rtrgjr
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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:27 am

Does anyone know if going to Eurospec coding violates your warranty??

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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:11 pm

rtrgjr wrote:Does anyone know if going to Eurospec coding violates your warranty??


Codemycar.com guarantees that it will not void the warranty on their website.
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bscurtis
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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:39 pm

Just wondered what happens if you use up all the available petrol. Does the car stop as I would expect so I imagine you would need to swap back to electric and make sure you have a bit in reserve so you can get to the next petrol station ?


B. C.

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dannyh
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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:38 pm

hey guys awesome tips, I am waiting on my new i3 2015 rex :D

Anyone knows a good electrical installer in LA area? What fast charger u guys got? Portable? Wall fixed? Jesla?

Thanks
Danny

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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:13 pm

bscurtis wrote:Just wondered what happens if you use up all the available petrol. Does the car stop as I would expect so I imagine you would need to swap back to electric and make sure you have a bit in reserve so you can get to the next petrol station ?


B. C.

Harold Wood
UK

The car will turn on the REx at about a 6% SOC, if you haven't done it already. Depending on what the SOC is when it runs out of gas, is the same as not turning it on...you'll go until the computer reaches what it labels zero SOC, then stop. So, it's hard to say. Some people turn the REx on early, then continue on with what's left in the battery. When both are empty...you stop.
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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:59 am

bscurtis wrote:Just wondered what happens if you use up all the available petrol. Does the car stop as I would expect so I imagine you would need to swap back to electric and make sure you have a bit in reserve so you can get to the next petrol station ?


I have actually never experienced this situation, but it is fair to say that you're more likely to run low on electric first, meaning the REx will come on automatically with 6% SOC remaining.

On longer journeys, I usually engage the REx with about 20-25% SOC left. I've taken mine from England to Germany and NL twice now, using CCS and petrol top-ups without any problems.

There are a few things to keep in mind though: If the REx engine is started from cold, it goes through a about 5 min warm-up cycle, during which SOC can still slightly go down. Eventually, the engine will then rev higher and bring the battery SOC back to where the REx was engaged. Also, the speed you are travelling at has a great effect on the effectiveness of the REx. When SOC is low and the REx is warming up, then I usually drop speed down to 60 or 65 mph, while my normal motorway cruising speed is 65-70 mph.

Generally speaking - and to answer your question - you're more likely to find a working and functioning petrol station in most parts of the EU, but this obviously depends where precisely you live, because there are more remote parts. The REx can take you 60-75 miles depending on weather conditions and driving style (remember, the REx is only a 34bhp engine), which is plenty to make it to the next fill-up.

I have no range anxiety. I have "using-petrol-anxiety". :)

bscurtis
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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:07 pm

I'm still not sure what the situation would be in the following situation:-

Say I swap to the Rex at 75% state of charge as we can in UK/EU and I inadvertently run the petrol tank dry. Will I be able to manually re select going back to the battery by cancelling ' hold state of charge' ? I don't see why not and would the REX suffer from running its petrol tank dry. I know this is an unlikely situation but could just happen. I know its like using the battery as a range extender for the REX.

B.C.
UK

dannyh
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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:19 pm

RExingIT wrote:I've done the Eurospec coding on my i3 REx (thanks to DVD in Motion) and for easy access I marked it as a favorites button. I wanted to pass on this trick.

To do this, follow these steps.

1. Navigate to Menu/settings/ Range extender.
2. Hold down the favorites button that you want to use. I used 7. As usual, after a few seconds it will record your selection.

To activate the Range extender with your favorites button, push it twice in a row. First push brings up the list of favorites as usual, the second push less than a second or two later checks or un-checks the activation box on the range extender.

Nice and easy, saves all the time while on the road of trying to navigate to the specific menu. 2 pushes to turn it on, 2 pushes to turn it off.

Enjoy :D


So DVD in motion actually recode your whole system to Eurospec? I thought their process looks simpler as compared to the other company... maybe they just unlock it... Is there anyway we can keep US spec but just unlock the Range Extender function?

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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:08 pm

bscurtis wrote:I'm still not sure what the situation would be in the following situation:-

Say I swap to the Rex at 75% state of charge as we can in UK/EU and I inadvertently run the petrol tank dry. Will I be able to manually re select going back to the battery by cancelling ' hold state of charge' ? I don't see why not and would the REX suffer from running its petrol tank dry. I know this is an unlikely situation but could just happen. I know its like using the battery as a range extender for the REX.

B.C.
UK


Hi B.C.,

yep, works like you guessed, with the exeption that you don't have to uncheck anything. The engine yust peters out, the checkbox unchecks all by itself, and you're on electrons only. The engine and fuel system is designed to deal with this situation perfectly. My guess: besides the advantage of being a pressurized system, the tank isn't actually totally empty when the gauge reads '---' and the engine stops (even in EU-spec).

Regards, Steven

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Re: Easy activation of Range Extender

Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:58 pm

epirali wrote:
WoodlandHills wrote:I have it and I live in the U.S.

Yesterday I set off for the airport with less than 75% SOC, hit the REx button as soon as I turned the car on and drove on the REx 3/4 of the way there and back. The REx ran out of fuel about 5 miles from home and I plugged in with over 50% remaining. I only needed to use this strategy because we forgot to plug in the car the night before and normally we can get to LAX and back on a full charge.

Dvdinmotion was well worth the $150 for the peace of mind. We can just jump into the car no matter the SOC and drive where ever we want.....


Just want to say that for $20 more Code My Car (created another thread) can do this and a list of other options you may want.


How's that working for you? I am between Code My Card and DVD in Motion... CMC seems more value though. Just not sure about the warranty as my car is leased... Any thoughts on that will be highly appreciated.

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