Full River Battery Charge #51: I have not purchased GAS since July 18th. 617 Miles.

September 17, 2011, Saturday: I drove another 20 miles on Friday. Since the conversion and driving daily, the EV truck has driven 617 miles without failure.  I have commutted to work daily and averaged 15 miles a day.  My evening charge averaged one and a half hours at 220VAC or 5 KWHR a night.  This is about 50 cents a day.  My first full PGE bill was higher by only 15 dollars/month.  My lifestyle or driving habits have not changed.  I still run errands during the day.  I have not purchased gas nor commuted in a gas vehicle since since July 18th.  100% reliable. The Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle arrived home yesterday with a state of charge was ~59% or 149 Volts. On Saturday, I started the automated charge with our PFC 30 Manzanita Micro Charger at 3:30 PM, at 28.4 Amps. Charger was completely automated and not manually adjusted during charge. Charger reduced current to zero at 5:50 PM. Total charge time was 2 hour and 20 minutes. Warm peak pack voltage, during bulk phase was 175.0V. 

Peak voltages near end of charge at 16Amps when regulating were:
Reg 1: 14.60V
Reg 2: 14.50V
Reg 3: 14.64V Highest
Reg 4: 14.21V
Reg 5: 14.50V
Reg 6: 14.50V
Reg 7: 14.49V
Reg 8: 14.36V
Reg 9: 14.05V Lowest note: This regulator did reach the high limit of 14.50 at the end of change, regulated, reset and the red LED is now off.
Reg10:14.49V
Reg11:14.50V
Reg12:14.38V
Today marks an accomplishment of 2 months straight commuting! 617 Miles. 100% Reliability! A shout out is shown below.  Cheers:)

Full River Battery Charge #50

September 15, 2011, Thursday: Today, I drove another 20.4 miles. Since the conversion and driving daily the EV truck has driven 596 miles without failure. 100% reliable. The Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle arrived home today with a state of charge was ~60% or 149.6 Volts. Started automated charge with our PFC 30 Manzanita Micro Charger at 7:55 PM, at 28.4 Amps.   Charger was completely automated and not manually adjusted during charge. Charger reduced current to zero at 9:58 PM. Total charge time was 2 hour and 3 minutes.  Warm peak pack voltage, absorption, was 175.0V.  I noticed the morning after the charge (Friday) that Regulator 9, for Full River batteries #15 and #16 in the circuit had the red light on.  The lower limits on the regulators is still the Manzanita Default setting. 

Base voltages read morning after the charge were:
Reg 1: 12.92V
Reg 2: 12.96V
Reg 3: 13.02V Highest
Reg 4: 12.89V
Reg 5: 12.91V
Reg 6: 12.93V
Reg 7: 12.98V
Reg 8: 12.96V
Reg 9: 12.86V Lowest. Rest of code: 09T 074F 09X COLD 09S 09 09MI 03.25V 09MA 14.8V 08V 6.49V
Reg10:12.89V
Reg11:12.92V
Reg12:12.91V
Expect the next Full Charge on Saturday will reset this Regulator.   The voltage is not abnormally low.

Full River Battery Charge #49

September 14, 2011, Wednesday: Today, I drove another 14.6 miles.  Since the conversion and driving daily the EV truck has driven is 576.4 miles without fa ailure. 100% reliable.  The Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle arrived home today with a state of charge was ~60% or 150 Volts. Started automated charge of the Full River DC-250 AGMs with our PFC 30 Manzanita Micro Charger at 5:57 PM, at 27.3 Amps:I checked back at 7:15 PM at 9 Amps. Regulators on the peak batteries were regulating. Battery pair data below:

Peak voltages read were:
Reg 1: 14.50V
Reg 2: 14.47V
Reg 3: 14.51V Highest
Reg 4: 14.50V
Reg 5: 14.50V
Reg 6: 14.50V
Reg 7: 14.49V
Reg 8: 14.13V Lowest
Reg 9: 14.15V
Reg10:14.21V
Reg11:14.16V
Reg12:14.18V
Warm peak pack voltage, absorption, was 175.0V.
Charger was completely automated and not manually adjusted during charge. Charger reduced current to zero at 7:55 PM. Total charge time was 1 hour and 58 minutes.

Full River Battery Charge #48

September 13, 2011, Tuesday: Today, I drove another 10.2 miles. The Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle arrived home with a state of charge was ~75% or 152 Volts. Started automated charge of the Full River DC-250 AGMs with our PFC 30 Manzanita Micro Charger at 6:30 PM, at 28 Amps:I checked back at 7:35 PM at 12.2 Amps. Regulators on the peak batteries were regulating.  Battery pair data below:

Peak voltages read were:
Reg 1: 14.63V
Reg 2: 14.50V
Reg 3: 14.82V
Reg 4: 14.42V
Reg 5: 14.34V
Reg 6: 14.48V
Reg 7: 14.70V Highest
Reg 8: 14.39V
Reg 9: 13.92V

Reg10:14.23V
Reg11:13.85V
Reg12:14.12V Lowest
Warm peak pack voltage, absorption, was 175.0V.
Charger was completely automated and not manually adjusted during charge. Charger reduced current to zero at 7:45PM. Total charge time was 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Total miles driven since the conversion is 561.8. 

Full River Battery Charge #47

September 12, 2011: Today,  I drove 12.6 miles round trip. The initial pack voltage prior to charge was 151.V ~ 65% state of charge.  At 6:55PM, I began charging with the Manzanita Micro PFC 30 charge at 27 amps.   Charge completed at  8:45 PM. Total charge time was 1 hour and 50 minutes.    I have driven 551.6 total miles since July 18th.  EV Ranger has been 100% reliable.

Full River Battery Charge #46

September 11, 2011: Today,  Mike Gordon visited with his Ford Ranger to look at our Ford Ranger EV.  The initial pack voltage prior to charge was 152.V ~ 69% state of charge.  I started the charge when he arrived at 2PM.  I began charging with the Manzanita Micro PFC 30 charge at 27 amps.   At 3:00 PM, I checked back and the current was at 14.0 Amps and the corresponding pair of 6 volt Full River batteries were at:
1) 14.50v
2) 14.47v  
3) 14.79v Highest
4) 14.50v
5) 14.37v
6) 14.43v
7) 14.52v
8) 14.16v
9) 14.00v Lowest
10) 14.10v
11) 14.39v
12) 14.48v

Charge completed at  3:28 PM. Total charge time was 1 hour and 28 minutes. Then, I drove 2 miles with Mike Gordon. Total miles since July 18th are 539 miles with no problems.  Mike showed me his Ranger.  Mike did an excellent job making a completely automated hydraulic bed lift.  Photo shown above.  Thanks for visiting and best wishes on your conversion.

Full River Battery Charge #45

September 9, 2011: This morning, I charged after returning from downtown Portland last night OEVA meeting (16 miles).   At 6:30AM, I began charging with the Manzanita Micro PFC 30 charge at 27.8 amps.   The initial pack voltage prior to charge was 152.3V ~ 70% state of charge.  At 7:45 AM, I checked back and the current was at 26.0 Amps and the corresponding pair of 6 volt Full River batteries were at:
1) 14.34v
2) 14.53v  Highest
3) 14.27v
4) 14.34v
5) 14.50v
6) 14.50v
7) 14.29v
8) 14.16v
9) 13.97v Lowest
10) 14.00v
11) 14.16v
12) 14.12v
Charge completed at 8:00 PM. Total charge time was 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Then, I drove 10 miles to work and back.  Total miles since July 18th are 537 miles with no problems.

Battery Charge #44 Downtown Portland to OEVA Meeting 524 Total Miles

September 8, 2011: Today, I drove another 32 miles round trip to OEVA meeting at The PGE World Trade Center in Portland Oregon. To date, this Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle has driven 524 miles with 100% reliability and no problems.  I reached downtown at 5:50 PM with the pack at 149.3 V 55% State of Charge (16 miles on Barber BLVD) .  Began charging with their 220V outlet at 25 amps.  Charge completed at  8:45PM to a warm pack voltage of 175 V.  Total charge time was 2 hour and 45 minutes.    Some pictures are below at the OEVA meeting.   I have to confess I used my insurance’s roadside assistance “I LOCKED MY KEYS IN  THE TRUCK AT THE MEETING!”  How embrassing.   Oh well, again, the EV truck has had no problems. Just me. :)   After the meeting I took the I-5 home and up the Terwilliger Curves.   My top speed during the drive was 75MPH.

Battery Charge #43

September 7, 2011: Today, I drove another 14 miles. To date, this Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle has driven 492 miles with 100% reliability and no problems. It averages 5 KWHR charge per night for 1 hour and 40 minutes. I arrived home tonight with a state of charge was 72% or 151.0 Volts. Started automated charge of the Full River DC-250 AGMs with our PFC 30 Manzanita Micro Charger at 6:30 PM, at 24 Amps (outside temp was 86F): At 8:15 PM at 14 Amps, the Manzanita Micro blue light started blinking and the pack reached 169.1V. Regulators on the peak batteries started regulating. 

Peak voltages read were:
Reg 1: 14.68V Highest
Reg 2: 14.42V
Reg 3: 14.66V
Reg 4: 14.34V
Reg 5: 14.16V
Reg 6: 14.43V
Reg 7: 14.49V
Reg 8: 14.36V
Reg 9: 14.15V 
Reg10:14.52V
Reg11:14.01V Lowest
Reg12:14.18V
Warm peak pack voltage, absorption, was 175.0V.
Charger was completely automated and not manually adjusted during charge. Charger reduced current to zero at 8:45 PM. Total charge time was 2 hour and 15  minutes.

Battery Charge #42, 476 Miles 100% reliability

September 6, 2011: Today, I drove another 15 miles. To date, this Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle has driven 476 miles with 100% reliability and no problems.  It averages 5 KWHR charge per night for 1 hour and 40 minutes. I arrived home tonight with a state of charge was 73% or 151.3 Volts. Started automated charge of the Full River DC-250 AGMs with our PFC 30 Manzanita Micro Charger at 6:40 PM, at 26 Amps (outside temp was 85F):  At 8:10 PM at 21 Amps, the Manzanita Micro blue light started blinking and the pack reached 169.1V.  Regulators on the peak batteries started regulating.

Peak voltages read were:
Reg 1: 14.52V

Reg 2: 14.11V Lowest
Reg 3: 14.64V
Reg 4: 14.31V
Reg 5: 14.18V
Reg 6: 14.33V
Reg 7: 14.49V
Reg 8: 14.26V
Reg 9: 14.44V

Reg10:14.75V Highest
Reg11:14.21V
Reg12:14.48V
Warm peak pack voltage, absorption, was 175.0V.
Charger was completely automated and not manually adjusted during charge. Charger reduced current to zero at 8:50 PM. Total charge time was 2 hour and 10 minutes.