This is a group for individuals (and organizations) interested in promoting the use of Electric Vehicles on Salt Spring Island.
Location: Salt Spring Island
Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2017
Started by Peter Freeman . Last reply by Jim Standen Aug 1, 2017.
Hello everyone from Thetis Island, I am just reaching out to those SaltSpringers that own a Gen1 or Gen II Toyota Rav4 EV's. I just brought a Gen 1 (2002) up from Oregon and there are at least two others that I know of and am in contact with the owners. The one I bought dead and have since repaired and sold to a friend in Victoria and another in Chilliwack. I am led to believe that there might be two Gen 1's and perhaps 2 Gen II's in the "Capital of EV's in Canada". Anyway with a strong electronics back ground I have had significant success with both repairing a dead inverter and developed a good understanding of the common insulation resistance issue. The weekend of Jan the 14th I will be dropping the battery pack in mine to service the pack and evaluate a Lithium upgrade for the future. I am interested very interested in contacting any of you for mutual support. A friend of mine is looking seriously at buying a used 2014 RAV EV I would like to put her in contact with a present or even past owners of the Gen II Rav.
I am guessing you can send me a private message via this board or you can call or text me at 2five0 2five2 07five8 : Happy driving !!
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Iain, these Discussion Forums can really vary depending; often many are, indeed, rather slow. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable than me, who is a part of this Forum, might reply re your Q about finding a vintage RAV-4-like EV. My answer is: I have never seen evidence of any kind of "compact SUV" like the RAV-4 [if these existed they'd probably fly off the shelves, or drive themselves off the floor for a better analogy]. Some people have retro-fitted old gas-cars with batteries (Jon Healey comes to mind). And there are higher-end, newer SUV-ish cars but the ones I'm familiar with are more at the high-price end. I don't think it will be too long .. the technology is there and many will say that EVs are already an economically competitive option for manufacturers... however if they (the makers) suddenly roll out all kinds of EVs then what (they would ask) will happen to their profits on manufacture and sale of conventional (gasoline) vehicles. Lucky for all of us, I'm just heard from Jim Standen that Volkswagen is moving very heavily into EVs... (supposedly on the rationale that "why not, they tanked their reputation, so cannot sell their cars, so what have they got to lose?" ... speculative perhaps, but a big shift, big disruptions, are brewing for conventional car makers.
sorry again. maybe it belongs here if someone could let me know where these kinds of queries should go [other then the basket] cheers
howdy does any know if there is a 2013 vintage rav4 or like ev on salt spring. or does anyone have a suggestion for that type of ev. have been looking at the leaf but for our needs maybe an suv type would be better. any rec's or info welcome cheers
The Mercedes S550e hybrid has a wireless charging option. And despite what that article says "as yet probably too slow for a fully electric vehicle"; another article suggests that will not be a permanent situation.
"You can be forgiven for thinking this convenience ought to come with a drawback, like longer charging times. But surprisingly, inductive charging turns out to be about as efficient as its tethered counterpart. "Because of things like AC to DC conversion, inefficiencies with connectors, and so on, traditional chargers have about 95 percent efficiency," Davison told us. "Wireless charging is currently around 90 percent." The rate limiter is actually how much energy the car will accept, but the system works with both 3.3 kW (13 amp, 220v) and 6.6 kW (20 amp, 220v) supplies."
Also, you may have seen this but "Germany’s Bundesrat votes to ban the internal combustion engine by ...". Non-binding but still a powerful signal from the country that invented the ICE.
Let's get a HUGE turnout at Green Drinks on Thursday, October 27, so when we pass each other on the road we will know who we are waving at, or who is waving at us!
I can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you have a phone number or email so I can contact you ?
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