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Gav's EV Conversion - Step 18 - The Inspection

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 - 19 - Frequently Asked Questions
Now that the conversion's complete I thought I'd tackle all those questions I get through my inbox. The questions answered in this video are the most common I get asked on almost a daily basis by people at supermarkets, on the street or by email. I'm sure many of you have the same questions too, so on with the video! For all the other technical questions, check out my FAQ page or my Tech Specs page at www.KiwiEV.com I admit, it's not a terribly exciting video compared to the others, but it's important for anyone using my conversion as a platform for their own.





Gav's EV Conversion - Step 17 - The Charging System
The car's finally ready for the big inspection! After some initial hiccups, my recharging system is now up and running using 13 individual chargers and one 32-pin plug (I'm only using 28 of the pins though). As well as finally getting the charging system going, I've also installed a splash-guard under the motor and installed the ventilation ducting. Everything went well and each battery is charging as it should with no noticeable voltage-drop through the recharging cables either! A car transporter will arrive in a few days to collect the Tredia and take it up to Auckland where I'll meet it for the big test! Let's hope it passes! (I'll need everyone to cross their fingers) Next video coming soon!





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Opel Agila Electric Conversion 20Kw part 2 Homemade controller
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Gav's EV Conversion - 23 - Living with an EV 4 (1 of 2)
It's been a while but the Tredia's still kicking gas! In the last six months the car's passed the 5000 kilometre mark without a single drop of gasoline. I also interview three other EV converters, and we finally get insulation and a heat pump (reverse cycle air conditioner thingy) installed in our icebox of a house! It's nice and warm now that's for sure. The United States government has taken a jump to the left, and a step to the ri-i-i-ight has occured for New Zealand's new government (couldn't resist the Rocky Horror pun) so the global theme seems to be change, change, change. Since the last video I've had a brief stint at advertising which was fun, I've topped up the water in the batteries twice, and the car finally has a CD player. Most importantly of all though, this video has been recorded in brilliant High Definition (and widescreen too) - see the difference? Thanks to technology one of the people I interviewed was in another country - Australia! We set up a link and I was able interview the famous (but Australian) creator of EVCapri.com! Not only that but I celebrate the car's first birthday! Yup, as of the 23rd of November, the car has been powered up for exactly one year! Being such a monumental occasion I made a delicious birthday cake like no other. I might even upload the recipe if there's enough interest. The 'Piece of Resistance' however, is the much talked about Bonus Video which appears near the end. It's not in high definition (filmed on the old camera) but the catchy song Chica Me Tipo by the American band Sublime more than makes up for it. As for the fate of the Tredia and what will take it's place when it finally passes on? Only time will tell... Cheers! Gav





Gav's EV Conversion - 20 - Living with an EV 1
So far so good! Having an electric car has been great! We've been using the Tredia as a reliable daily driver for a couple of months now and we've cleanly clocked up over 800 kilometres (500 miles) already! Our "Unspent Gas Money" jar gets a $40 visit from Her Majesty each week. It's much better having the money we normally spend on gas back in our pockets, that's for sure! After 2 months we've put almost $300 of money in the jar that would have otherwise gone up in smoke - literally. We now have to decide what to spend it on! I've been busy saving money and I've sold a few things to make up enough to buy a new faster charger too. The method I'm currently using works fine, but it's slow and chargers here are VERY expensive. I'm about to order a new Zivan NG3 16-amp charger from EV America! That'll be in the next video, along with my demonstration at the regional Sustainable Energy Expo! So keep your eyes peeled for the next video! Until then, happy motoring. :)





DIY Electric Car: 05 Transmission Basics
http://300mpg.org/electric-car-instructional-dvds/ Building an electric car, we take a look at the transmission and how we are going to use it for the EV Geo Metro. This video is an excerpt from the BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR instructional DVD. On this project, there's NO CLUTCH! Yep, no clutch. Most of what a clutch does is disconnect the engine from the road, so you don't kill the engine when you come to a stop. An electric motor has no problem simply not rotating when you are stopped. Remember, you typically DO need a transmission in a DIY electric car, if for no other reason, simply to have a good place to mount the electric motor! On a front-wheel-drive car, the differential is also built into the transmission, so it's easiest to simply reuse the transmission to divide the electric motor power to BOTH of the front drive wheels.





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Gav's EV Conversion - 21 - Living with an EV 2
Good news! We've hit 1000km (621 miles) of gas free driving after less than 3 months on the road. Now that the new charging system is installed we've been given a whole new lease of life. Recharging the Tredia now takes 2 hrs 45 mins from 50% empty to full - not bad huh? :) The new charger also offers a much deeper charge meaning we're getting more distance out of a charge as well as charging being a lot more convenient. The extra money for the onboard charger was sure worth it. The sustainable energy fair was a lot of fun and the Tredia got a LOT of attention. It was people people people for 6 solid hours! There's also a few minutes of sped-up footage showing me running errands on a wet autumn morning. Any excuse to drive the car really! So everyone, have you started your own conversions yet? :) In the next video I plan on hauling out the motor to check the coupler. More details are on my website KiwiEV.com P.S. Did anyone else get the urge to play Grand Theft Auto after watching the sped-up driving footage? ANOTHER UPDATE!! I'm selling DVDs of the whole project for $15 USD at my website www.KiwiEV.com (That includes Airmail postage too!) The quality's much better than on Youtube and it comes with an unreleased Bonus Video!





How to Start your EV Conversion
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Gav's EV Conversion 16 - The First Trial Run
Woohoo! The Tredia is alive and KICKING! After successfully test-spinning the wheels with the car off the ground, we lowered it down late on Friday night and took it for it's first test drive up and down our empty street! I make no apologies for my excited girly giggling - you would too! I would rather have test proven the car on a race-track or abandoned airport runway but there are none of those things near here so I had no choice but to use the empty road. In case the Police are reading this, Sorry! I had to for testing purposes! It won't happen again! :) So, not only was the test drive REALLY good fun, it was very useful for finding faults. I've tracked down three teething issues I need to work on before taking the car to Auckland to be certified! If you're thinking of starting your own conversion or if you've been putting it off, START IT TODAY! Ok, still heaps to do before I can drive it about so it's back into the garage to build the recharging system!





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