Lay On The Lithium, Baby: Zoe ZENN Car Gets An Upgrade!
Over the past two years, little Zoe ZENN Car, my Canadian-made electric vehicle simple wasn;t getting the range she was supposed to be from her orginal lead acid batteries. And one could argue about the pluses and minus of various batteries brands and installers and battery warmers and coolers, the fact is: lithium ion batteries simply work better in multiple charge and discharge use.
(Can anyone say “lap top” or “cell phone”?)
Lithium ion battery technology has come so far in the past four years and the prices have dropped down so far, that it only made sense to let Zoe keep up with the rest of the EV world. Given that all the BIG Guys, like Telsa, the Nissan Leaf, the Mitsubishi iEV and the Ford All-Electric Focus would never put anything BUT lithium ions in their vehicles…why should Zoe ZENN Car be left out?
So off she went to Manzanita Micro in Kingston, WA for a little “surgery” which included six lithium ion battery packs (each pack contains four battery cells by Caleb Batteries, Six Rudman Regulators to keep the batteries ”talking” to each other and the charger, a super-duper Manzanita Micro charger that can charge off either a Level One standard 110 volt household outlet OR a Level Two 220 volt public EV charging station, a snazzy Rudman Display that acts as a “fuel gauge” (and also monitors the state-of-charge of each of the 24 cells in full living color!) and was completely re-wired, re-cabled a re-done to accept all this safely.
Oh, and Zoe lost 300 pounds during this process… can we say diet? (Lithium Ion batteries are MUCH lighter than lead-acid. AND WOWIE! No more skimpy, wimpy 15-20 mile range. Can we say FORTY to FORTY FIVE miles on one charge? What am I going to do with no more range anxiety?
And she got herself a couple a pigtail, too! Pigtail adapter , that is!
Remember how I said the Manzanita Micro charger can accept power from either a 110 OR a 220 power outlet? Well, so can Zoe ZENN Car now!
The boys as Manzanita fashioned her pigtail adapters that can be switched in and out to accommodate whichever plug I happen to be nearest at the time.
The permanently wired one is set up to charge the car via the original 110 plug end, but can be pulled out and attached to the 220 version and plugged into the 220 charging station. Yeah, so I have to pull the 220 cord out Zoe’s window, but so what! I can now charge up at my local Fred Meyer, Walgreen’s, Sears, Kohls, wherever there is a 220 charging station.
Can we say “We’re Ready to Roam”? Zoe ZENN Car and I can! Let’s go!
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P.S. YES, YES, YES! I DID haircut on the way home from Manzanita Micro on Saturday! Not fair that only Zoe ZENN Car can have a new do! (Besides, can I help it if there is a Great Clips on the way back to Seattle from the Edmonds ferry? Nope! )