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by sv650john
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Public Charging Problems
Replies: 11
Views: 11598

Re: Public Charging Problems

The hangers seem like a good idea. If you're cheap like me - I keep a regular notebook and a sharpie in the car. When I plug in somewhere, I usually write down the estimated time when it's ok to unplug, along with my name & number... and I put the notebook on the dash covering the green light. I hav...
by sv650john
Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: 195/55/15 Yoko S-Drives for $75/each!
Replies: 7
Views: 7329

Re: 195/55/15 Yoko S-Drives for $75/each!

Good to know that 195/55 will fit all around. I almost ended up buying this deal right now, except I wasn't able to - my story: 1) Tried logging into ebay, forgot what my username was, and couldn't reset it... ok, no big deal create a new one. 2) Create new ebay account, oh wait, can't buy without a...
by sv650john
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: 195/55/15 Yoko S-Drives for $75/each!
Replies: 7
Views: 7329

195/55/15 Yoko S-Drives for $75/each!

Hopefully it's ok for me to post this. I've been looking for a new set of shoes for my Spark EV, hard to find a deal on staggered sizes however. I came across this deal, and I'm looking to split it with someone since I have no need for 4x rear tires: http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-NEW-195-55-15-YOKOHAMA-...
by sv650john
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Error message: Fast Charging Not Active
Replies: 2
Views: 3693

Re: Error message: Fast Charging Not Active

Took my car to the dealer and they were able to figure out what's wrong.

The receptacle on the car was interfering with the plug so they had to file down the corners.

There is a service bulletin on this - here's the thread about it:
http://www.mychevysparkev.com/forum/vie ... f=7&t=4151
by sv650john
Thu May 21, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: San Diego - Need more than 82 mile range?
Replies: 16
Views: 12175

Re: San Diego - Need more than 82 mile range?

Another thing to think about regarding the concept of an 80-mile EV. I think that we're never going to see more range than the Model S (~300 miles). There's just no use case for it. I'm sure we *could* build a 500+ mile EV that can drive LA to SF on one charge. But who actually wants to drive 8 hour...
by sv650john
Thu May 21, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: San Diego - Need more than 82 mile range?
Replies: 16
Views: 12175

Re: San Diego - Need more than 82 mile range?

Until, that day arrives, guys like the OP will Just-Drive-The-Prius(TM). DCFC infrastructure is expensive. I'm guessing $50-$100K each unit? To cover SD to LA via the I-5, probably be looking at a minimum of setting up maybe 3-5 sites. Each with 4-5 charger units to combat ICEing, dead chargers, et...
by sv650john
Tue May 19, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Error message: Fast Charging Not Active
Replies: 2
Views: 3693

Error message: Fast Charging Not Active

I think I figured out why my car isn't working with DCFC. I've had no luck with evgo or chargepoint DCFC's so far. The charger seems to activate and wait for the car to give a response, and the car doesn't respond. Finally managed to snap a pic of this error message when it popped up today: http://i...
by sv650john
Fri May 15, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: San Diego - Need more than 82 mile range?
Replies: 16
Views: 12175

Re: San Diego - Need more than 82 mile range?

Here's why fast charging doesn't work: I tried making my trip in the Spark. Got to Carlsbad Outlets at 9pm last night on reduced power. This is the sign that greeted me. http://i62.tinypic.com/s1oxhe.jpg 3 hours of 3.3kw L2 charging later - made it down to the DCFC near Qualcomm Stadium. It's now mi...
by sv650john
Wed May 13, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Regional Lease Special Ends (kinda)
Replies: 18
Views: 13555

Re: Regional Lease Special Ends (kinda)

san diego dealer ship was Jimmie Johnson, I got this deal on April 29th. Spark 2 lt 12k miles per yr $2500 down $74.98 per month Including tax and lic. The $2500 will be refunded back by the state in a couple of months making the cost simply $75 per month for 39 months. I think I scored a good deal...
by sv650john
Wed May 13, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Comfort tires?
Replies: 3
Views: 4407

Re: Comfort tires?

I thought as much. The wheelbase and the low profile tires are great for smooth roads, not so good for crappy city streets. The mayor in San Diego seems more interested in building a new billion-dollar football stadium for the Chargers (who will probably end up leaving anyway) instead of fixing our ...

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