SparkMoore wrote:... I prefer liquid cooled versus limiting power and air cooled (like the vw).
On the flip side - if you charge it up more slowly - you will invariably get more life from the battery.
Yep, charging slowly is always less work for the battery. And liquid cooling (and heating !) of the battery pack is always better for the pack than blowing air over it.
DC Fast charging is big work for the battery. I forget the C rate, but it is within typical industry ranges.
I feel sorry for the Leaf owner that paid extra for the DC Fast charge option.
With that little fan blowing (?) cabin or outside air around the battery cells, the Leaf is limited to ONE
DC Fast charge per day.
I had an extreme of regen in my Volt once.
I descended Pikes Peak starting with only 1 mile of range indicated. (I wanted to run the battery out and see what a 84 HP Volt felt like at altitude. Even less due to the altitude.) EV's don't lose power with altitude!
It got ~75% charge in about 25 minutes. At the Park Ranger safety stop where they read your front brake temp. I was at 75° on a 65° day. I rode the brake pedal all the way like a dumb tourist.
Hopefully due to liquid cooled battery Thermal Management System the battery did not suffer.
And the moral of this long story is Volts and Spark EVs may go a long time before ever needing brake pads !!
I may be one of the Spark EV owners that use DC Fast charging a lot (daily?). It's free in my town!! Is anyone on this forum using DC Fast charging a lot in their Spark EV?
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC. +80 K miles.
Mostly free charging! Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.
3 step Trouble Tree, 1st try car died again, 2nd try not covered / cost $800. 3rd try fixed the problem.