Bob Bath wrote:
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> > I am seriously considering buying a turnkey E-beetle
> > from Utah. Since I live in the great white north
> > (about 500 miles north of Lee
), I am very
> > interested in keeping myself & the batteries warm
> > and functional. I sent an email to the Utah group
> > and received no reply.
> > My question is how do you keep yourself warm
> - Ceramic heater. One is passable for defrosting, and
> marginal heating; two units are best. The will soak
> up about 27 amps at 144V each.
> > still get 30 to 40 mile range per day. Or does one
> > put the ev in the garage until the warm weather
> > arrives?
> - Start with a high voltage & light car; eg. 144 or
> better; Honda Civic?
> - add battery heaters, and plug them to the wall
> outlet in before you start your trip, or charge right
> before the trip. Charging the batteries heats them a
> - keep the car in an insulated garage in the first
> place (my choice).
> - increase the charger voltage (per manufacturer
> specs) to make sure you always start with a full
> - light foot on the accelerator!
> By the way, FWIW, I've noticed that cold air from the
> outside via window and a jacket keeps the windows from
> getting fogged more than recirculating the warm air,
> regardless of whether the ceramic heater is on.
> Hope that helps!
Thank you Bob. I am a little long in the tooth and no mechanical talent. I saw a Fiero-conversion and really liked it. I ould
love to use an ev for my minimal needs. Thats why I wanted to buy a "turn-key" version. I appreciate your suggestions and will
keep them in mind (and hard copy).
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