Renault twizy door struts replaced. Now scissor doors spring up!

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.

http://youtu.be/c7gDDMrWfFk
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!
https://youtu.be/sLRG2MVrKiE
Meanwhile, here is some snap of Renault’s work  

 

Less Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto Show

September 15th, 2015 § Comments Off on Less Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto Show § permalink

Less Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto ShowFilm-based heating system for electric cars from Fraunhofer Institute

Onboard accessories can be a major drag on the efficiency of cars.

While it’s hard to imagine a new car being sold without heating or air conditioning, these systems draw a not-insignificant amount of power.

And electric cars particularly, that can have a negative impact on range.

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute hope to mitigate that impact with a prototype heating system to be demonstrated at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
The system uses a “film-based panel” that researchers claim is more efficient than conventional electric heaters.

The film is coated with a thin layer of conductive carbon nanotubes (CNTs). When electricity flows through the film, the CNTs create resistance, generating heat.

Because the film is only a few micrometers thick, and flexible, it can be applied directly to surfaces like door panels.

This helps reduce weight, and allows heat to be more efficiently dispersed into the cabin, researchers say.

Heat is distributed evenly over the entire surface of the film, and those surfaces cool down very quickly when the system is shut off, they claim.

Replacing conventional heaters with this setup could also be a boon to those in charge of packaging car interiors, in theory.

Many electric cars currently rely more heavily on heated seats and steering wheels–rather than full cabin heating–to cut energy consumption and maintain range.

But the Fraunhofer researchers claim a more expansive heating system is actually more necessary in electric cars, because less heat is generated by the powertrain, compared to an internal-combustion car.

For the prototype system, sheets of film were cut into strips, and then glued to door panels.

But researchers hope to eventually develop a spray-on film, which could be applied more quickly and more evenly.

However, this technology will likely remain in the laboratory for now.
No manufacturers have publicly shown interest in it, and promising test results do not inevitably lead to commercial viability.

Taking my #twizy #electricCar for a quick healthCheck at Renault West London

May 28th, 2015 § Comments Off on Taking my #twizy #electricCar for a quick healthCheck at Renault West London § permalink

While my funky bluish ride is behaving like it should, and there is not cause to be much alarmed, i did come across some small time to outright “wtf” issues, which i hope a nice health check for my piece of mind can help resolve.

First. The Doors
Twizy Door not rising up as easy as it should. by evmeerkat.comTwizy Door not rising up as easy as it should. by evmeerkat.com
They work in the sense that they open and close, UP/DOWN action on those, but mechanism and indeed the Process is not as, how you’d say REFINED as you’d hoped for. In a sense, there is much physical exertion one has to go through to take these doors UP/OPEN. Tad annoying? i’d say so.

There is a small nuance to door to lock latch alignment

Boot Locker which does not lock. Something to do with latches... hmm. to fix. twizy ev by www.evmeerkat.com

Boot Locker which does not lock. Something to do with latches… hmm. to fix. twizy ev by www.evmeerkat.com

Boot Locker which does not lock. hmm. to fix. twizy ev by www.evmeerkat.com

Boot Locker which does not lock. hmm. to fix. twizy ev by www.evmeerkat.com

And finally the most importantly, the Boot Locker.

Its a weird thing, which is either broken or… something along those lines.
Now, lets see how this plays out in the full video.

Video: Are windows on #twizy effective against rain? Well, yeh, sort of.

April 30th, 2015 § Comments Off on Video: Are windows on #twizy effective against rain? Well, yeh, sort of. § permalink

Here are some snaps of my perspective, sitting in a twizy with doors down.

Small.Electric.Ride: Follow #evmeerkat and his new shiny electric #twizy journey around London….

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Every new Model S is now Autopilot enabled

November 13th, 2014 § Comments Off on Every new Model S is now Autopilot enabled § permalink

Yesterday, we unveiled the world’s first dual electric motor production car and announced that new safety and autopilot hardware is standard on every new Model S.

