DarkStar wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:40 am
mogur wrote:Actually, it is a problem, but not for purely mechanical reasons. If the car is towed with the front wheels on the ground but turned off, the motor (which is also a generator, of course) could create very large undamped voltages which could damage the electronics in the motor controller. 'Neutral" is simply an electronic mode - the motor and transmission are never actually disconnected from the wheels.
And, hence, why I was thinking out loud. I'd want to see the actual inner workings of the gear box.
If what you're saying is true, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT TOW FOUR DOWN !!!
There is a solenoid of some type on top of the gear box, and I had thought it might be a mechanical disconnect. It's probably the "Park" locking lug.
So, that brings me back to an idea I suggested in another thread.... a front wheel disconnect "kit", to disengage the front half shafts from the gear box.
Or you could just leave your LEAF on and in D mode... If that wasn't good for the car, then neither would be going down hills...
And if you can set up a S-video camera in the driver seat of the leaf and a mechanism to engage and disengage the throttle at will from the campers driver seat then you would have a hybrid camper.