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Kara was temporarily evicted from our garage while an epoxy floor sealant is being applied. Perish the thought that her tires should rest on anything as coarse as concrete. On an unrelated note, I hope the solar-powered fans are working since it is very sunny today.

 

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Looks like you were testing the front sensors against the back bumper of a Jeep. Either that or the Jeep was trying to jump out of the way due to embarrasment...
 

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doug said:
sweet photo
It's really hard to find an angle from which this car looks anything but spectacular. [hr]
Richard Carnes said:
Looks like you were testing the front sensors against the back bumper of a Jeep. Either that or the Jeep was trying to jump out of the way due to embarrasment...
That's our spare car, a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid. It's blocking the garage entrance because we have the garage door open to let the floor covering dry. The parking maneuver was pretty tricky.
 

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Looks great from overhead, thanks for posting.
 

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S'il est d'accord a Paris ...

The garage floor is taking longer than expected to cure and to dry, mainly due to the rainstorms we have been experiencing in Northern California, so my car is spending a couple of nights on the street in front of the house. I was inspired to create a homage to the "Charging in Paris" photo by running the charging cable down from the deck. This also minimized the chance of anyone tripping on the wire.



If you ever want traffic to slow down in front of your house, forget speed bumps, just park a Fisker in front of your house and run an extension cord to it from the highest point in the building.
 

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RE: S'il est d'accord a Paris ...

Fabulist said:


If you ever want traffic to slow down in front of your house, forget speed bumps, just park a Fisker in front of your house and run an extension cord to it from the highest point in the building.
:thumbup: Like.
 

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One important lesson learned from having to use the portable EVSE to charge the car is that the 220V unit is absolutely indispensable for anyone who uses this car for daily commuting, as I do. The car was plugged in for 12 hours using the portable EVSE, and during that time it only charged up to 30 Miles of range. As a result, I ran out of stored electrons on the way to work this morning and had to rely on the ICE to make fresh ones for the last couple of miles. I almost felt a personal sense of failure for having to burn hydrocarbons on my morning drive.

Unfortunately, I have to do this at least one more night, maybe two until the garage floor fully dries, so I need to get used to this.
 

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I'm happy we have standard 220V in Europe. An empty battery is replenished after 7 hours.
Thanks a lot for rubbing that in. :p
 

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Dutch said:
I'm happy we have standard 220V in Europe. An empty battery is replenished after 7 hours.
Thanks a lot for rubbing that in. :p
It's a small consolation for the fact that we Europeans are paying $50,000 more for the same car (EcoSport costs €115,000 = $150,000) :s
 

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Maybe electric vehicles will be the push to get America on 220, just don't step it down as much, simple fix, and we still will have the more efficient 60 hz as opposed to 50 hz.
 

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Fabulist said:
One important lesson learned from having to use the portable EVSE to charge the car is that the 220V unit is absolutely indispensable for anyone who uses this car for daily commuting, as I do.
There should be a 240V capable portable EVSE for the US as well (to plug into say a NEMA 14-50). It's not a lot of power.
 

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Fabulist said:
One important lesson learned from having to use the portable EVSE to charge the car is that the 220V unit is absolutely indispensable for anyone who uses this car for daily commuting, as I do. The car was plugged in for 12 hours using the portable EVSE, and during that time it only charged up to 30 Miles of range. As a result, I ran out of stored electrons on the way to work this morning and had to rely on the ICE to make fresh ones for the last couple of miles. I almost felt a personal sense of failure for having to burn hydrocarbons on my morning drive.

Unfortunately, I have to do this at least one more night, maybe two until the garage floor fully dries, so I need to get used to this.
I've been using the 110 charger since I got my car in January. My electrician is supposed to come this week to run my 220 line and install the level 2 charger. People think I am crazy that I rush home just so I can charge my car and have my full range in the mroning. Then again they have never had the pleasure of driving a Karma!! Can't wait to have the ability to charge in a fraction of the time.
 

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That fricking great...You win dude
 
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