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    Quote Originally Posted by vfx View Post
    Someone spotted this vehicle in person and posted it on TMC before. Bonnie, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Someone spotted this vehicle in person and posted it on TMC before. Bonnie, I think.
    yes, pics are from bonnie, when she visited the factory!
    But I think she pulled the photos (I couldn't find the photos anymore afterward)

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    If this comment is to be believed:
    Actually, this was a testbed mule for the Model S power train. This has nothing to do with being a truck other than it was big enough to install the stuff on for drive testing. It’s normally parked outside at Tesla HQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRP3 View Post
    If this comment is to be believed:
    I have on good authority that that comment is true.
    Twilight Blue Roadster 2.5 - #1098 / Grey Model S Performance - #1459

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitch672 View Post
    Contact Chris Howell and try an "OpenEVSE", if it doesn't work he'll find out the reason why and fix it.
    For the Roadster a resistor needed to be changed from 1K ohm (which every other EV worked with), to 850 ohms.
    Chris is hosting a workshop on Dec 1, and I will build two 75 amp "portable" EVSEs. About $600 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vfx View Post
    Probably the mule for the RAV 4
    That fuse block (with the two battery cables attached to each end) looks very similar to that in the Rav4.






















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    There is also a RAV4EV section on the RAV4World forums: http://www.rav4world.com/forums/109-...ctric-rav4-ev/

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    I've set up a wiki-map (like the one we have for Tesla Reservation holders) on which Rav4 EV owners can post their locations. I'll approve them as they come in.

    Here's how to add an entry for yourself (and your Rav4 EV):
    1. Point your browser to: Rav4EVOwners
    2. To add a marker, use the Additions/Add Marker - Simple drop-down.
    3. Enter in your forum name, your car's color, and your location
    4. Submit your entry
    5. Wait (semi-patiently) for me to approve your submission

    If you want to just enter your city, feel free. I turned on the setting to hide street addresses for those of us who are semi-security conscious.

    I'm curious to see where all of you, and your cars, are. Any out of staters?

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    I have to admit, I was dubious that the Rav4 would really have 41.8kWh usable, but after running it to "turtle" mode (same as the LEAF), and measuring over 50kWh at the EVSE getting pumped back in, I'm a believer.

    I did drive the car 130.1 miles on a rental. Here is my second draft of the range chart for this car. Lots of work to do, but you'll notice that I've highlighted the EPA ratings, which appear to be achieved at 2.7 miles/kWh.

    The fuel gauge, unfortunately, does read above 80% capacity. I don't know why Toyota/Tesla thought that was wise.




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