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by mrpalerider
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Pictures, Videos
Topic: Solar Power Your Ford Focus Electric Car
Replies: 15
Views: 10095

Re: Solar Power Your Ford Focus Electric Car

I do not have any batteries. I feed excess power back to the grid and use the grid as my "giant battery". The bi-directional utility meter records the debits and credits. You will need an inverter to feed back to the grid if you generate DC like Solar panels. In case of a water turbine you might be...
by mrpalerider
Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:58 am
Forum: Pictures, Videos
Topic: Solar Power Your Ford Focus Electric Car
Replies: 15
Views: 10095

Re: Solar Power Your Ford Focus Electric Car

What RwBill said is correct. I have a grid tied solar system on my roof here in the Bay area. It is sized to offset the yearly use of 2 EVs. I currently have the Volt and it is offsetting its charging requirement quite nicely. In fact there is a surplus now to be used up when I get the FFE or the L...
by mrpalerider
Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: What do you want to know about the Focus Electric?
Replies: 23
Views: 10819

Re: What do you want to know about the Focus Electric?

Following up on that battery question; does the battery 'like' being drained as much as possible or near fully charged as much as possible? If I keep my iPhone fully charged all the time then when I work it I only get an hour or so out of it on battery, however, if I drain it to dead and fully recha...
by mrpalerider
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: What do you want to know about the Focus Electric?
Replies: 23
Views: 10819

Re: What do you want to know about the Focus Electric?

How the questions change once you actually have one, heh!? ;)
by mrpalerider
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: Order 2012 Focus online?
Replies: 23
Views: 15225

Re: Order 2012 Focus online?

I see the last post was a while ago...any new news on the ordering 'online' option?
by mrpalerider
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: Focus Electric Washington Times Article
Replies: 6
Views: 4475

Re: Focus Electric Washington Times Article

I hope Ford pumps out more than the planned 4000 units by years end.
by mrpalerider
Thu May 31, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Other Electric Cars & Plugin Hybrids
Topic: Justin Bieber's Karma Fisker
Replies: 1
Views: 3486

Re: Justin Bieber's Karma Fisker

That's too cool! Still don't like Bieber tho.

They have been sporting up EVs for years to show that they're not wussy cars for only Wal-Mart parking lots, I think that image has been broken. However, it's the distance on a charge that has always hampered their image.
by mrpalerider
Thu May 31, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Is Ford's Stock A Good Buy? Its Only $10
Replies: 2
Views: 3339

Re: Is Ford's Stock A Good Buy? Its Only $10

They were the 1st of the BIG 3 to post profits after the 2008 crash and repaid they're loans the quickest...I'm surprised that they're that low.
by mrpalerider
Wed May 30, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Obama mandates fuel economy too high??
Replies: 8
Views: 8404

Re: Obama mandates fuel economy too high??

Yep. That's why we'll be going diesel before you see the electric car explosion starts hitting the streets. Diesels can use lower grades of oil, less refined and 2x the mileage. Also, they have virtually none of the emissions common with most gasoline cars. But (and a big butt) the emissions they em...
by mrpalerider
Tue May 29, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Electric Car Goes Over 300MPH
Replies: 3
Views: 4684

Re: Electric Car Goes Over 300MPH

Will have to see what 'Jeggs' starts offering in the way of aftermarket mods for these things in the upcoming years.

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