March 17th, 2016 § Comments Off on Renault twizy door struts replaced. Now scissor doors spring up! § permalink
It’s been a short-long-time coming to get this fixed up. But it’s was a relatively straight forward process, once you know what you’re facing and what’s wrong and where, as well as having aplenty video-evidence examples of this issue.
In my Renault twizy ownership case, it was the doors this time, which caused discomfort. It was initially a “hunch” where, during my recent servicing back in the fall of 2015, I did point out the doors being sluggish opening up, – forcing me often to push them up forcefully when getting out of twizy – or pull them up, again, forcefully when trying to get in.
Fast forward through our London winter, with average low temperatures and we have a significant further degradation in the door opening mechanism – gas struts which push the doors open (and indeed more sluggish in colder weather) – which deteriorated to the point of lifting the door(s) a mere inch, when the door mechanism was released-open.
Last time, Renault service tech merely advised that “it opens, sorta, it works. Let us know only [when] if it gets worse.” That was then. This is now.
YouTube video here.
Good news is. It’s all fixed. Under warranty. Free.
Following the comprehensive forum discussion and discovery of similar like-for-like cases on Twizyowners.com forum.
Turns out I’m not alone. Glad there are some alternatives out there to DIY remedy the fault as well which are quite affordable.
Luckily for me, it didn’t have to come to that, nor testing my DIY skills (phew..) – repairs done under warranty.
I have shared those videos with the Renault service team – made quite a few – to avoid being turned around again.
So, again. Good news: my Renault twizy door issue was resolved under warranty (for free).
Just collected the twizy, still cold and the doors aren’t exactly flying up, but they do work a LOT better than before and a lot springy!
Meanwhile, here is some snap of Renault’s work
October 14th, 2015 § Comments Off on #twizytweaks : covering the gap around the steering column on twizy for Less Winter’s Icy Breeze. § permalink
To be honest when I first came across this video on YouTube covering the steering column gap, I didn’t really give it much notice.
now however, that it is winter-ish, and ice cold slowly creeping in I have experienced this icy chill factor firsthand, when riding 50 miles an hour while wearing my loafers – that I couldn’t feel my toes anymore.
so this is what I have done to fix this small snag…
#twizytweak hashtag to be used for all my tweaks and upgrades.
Found some type of non-slip floor-mat rubber.
Measured the dimensions of the gap.
Cut it out. Note that I opted to arrange it in such a way that I don’t have to secure this mat. Instead it can “hang” over the steering column – and it won’t turn right of left as its cut tight in place.
I may have cut the hole too small, as I was keen to ensure it fits like a “funnel”. Since you cannot place such DIY mat of yours flush with the floor as steering column has a corner fitted there.
Side effect of this is that my steering is squeaky, guess some grease should do the trick.
I say pick thinner rubber mat option – easier to work it and should do the same trick – some old car mats is a good place to start.
March 16th, 2014 § Comments Off on Paris restricts car use after pollution hits high § permalink
Alternative driving days are being introduced in the French capital, Paris, in an attempt to tackle dangerous levels of air pollution.
From Monday, drivers will only be able to use their vehicles every other day.
This is only the second time since 1997 that such a restriction has been enforced. » Read the rest of this entry «
November 6th, 2013 § Comments Off on Nissan Leaf 2013 Real Life Range – the one you get day to day ;) – 85 miles WITH 22c heating thanks to climate control § permalink
The new 2013 mk2 Nissan (Acenta as tested) is enjoying the benefits of really refined efficient heating system.
Heating in cold weather on Citroen czero/Mitsubishi imiev/ even nissan Leaf pre2013 Used to goggle up upto 20% of driving range once heating is turned on !
So in 2013 Release, – RESULT!
April 29th, 2013 § Comments Off on Volvo C30 Electric Test Fleet: Latest Update Adds Fast Charging § permalink
The Volvo C30 Electric car might not be on general sale to the public, but that doesn’t mean the Swedish automaker isn’t serious about its compact electric car.
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January 18th, 2013 § Comments Off on Cold weather snap? Well, here are few snaps of #ev in the #snow blanket. Don’t worry, #charger wasn’t frozen to it. § permalink
This morning with half battery level and no heating i got the shock of “20 miles” remaining range. luckily i did remind myself hammering the car the evening before and …that had me calmed down, – especially when i got back 25 miles WITH heating..after some 15 minutes of more “cautious” driving.
I say what i always said about these EVs – all learner drives should have these when they pass the test.
It cost cheaper (near-nil) to run as they typically get used afterhours (after school, college) and its cost effective driving – you get rewarded for careful driving with better mileage on the clock. simples.
As for rest of us mere Electric Car Drivers/Commuters -its flat fee ownership package “all in one” cost per month.
With another rise of TFL (London Transport costs) “in line with inflation”, the 5 zone travelcard – near £200/month – is about the same as cost of ownership for these smallish city EV.(84mph max/80miles range no heating max/50miles with heating).
Commuting daily in and out of work some 13 miles away and free charging… i cant complain.