AUTOPILOT LAUNCHED

Conventional all wheel drive vehicles distribute power to the wheels from a single engine driving a complex mechanical transmission system. By contrast, Dual Motor Model S has a motor on each axle, digitally and independently controlling torque to the front and rear wheels. The result is unparalleled control of traction, with instantaneous response to the motors giving drivers precisely controlled performance in all conditions. With its digital torque controls and low center of gravity, Dual Motor Model S has the most capable road holding and handling of any vehicle ever produced.

Where gasoline-powered all wheel drive cars sacrifice efficiency in return for all weather traction, Tesla’s Dual Motor propulsion system actually increases efficiency while delivering exceptional traction and control in slippery conditions. By precisely splitting the delivery of current from the battery to each motor, the Model S 85D actually gains an additional 10 miles of highway driving range compared to its rear motor Model S counterpart. » Read the rest of this entry «

Clarified: Nissan’s “ICE Loan” Scheme for Leaf #ev #ElectricCar owners – Finance/Lease agreements NOT eligible – :(

December 13th, 2013 § Comments Off on Clarified: Nissan’s “ICE Loan” Scheme for Leaf #ev #ElectricCar owners – Finance/Lease agreements NOT eligible – :( § permalink

Following my recent shenanigans trying to get to the bottom of things and indeed clarify 110% how/where do eligible Nissan Leaf owners get hangs on the alternative vehicle arrangement, as per my recent post

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Good News for #imiev in US of A: With $69 a month lease, the #Mitsubishi #ev becomes America’s cheapest #electricCar

March 10th, 2013 § Comments Off on Good News for #imiev in US of A: With $69 a month lease, the #Mitsubishi #ev becomes America’s cheapest #electricCar § permalink

The market for electric vehicles has grown past the early adopter stage into a typical pull of supply, demand and price — and with automakers building more plug-in cars than customers have demanded so far, price has only one direction to go. The clearest example to date of pure economics in action comes from an Illinois dealer who##Q##s offering a two-year lease of the Mitsubishi i-MiEVelectric sedan for $69 a month before taxes.

The i-MiEV won##Q##t win either the talent or beauty portions of any pageant. While it##Q##s efficiency rating of 112 mpg-e ranks among the best for any EV car, it##Q##s only capable of 62 miles of range on a full charge. Consumer Reports called it “a glorified golf cart of limited use,” and with a sticker of $32,000, the mystery of Mitsubishi selling 588 i-MiEVs last year isn##Q##t why that##Q##s so low, but who bought them.

O##Q##Brien Mitsubishi, a dealership in Mitsubishi##Q##s U.S. base of Normal, Ill., appears all out to change that. As caught by Autoblog Green, O##Q##Brien has advertised a $69 a month, two-year lease of an i-MiEV before about $2,100 in fees, or a $169-a-month deal with the fees rolled in. As with all electric car leases, the dealership keeps the $7,500 federal tax credit that goes to the vehicle##Q##s buyer.

While the i-MiEV##Q##s deal applies at just one dealership, price breaks and discounts have come to other EVs as well. Nissan announced earlier this month it was lowering the sticker price on the base-level 2013 Nissan Leaf EV by $6,000, making the out-the-door price $21,300 including the federal incentive — a discount of 18 percent from last year##Q##s model. Given that automakers have to sell more EVs in the coming years to meet state pollution regulations, expect better deals to get plugged in.

Good News: 2013 Nissan LEAF™ Specifications

March 6th, 2013 § Comments Off on Good News: 2013 Nissan LEAF™ Specifications § permalink

Specifications are based on latest product information available at the time of release

Mechanical and Platform S SV SL
High-response 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor S
Laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, 192 cells
107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque
3.6 kW onboard charger (3.3 kW output)
Charging time (est.)
220V ~ 7 hrs
110V 21 hrs
DC Fast Charge 30 min to 80%
S

O

O

S

6.6 kW onboard charger (6.0 kW output)
Charging time (est.)
220V ~ 4 hrs
110V 21 hrs
DC Fast Charge 30 min to 80%
O

