing snow off of that. or leaving it overnight after a snow storm when snow is piled on it, with a wire sticking out. Having gotten int...
by WetEV
Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Other Electric Cars & Plugin Hybrids
Topic: Ford full-size, high-performance, long-range vehicle?
Replies: 10
Views: 7526

Ford full-size, high-performance, long-range vehicle?

Ford CEO Mark Fields says the company has the expertise and ability to build a Tesla-style full-size, high-tech, high-performance, long-range electric vehicle.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/car ... /17827533/
by WetEV
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Nissan Leaf vs Ford Focus Electric
Replies: 42
Views: 12130

Re: Nissan Leaf vs Ford Focus Electric

I'm actually willing to accept that battery life will be ok in Seattle even without liquid cooling. But that's an exceptionally benign climate for battery life. Most places in the US have hot summers and many have very cold winters as well. That's why I believe a liquid cooled system is superior. T...
by WetEV
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Nissan Leaf vs Ford Focus Electric
Replies: 42
Views: 12130

Re: Nissan Leaf vs Ford Focus Electric

4) Charge location door placement. Hope your charging door doesn't get wedged shut if you have a minor front fender-bender. I like the FFE charging door placement... up and out of the way of most fender benders. Has anyone reported having this happen on the Leaf? Is this a frequent problem for Leaf...
by WetEV
Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Nissan Leaf vs Ford Focus Electric
Replies: 42
Views: 12130

Re: Nissan Leaf vs Ford Focus Electric

The FFE is heavier, and more powerful, with a slightly smaller battery (23KW vs 24kW) yet its EPA range rating is slightly longer. But maybe its regen is more efficient, or the battery temp management improves efficiency and thus range? EPA rated range doesn't have any variation from battery temper...
by WetEV
Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:52 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: 120v or 240v, which is the better choice?
Replies: 16
Views: 4742

Re: 120v or 240v, which is the better choice?

Slower charge is better and preserves battery life. Probably not completely true. Sure, at rates high enough (1C or higher), battery life is reduced slightly. Regeneration going down a hill, for example, at 24kW or more is at 1C (or more). But there is data suggesting that 0.1C or slower is very sl...
by WetEV
Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:43 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Depreciation FYI
Replies: 29
Views: 13128

Re: Depreciation FYI

Car costs Ford $60K to make Source? I know Fiat was quoted as loosing 10k for each Fiat 500e. Both Tesla and Nissan have stated that they make a profit on each sale. Now Tesla isn't covering fixed costs (like R&D), and Nissan probably isn't as well. This is easy to find for Tesla, read their quarte...

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