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by michael
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: 17.1 kWh @ 20,000 miles
Replies: 32
Views: 23953

Re: 17.1 kWh @ 20,000 miles

Mine was in the mid-15's at three years, 50,000+ miles. I took very good care of the battery, avoided full charges when practical, charged "just in time" for departure when practical, never left the car fully charged for any appreciable time.
by michael
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Recent drop from 74 mi to 60 mi
Replies: 8
Views: 6597

Re: Recent drop from 74 mi to 60 mi

Unless it's extremely cold outside and the car has soaked, a freshly charged battery will be pretty much up to normal operating temperature.

I say this based on OBD readings during charging.
by michael
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Recent drop from 74 mi to 60 mi
Replies: 8
Views: 6597

Re: Recent drop from 74 mi to 60 mi

Do a heater full-blast rundown test to determine the actual capacity of the battery. We've discussed it here many times, but basically.... Fully charge the battery Reset the trip meter Run the heater full blast (maximum heat) with the windows open Notice the total kWh when the car goes into stop saf...
by michael
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Other Electric Cars & Plugin Hybrids
Topic: Chevy Bolt Drive
Replies: 62
Views: 53017

Re: Chevy Bolt Drive

You guys know I loved my FFE, but on March 1, when my next lease expires, I'm definitely getting a Bolt. Apart for the unaffordable-for-me model S, I can't imagine anything else equally capable being available in the next two years. The FFE came standard fully optioned. The premier version of the Bo...
by michael
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: My experience with the new to me FFE so far...
Replies: 27
Views: 17797

Re: My experience with the new to me FFE so far...

A lot of GM haters have the same kind of story...." I had an '87 Buick and it was a POS..." I can tell you my fleet consisted of an FFE and two Volts. All three cars were essentially trouble free, although it was the FFE that rolled over and died a month before the lease expired. At that point I did...
by michael
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Woes of winter range
Replies: 38
Views: 19178

Re: Woes of winter range

FWIW....I once drove behind a truck stacked with bales of hay. Little bits of hay were continuously blowing off, so I could observe the wind patterns behind the truck, see the areas in which the bits were still moving forward in the wake. I formed the impression that the disturbed area (where drafti...
by michael
Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: 17.1 kWh @ 20,000 miles
Replies: 32
Views: 23953

Re: 17.1 kWh @ 20,000 miles

That is true, but the heater is a low load compared to driving.

Heater is approximately 6 kW, the battery runs down in about 3 hours. You'd need to be driving rather slowly (25, 35 MPH maybe) to drive continuously for that long.

At 60 MPH, the battery would run down in less than 1 1/2 hours.
by michael
Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: Where is the 2017 Focus Electric???
Replies: 113
Views: 47311

Re: Where is the 2017 Focus Electric???

Am I correct in understanding that DCFC is standard, not an extra cost option?
by michael
Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Suggestions for Ford
Topic: "Minimum Charge" added to Value Charge on 300 mile SUV BEV
Replies: 6
Views: 8043

Re: "Minimum Charge" added to Value Charge on 300 mile SUV B

I would much rather they provide a maximum charge level as does Tesla. My daily commute is about 80-100 miles. I would have loved to be able to set, for example, 60% maximum charge level. Again, plug it it, let it charge up. In my case a 240 mile car would range from 30 to 60% or so and NEVER fully ...
by michael
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: 17.1 kWh @ 20,000 miles
Replies: 32
Views: 23953

Re: 17.1 kWh @ 20,000 miles

Agreed... I said that it wasn't clear there would be a significant difference. However, the run forward-run backward is not symmetrical. Each round trip energy is lost to heat, it's not zero sum. For example, if you regen 1 kWh, the battery will not gain that full 1 kWh but rather something less. Un...

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