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by xylhim
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Roadtrip back to California from Edmonton
Replies: 14
Views: 11855

Roadtrip back to California from Edmonton

Today I begin my road trip back from Edmonton, AB, Canada to Southern California. The trip will be just over 2000 miles. My goal is to leave today, Wednesday, December 14 and make it to the Southern California area by December 18. I anticipate making up to 36 charging stops, using 1 level one, 8 lev...
by xylhim
Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Winter Range in Connecticut
Replies: 28
Views: 18781

Re: Winter Range in Connecticut

Up here in Edmonton, Ab, Canada (the most Northern big city).

My current range, using heater, city driving, and in sport mode is 59 miles. If I don't use the heater, or sport mode- I can get about 80 miles- as long as the battery is pre-conditioned.
by xylhim
Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Voltec Level 1 EVSE
Replies: 1
Views: 3022

Voltec Level 1 EVSE

Hello everyone. Today I noticed that my level 1 EVSE was stolen from my driveway. I guess I didn't expect anyone to steal it up here in Canada : ( Anyhow, I was wondering if someone here had an extra level 1 EVSE lying around that they aren't using, that I could buy from. I would prefer the Voltec m...
by xylhim
Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: SparkEV 1000 km in 16 hours video
Replies: 10
Views: 7700

Re: SparkEV 1000 km in 16 hours video

I'm not sure if I can do 1000 miles in 24 hours- but come this December, I will come close. From Southern Washington to Southern California. With the 24kW chargers along the route, making it in 24 hours will be tough- but we'll see!
by xylhim
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Anybody buy spark their at end of the lease? $?
Replies: 28
Views: 20895

Re: Anybody buy spark their at end of the lease? $?

So here's what I'm trying for: My lease on my Spark is due in March. I want to return my current Spark early, and re-lease a 2016 model. The reason is that California is increasing its clean air vehicle rebates up to $4000 for people who fall below 300% of the poverty level (~35K per year)- starting...
by xylhim
Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Diginow Super Charger beta testers wanted
Replies: 7
Views: 8358

Re: Diginow Super Charger beta testers wanted

I too am very interested in this. In fact, as the end of my lease approaches, I'm thinking of going to a Chevy Volt instead- but this upgrade would have me seriously consider keeping the Spark.
by xylhim
Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Considering option to purchase
Replies: 3
Views: 4564

Re: Considering option to purchase

This is something that is always on my mind, especially as my lease ends next March. The residual on my car is 16K- which is way more than I would consider spending for this car. Nissan Leaf's are well under 10K on the used car market, and that's where the Spark should stand as well. The three optio...
by xylhim
Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Buying a Used Spark EV - Do I really need fast charging?
Replies: 19
Views: 12145

Re: Buying a Used Spark EV - Do I really need fast charging?

With the new NDP government and carbon taxes on heavy emitters, I would suspect there will be fast chagrining infrastructure in the province within the next two years. BC will eventually extend their fast charging network to the Alberta boarder. I can easily see that within 4 years, I could make my ...
by xylhim
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery degredation
Replies: 246
Views: 118510

Re: Battery degredation

I think temperature may be a pretty big factor in determining the battery capacity as well- if temps are low, you'll likely under-estimate your capacity. I would suggest a test were you are charging at and running the vehicle at around 25 degrees C: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/dischar...
by xylhim
Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Buying a '14 or a '15__Which one is better?
Replies: 15
Views: 11512

Re: Buying a '14 or a '15__Which one is better?

So assuming that there is no real advantage of going with the 2014 over the 2015- I might throw this consideration into the mix: Chevy is giving an 8 year or 100000 mile warranty on the battery. That given, I'm fairly sure the longevity of the pack will meet those targets, as I haven't heard any mem...

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