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Gav's EV Conversion - Step 18 - The Inspection

Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! It's legal at last! Two tough inspections and a sea of paperwork later, the electric Mitsubishi Tredia is legally allowed on the road! I was as nervous as hell during the inspections but it turns out that it was all worth it as I now have a fully functioning, road-legal electric car! This episode begins with transporting the car up to Auckland City for the main Certification test, then transferring the car all the way back to New Plymouth for the Warrant of Fitness test. Once I had those tests under my belt and a WOF sticker on my windscreen, I could go to the post office and... well, get more forms to fill out. But once I'd filled THOSE out, I was given my registration sticker! Next step was to start my "Road User Charges" (another tax) and away we go - Time to hit the roads! I celebrated by taking the car out for it's first legal go-anywhere road trip! I even passed two gas stations, one of them might look familiar! As always, I welcome your comments and tips. But in the mean time, I'm off for another drive! ;) Cheers!


 


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Gav's EV Conversion 2 - Dismantling the Tredia
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I get to drive another EV!
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#3) Project ForkenSwift EV: first electric test drive
http://www.ForkenSwift.com - Officially, we're only at the battery rack building stage of the project. But while waiting to get a welder to finish the job, Spring Fever struck and against better judgment we piled 6 batteries into the car, hooked everything together and went up & down the street a bunch of times. (Oh - and by the way, if you enjoy spotting continuity errors in movies, you'll have a field day with this one!) Again, apologies for the video quality - 20 year-old video camera, makeshift way of getting the pics into the computer for editing. In case titles are hard to read, here they are: 1. a BIG ForkenSwift milestone 2. Officially... we're at the stage of the project where we're making battery racks. 3. The racks will hold four batteries up front, and four in the hatchback. 4. (Cardboard mockups - help figure out positioning and clearances.) 5. But while waiting for a welder to finish the trays... we got SPRING FEVER 6. and decided to "set up" (ahem) the car for a little test drive 7. Here's the forklift pot box, modified to talk nicely to the golf cart controller 8. Surplus forklift battery charger. 9. Umm... Don't try this at home. :-O 10. Darin's actual first drive ... 11. Shhhh... Listen... 12. Listen to this: unsolicited feedback from a guy fixing a car in his driveway... 13. "HEY - WHY'S YOUR CAR SO QUIET?" 14. " BULL$#!T ... REALLY ? " 15. " AWESOME! " 16. THAT WAS NOT MADE UP :-) 17. Ivan takes a spin. 18. Coming up: more comments from the peanut gallery, in ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 19. " Can you turn the muffler up a little bit, Ivan? " 20. An impromptu car show with the car repair guy and his friends ... --- Project ForkenSwift is an electric car conversion made using parts from a Suzuki Swift, Geo Metro, Baker electric forklift and a golf cart.





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