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by oilerlord
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: ~~ This could change EVERYTHING! .. ~~
Replies: 18
Views: 476

Re: ~~ This could change EVERYTHING! .. ~~

At my last house, I was quoted $13K and up to install a generator. Much of expense was getting the natural gas to where the generator needed to be, didn't depend much on size of generator. I don't think this is "typical", I was expecting less than that. This is unusual, not typical. We ha...
by oilerlord
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: ~~ This could change EVERYTHING! .. ~~
Replies: 18
Views: 476

Re: ~~ This could change EVERYTHING! .. ~~

One aspect of home battery storage is power outage backup. If you need to cover fairly short and fairly frequent power outages, a battery or V2H might be cheaper than a generator. Also faster to start up and quieter. Yeah, it's a backup power solution - but an expensive one. Other, more task-orient...
by oilerlord
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: ~~ This could change EVERYTHING! .. ~~
Replies: 18
Views: 476

Re: ~~ This could change EVERYTHING! .. ~~

Has anyone actually installed the Nissan V2G/V2H equipment in the US? For several years, it's been discussed, but seems still only been available in Japan (or Europe)? There is a company making a small V2H CHAdeMO unit - just not very seamless! If you have to ask the question, you probably already ...
by oilerlord
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Optimum garage temperature for your EV
Replies: 20
Views: 312

Re: Optimum garage temperature for your EV

I do not feel that you are likely making any measurable improvement in the life of your Bolt battery by heating your garage in the winter and would agree that the likely amount of energy wasted in doing so is not trivial. While it's entirely possible that someone out there installed a garage heater...
by oilerlord
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Chevrolet Bolt Reviews
Topic: Test Drive: Kia Soul EV vs Bolt Premiere vs 2013 Leaf SV
Replies: 16
Views: 411

Re: Test Drive: Kia Soul EV vs Bolt Premiere vs 2013 Leaf SV

Conclusion: I'd cheerfully lease an EV trim Soul instead of an EV+ and install aftermarket parking cameras, but naturally the dealership only has EV+ cars left on the lot. The interior wasn't as nice as my Leaf's, at least from my perspective, but it was still less annoying than the Bolt's. The but...
by oilerlord
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Ask Chevrolet
Topic: Electrical draw.
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: Electrical draw.

Because it's likely that the battery's thermal management is working to either heat or cool the battery so the pack remains in an optimum temperature range for it's long term health. The battery's management may also be balancing the cells. This is normal. Welcome to the forum! Enjoy your new Bolt.
by oilerlord
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Optimum garage temperature for your EV
Replies: 20
Views: 312

Re: Optimum garage temperature for your EV

IF the temp doesn't reach the point where acceleration of degradation occurs, then I don't think it matters. DC Fast Charging is generally considered to be fine in cool weather and not so good in hot. I'm not sure that different L-2 rates matter at all... No doubt that thermal management will kick ...
by oilerlord
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Optimum garage temperature for your EV
Replies: 20
Views: 312

Re: Optimum garage temperature for your EV

Thanks, I think so too. I've read the optimum charging temperature range for lithium ion batteries is between 50-86F. I figure staying on the lower end of the scale allows for temperature rise into the middle of the range while charging, and puts less demand on thermal management. After 100K miles, ...
by oilerlord
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Optimum garage temperature for your EV
Replies: 20
Views: 312

Optimum garage temperature for your EV

Just curious to get everyone's input on this. Winter is upon us, and our heated garage is set at a constant 54F. My goal is maximizing the battery's lifespan, and thus keeping it at the "best" temperature while parked. I don't leave the car plugged in all the time.
by oilerlord
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: ~~ This could change EVERYTHING! .. ~~
Replies: 18
Views: 476

Re: ~~ This could change EVERYTHING! .. ~~

I think EVERYTHING else would need to change before "this" happens. I get the dog-head tilts just trying to explain what a kWh is.

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