That’s what I like to see: commitment :lol:
Proper cold weather test of Twizy today: left out in -3 all night, plugged in for few mins to top up from 97% to 100% before leaving.
37 miles of fast ice cold A-road with heated screen on, screen wash froze solid (thanks for decent stuff Renault-it was in it when bought!) as I tried the squirters, heard motor but no wash after 2-3 seconds. Tried 10 miles later and no motor sound, thought fuse blown. Got there with 3 miles left on range, bars out.
Charged from 4% to 100% in 3hrs 25 mins, tried washer now working again-has it got a trip to prevent damage?
Drove back in 2 degrees, but slower as in traffic/fog, 32 miles, got home 2 bars, 9 miles range.
Very pleased with the battery performance considering the very cold conditions-around 40 miles of hilly fast driving
Just chanced mine… Calculated I had 12 miles battery for a 10 mile journey on mixed roads… RAN out flat. Turned it off for 5mins then it came back to life enough for me to go over the brow of a railway bridge, down the otherside and right into a side street. Went dead again… Waited - coaxed it back into life for about 20 metres but no go. Pushed it for about 1/4 of a mile down a back street to my house! :redface:
How did you calculate?
I used the four bars at 3miles each bar… not sure if it was just the cold as I lost 3 miles just driving out of school on a tickle of a throttle.
Sounds like the problem James had on here the other day.
I drove 15 miles on 4 bars today in freezing conditions and had range left… How come?
back to using mine tomorrow , been out for two days, barely above zero. I have to use headlights and screen all the time now, as I leave at about 7 am and return at 6pm.
Cant wait for longer days .
I think I got caught out by the phantom fourth bar making me believe I had more juice than was in the tank… Or electrons in the cell… When really it should have cancelled itself. That would have meant that I probably had just 10ish miles which was just about the range I needed… Almost. Got a 100% charge tonight though which was a first as it was hovering around 97% for the last few charges.
Not really noticed a reduction in Battery performance but it is kept in Garage over night.
I find the heated screen is rubbish for clearing the whole screen.
It leaves about 10cm each side of non cleared ice, which is like having really thick A pillars. The side wind deflectors also frost over an block view.
Surprising how much you can see until you loose that line of sight.
I find my charger cuts out at 97%-98%, but unplug and then plug in a few hours later and it goes up to 100%.
Trick with visibility is to use Rain-x on the glass (NOT plastics-it will damage them) and when needed pour a jug of fairly warm (eg 50% kettle hot + 50% cold tap water: not too hot) water over the frosty bits-it removes the frost and heats the glass through enough to keep it clear with an occasional blast of the heated screen.
Agree visibility not the strongest point-I more of less put my head out of the window at times to avoid the “thick pillar” effect!
The heated element is probably small to keep within a power usage limit…
? 3 bars = approx 12 miles/4 = 16ish?? For a 12 mile trip you were unlucky! Wonder what happened?
Got stuck in a long tailback last night. Lights required and because I was stationary for long periods at a time, the screen kept fogging over due to the cold requiring use of the screen clearing (LOL) heating element. Having used the lights in the morning for 30 minutes already and unable to charge during the day before for the 17 mile return journey, I was a little concerned. Whilst stationary, I did resort to parking lights. Journey home took about an hour and a half.
With just 5 miles left on the system when I got home it does bring home the difficulty if you get diverted. I believe the cause of the delay was a vehicle accident and it was grid locked. I do wonder how long the lighting and heating system can operate from the spare battery. I could have been stuck there for another hour because nothing was budging.
With a 34 mile round trip each day without possibility of charging, I think I am operating at the limit of winter driving especially when the vast majority of the journey is dual carriageway (national speed limit) and motorway.
If you had been delayed another hour, hypothermia would have been more of a problem than the battery
In my experience, there are a few miles left after 0 bars, 0 miles too…
Sure I parked my Car here somewhere.
Thanks for the pics. I bet mine looks like that at the moment, except it had blue seats when I parked up.
I had taken these before I went for a spin (literally) this morning.
I think that makes it 3 of a kind.
Nice chilly 24mile usual round trip today with the added excitement of snow. Played around with donuts on a grass field plenty of times in the twizy but proper snow is something else. You’ve got to be pretty sharp to keep it all together. What I found:
- The Regen braking is a handful in snow. Don’t let off the right pedal mid corner whatever you do… the back end will overtake you. It takes some time to learn to back off the throttle to the mid point before the regen kicks in - and it’s counter intuitive if you are about to loose it and you really think you should be lifting off to save your bacon. Renault should offer an override switch to knock regen off in the snow. Bit like the ESP switch in most cars.
- Normal brakes seem well balanced even if the wheels lock a bit so stopping didn’t seem too stressful.
- If one wheel spins and you can’t start off, put the handbrake on a few notches and then both wheels will turn. This is surprisingly effective and stooped me being stuck a few times. Also works to keep you moving when you start to loose grip up a steep snowy hill.
- Getting handbrake off again while you are moving is a nightmare. Best to stop somewhere to release it. I have to press the footbrake far too hard to get the handbrake button to release. I might fit some (illegal prob) override switch to inhibit the handbrake lock.
- Windows kept the snow out really well.
- Beware of hyperthermia if you head out into a mad gridlocked town and spend 2 hours in queues with no heater. I aborted my first try home from work today cos of the traffic and went back to the nice warm office. 2hrs later it was clear.
- Battery seems to be walloped by driving through snow. Must take a lot of extra power to compress all that white stuff beneath the wheels. Beware of that so you don’t get stranded.
All in all a fun day. Looking for some snow tyres next as when the traction is a bit slippy but not completely lost the twizy is real good fun and pretty predicatable. With no power sterring or servo brakes and some winter tyres the twizy would be a pretty rewarding drive.
Wrap up warm, get some windows and get out there! Stay safe.