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by GadgetGav
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: A few questions
Replies: 3
Views: 3873

Re: A few questions

I think what looks like a camera in the area behind the rear view mirror is used for the rain sensing wipers, but High Beam Assist and Road Sign Assist probably use it too. (My SEL doesn't have those options).
I expect they put common hardware in and use it for multiple functions.
by GadgetGav
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: How does the motor/accelerator pedal work?
Replies: 4
Views: 3978

Re: How does the motor/accelerator pedal work?

EV drivetrains use AC induction motors, first invented by Nikola Tesla (hence Musk's company's name). There are no permanent magnets - instead the rotor sits in a ring of electromagnets. The speed with which the rotor rotates is determined by the frequency of the AC supplied to the electromagnets (h...
by GadgetGav
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Brake Energy Recuperation aka Regenerative Braking Wears Out Brake Pads?
Replies: 12
Views: 8641

Re: Brake Energy Recuperation aka Regenerative Braking Wears Out Brake Pads?

To answer the OP, I bet the salesperson is confusing the fact that the brake *lights* come on when using B and you lift off the accelerator. In a modern EV, that doesn't mean the friction brakes have been applied, just that the regen is enough that it will appear to the car behind that the brakes ha...
by GadgetGav
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: General / Main e-Golf Owners Forum
Topic: Coasting
Replies: 14
Views: 9081

Re: Coasting

I have a technical question about coasting. A coil of wire moving in a magnet is going to generate electricity, so if it's not being used to recharge the batteries, where would it go? I'm pretty sure that if it was just being dumped somewhere (like into a big resistor) there would still be drag gene...
by GadgetGav
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General / Main e-Golf Owners Forum
Topic: Accidents and lease returns ? and buyout for that matter
Replies: 12
Views: 8903

Re: Accidents and lease returns ? and buyout for that matter

I got T-boned in my 2015. No airbags either but they ended up replacing both door skins and the entire passenger side panel because the whole panel was only $50 more than the rear quarter panel. All the work was done at a VW approved shop and paid for by the other party. When it was done you really ...
by GadgetGav
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Charging fault, charging port locked and won't let go
Replies: 130
Views: 133813

Re: Charging fault, charging port locked and won't let go

I have to say, this is one big improvement on the 2107 model. I just changed from my 2015 to a 2017 and the unlocking of the charge cable is much more reliable. I often had to manually shut off the charger and then re-unlock the car, sometimes many times, to get the light to go out and the charger t...
by GadgetGav
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: General / Main e-Golf Owners Forum
Topic: Sticky tires on the E-golf, my report
Replies: 9
Views: 6338

Re: Sticky tires on the E-golf, my report

I just finished the lease on my 2015 SEL and rolled over into a 2017 SEL lease. One thing I noticed at the new car pick up was that the brand of tire had changed. I can't remember now what the new one has, but I remember it being different. Of course, they're still skinny, low rolling resistance tir...
by GadgetGav
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: General / Main e-Golf Owners Forum
Topic: 2017/2018 with digital dash ?
Replies: 15
Views: 12814

Re: 2017/2018 with digital dash ?

I know I'm the other side of the country, but Minuteman VW in Bedford MA has one SEL with the Driver Assistance Package listed as being in their inventory. It has no picture, so it may still be on the ship, not actually on the lot. I might go and check it out, but it's got the beige interior which I...
by GadgetGav
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:17 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Key Fob Battery Life
Replies: 64
Views: 57225

Re: Key Fob Battery Life

I just started getting the warning on my primary key after just less than 18 months and just under 10,000 miles.
I'm going to switch to the other key and see if that has more juice left in it.
by GadgetGav
Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Local / Regional Discussions
Topic: Is charging the eGolf at ChargePoint locations free?
Replies: 19
Views: 17153

Re: Is charging the eGolf at ChargePoint locations free?

A point to consider is that the app has reported that a charge station is free even though it's not (and even indicated station that existed that do not). I would not rely on the app for a critical charge need without visual confirmation (or whatever level you are comfortable). I try to check out s...

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