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  1. I also question why vehicle technology that exists "elsewhere" does not exist in this country. FYI my Hybrid vehicle does have an internal hybrid battery heater that is connected to the engine block heater setup. This setup ran thru the 2005 model year into the early 2008 model production. It is possible for TD to convert his vehicle to have this set up. BUT, who everdoes it needs to know what they are doing due to the existing 330V in the hybrid battery pack. The comment about cold start after work makes me wonder if someone can hookup their protable power pack to the vehicle's engine block heater and run this 30 minutes prior to leaving work?
  2. Morning Billy Not sure what you mean because the Feds offer upto $50,00 per e85 Install..(they was raised last year up from $30,000)..Feds are doing there part I am far more disappointed in the Ethanol Industry that always gave E85 Lip Service while they were instead pushing ethanol as a additive It wasn't until about 6 months ago the Industry finally started taking E85 and other high blends serious ..and that was only because they feared not getting another additive blend Looks like Growth Energy has decided to be the leader in getting high blend moving ..RFA still has it's head stuck in thousand..if they don't get E15 they will blame everyone but themselves for not having built out Anyway getting off topic.. Billy they ARE hacking the OEM.. They say it is tricky ..but they are doing it... and arranges for the hybrid system to use more (or only) electricity and less (or no) gasoline for propulsion until the battery is mostly depleted. This last bit is the tricky part, as the control systems of all current hybrid vehicles are proprietary and not designed to function in this manner They are running the OEM Battery (as well as any additional battery capacity thy add on) until it is almost depleted.. Just because OEM is "designed" a certain way does not mean it cant be reversed engineered.. People change OEM on vehicles since day one.. it's is just an electrical system with some code.. plenty of smart people will take it apart and figure ways of by passing or enhancing OEM Jane and Joe SixPack do not have the financial capabilities to obtain third party vendor hardware and software changes for their vehicles. The cheapest current hack is going to cost around $10,000.00 and this is for the Prius. I am not aware of any third party vendor only using the existing OEM hybrid battery for this purpose. My interpretion of this thread's post is all hybrid owners can obtain a software hack on e-bay for DIY project. That is not the case. As for ramping up E-85 pumps, which Federal politicians or agencies are pushing this forward and talking about this on a regular basis? It sure like heck can't be the EPA.
  3. I have been aware of third party vendor hacks into the hybrid system since early 2008 when I read of Hymotion -still does not have a retail version of a Escape PHEV-and Hybrid-Plus-now EEtrex-. Both of these system replace the current stock OEM hybrid battery with one of their own design. There is a significant cost for this with EETrex listing at over $30,000.00 This is not what was previously posted (my interpretion) in this thread in that software hacks would be available on internet for your stock OEM hybrid battery. The price tag ($10,000+) for the Prius Hymotion retail version is going to be a tough sell for Joe and Jane SixPack. What is Toyota going to charge for their PHEV Prius in year 2011/2012 and how much more is this going to be over the standard Prius hybrid? As for the price premium with hybrid vehicles purchases, one can make a case for or against this depending upon a variety of factors including what the future might bring. I quite disappointed with the EPA and Federal Government in that one reads and feels there is little or no interest with quickly increasing the number of E85 pumps in this country.
  4. As a current hybrid owner, I feel like adding my two cents here. 1. Hacking the software that limits the "usable" range of the hybrid battery pack---"from other websites"--I have read of owners asking how to hack the software that limits the amount of usable battery power. I have yet to read or hear any "Joe or Jane Sixpack" being able to defeat the vehicle's software. My hybrid has been sold to the general public since August 2004. If it hasn't been hacked by now, what are the chances it will be in the future? This isn't Microsoft software code that is utilized. Am I interested in hacking the software? No. By the way, my hybrid's normal range of usage hybrid battery pack is from 40-53%! When the state of charge drops to 40%, the engine kicks on the generator MG1 and recharges the hybrid battery pack until it reaches 53% and MG1 will then stop unless the vehicle goes into EV before then. Braking will recharge the hybrid battery pack via MG2 and the vehicle will attempt to maintain a 53% state of charge. 2. Volt will require the use of premium fuel--Isn't this where ethanol splash blending at the 20% value will save the owners a buck and make for a cleaner engine? I will stop for now as I posted a long enough reply.
  5. A higher up at Ford stated last YEAR it is ok to run E15 in our vehicles. This has been posted previously at this site. Her first name is Susan C......
  6. This isn't change you can believe in. >
  7. This is the E85 pumps at Sheetz. I have been to the Sheetz in Robison Twp and Monroeville. The Wexford E85 pump is between 26 and 27 miles away from my home so I carry one or two red jerry cans home filled for splash blending/mixing at home. I need a closer E85 pump before spending for a conversion kit.
