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by SparkE
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Bad 12V battery equals disabled car
Replies: 39
Views: 16035

Re: Bad 12V battery equals disabled car

...Without a working 12V battery your EV will NOT work. This true of all cars, no? ( I guess an old manual ICE with a weak battery can be push started.... ;) ) But having a small Li-ion 'Boost Pack' or whatever they are called, can set you up to be someone's Hero some day !!! :mrgreen: But an ICE c...
by SparkE
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Replacement Battery Cost
Replies: 52
Views: 23236

Re: Replacement Battery Cost

I will get rid of my spark when it hits (about) 35-40 miles of range. That will be in about ... 15-20 years. It will still be a great "around town" car for us until it loses half its capacity. My wife and I "discuss" (meaning : fight) about who gets to drive the Spark. We also have a gas-mobile (fue...
by SparkE
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Bad 12V battery equals disabled car
Replies: 39
Views: 16035

Re: Bad 12V battery equals disabled car

Anyone with an EV should have a Li-Ion "jump start" unit available. They are small. You can connect it to the 12V battery, wait a minute, then start the car. Once the car is started, you can disconnect (the main battery powers/charges the 12V when the car is turned on). If the car has fits when you ...
by SparkE
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Is anyone else experiencing brake issues [failure]?
Replies: 83
Views: 35185

Re: Is anyone else experiencing brake issues [failure]?

I suggest going to the dealership that did the work and talk to a manager. Try to convince him (or her) that the work was not done properly, and that THEY should be responsible for the repairs. When they say "no way", start talking about twitter and facebook and yelp - they won't want to see you tel...
by SparkE
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: News and Main Chevy Spark EV Forum
Topic: GOM (estimated mileage) and battery degradation
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: GOM (estimated mileage) and battery degradation

DrMorgan, you have been tracking the battery capacity of your vehicles for a while and (i think) even have posted details of battery degradation in your 2 sparks. I remember that you posted a while ago that you would experiment on 'not charging to full' - have you done that and has it revealed less ...
by SparkE
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Spark EV Forum
Topic: GOM (estimated mileage) and battery degradation
Replies: 5
Views: 352

GOM (estimated mileage) and battery degradation

Visited a friend recently, he plugged me in to his company's L2 network while we ate lunch (a *very* long lunch) and went to 'full' for the first time in .... 4 months? Temp was around 78 degrees, and I was very happy to see that my 2015 Spark EV had a full range of ... 106 miles. Yes, it's based on...
by SparkE
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Best way to charge for battery life
Replies: 11
Views: 725

Re: Best way to charge for battery life

I would suggest reading these threads : http://www.mychevysparkev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=4464 http://www.mychevysparkev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4701 There are lots of opinions about battery life expressed. Personally, I don't charge to 100% unless I need the range - I generally charge t...
by SparkE
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos of the Chevy Spark EV
Topic: Torque Pro walkthrough video.
Replies: 16
Views: 3509

Re: Torque Pro walkthrough video.

No interest in buying an android device for this one limited use case. Then don't. Personally (my experience) I got a really, really cheap android phone exactly for this "one limited use case". It cost me much less than the OBD reader itself. That is all that it is used for. And no, I don't think t...
by SparkE
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: News and Main Chevy Spark EV Forum
Topic: Miles or time - biggest factor in battery degradation
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: Miles or time - biggest factor in battery degradation

Looking at used Spark EVs that are starting to flood the market with mileage from 10,000 to 40,000 and wondering which is the greater factor in battery degradation -- mileage of age of battery. Theoretical situation: Two twin brothers each own a spark Spark EV, each driven in same local city, and h...

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