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  1. Yes, there's nothing wrong with tried and tested older technology - as long as it works! There's a company over here in the UK that have developed a lithium ion battery powered quad bike, which looks brilliant. The only problem is I could buy four Honda ATVs for the same price. I know gas is getting expensive, but even so it would take a long time to recoup that price difference! What I'd really like to do is find someone else reasonably local who also as an E1, so that we could compare notes and maybe I could try theirs out. At the moment they're rather thin on the ground in these parts though.
  2. It's certainly a steep learning curve for repair shops used to dealing with petrol engines! The other thing that can impact on performance with electric vehicles is if the cables are not well connected, or there's corrosion in the terminals. I've got a couple of books on converting ICE cars to electric, as I'm thinking about doing that to my classic Alfa Romeo. I just need to find time to read them properly, then identify all the various components in the UTV and test them one by one!
  3. I always assumed 45 miles was optimistic, but 5 miles isn't really good enough for anything! All but one of the batteries on mine have been replaced now, and I haven't had a recurrence of the 45c3 error in the past few days. I've not been pushing it that hard though - need to go for a long run and then try a hill. It's frustrating, because it could be such a good little buggy for what I need, if it would just work as advertised.
  4. Still working on a solution. It's back in the dealer's workshop now. Apparently of the original eight batteries, four had dead cells and were replaced the last time it was in. Their testing kit depletes the battery completely, so the process of testing them is quite time-consuming! Testing the voltage won't tell you all that much about the batteries, you really need to do a load test. I am no expert though. Incidentally, my buggy throws up the 4C53 error even when the power meter is showing full. I've never had it show anything less than one bar off full charge, and I wonder if that might be part of the problem. I was told to plug in and recharge at the end of each day's use, but often that was only a few miles. Deep cycle batteries are designed to be drained, and get more efficient after they've been cycled a few tens of times. Mine have never had that kind of use because at least one has been faulty. A shame that the Canadian distributor isn't being helpful. The batteries are made by a Canadian firm (albeit in China like everything else!), so you'd think they'd be more helpful. I'll post updates here if I have any. Good luck getting yours sorted.
  5. Thanks. That's useful information. Mine has always struggled with hills, and I was worried that was just the way the buggies worked. I thought my dealer had already replaced all the batteries, but I'll check with them about that. They've certainly replaced some of them.
  6. I have a HiSun Vector E1 (as they're called here in the UK) and have been running it for about a year now. It has an annoying problem that my dealer has not yet managed to fix. On a full charge, at the start of the day, it works fine - albeit not the quickest machine in the world. I use it on my hill farm here in Scotland, and it has to climb a bit, although nothing that would leave you out of breath walking. The E1 copes with these hills no problem, until it's done about four or five miles, then it starts to struggle noticeably, and throws of the 4C53 error on the dashboard readout - low voltage according to the manual. Sometimes it does this even while the charge level indicator is showing a full charge. It's been back to the dealers twice now, and they've replaced all of the batteries. I've emailed the UK distributor for HiSun in the hope of an answer, but as yet have had no response. My dealer is trying to get an answer from them too, before taking the machine back to try and fix it again. Meantime I can only use it for a short while each day. I'm no electrician, so has anyone on here any idea what might be going on? It seems that it is struggling to draw enough power from the battery pack going uphill, leading to a voltage drop that trips the error code. But if that's the case, then the E1 is surely not fit for purpose.
  7. I have a Vector E1 (as they're called in the UK), and it's good, but I can't wholeheartedly recommend them. They're underpowered and mine certainly struggles on the hills around where I live (Fife, Scotland, so hills, not mountains). One particularly annoying thing is that after about four or five miles of use, the slightest hill has the screen throwing up a 'low voltage' error as the batteries can't seem to supply enough power. After about ten miles it just gives up altogether, even though the battery charge indicator on the dash is showing full or one bar off full. It's been back to the dealer twice, and had the whole battery array replaced, but it still does it. Now waiting for advice from the UK importers before it goes back a third time. It's also go more grease points than is entirely reasonable, and is quite difficult to clean effectively if it gets muddy. The lack of front mudguards means it throws mud (and cowpats - this is a livestock farm!) at you. I've asked about the full cab kit for it, but have yet to be given a price let alone availability. Meantime some DIY rubber mudflaps help, but why not an option to start with? On the plus side, it's wonderfully quiet and does pretty much everything I need it to do - when it works!

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