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by MikeDabrowski2017
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Federal EV Tax Credit
Replies: 8
Views: 1394

Re: Federal EV Tax Credit

I am retired with minimal tax but wanted to take advantage of the tax credits After looking at all my options i decided that the best way to use the credit was to cash in the savings bonds that have been collecting taxable interest for most of my life. The plan worked out well, i got the full 7500 c...
by MikeDabrowski2017
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Climate Control?
Replies: 21
Views: 2571

Re: Battery Climate Control?

We just got a break in some pretty cold weather here in new England. From my observations during the coldest periods, the battery temperature seems to be maintained at a similar energy regardless of being plugged in or not. I don't drive the car every day and I leave the car plugged in to my level 2...
by MikeDabrowski2017
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Winter, hilltop reserve, and battery conditioning
Replies: 27
Views: 3772

Re: Winter, hilltop reserve, and battery conditioning

Lots of cold weather data since last post has confirmed that the conditioning period is a variable that gets more frequent when it gets colder and the energy used per cycle increases in proportion to how cold it was. After the cold weather for the last couple of weeks my hilltop reserve range had dr...
by MikeDabrowski2017
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: New tech battery for our 2017 bolts in the future?
Replies: 11
Views: 1459

Re: New tech battery for our 2017 bolts in the future?

Guess we will have to see how it all unfolds.
by MikeDabrowski2017
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: New tech battery for our 2017 bolts in the future?
Replies: 11
Views: 1459

Re: New tech battery for our 2017 bolts in the future?

If we want to save the future by reducing energy consumption we will need to build cars that live for a long time https://www.theguardian.com/environment/green-living-blog/2010/sep/23/carbon-footprint-new-car An EV is so simple in comparison to an ICE that with little added cost in stainless hardwar...
by MikeDabrowski2017
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: New tech battery for our 2017 bolts in the future?
Replies: 11
Views: 1459

New tech battery for our 2017 bolts in the future?

I just sold my 2000 Honda insight after 17 years of ownership Brake lines, gas lines, steel suspension components, rusted bolts, and mice attacks But like electric cars the batteries are the weak link. Honda never offered a lithium pack to replace the very custom Nimh stock pack. So the old insights...
by MikeDabrowski2017
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Winter, hilltop reserve, and battery conditioning
Replies: 27
Views: 3772

Re: Winter, hilltop reserve, and battery conditioning

Have been watching the battery temperature conditioning via the juicebox data logging. Some observations: The energy used for each warm up cycle is ambient temperature dependant When it was 30f it took about .8kwh per heater cycle When in the 20f range I saw as much as 1.37 kwh The frequency of cond...
by MikeDabrowski2017
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Of grid solar charging
Replies: 12
Views: 1439

Re: Of grid solar charging

Happy to see I’m not alone in feeling that the huge 60kwh battery in the Bolt may make a great place to dump excess solar production. We are going through a spell of weather that Is mostly cloudy so my 7500w solar array is struggling to keep my 48kwh lead acid storagebank filled Each day so EV charg...
by MikeDabrowski2017
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Winter, hilltop reserve, and battery conditioning
Replies: 27
Views: 3772

Re: Winter, hilltop reserve, and battery conditioning

The % of energy used for conditioning is a true % of energy used up to that point relative to total energy used to that point. I unplugged the evse with the battery full to the hilltop reserve but not finished the conditioning the circle graph indicated100% energy was battery conditioning and the dr...

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