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Jarkko Santala
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Improvement to the Leaf heater switch
I added a little hack to the Leaf heater on/off/half power switch I installed earlier. The Leaf hacker who made the switch into a kit published a video about some improvements to the system and mentioned that there could be a way to bypass the switch when t...

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Improving the Leaf
"If it's broken, fix it. If it's not broken, improve it." -- The Fixer's Manifesto by Sugru That goes for electric cars too. I've done a couple of little things to our Leaf so far. Let's have a look. Right off the bat, I just had to make 16 A charging cable...

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Leaf among other things
So, yeah, got a Leaf. Traded in the C-Zero. It was a nice little car, but more range is more range. Something like 50% more. The Leaf I got can get about 19 kWh on a full charge and 18 kWh from a quick charge. Much more than the C-Zero, which was down to so...

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C-Zero 12V battery relocation
I don't think I've actually told you where I relocated the 12V aux battery in our C-Zero. I did put the fuel burning heater where the 12V lead acid battery usually is. From there, and the positive battery terminal, I ran a 16 mm2 red cable into the cabin th...

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Heating my EVs
I'm sure I've covered the heating in both of my EVs, the cars at least, in previous posts, but I though I'd write a new one about them and how they've been doing. As you may or may not know, I heat both of the cars with ethanol. In Finland it's easy to get ...

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Funny Greenpeace commercial from 2011.

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What's up
It's been a little slow on this blog lately. Which doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Let's start with the converted Xsara. It's 12 V aux battery woes have continued. Also contributing to the issue is your's truly, forgetting the vehicle running and so on. S...

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More "gears" to our C-Zero
Thanks to the great great folks at  My i-MiEV forum  I got a tip that PSA may actually have just mechanically blocked two of the shifter positions on the Citroën C-Zero and Peugeot iOn. It didn't take much convincing to make me crack open the cover on mine ...

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Back to the original charger
The cheap charge controller I had installed gave up the ghost - or more like stopped reading the pack voltage correctly - and the next option, installing a PowerLog 6S to monitor the pack, also ended up with some smoke escaping and thus rendering that devic...

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