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 Post subject: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:27 am 
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Shortly after I purchased my RAV4 2/17, I discovered that my GOM range was 70 miles, with regular or extended charge.
Members here said that that was normal, as the battery had degraded that much in three years & extended range would no add any range.
Now, almost four years later, my average GOM range is 75 miles.
It seems odd that the battery would degrade 20% in the first three years, and not at all the following three years. I was expecting the loss to be somewhat linear, rather than gaining 5 miles of range.
No loss of range in the last three years, and such a large degradation the first three years seems seems odd.
Is it possible my charging system is not working in the extended mode?
Thanks, Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:59 am 
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atzmark wrote:
Shortly after I purchased my RAV4 2/17, I discovered that my GOM range was 70 miles, with regular or extended charge.
Members here said that that was normal, as the battery had degraded that much in three years & extended range would no add any range.
Now, almost four years later, my average GOM range is 75 miles.
It seems odd that the battery would degrade 20% in the first three years, and not at all the following three years. I was expecting the loss to be somewhat linear, rather than gaining 5 miles of range.
No loss of range in the last three years, and such a large degradation the first three years seems seems odd.
Is it possible my charging system is not working in the extended mode?
Check the expected mileage after full charging, before starting which, disconnect for 5 minutes the 12 volt battery.


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:52 am 
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Alflash - Thanks for your reply. It appears your file shows information from the Toyota Techstream diagnostics.

Early on, the car was taken to Oxnard Toyota twice. Both times a "health check" was done. I was told there was no other diagnostic available for the car, there was no way to measure the capacity of the battery.

Basically, I was told there was no such thing as Toyota Techstream software, and the ONLY diagnostic for a RAV4 EV was the go/no go results of the "health check".

Since then, thanks to this forum and others, I've learned that is not true.

Any ideas on how to deal with this situation?

Thanks, Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:15 am 
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atzmark wrote:
Alflash - Thanks for your reply. It appears your file shows information from the Toyota Techstream diagnostics.
Early on, the car was taken to Oxnard Toyota twice. Both times a "health check" was done. I was told there was no other diagnostic available for the car, there was no way to measure the capacity of the battery.
Basically, I was told there was no such thing as Toyota Techstream software, and the ONLY diagnostic for a RAV4 EV was the go/no go results of the "health check".
Since then, thanks to this forum and others, I've learned that is not true.
Any ideas on how to deal with this situation?
Thanks, Mark
Ok, Mark.
Have you tried to do what is recommended above?

The dealer service station can, must make diagnostics using this program*
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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:39 am 
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Didn't see a reply button, so..

Unhooked the battery, got 123 mile range.

Thanks Alflash -

I'll do the battery disconnect as you described in the next day or two and get back to you with the results.

Both times when the car came back from the dealer, the range was 127 & 129 miles. Same when I replaced the 12 volt battery. Then it would decrease over a week or two to a max range of 65-70 miles, even with extended charge.

Remote diagnostics would be great. I purchased Techstream software and a Mini-Vci J2534 cable (Ebay), but the installation was beyond my skills. Plus I doubted my ability to even use/understand the program.

Thanks again for your help. The motor whine is getting louder, so when I take in in again, having diagnostic results would be great.

Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:50 pm 
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atzmark wrote:
Didn't see a reply button, so..
Unhooked the battery, got 123 mile range.
Thanks Alflash -
I'll do the battery disconnect as you described in the next day or two and get back to you with the results.
Both times when the car came back from the dealer, the range was 127 & 129 miles. Same when I replaced the 12 volt battery. Then it would decrease over a week or two to a max range of 65-70 miles, even with extended charge.
Remote diagnostics would be great. I purchased Techstream software and a Mini-Vci J2534 cable (Ebay), but the installation was beyond my skills. Plus I doubted my ability to even use/understand the program.
Thanks again for your help. The motor whine is getting louder, so when I take in in again, having diagnostic results would be great.
Mark

The "range" you are talking about takes into account not only the condition of the battery, but also your driving style.
Show such data about the economy of your movement
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MY of yours Car (maybe better VIN-code in p.m.)?


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:23 am 
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Alflash - Great info.

