Monday, December 21, 2009
I marvel at what a great thing it is every time I drive it, anywhere!
Between my son and I, we've averaged about 160 miles a day this last week, the only rest the car is getting is at the charger.
We are anxiously waiting more news about the new BMW 1 series Electric car which we have been informed is to be announced at Detroit in January. They've wrapped into the design of this car some of the information and data gathered during the Mini E test driving program.
How exciting it is to be a part of this process!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The 140mile round trip used to be a rare visit in the old gas (diesel) guzzler because it cost too much and I would stress about the use of a finite resource to go for a joyride, but now that my friend has also gotten a Mini E (with 60 amp charger), my trip is guilt free, stress free, easy, fun and cheap!
He was able to snag one of the returned Mini E's from someone whose lifestyle it didn't fit and 2 chargers, one for work (Hollywood) the other at home (Malibu). I am in Newport Beach, 70 miles from Malibu and 55 miles from Hollywood, both just outside my 100 mile RT so it makes it perfect for me as those are the only places I go (in my daily routine) that are in need of at least a touch up charge.
Almost 7000 miles, be there in a couple days,
(we watched as we turned over 6666.6 last night).
if you want to drive one, ask me, you'll be hooked too!
Still Love this Car!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I love the fact that people are discovering Electric Cars!
Find someone to let you drive one and you will be as hooked as I am!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
After diagnosis the 'Flying Doctors' replaced the unit, reprogrammed the DMI and returned the car to my dealer.
After four days (with the 328i loaner) I am back in the drivers seat. Thanks BMW for creating this valuable program so many people are watching and learning from.
My son and I picked up COOPER E 230 and drove straight into Santa Monica to see the Nissan 'Leaf' launching at Pier 59 Studios.
An Exciting Event, the Leaf is definitely a serious attempt by a Major manufacturer to jump in to the BEV market.
Watch for an event near you, they launched last night a 20 city tour exhibiting the car and a cutaway chassis that looks to be very well engineered.
The run from home to Santa Monica is 51 miles one way, the computer was figuring 87 mi of range when we started out, hmmmm, this'll be fun. We jumped on the freeway, kept it at 60 mph, drove 55 miles to Hollywood using 50%, we spent 20 minutes on the charger at a friends business, where there is a charger in the parking lot, had some dinner while waiting.
Now With 60 % and 11 miles to Santa Monica we went to the Launch Party.
The computer seemed to indicate we were using power at an alarming rate on the 11 mile trip to Santa Monica and I spent most of the time at the party wondering where we would be calling the flatbed from to get home.
I did, however, enjoy looking at Nissans entry.
Retrieving the car from the Valet (hoping he hadn't joy rode with our meager remaining power) we headed out for the trip home, 52 miles with 48% battery! Jamie drove, keeping constant speed is his theory, so we pegged the speedo on 60 mph and meticulously stuck to it varying as little as possible. We watched the battery % meter at first deplete alarmingly fast then it began to recalculate and actually add percentage. Jamies theory is to keep speed constant and avoid using regen.
We were about 8 miles from home when we hit 0% and flat line on the battery!
Hmmmm we were still doing 60 MPH! I have run the car 9 miles in the same condition so I now new we could make it home, so we continued, conservatively, (Not Jamie's nature or even a word he likes) and pulled into the garage and the computer popped back up to 3% after having read 0% and flatlined for about 8 miles.
It was another great day with the Mini E and we are so happy to have it back ...and to be in the drivers seat again!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Last week he started kicking into N from D, sometimes at speed upon acceleration, others when starting and into R to back out of the garage. Each time it would kick to N eutral and give me a car on the rack symbol. I would press Stop, pull the key, reinsert, press Start and everything was fine. Several days I drove my normal 80 to 100 miles, starting and stopping without another incident. Then, morning, full charge, same thing, R kick out N, restart routine, go on my way.
I just grew tired of it and decided someone should look at it before it happened in a more dangerous situation.
Thats it for now, meanwhile I'm driving a nice little silver 09 328i ICE loaner, not bad,
but it's definitely not my Electric Mini E!
I'm gonna hate that GAS stop to return it full!
Can't wait to get My E back!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Number 136 had been turned back in with only 400 miles on it.
A friend of mine picked it up Friday and is off and running and very happy!
I will try to get him to start a blog, if not I will include his experiences here.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
After hitting the 'dashed line' meaning no range left, I flipped to % and found I had 2% left in the battery.
I continued to drive, at 30 and 40 miles an hour till I finally found 0% on the Battery and --------- on the range readouts.
I was still doing 30 miles an hour.
Not wanting to have to push it I headed for the barn and arrived with 0% and --------- after about 8 miles of driving.
Parked it, let it sit about half an hour, checked again and I found 2% in the Battery with still -------range.
Turned him back on, turned on the headlights, as it was now after dark and went for another drive.
After about 3 miles and 0% and -------- readouts I decided to head home again for the same reason as above.
Love this car!
Bye for now!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I made it to Latigo, had a nice two hours there with friends, jumped back in the car and headed off to do the 74 miles home with a 76% charge.