  8. Is Outlaw asking for a post of this Renew blender pump?
  9. This is the Renew blender pump: I do not know how much easier a blender pump can be made. :'(
  10. Stopped at the Wexford GetGo and was stunned by the pricing. For the first time ever, the station's E85 price was not a dime less than E10. Today it was $2.35 verse the E10 price of $2.67. I glad I had my Five gallon Jerry Can to fill up.
  11. Did you "notice" this: -GM spokesman Alan Adler says E85 needs to be 20 to 25 percent cheaper than gasoline to make up for the fact that you have to fill up more often. Isn't the new 2011 Regal's E85 mpg identical to E10? :
  12. The Sheetz store in Gibsonia has never carried E85. You can find E85 at the Sheetz store in Robison Twp-near the airport--in Monoreville and in the South Hills. The GetGo station in Wexford is no more than 10 miles from the Sheetz store in Gibsonia. This GetGo station has terrible pricing-10 cents less for E85 than E10 regardless of price. I have recently found the Sunoco Station on the Turnpike at Oakmount has terrific E85 price spreads of over 20% but...you have to get onto the Pa Turnpike to access this station. There is no E85 pumps in Butler County where I live despite this location being the hub of Federal-State and County governmental centers. This is why I haven't yet purchased an E85 conversion kit.
  13. Billyk

    E85 Map

    This link: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114795702092705781866.0004506e7cf3ae206a7c0 provides locations of blender pumps. It includes the Renew locations in Wisconsin that have E10-E20 and E85. I have to admit this is only from my experience of visiting two Renew locations.
  14. Can anyone figure out the energy cost for the Canadian Tar Fields-source of our largest imported oil- when they use 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day! This doesn't include the excessive water useage or other environmental issues. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabasca_oil_sands
  15. Is the poll "rigged"? It still does not show any votes for E85.
  16. Solution? Blender pumps. Problem? Money or lack of it for installing blender pumps.
  17. Then there is the question of LRR tires compared to the non-low rolling resistance (LRR) tires. Continential has come out with their verison of LRR "ProContact EcoPlus" tires that "can" save 4% over non-LRR tires. Link: http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/us/en/continental/automobile/themes/car_tires/passenger_coupe_minivan/pro_contact_eco/procontact_eco_en.html
  18. I believe Ford will be moving to or offerring the second generation EcoBoost engine (BobCat) that uses both E85 and E10. There is no current second fuel tank on the existing 2010 Ford EcoBoost vehicles. This link: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/pdfs/merit_review_2008/fuels/merit08_aagarwal.pdf is a 22 slide power point display about the Future BobCat EcoBoost Engine. It does not contain "specific" Ford details. Slide 7 provides an potential fuel saving when compared to the "normal" FFV and GTDI.
  19. The University of Wisconsin (Madison) was in on this research. From what I remember from the article (several years ago), the cost to produce this was equivalent to oil at $75.00 a barrel. I do not know if this is accurate today.
  20. I'm another one that splash blends a mixture of E20-E30 as often as I can. I will drive the nearly 27 miles to the nearest E85 pump and fill a red jerry can to take home. I find the E20-25 blends almost identical to E10 and frequently to E0 in regards to mileage (mpg). In fact, I swear there is a learning and "leaning" effect that occurs with continuous splash blending at least in my vehicle.
  21. This is where the pro-ethanol Federal Politicians need to show a backbone and deliever what needs to be done.
  22. The moderator of this site reminded us to remember active duty military members and Veterans this Memorial Day. I attended the local Memorial Day parade: What you won't see at your local parade is this: http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff26/Billyk24/BantammultiplephotosLargee-mailview.jpg[/img] Photos of the military's first 4x4 1/4 ton Jeep that was created in 49 days! in Southwestern Pa. It was delievered to Camp Holibrad (Balitmore) in September 1940 and immediately was a smash hit. In brief, the story: http://www.allpar.com/history/bantam-jeep.html http://wmspear.com/Bantam/recon.html
  23. Susan Cischke, Ford's group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering sent a letter to Jeff Broin of Poet Ethanol last March saying E15 is ok with Ford Vehicles. http://www.kiplinger.com/businessresource/forecast/archive/ford_endorses_boosting_ethanol_blend_090305.html
  24. I will post the results of my 05 Hybrid that has a narrowband O2 sensor. I believe in summer like weather I will find "fast" results. I arrived at the local YMCA at 5:25am today-5/28/10 for my early AM workout. At 6:30am I restarted my vehicle, immediately put it in reverse, a few seconds later put it into "d" and my scanguage immediately reported "closed loop".
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