blownb310
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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:32 am

I meant driving two footed and of course, the drive computer doesn't allow that. It cuts power to the drive motor until you take your foot off of the brake pedal.

Interesting though, I didn't think of trying to use the parking brake. If it is made like other cars, with a single wire as an input to the CPU, then bypassing it would be easy. Then again, I don't think the little drum brakes on the back of the car would hold much torque.

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:26 pm

blownb310 wrote:I meant driving two footed and of course, the drive computer doesn't allow that. It cuts power to the drive motor until you take your foot off of the brake pedal.

Interesting though, I didn't think of trying to use the parking brake. If it is made like other cars, with a single wire as an input to the CPU, then bypassing it would be easy. Then again, I don't think the little drum brakes on the back of the car would hold much torque.

Mike


Those are drums on the rear? I never checked. Anyway, while you might be able to use the parking brake to get some wheel spin going before start, the purpose of that is to maximize torque, and in this case that may not be necessary.
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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:11 pm

My 2013 SV has disk brakes on all four wheels. I take it some of the other Leafs don't? It doesn't normally matter if the rear brakes are drums, but with all that battery weight back there...
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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:22 am

Yes, drum brakes on the rear of the Fit EV. I haven't had any wheels off yet to see what's inside the drums. They look a bit odd though. Sort of bell shaped with a larger diameter step on the inside. Perhaps there are some regen componenets in there too.

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:05 pm

I had forgotten that you drive a Fit and not a Leaf. Drum brakes tend to have two diameters; how wide is the smaller diameter section?
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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:47 am

LeftieBiker wrote:I had forgotten that you drive a Fit and not a Leaf. Drum brakes tend to have two diameters; how wide is the smaller diameter section?
The first time I pull a wheel I will measure the drums for you. I look forward to weighing the wheel/tire assembly to see how light they are as well.

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:54 pm

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The Albany Capital District EV Driver's Group will be having their first meet up on National Plug-in Day, Sunday September 29th, at Guptill's Arena.
I volunteered to be our region's 'City Captain' and started planning the event a couple of weeks ago. In anticipation of guests who will surely be asking me if there's anywhere to charge, I have contacted Nemith Nissan [1.1 miles south] and have been granted permission for us to use both of their level 2 chargers for the day. They will bring a Leaf out for test drives as well. I will also check to see if Guptill's has any 110v outlets that we can use for trickle charging.

Confirmed dealers bringing EV's for test drives [to date]:

Nemith Nissan, Leaf SV
Latham Smart Center, Smart ED [Electric Drive]
Destination Nissan, 2 to 3 Nissan Leafs [all trim levels]
Keeler Honda, Fit EV and Accord Plug-in Hybrid

There will be members of the Albany Capital District EV Driver's Group on hand who may also be demonstrating their private EV's as well. Al Smith has offered to do so with his brand new Tesla Model S!

The Guptill's facility has a huge fully paved lot that hosts car shows of over 500 vehicles, so space is not a problem. They also have a locally famous outdoor ice cream stand [Guptill's Coney Express] on the premises with lunch available as well [pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries etc.] There is fun for the whole family, as their giant indoor roller skating arena is the largest in the US.

Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Link to event page: http://pluginday.org/event.php?eventid=8

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C'mon out and join us!

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:15 pm

So have you gotten an answer yet on the 120 volt outlets? Do you have an estimate for the number of Leafs expected there? I'd rather take my E-scooter to the event, but will take the Leaf if I can't recharge. I could make the trip both ways, I think, but at highway speeds it would be a little close.
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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:53 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:So have you gotten an answer yet on the 120 volt outlets? Do you have an estimate for the number of Leafs expected there? I'd rather take my E-scooter to the event, but will take the Leaf if I can't recharge. I could make the trip both ways, I think, but at highway speeds it would be a little close.
I'll let you know when I get back over there [probably Monday]. How many Leafs so far? Four or five that I know of, 2 or 3 from Destination, 1 from Nemith, and one privately owned example. We have two extra Leviton Level two chargers that we will bring, but so far no one's got a generator that's large enough to power them. Mine's only 120V.

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:21 pm

It probably wouldn't be a good idea to run "zero emission" cars from a noisy, smelly gen anyway. How many 'brilliant silver' Leafs will be there? Again, duplication vs variety is what I'm calculating...
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