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by PowerstrokeNC
Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: Solar Roof Concept Ford C-Max - pretty cool, its a start!
Replies: 3
Views: 2481

Re: Solar Roof Concept Ford C-Max - pretty cool, its a start

I saw the concentrating sun idea on you tube a few years back, where a guy demonstrated a clunky homemade version on a very small scale. It worked pretty well but was roughly constructed. I remember thinking that if they could somehow incorporate small lenses above or in each solar cell it might be ...
by PowerstrokeNC
Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Anyone driving in L for extended periods seeing better range
Replies: 48
Views: 16630

Re: Anyone driving in L for extended periods seeing better r

Thanks for the comments, I didn't think about the potential for a higher % of loss during a more aggressive regen.
Also the brake light issue is an interesting one, maybe future electric cars will have an option for automatic brake light activation when in an aggressive regen mode...
by PowerstrokeNC
Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:27 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Anyone driving in L for extended periods seeing better range
Replies: 48
Views: 16630

Anyone driving in L for extended periods seeing better range

I have recently started driving in L to see if there is any difference in range performance with the more aggressive regen. I have about 6200 miles on FFE with D driving. In the last few hundred miles I feel like I am actually getting better range, I am not sure if this is wishful thinking as I don'...
by PowerstrokeNC
Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Check out my mobile Level 2 charging kit!
Replies: 86
Views: 61140

Re: Check out my mobile Level 2 charging kit!

Also less practical because the chance of finding two conveniently-located 120V outlets on different legs of the same power supply is probably fairly low. I was thinking this too, but upon closer inspection it seems that a 240V breaker taps into the same bus bar, so I don't think you actually need t...
by PowerstrokeNC
Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Check out my mobile Level 2 charging kit!
Replies: 86
Views: 61140

Re: Check out my mobile Level 2 charging kit!

I don't think you can add them: the 30A will be going through each hot line so you'd still trip the breaker(s). Dang it you are right! I forgot about that little technicality in my excitement of devising the idea. However, theoretically if a charger was around that only required 2 x 12AMP legs ( to...
by PowerstrokeNC
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Check out my mobile Level 2 charging kit!
Replies: 86
Views: 61140

Re: Check out my mobile Level 2 charging kit!

Had a thought and wanted to get input. The idea came from Honda's series of generators that can be 'daisy chained' to produce higher wattage/amps. So here goes.... Based on how a 240V circuit is currently wired into the breaker panel i.e.: it has 2 physical connections onto the busbar and creates tw...
by PowerstrokeNC
Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Accessing 100% of the battery
Replies: 13
Views: 7061

Re: Accessing 100% of the battery

Am I correct though that the Leaf can be charged to 100% of batt capacity and not just 80% like in the FFE? If the answer is yes, then is there a way for us to access the additional 20% of our batteries capacity? Either by a reprogram or hack of some sort? This is my first electric car, but previous...
by PowerstrokeNC
Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: 25a chargers? Cheaply?
Replies: 9
Views: 4248

Re: 25a chargers? Cheaply?

I have the CC version and think it is great value for the money, coming off the included L1 charger, the L2 was so much quicker. Most of the time we are charged in a couple hours based on our usage. However since we love the electric car we will be upgrading in the future (3-yrs) to whatever makes s...
by PowerstrokeNC
Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Accessing 100% of the battery
Replies: 13
Views: 7061

Re: Accessing 100% of the battery

Nobody? :shock:

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