O

S

O

S

S

Portable trickle charge cable (110V EVSE) S
Range*: To be announced pending 2013 EPA testing (battery capacity decreases with time and use.  Actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature, and battery age.) S
Dedicated EV platform S
Battery housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution S
Lithium-ion battery pack warranty – 8 years or 100,000 miles. S
Battery heater S

 

Transmission and Drive System S SV SL
Drive configuration Front-wheel drive
Transmission type Single speed reducer
Shifter style Shift-by-wire drive selector
Final gear ratio (:1) 7.9377
Hill Start Assist S
3 Drive Modes:
Normal S
Eco-Mode – Increased regenerative braking, assists in limiting motor output and reduces HVAC power output S
B-mode – Engages regenerative braking more aggressively while decelerating S S

 

Brakes S SV SL
Cooperative Regenerative brakes Electrically-driven Intelligent Brake
4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes S
Front 11.14” x 1.1” vented disc
Rear 11.5” x 0.63” vented disc
4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) S
Brake Assist S
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) S
Parking brake Manual, foot pedal

 

Steering S SV SL
Type Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power-steering
Turning diameter (curb-to-curb, ft.) 17.1
Steering Wheel 3-spoke
Leather-wrapped S
Manual tilt S
Heated S
Cruise control switches
Audio, Bluetooth® switches

S
S
S
S
s

 

Suspension
Front Type Independent MacPherson strut w/ coil springs and stabilizer bar
Rear Type Torsion beam with integrated stabilizer bar

 

Body/Chassis
Type Unibody
Primary materials Corrosion-resistant high strength steel

 

Exterior

Wheels & Tires S SV SL
Wheels
16-inch steel with full wheel covers S
16-inch aluminum-alloy, 5-spoke S
17-inch aluminum-alloy, split 5-spoke S
Tires
All-season 205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia S S
All-season 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver S
Tire repair kit – Mounted in trunk S

 

Exterior Features S SV SL
Heated dual power remote-controlled outside mirrors S
Chrome outside door handles S
Aerodynamic underbody cover and rear diffuser S
Aerodynamic halogen headlights S S
Aerodynamic LED headlights O S
Automatic on/off headlights O S
Fog lights O S
LED taillights S
Center high-mounted stop light S
Energy-absorbing body-color front and rear bumpers S
Rear spoiler S
Photovoltaic Solar Panel Spoiler S
Fixed roof antenna S
Charge port light and lock S
Quick charge port O O S

 

Interior

Interior S SV SL
5-passenger seating capacity S
6-way manual driver’s seat S
4-way manual front passenger seat S
Cloth seat fabric S
Partially recycled cloth seat fabric S
Leather-appointed seating S
Front and rear heated seats S
60/40 folding rear seats S
Rear HVAC ducts S
Passenger seat map pockets S S
Palm-shift drive selector S
Remote charge door release S
Digital meter cluster S
Trip computer (% SOC, instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range) S
Front and rear assist grips S

 

Audio/Navigation S SV SL
AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD playback capability, 4 speakers, 4.3-inch color LCD display S
AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD playback capability, 6 speakers, 7.0-inch color LCD display S S
Bose® 7-speaker premium audio system O O
Pandora® link for iPhone® S S
Auxiliary input jack and USB connection port for iPod® and other devices S
SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) S
Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) S S
Nissan Connection powered by CARWINGS (telematics) – allows remote connection to vehicle, including monitoring battery state of charge/charging status, start charging event and turn on HVAC system (no charge for 36 months) S S

 

Instrumentation
Digital gauges Speedometer
Battery temperature
Power meter
Remaining energy gauge
Capacity level gauge
Distance to empty display
Eco indicator
Outside temperature gauge

 

Convenience Features S SV SL
Cruise control S S
Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start and charge port door release S
Power windows with driver’s side one-touch auto up/down S
Power door locks w/auto locking system S
Cupholders – 2 in center console S
Bottle holders – 4 (door panels) S
Sun visors with extension S
Glove compartment S
Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System S
Variable intermittent windshield wipers S
Rear window defroster with timer S
Room lamp S
12-volt power outlet (1 on IP) S
Automatic Temperature Control S
Heater, AC timer S
Charging timer – set desired charge time S
Center console storage S
Hybrid heater system – (heat pump) S S
Cargo area cover S
Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror S S
RearView Monitor O
Around View® Monitor O O
HomeLink® Universal Transceiver S