Snow or no snow. i find it just works. I also do have concerns about “dying battery” as they say in the cold. but These czero/imiev/ion models are used all over europe and USA where cold snaps are way over -10 celcius – clearly working to date. And another thing – battery under warranty for 5 years (if you care about it – since you were brave enough to actually BUY these electric car models outright)
Anyway, anything else? just ping @evMeerkat on twitter and i will be happy to answer any questions…
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”461″]width=”461″ height=”614″ /> Electric Car Citroen@The_O2 why is #ElectricCar #charging points are located ONLY at chargeable car park and none at car park two – free – for cinema goers?! RT. Read more … » czero (imiev, ion) in the Snow. Winter 2013. “Time to go Home”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]width=”614″ height=”401″ /> Electric Car Charging in theSnow. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Time to go Home”. @Evmeerkat[/caption]
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]width=”614″ height=”401″ /> Electric Car Charging in the Snow. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Hope its not frozen to 13A Type 1 connector. @evMeerkat[/caption]
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”460″]width=”460″ height=”614″ /> Electric Car snap submitted by www.evmeerkat.com reader. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Morning Surprise. Snow Blanket”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”461″]width=”461″ height=”614″ /> Electric Car. Finally got home. Dirty Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Barely parked up the gradient. slippery slope”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]width=”614″ height=”401″ /> Electric Car. About to get in and drive home. Dirty Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “sticky snow”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]width=”614″ height=”401″ /> Electric Car. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “runaway car”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]
December 20th, 2012 § Comments Off on Czero transmission feels jerky a little :( from cold standoff… § permalink
This started recently.
Cold weather. Morning times typically. While driving in low speed/gear – it jerks – Little too harsh for my liking – when you wish to take this car faster.
This morning this happened at traffic light.
Foot on Pedal.
Car thinks for a second then start accelerating – then jerks forward bit in a bad way.
I can##Q##t think it##Q##s good.
Guess a Visit to the dealer Is in order.
Will keep you posted.
November 29th, 2012 § Comments Off on In this cold, I rather be in #electricCar #ev #czero paying lease £180 rather tube travel card for 1-6 zones @ £205/month § permalink
November 22nd, 2012 § Comments Off on Winter Range: Citroen cZero Electric Car and the Heating Issue § permalink
Ok, Lets be honest.
Our old enemy “Range Anxiety” is ever so closer in colder winter period. Why? Its cold. And unfortunately, the “early” pioneer* version of my electric car – and being a city mini, by mitsubishi (rebadged under iOn Peugeot and Citroen czero), – its not very efficient.
I am talking about the heating.
Ok, truth be told, im not exactly “eco” nowadays since I worked out London distances, and am content do go into performance speeds (yes, imagine that, on this city ev) doing 50+MPH, with knowledge that I will be charging shortly after anyway, thusby decreasing my “profiled” estimate range to low 70 miles per charge if now lower.
However, the most noticeable innefficiency, beside the “thing” between the seat and the steering wheel, is again, – Heating. Thats right, pretty much everything electric car does comes from the same big battery, kept throughout the car. The heating does not come from combustion-heated-air-flow, but is coil heated with electricity just like the hair dryer. And if you wish to know how much Wattage it consumes, you can get the idea, from looking at the power notice reading stuck somewhere on my hairdryer. I wouldnt be amazed, this particual car-heating is to be somewhat hungrier. 1-3kw here and there, sounds measely, – but when you add it up, throughout the driving journey, – its like keeping that hair dryer for 2-3 hours….It becomes expensive, in power consumption.
To put it bluntly, at present such inefficiency takes up avg 10-27% of the total charge (range). This will vary greatly from the full fan and heating strength of course, but – again, – from say 70miles range i##Q##d get nowadays (i can achieve 80 if i was more …green), – with near-max heating, (to prevent windscreen misting/fogging up, – never mind the cold) it will deliveer some 50miles, if not tad more.
Naturally, this all also depends on style of driving. With my daily turn-around commutes of 30 odd miles. It works well fine – just about – for me.
These are all, mere musings and current EV User Experience, as per the purpose of this site.
And, dont let me put you off just yet. Using this Electric Car as primary “commute vehicle” …kind of pays for its purpose. Costing me lease of £178/month, its still cheaper than 6 zone travelcard (£205/month), and this means i can effectively afford to own a conventional car, should i chose to for those “further-away-and-emergency” trips.
Further models such as LEAF, claim to be “heating” efficient, allowing you to keep your driving range even in cold/rainy seasons..
November 22nd, 2012 § Comments Off on Nissan Leaf to Get 25-Mile Range Boost in Cold Weather Due to New Heater Design § permalink
2013 Nissan Leaf to see up to a 25-mile range boost in cold weather
Since the Chevrolet Volt has been getting the bulk of the attention — and criticism — in recent months, it##Q##s rather easy to overlook the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf, unlike the Volt, is a pure electric vehicle and doesn##Q##t have a gasoline engine/generator to fall back on once its battery pack is depleted.
The Leaf currently has an EPA rating of 99 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and an EPA driving range of 73 miles, although Nissan still says that the Leaf can travel up to 100 miles depending on the driving conditions. The company is now reporting that the observed range of the 2013 Leaf will increase in at least one environmental condition that traditionally saps power from electric vehicles: cold weather.
Nissan says that 2013 model year Leafs will have a more efficient heating system that will reduce energy consumption. As a result, drivers will see cold–weather driving range increase by 20 to 25 miles according to The Detroit News. Mark Perry, Nissans##Q## director of product and advanced planning, says that it##Q##s currently unclear if the EPA ratings for the Leaf will change as a result, but the mileage boost drivers would see will be there nonetheless.
Nissan sold 9,674 Leafs for all of 2011 compared to just 7,671 for the Chevrolet Volt. However, Toyota recently kicked sand in both GM and Nissan##Q##s face. Toyota reported that it sold more of its fresh Prius C hybrids (1,201 units) in three days than the number of Volts or Leafs sold for the entire month of February.
The Nissan Leaf will face some more “pure electric” competition this fall from the Ford Focus Electric.