A lot of traffic, even though it was Saturday, used regenerative braking a lot. Thought about stopping at Long Beach Mini for a touch up charge but decided, as I passed Signal Hill in Long Beach, to go for it as the 'regen' seemed to really be helping.
Several times I watched as, while in heavy traffic, the % digital readout actually reversed and climbed, I was putting power back into the battery. There were times also that sitting at a stop light, it would adjust upward a percent or two.
I ended a great day of guiltless driving, getting off the 405 freeway in Seal Beach and cruising down PCH (Pacific Coast Hiway) along the ocean, returning home to Newport.
148.8 miles on the ODO with 9 miles left.
The warning 'sound' and triangle appeared at 25 miles then again at 10 miles.
COOPER E now sits charging and getting ready for what tomorrow brings.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The Large stickers are supposed to be placed behind the rear wheels but as you can see there is no place to put them.
Solution, place them in front of the wheels, on the side of the car behind the door.
(if you use a little windex or soapy water first, you can slide the sticker around till you get it right, then squeegee the liquid out from under and the sticker will be perfectly applied)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Following, is the body of a letter available on:
"I am writing today regarding the transportation “Hydrogen Economy” being proposed by Big Oil and our government. A “Hydrogen Economy” is not in the best interest of the general public, it serves big industry only.
Hydrogen is a dangerous fuel, it is far more combustible than gasoline, it requires a great deal of energy to extract and it demands a new infrastructure for delivery. This will cost hundreds of billions of American taxpayer dollars. Further, the widespread use of hydrogen is unsafe and I refuse to use a technology that will endanger me or my family, especially my children.
I will not sell out the safety of myself and my family for the benefit of the oil and auto industries. These industries know that the use of hydrogen as a fuel is unsafe!
A solution to the use of hydrogen as a fuel is the use of the electricity. Toyota produced 100% electric vehicles, over ten years ago, that are still running today, exceeding performance expectations of 80-120 miles per charge and still running after 100,000 miles. The NiMH battery patent technology responsible for this performance is being prohibited for use in high range 100% electric vehicle.
The owner of the patents related to NiMH batteries is Chevron Corporation.
This obvious technology suppression is an insult to American intelligence, a threat to our national security, and serves only to benefit the oil industry.
Please invoke President Obama to execute Eminent Domain and/or Compulsory Licensing over NiMH battery patents to free
P.S. An excellent resource for comprehensive analysis of this issue is book "Two Cents per Mile" by Nevres Cefo."
P.S. An excellent resource for comprehensive analysis of this issue is book "Two Cents per Mile" by Nevres Cefo."
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday we drove 74 miles to our Malibu friends house for BBQ.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Received my Edison TOU (Time Of Use) meter bill yesterday.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
My son Jamie and I were invited to go along on a scheduled tour of SpaceX, with the kind folks from New Deal Studios.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Today I made my longest round trip yet in the Mini E.
Starting out about 9am, in normally heavy LA morning traffic, I had decided my strategy would be to keep my speed under 60 mph when traffic flowed, use the regenerative braking whenever possible and utilize the gradual inclines and declines I really hadn't paid much attention to before. As I flowed with the stop and go traffic, I actually watched at one point as the battery readout read 58% fluctuated and improved to 63% as I used the regenerative braking. This happened repeatedly.
Arrived for my meeting at FOX at 52 miles with 51% charge left.
Returning to my parked car I was nervous, I had 51 % to get home, I might make it, might not.
I drove 8 miles to Marina Del Rey, to a friends Studio, where I knew there was a charger. They have a car coming, arrives next Monday.
So, at 60 miles, 48% charge left, I borrowed some juice, after a nice tour of the Studio, chat about cars in general and Mini E in particular with a lot of very nice people on lunch break, a one and half hour charge brought me to 80%.
I then headed safely home. I arrived home having traveled 109.8 miles having 29% charge left.
Simple math 80-29=51% (what it took to get home), add the 49% (I used to get to the meeting) = 100%.
Maybe I cheated by getting a touch up mid course but I wasn't sure I would make it and the opportunity to charge was there.
I really don't think you can count on more than 1% per mile and generally less especially in Southern California but the regen does seem to help and I think mileage really benefits from heavy traffic. (a new way of looking at rush hour)
All's well that ends well, another successful day in the life of COOPER E 230, and our horizons continue to broaden.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I need to do a meeting in town, something I used to do every day, 130 miles round trip,
since I am getting 80 to 100 miles per charge, it will be difficult to get there and back on one charge. I am determined to do it, however, I really hate driving anything else at this point.
Shannon at New Deal Studios has graciously offered her charger for a brush up before I attempt the run home, so after my meeting at FOX I will cross town to Marina Del Rey and get an hours worth of juice at New Deal. Planning to be there during 'Rush' hour, I'll have my laptop, so all is not lost (I could be sitting on the freeway). It's really kind of fun having to plan your moves a little more than normal, think about range, strategy, timing, desirability of certain routes over others, etc., whatever makes your day, huh.
So, I'll let you know how it went, hopefully I won't have to make the 'call'.