Plug-In owner gift suggestions

Discussion in 'General' started by Domenick, Dec 7, 2018.

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  1. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Hey all. I've been asked to write up a piece like, "10 Gifts For The EV Lover In Your Life."

    I figure a bunch of you may have some suggestions, so let's go: what would you like to see under the tree this year (besides, of course, a new car)?

    Looking for all sorts of prices, maybe EV accessories or maybe some other electric vehicle like a bike.

    Heck, maybe you can show the article to your significant other as a hint. :)

    Let 'er rip!
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  3. Robert_Alabama

    Robert_Alabama Well-Known Member

    I'll throw out a start...

    Pretty much anything solar or wind powered (toy/novelty/camping/whatever)
    Model or ornament of the EV owned
    Level 2 charger if anyone really wants more than Level 1
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  4. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    One of these Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitors would be a nice low-end gift.

    Amazon has a variety of Charging Station Accessories.

    Ebay is a good place to look for scale models, but the only PHEV I could find there was this Chevy Volt. There are lots of diecast Teslas on ebay.

    A higher-end scale model (one I bought for myself) is DNA Collectibles' really nice 1:18 scale model of the Honda Urban EV Concept.

    Here's a cheap, yet impressive for those who know electricity, gag gift for a Clarity owner: The big 175-amp fuse that protects the charging system/battery. I had to order one for about $15 from my local Honda dealer just so I could see it without removing it from my Clarity.

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  5. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Those are some excellent suggestions! Am adding to my little list.

    That Honda, though...OMG it's beautiful!
  6. MPower

    MPower Well-Known Member

    You might like a rechargeable solar flashlight for the car. You could charge itnfrom the USB port or by laying it on the dasboard on a sunny day. I particularly recommend it for parents of young children. Kids love to play with flashlights and then leave them on so that when they are needed the battery is dead or they just run through batteries faster than a Clarity on ECON going up Mount Washington.
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  8. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    My wish:
    1. Service department level, OBD software built into each vehicle and service manuals.
    2. Recording to USB stick of owner specified, OBD-like metrics, GPS stamped, and/or camera/sensors.
    3. Open technical specs on battery and management system so 3d parties can build battery replacement and upgrade systems.
      • physical dimensions
      • electrical and cooling interfaces
      • management interfaces following ISO 7-layers
    I am OK if these are released to the owner's car after the warranty ends.

    Bob Wilson
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  9. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

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  10. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    Dash cam. I guess that's for any car owner. In the first month owning my Clarity. Someone backed into the front end of my new car! Because I had no dash cam installed, my insurance adjuster warned me that if the other party lies, and she said lying is sadly common in her experience, it could be ruled my fault for rear-ending them. Luckily, the other party was honest but I still installed dash cams in all my cars immediately after that experience.
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  11. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    A know a lot of electric cars have lead-acid batteries, though I'm a bit fuzzy on if this would work for them. It's got so many other features, though, it's a neat idea.
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  13. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Yup, dash cam is an awesome gift.
  14. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

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  15. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

    The small 12 volt lead-acid battery in most EVs and PHEVs energizes the main battery when the starter button is pushed. The main battery actually "starts" the vehicle, but it's off for safety reasons when the car is off. If the small lead-acid battery goes dead, this NOCO Genius hooked up to that battery is all you need to get going.
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  16. Candice

    Candice Active Member

    How about a subscription to InsideEVs
  17. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Ha! I love this suggestion, though I may be biased.
  18. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    1 A super warm pair of winter gloves to extend their range by not having to run the heater as much.
    2 An accurate tire pressure gauge for their low rolling resistance tires. I recommend the Longacre brand
    3 A link (if your a cheapskate) or better yet, a subscription to insideevforum.
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  19. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    The glove idea is great. Though, a lot of people have heated steering wheels, which is a suggested range saver over blasting more warm air in the cabin.

    Quality tire pressure gauge is a solid idea.

    We are hoping the list will be picked up by a larger kind of site so, as much as I like the subscription idea, I worry it will be too self-serving. Will discuss with the other editors, though.
  20. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    We have some really great relatively affordable choices here. Just want to mention a few more upscale ideas are fine too. I'm already thinking about an electric bicycle or scooter (something much better than the ones littering the streets of so many cities right now).
  21. Claire Green

    Claire Green Member

    rubber mat for under gearshift console cubicle
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  22. Ray B

    Ray B Active Member

    One of my useful purchases is a magnetic USB cable ( which makes it very quick and easy to link and unlink when getting in and out of the car. Two inconveniences is the length is way too long, so I leave it with the original tie in place, which keeps it tucked out of the way. Also the link only seems to work in one direction (not reversible), so I just have to link the same way every time.
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  23. Breezy

    Breezy Member

    An OBD reader so we can see codes and get more car info (not sure of technical terms here)
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