Thursday, January 14, 2010

In The Beginning

I started out in 2007 with a 1997 Solectria Force that had a dying AGM (lead/acid) battery pack. I replaced the thirteen 12 volt AGM's with thirteen new AGM batteries. The new batteries only lasted two years because I was using about 50% of their available energy to climb a 2,700' high, 16 mile long hill to get home. The leisurely 16 mile uphill drive took about 30 minutes. This was apparently too hard on the lead/acid batteries, even with a full charge.

In January of 2010 I removed the 884 pound lead battery pack and replaced it with a 350 pound LiFePO4 pack that has more available energy.