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  1. 120ah Bev drivetrain error followed by high voltage warning

    BMW i3
    You can get the build date from the VIN. Either use a decoder or ask a BMW dealer. I've used the decoder at bimmer.work -- there are others.
  2. Driving through water in an EV.

    General EV Discussion
    Any car, truck or SUV without a wading kit should not be submerged beyond the manufacturer specified wading depth. If there isn't one, a good rule of thumb is one inch below the lowest point of the car, excluding the tyres. Why? Vent holes. Transaxles, electric motors, doors and other...
  3. High mileage i3 advice?

    BMW i3
    I've owned LEAF 24, LEAF 30 and now a 94Ah i3s. I recommend a LEAF 30 if you can stretch your budget. I think the i3 is the best of the three, but early ones are too big a risk.
  4. Can a AC motor be used to charge ev batteries

    General EV Discussion
    That is a new name for perpetual motion. It is fake. Thread locked.
  5. Can a AC motor be used to charge ev batteries

    General EV Discussion
    Dynamo is a very old name for a DC generator.
  6. Can a AC motor be used to charge ev batteries

    General EV Discussion
    There is no such thing as an AC battery. Batteries are DC. Anything that claims to be an AC battery is actually a DC battery connected to a DC to AC inverter.
  7. Driving through water in an EV.

    General EV Discussion
    Most manufacturers do not recommend submerging the traction battery. I specifically asked Renault and Nissan. Their guideline is no deeper than the lowest point on the battery case.
  8. Frankfurt Show. Saw, and sat in, the new ID3.....

    Volkswagen ID.3
    There is so much about this car that is influenced by the quirky BMW EV. Even the name is similar. Living with a glass boot lid is a bit of a horror. It looks great but is too fragile. Something that would only cause a minor dent in most cars is a £3000 repair in an i3. I'm astounded...
  9. Can a AC motor be used to charge ev batteries

    General EV Discussion
    All current production EVs use an AC motor. That same motor charges the batteries during deceleration. This is called regenerative braking.
  10. High mileage i3 advice?

    BMW i3
    There too many trouble spots. I'd only have one if I was able to do most of the repairs myself.
  11. High mileage i3 advice?

    BMW i3
    Run Away!!
  12. Drivetrain fault flashing P indicator on gear selector

    BMW i3
    i3 Won't start at all if the brake switch isn't working.
  13. Drivetrain fault flashing P indicator on gear selector

    BMW i3
    Do you have tools and diagnostic gear? If you do, Try mybmwi3 with your question. If you don't, have the car towed and get your wallet ready.
  14. North West Montana EV Scene

    General EV Discussion
    I suppose that is one way to look at it. NW Montana is way more crowded than it used to be. Ashley Lake during Labour Day Weekend:
  15. Government to double number of electric car rapid public chargepoints

    General Charging Discussion
    UK charging infrastructure funding typically goes to local councils. To date, only the EU has made a meaningful contribution to funding rapids at MSA's. Ecotricity did take that money. They haven't taken anything significant from the UK government because they couldn't use the money to...
  16. North West Montana EV Scene

    General EV Discussion
    Searching for EVs in Bigfork...
  17. North West Montana EV Scene

    General EV Discussion
    MT route 2 a few miles west of Kalispell. Not a single EV in sight :)
  18. North West Montana EV Scene

    General EV Discussion
    Just enough. Bigfork or Columbia Falls to Spokane is doable in a Model 3 SR+. In winter it would likely require doubling back to the super charger at Superior. I'd only attempt it when the roads are clear. Otherwise you really need AWD and the bigger battery.
  19. North West Montana EV Scene

    General EV Discussion
    I'm just back from two weeks in north west Montana. While I was there, I did some EV spotting. I saw: Zero EVs and one Prius that didn't plug in. Full-size pickups are very much the norm. Crossovers, especially Subarus are also popular. Searching Autotrader for EVs within a 100-mile...
  20. Underwhelmed after poor launch

    Volkswagen ID.3
    Tell that to the person setting their prices. I'm paying less for my i3s than I would have for a lower spec eGolf.
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