I checked today in the morning and it seems to have 12 mini square bars next to the 11 bars I mentioned. So it would be:
Left side 6 bars
Right side 11 long bars
Right side 12 short mini bars
I will keep an eye on it next time I charge it (for free yay!) and see if there is an error in my numbers
That means you have a "12 bar" car. You have at least 85% of the original battery capacity left.
I was charging my netbook which uses 36 watts of electricity while parked for like an hour or an hour and a half. I had the car in that mode where you press the power button once and you are able to use the radio but nothing else. After a long while of sitting there using my netbook the electricity shut off. Had to turn the car fully on briefly then return it to the state for radio power only. Is it using only the starter battery electricity in this mode? I think it just drained the starter battery low then it shut off via the power inverter cup I have. I guess after turning the car fully on the dc to dc converter quickly recharged the starter battery. Am i on the right track? Is the starter battery covered by the bumper to bumper protection? makes me wonder if draining it so low might damage it.
As long as you don't drain it to the point that the car won't turn on anymore, you're OK. Remember that almost all the electricals for the car are being driven straight off that battery (as there is no alternator).
In the mode you speak of, it shuts off automatically after a short while. If you need power to stay on longer, do a "double press" without touching the brake pedal. The dash displays will come on in that mode. Don't worry you won't accidentally drive off with the car plugged in; you'll notice that in this mode, the "Ready to Drive" light will not be lighted, and the steering wheel will be very hard to turn. Plus the car is designed so if it is plugged in, you cannot put the car in "Ready to Drive" mode.
I'm puzzled as to what the cameras on top of some red lights are. Maybe just left overs from the discontinuation of the program? I am sure I have seen a few on come intersections....
There are some that are still left that have not been removed. The small ones on top of the red lights are traffic management cameras, not red light cameras.
One correction to my earlier statement: I think the ones along the various Metro rail lines are still active. Then again you don't want to run those; you'll lose to the train every single time.
Also, the other day I spoke with a leaf owner that uses fastrak and always sets it on "3". how legal is that lol. I actually did not know it was only a $1 maintenance fee.... How much is the transponder?
Metro says for drivers with the HOV exemption stickers on their cars to leave them in the "3+" position. From https://www.metroexpresslanes.net/en/faq/driving.shtml
under "I drive a CNG/Electric/Zero Emission vehicle; do I have to pay a toll? Will I need FasTrak®?"
"Effective February 24, 2014, vehicles displaying a DMV issued White or Green Clean Air Vehicle Decal http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/decal.htm
will be toll-free. All vehicles, including Clean Air Vehicles, are required to have a FasTrak® transponder while traveling on the ExpressLanes. To ensure toll-free travel, set your transponder to switch position 3 (3+ person carpool) prior to starting your trip.
Clean energy vehicles that do not have a Clean Air Vehicle Decal must drive with their transponder set according to their vehicle occupancy."
If you get Metro's transponder, there is no fee for the transponder, but you do have to leave a deposit:
"Credit/Debit Card Accounts: An initial prepaid toll deposit of $40 per transponder is required to open an account. When you use the ExpressLanes as a toll paying customer, the toll will be deducted from the $40 prepaid toll deposit. The $25 transponder deposit will be waived. If the FasTrak® is not returned in good working condition when the account is closed, a $25 fee will be charged to the account.
Cash/Check Accounts: An initial prepaid toll deposit of $50 per transponder and a per-transponder deposit of $25 will be required to open an account. When you use the ExpressLanes as a toll paying customer, the toll will be deducted from the $50 prepaid toll deposit. When the account is closed and the transponder is returned in good working condition, the $25 deposit will be returned.
For those commuters who qualify for our MEL Low-Income Assistance Plan, a one-time $25 discount will be applied to their account. "
If you go with the 91 Express Lanes account, there is no maintenance fee program, but you have to pay a $75 "enrollment fee" which does not include any toll deposit. https://www.91expresslanes.com/signup.asp
If you are a member of Costco or AAA, discounted (in the form of built-in toll credits) transponders can be obtained from them.
Well I might be killing my starter battery already
I charge my netbooks from the car in the, uh, aux on mode? You know the mode that only turns the radio on? First click.... I have to download the owners manual because I was never given one
I have the google link I just need to find a fast connection at a store to download it. Sorry to bug you guys with all the questions
You're not killing the starter battery. Just don't run it down to the point where the car will not turn on.
You're not bugging us. Ask away.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar at 34 months/26,435 miles. Lease returned 2 months later. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F.
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL.