Wednesday, November 04, 2020

The Queen’s Park Totem Pole

Today, we returned to Queen's Park for a bit of a walk and to put a bit more electricity into Kimchi, our EV. When we were away last winter, I was unsure what would happen when we left the car unattended for five months. The Hyundai Kona Electric's owner's manual suggested charging to 100% if leaving it for an extended period of time. 

Some folks new to EVs go on the Internet and read out-of-date information saying that an EV should generally be left with a charge of between 20% and 80% for maximum battery life.  In current electric vehicles, this is unnecessary. My car has industrial-strength battery cells with robust battery-management software.  Even the experiences of Nissan Leaf owners show that some of the original batteries will still be useable for well over 20 years.  The current technology should top that.  I plan on keeping my car for only about ten years. My next car will likely be my last car. Therefore, by 2030, I'm hoping that fully-autonomous driving will mean I never have to give up car ownership.

When we returned at the end of March 2020, after five months of sitting, my car's battery was still sitting at a 98-99% charge. The small battery for the AC and accessories is automatically topped up from its main battery. However, I guess I didn't need to worry about coming back to a flat main battery!   This time, I'm not nervous about only keeping my battery at around 85% for its extended storage. It only took 20 minutes to go from 69% to 90% at the DC charger while we completed our little walk.  I'll have a bit of extra charge for some errands tomorrow.

We walked to the Centennial Hall and back in the park. Near the New Westminster Art Gallery, there's a totem pole. It dates from the year 1967. At the time, one pole in New Westminster and three in neighbouring cities were commissioned. A local newspaper organized sponsorship and shareholders received certificates for one inch of the donated cedar logs. This totem pole has held up well as it's hardly aged as much as I have in its intervening 53 years.
  At Centennial Hall


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