 

Safety & Security

Passenger Restraint Systems
Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor S
Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags S
Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection S
Seatbelts 3-point ALR/ELR
Pretensioners
Load-limiters
All (including inboard)(driver ELR only)
Front
Front

 

Child Safety
Child seat upper tether anchor S
LATCH System S
Child safety rear door locks S

 

Safety Structure
Energy-absorbing steering column S
Zone Body construction with front & rear crumple zones S
Side door guard beams S

 

Active Safety
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) S
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) S
Traction Control System (TCS) S
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) S

 

Security
Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System S
Vehicle Security System (VSS) S

 

Dimensions

Exterior
Wheelbase 106.3 in.
Overall Length 175.0 in.
Overall Width 69.7 in.
Overall Height 61.0 in.
Track width front/rear 60.6/60.4 in.
Ground clearance 6.3 in.
Angle of approach 16.9°
Angle of departure 26.0°
Coefficient of drag (Cd) 0.28

 

Interior
Seating Capacity 5 passengers.
Front Headroom
Legroom
Hip room
Shoulder room
41.2 in.
42.1 in.
51.7
54.3
Rear Headroom
Legroom
Hip room
Shoulder room
37.3 in.
33.3 in.
50.0 in.
52.5 in.
Passenger compartment volume 92.4 ft.3
Cargo volume 2nd row upright
2nd row folded
24.0 ft3
30.0 ft3
Total volume 116.4 ft3

 

Weights & Capacities

Weights (lbs) S SV SL
Front 1,872 1,907 1,928
Rear 1,384 1,384 1,412
Total 3,256 3,291 3,340
Weight distribution (f/r) 57/43 59/42 58/42
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 4,193

 

EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
City (MPGe) TBD
Highway (MPGe) TBD
Combined (MPGe) TBD
Classification Midsize

 

Options & Packages

Options S SV SL
Charge Package: 6.6 kW onboard charger (6 kW output), quick charge port, RearView Monitor O
LED Headlights + Quick Charge Port: LED headlights, auto on/off headlights, fog lights, quick charge port O
Premium Package: Around View® Monitor, Bose® 7-speaker audio system O O

 

*Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age.  6.6W onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims. It is an optional feature on the S trim.

S – Standard
O – Optional

BMW i3 Coupe Concept is the newest in LifeDrive “stream flow” design

February 5th, 2013 § Comments Off on BMW i3 Coupe Concept is the newest in LifeDrive “stream flow” design § permalink

…This is the BMW i3 Coupe Concept, a sharpened take on all of the acronymous innovations wrought by four-door BMW i3 Concept: “stream flow” design wrapping its LifeDrive architecture and Life Module cabin.

Presenting an evolved future beyond the already-futuristic four-door i3 Concept, the i3 Coupe Concept is a case of meticulous design and technological detail, hitting notes like anthracite-coloured kenaf fiber for the door support panels, three modes of sustainable driving and more advanced ways to calculate its route and range.

Its range is 100 miles, and for the BMW purists, the i3 Coupe Concept pushes its 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. …

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How do I do it – where does it charge?!

September 16th, 2012 § Comments Off on How do I do it – where does it charge?! § permalink

Morning charging in full sunlight.

Typical! Some wise guy thinks that plugin-hybrids is the SAME thing as full electric – and thus parked up their Prius in ELECTRIC ONLY car bay.

To top that off, they aren##Q##t charging! (not that they absolutely need to!)

Anyway, here are morning snaps and yes, I blocked them in. The excuse is same as always – “I don##Q##t charge – I don##Q##t get home” – don##Q##t worry I AM charging. Thank gd for extension lead (don##Q##t worry again, it##Q##s still plugged out-door blue-commando plug, which can take the load)

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