2013 Year
Vin 2T3YL4DV5DW001654

I've learned the GOM is just that...80+ mph doesn't get me a lot of range.

Thanks again for your help. Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:38 pm 
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80+ MPH won't get you a lot of range in a gasoline or diesel vehicle, either.

It takes a LOT more energy to push a shoebox at 80 than 60. I'd say the GOM is giving you reasonably accurate information, if you routinely drive around 80.

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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:14 pm 
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Thanks for your reply Al. Great reply to my last post.

One of the frustrating things about this board is that you can ask a specific question, and you get lots of answers that don't address or answer the question.

My original post ask this question: "It seems odd that the battery would degrade 20% in the first three years, and not at all the following three years. I was expecting the loss to be somewhat linear, rather than gaining 5 miles of range."

No one has answered the question. I thought that the the degradation stopping for three years might indicate a charging problem.

Any answers to the above question would be appreciated.

Thanks, Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Degradation / Extended Charge
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:09 pm 
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atzmark wrote:
Shortly after I purchased my RAV4 2/17, I discovered that my GOM range was 70 miles, with regular or extended charge.
Members here said that that was normal, as the battery had degraded that much in three years & extended range would no add any range.
Now, almost four years later, my average GOM range is 75 miles.
It seems odd that the battery would degrade 20% in the first three years, and not at all the following three years.


I think there's two questions there.

1) Extended Charge selection adds no range to the GOM
Assuming that the headroom of the battery when new -- that is, the amount of battery that was not being used, the unused capacity held in reserve, unable to be used -- was 20 miles or 7kWh or whatever (there's a more accurate number, but I didn't buy my RAV4 EV new and I'm too lazy to look it up), and assuming that the Extended Charge allowed one to use say 15 miles of that headroom . . .

As the battery wears/degrades, the software hides this from us by showing us the same 15+ miles for an Extended Charge, until wear = the headroom above Extended Charge (15 miles in my above example).

Using my WAG numbers above, the battery capacity would only have to be reduced by 5 miles (2kWh?) before Extended Charge starts to yield less & less. At 20 miles (7kWh?) there is no difference between Normal & Extended because the BMS won't allow a higher charge. That's where you were sometime after Feb2017, when the vehicle was n years old and had nnk miles on it. Not knowing how many miles, it would be a bad guess as to whether this was normal for your battery pack at that time.

2) Battery degrades at uneven rate (as extrapolated by the GOM numbers)
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It seems odd that the battery would degrade 20% in the first three years, and not at all the following three years.


I don't know the conditions under which the vehicle was operated before you got it, but there are ways to accelerate battery wear. You may be treating it better, and the result is a lower rate of wear. Impossible for anyone to know from this side of the screen, and I think that's why you're not getting a concretely worded reply to your question.

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My own experience so far: bought a 2014 used with 49k in Aug2017 (three years ago). Drove 15k/year commuting, a mix of low and high (65 MPH) driving. No noticeable diminishment of GOM mileage guess from 49k to ~79k, when I had a battery pack (contactor) failure, and the pack was replaced. New pack has around 10k on it, and started out around 10 miles less range, which has not changed in the past ten months. It's at 90k now.

That's only one data point, but I would not be surprised to hear others have similar experiences. These packs are durable -- in a convo with Tony, he said he'd never seen a bad cell in a RAV4 pack, and he works on a lot of 'em. Contactors, yes, common issue, but not cells.

HTH

[later: Oh, non-specific replies to questions is par -- normal -- for all internet discussion boards. Frustrating, but normal. You can't do anything about it, unless you become a Moderator. BTDT, and it's generally unrewarding. The URL in my sig is my own board, where I am Gawd, when I choose to exercise the effort.]

[still later]
Information on Tesla battery pack wear rates, going back years:
https://electrek.co/2020/06/12/tesla-data-battery-degradation-limited-mileage-packs-equal/

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2014 Rav4 EV, Shoreline Blue Pearl, #2609, first use 04Jun2014, 49k miles (Aug2017), OpenEVSE 40A. First DU replacement May2018 59k.
2018 Model 3 LR AWD, blue. 9.6kw solar
1999 E300 on B100 (sold Sep2018)
http://nissandiesel.dyndns.org


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