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Reclaiming lost recuperation

One of the most important features of an electric car is its ability to capture kinetic energy by converting it back to electric energy via recuperation. (Why many electric scooters being sold still lack this feature remains a mystery to me) Only with recuperation can a TWIKE be one of the most economical electric vehicles […]

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Post-TDE2017 TLC for TW560 (Part 3/3)

Finally, after being very busy, I’m able to conclude TDE2017‘s TLC for TW560. After ~30’000km driven since I bought the new pack, I figured it would be time to see how the cells were doing and balance the pack to restore its full capacity. Unlike my last pack that just had 15 balancer ports, this […]

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Post-TDE2017 TLC for TW560 (Part 2/3)

With part 1/3 TW560 taken care of, it’s time to put my focus on two other issues: After just one day of constant wiper usage during a storm in Hungary, TW560’s acrylic windscreen is badly scratched and needs urgent attention. When the sun or lights from oncoming traffic hits the windscreen, I’m almost blind. Lots […]

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Post-TDE2017 TLC for TW560 (Part 1/3)

Unlike our many other yearly TWIKE adventures, TDE2017 took a heavy toll on TW560. Time to give TW560 some TLC and make TWIKEing great again! 🙂 First stop is at Andreas Martin’s Ksenotek, Switzerland’s newest TWIKE service partner in northern Switzerland. The 360° sphere below was created by me during TWIKE Klub Switzerland’s 2016 general […]

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TDE2017 – Day11: A last climb to 1675m & home sweet home!

Welcome to the last day of our trans-European TWIKE trip, TDE2017. Weather throughout the last few days has been more or less grey and cold. (or just plain horrible). With our roof on, we can brave more or less any kind of weather, but TWIKEing is definitely about the experience with the roof off – […]

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TDE2017 – Day 10: Salzburg and (finally) back to the Alps

I blame, yet again, post-midnight alcohol consumption for us not leaving early… Austria’s very drinkable white wine is just too tasty and chatting with members of my family just makes time fly by much too fast. We bid our farewells until October, where we all will, as every year, meet again in Styria. Driving out […]

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TDE2017 – Day 9: R&R in Linz

We stayed up until way after mid-night. I blame the very tasty white wine. 🙂 Our only drive-free day on this year’s TWIKE adventure is filled with feel-good activities and interesting stuff for my daughter. Exiting the building my uncle lives in, I chuckled at yet again a very Austrian name and the implications it […]

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TDE2017 – Day 8: Bye bye Vienna – hello Linz

Since yesterday’s evening lasted well into the early hours of today, we get up later than usual and have a slow breakfast with my family in Vienna. Eventually, we had to get back on the road to Linz. Fortunately, apart from being overcast, today’s weather was fine. We disconnect the TWIKE and start today’s 180km […]

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TDE2017 – Day 7: No fun!

Even with us both visualizing a sunny day today, we are greeted by heavy rain with interspersed snow flakes. YUK! After breakfast we leave Budapest on the motorway – we don’t like driving along smaller roads when it rains. Should the rain stop later on, we still can leave the motorway and go back to […]

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TDE2017 – Day 6: Hotel Intercontinental to the rescue!

Sun streaming into our room wakes us this morning and we enjoy a beautiful view of Balaton lake. Our breakfast remains in true style of this hotel’s left-over soviet groove: Both my daughter and I don’t feel like eating anything from the warm buffet – both the moltofil-like scrambled eggs and the barely fried bacon […]