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Battery swapping stations

I guess this is the realistic future, for new "battery swapping stations" instead of your typical oil changing station but I think it will take a long time to come before they can get rid of every gas car on the road.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/place-live-battery-switch-stations/story?id=13742428

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Bleeding brakes for an ICE

Hey everyone now I know this is an EV forum but I had a question for an ICE that I just cannot pinpoint to get it right.I have tried websites like Alldata and Identifix. My technician and I have been working on our customers pick-up truck for like ever. We are doing a full round brake job for a 1993 Chevy K1500 4WD pickup.
It's a piece of crap im sorry. We installed the brakes front and rear, it also needed a new brake master cylinder. One of the worst things that I hate about brake jobs is bleeding the brakes, I freakin hate that!
So anyway to get to my point; We have been pumping and holding the brakes for the past several days and there is air that gets into the brakes for some reason????? We keep adding brake fluid and bleeding more brakes and pumping and holding but still nothing!! Can anyone help with this? Our last resort is to take it to the dealership. Thanks for any advice.

Lisa
Dayton Automotive

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Mazda's first electric vehicle coming soon

What I find to be interesting is that they plan to lease their EV's to the government and Japan fleet.

http://www.ev.com/ev-news/mazda-announces-ev-plans.html

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How do you diagnose an electric vehicle?

Hello all,this may sound like a silly question but, I am just curious as I have never owned an EV before, how do you all diagnose an electric vehicle when you run into a problem with the computer, especially when you get a "yello wrench" error message. Is there some special computer that you all use to diagnose? Now I work in an automotive shop and all we work on is ICE's and I am aware of how to diagnose an ICE vehicle because they have computers in the cars to diagnose them properly. Is it the same as diagnosing an ICE?
Just curious! Thanks for everyone's time.

Lisa ~

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Vehicle maintenance

I over heard recently someone commenting about vehicle maintenance for regular ICE vehicles.
Their comment was "that they often break down"

This is sometimes true however, as an automotive service writer (in the automotive industry) I find that a lot of my customers have plenty of ICE problems with their vehicles. I wanted to point out that this is often due to someone to neglecting regular maintenance of their vehicle. I think that if you are an EV owner and you are good about maintaining your vehicle (replacing whatever is needed on a regular basis)your vehicle will have less problems, sometimes this is not always true. This is true for an ICE vehicle. Simple advice is to always keep the maintenance of any vehicle be it EV or ICE.

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Battery Comparison

I found this interesting so, if anyone would like to they can either move this posting somewhere else, leave it or remove it.

I found this information in a Toyota magazine.........

Difference between AGM and flooded lead acid batteries:

" AGM batteries feature thin, sponge-like glass mat separators that absorb all liquid electrolytes,

Flooded lead acid batteries feature free liquid electrolyte all around the plates and separators.

Flood lead acid batteries can easily release gas that is formed during a charge, while AGM battery life is diminished if gas is formed during charging.

Similarities:
Both types share the exact same lead acid chemistry.
Both share the same charge and discharge principles.
Both are safely charged by vehicle charging systems.
When discharged, both can be recharged at high current levels.

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NUMMI

I read this in a newspaper article this weekend.

Tesla teaming with Toyota to build electric cars in Fremont (California).

This is what the article says

" Palo Alto- In a stunning announcement, Tesla Motors on Thursday said it will team up with Toyota Motor Corp. to build electric cars at the shuttered NUMMI auto factory in Fremont and plans to hire more than 1,000 workers for the venture. Vehicle production is set to begin in 2012.
The decision is a reversal of fortune for Fremont, which only weeks ago lost 4,700 jobs when Toyota halted production of cars and trucks at the only vehicle plant in California. "We will be purchasing the NUMMI plant and making the Model S and other cars there" Elon Musk Tesla's chief executive officer. Musk was joined by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Toyota CEO Aldo Toyoda at Tesla's headquarters in Palo Alto.
"What we are witnessing today is a historic example of California's transition to a cleaner, greener and more prosperous future," the governor.

pick up a newspaper article if you want to read the rest.

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