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 Post subject: Australians down under
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:57 am 
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There must be enough drivers here to make a collection

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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:11 pm 
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I would think so...maybe others will also

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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:07 am 
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Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Present and accounted for - only one of two in tassie so far.. Shame I coukdnt be first, but sadly the finance company dragged their heel too much...

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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:34 am 
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
Hi all,

Nathan from Brisbane QLD.

After reading this forum over the past couple of weeks I contacted my local dealer last week for a test drive. Surprisingly, I was offered to take the car out on Saturday morning and return it on Monday. Wasn't hard to convince me as I wanted to see if my mountain bike would fit in the back!

After having it for the weekend my wife was happy enough for us to go ahead and fork out cash. We had a very tight budget but the dealer ended up coming to the party and did us a fairly decent price (well I think it was anyway) for a brand new Aspire model with all the accessories that we wanted.

Scheduled for pickup this Friday everything going well. Is there anything I should be aware of when picking up the new car? New cars are a first for me and I'm 32 this year!

The dealer said I am only the 2nd PHEV customer at his dealership. Can't say I have seen any around either, though the dealers seem to have a fair few demonstrators for sale. Unfortunately our government isn't doing Hybrid owners/buyers any favours. I pay extra for 100% green energy on my power bill, so I'm trying to do my bit.

Nice to meet you.

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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:19 pm 
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Welcome to the slowly expanding group. I must admit I haven't seen any other outlanders on the roads arouind Sydney but I am sure there must be some around. Not many of the dealerships in Sydney actually stock, sell and service the car. Hopefully, that will change with time.

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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:07 am 
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Righto, well a lot of dealers in Brisbane seem to stock them, which actually surprised me. Oh well, I certainly don't mind cruising around on electric, love the torque!

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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:26 am 
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Just to clarify a few things that I have seen going around on the net. I have read an electrician claiming that a Jcar 15A to 10A conversion unit with RCD and 10A circuit breaker is Dangerous and could burn down your house. As an electrical engineer I can say that this in not true. A 10A circuit breaker will trip at 10A for its rated long time thermal trip, which is well beyond the thermal damage curve of a 1.5mm2 cable.

- This is confirmed in the manual as 10A for Maximum rated current with an *1(when using a genuine charging cable with control box).
- It is also stated that 3.6kVA is the Maximum power consumption (which some have incorrectly confused as relating to the standard 240V charger that comes with the car), however some have failed to take note of *2(When using a home or public charging device, EVSE:Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment). IE a dedicated charging station that you have had installed or a public one.

Ratings on the control box supplied with the car are 10A max, thus is not going to pull more than its rating. I have taken some reading with a power meter and posed a picture below. It does draw very close to 10A, so i suggest any extension cable you use is in good condition and not enclosed as it does get warm. Any wiring in your house should also have the appropriate circuit breaker at the main switchboard to protect it against overload so I cannot foresee any major issues here.

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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:45 am 
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Location: Far Nth Queensland
Collected mine 2 weeks ago.
I have connected mine to off peak power
All is running well, I am getting 44kms out of a charge in the Far North Qld heat


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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:22 am 
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Nice stuff 1Engine, yeah i think that is about what i get out of mine. Still haven't been bothered enough to do a real test as I don't do a hell of a lot of driving at the moment. Serves me well around Brisbane on a weekend though. Only used $10 of petrol so far! Though i'm not expecting as good economy once summer kicks in.

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 Post subject: Re: Australians down under
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:47 am 
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Hi, we picked up our PHEV on 20 July from a dealer in Perth and almost simultaneously installed 4.2kW of panels on our house roof in the very sunny WA. We are retired, so are at home most days and charge the PHEV up from about 9am onwards when the panels are producing over 2.5kW. We are getting about 40Km a day out of a charge and that's enough most days. In the past (nearly) 3 months we have only put 15 litres of petrol in the tank as we were told to do so by the car (!!) due to low ICE usage. Our long term cost of solar is 7 cents per kWh so on total solar our cost of motoring is about 2.1 cents per km. However, we do use a bit of mains supplied electricity on the cloudier days which has blown the cost out to 3.5 cents per km. Running on just petrol we got about 100km for 7 litres (14km per litre) which equates to 11 cents per km.


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