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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 - 25 - Life "Between" EVs
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! Yeehaa! It's the loudest, biggest epsiode yet with everything from Tahitian sunsets to Rick Astley - and yet it still remains (loosely) based around electric vehicles! Life without the electric car has been tough but hope for KiwiEV 2 gives me strength. I've already decided on a donor car and a specific voltage and I'm confident I can wipe the conversion cost of KiwiEV 2 in half, yet still have a great performing EV. While writing my EV conversion book I've been researching heaps of cost-cutting ideas and methods for building a good, cheap EV and I'm looking forward to putting them into practice. Call them "EV Secrets" if you like. :) We're in winter down here in New Zealand which means it's cold! So cold in fact that I demonstate some sheer cunning, matched with good old fashioned laziness to get around starting cold cars in the morning! Also in this episode you'll finally get to see what we used the "Unspent Gas Money" on (finally!). Thanks to the money that would have otherwise gone to BP's profits, we were able to spend 7 nights in paradise. THANKS BP! Hehehe (evil laugh) There's also three follow up's on the other converters mentioned in the previous full episode of Gav's EV Conversion. Adam's MR2 is roaring along (albeit silently), Richard's LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) powered Laser is past halfway, and Kearon's electric Capri (in Australia) is getting media attention. This is by far the biggest, juiciest episode yet, packed full of EV-related stuff! ENJOY! Gav www.KiwiEV.com - and now - EVsecrets.com! P.S. You probably won't believe this but I don't actually like Rick Astley's music. Honest.

Gav's EV Conversion - 23 - Living with an EV 4 (2 of 2)
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! ...Continued from Part One. 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 - Step 17 - The Charging System
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! 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!

Gav's EV Conversion - 24 - The Grand Finale
Believe it or not, as this video was uploading I sold the parts! So yes folks, it's the end of an era for the Kiwi EV Tredia. It took a bit of thought and some discussions with Veronika but in the end I decided the car has to go as explained in the video. Maybe I can spend some of the money on a tan? God knows I need it. Hehehe The parts have since been sold to a new and keen EV converter in NZ's capital city, Wellington. I look forward to seeing his progress as he breaks his oil addiction. Time to throw some much needed money into the mortgage me thinks... I hope all my videos have convinced or inspired a few people to convert their cars to electricity. If they have then it was well worth it. Would I do it all again? You bet. Cheers, Gav

Gav's EV Conversion - Bonus Educational Video
Lesson One: How to Throw Away Your Income! --------------------- UPDATE: Donations are no longer required! A HUGE thank you from me and my wife for the assistance people have given me. With the financial help received, I'm able to finish the project on Schedule! ---------------- Over the last four months I've compiled enough clips of me filling up the car to make a fun new video! Every week I take the car to the local gas station to put an expensive and smelly liquid into a (bottomless) holding tank in my gas powered car. It's a time consuming and expensive operation. This weekly experience isn't enjoyable, despite what the advertisements tell me. Chances are, just like millions of others around the globe, you do something pretty similar. This video was also created to reluctantly help raise funds for the completion of my electric car project. Up to date progress can be found at KiwiEV.com. 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!

Gav's EV Conversion - 21 - Living with an EV 2
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! 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!

Electric Vehicle Conversion in a weekend - Ford Ranger pt2
You can convert an old truck into an Electric Vehicle in a weekend! This includes "Part 2" - installation of Battery Management System - and road test!

Rain + Lawn + Electric Car = Mudville
I found some old footage today of the electric car battling on our New Zealand lawn during a really wet winter. We didn't have a driveway at that stage so we had to park the car on the lawn, but it got stuck a lot. I miss the electric car, but I don't miss the lawn being chopped up! In case you're wondering if I'm still alive, yes I am! I'm living in Slovakia with my wife Veronika yes, I'm still utterly in love with electric cars! Unfortunately the laws here don't allow electric car conversions, but I'm working with a company who is pushing the government to change legislation so that I can convert a car to electric again. If we can change the laws, the only question remaining is... what car would I convert?

BMW i3 - the pros & cons of buying an Electric Vehicle
Ron Doron debates the pros & cons of the BMW i3 Electric Car with Camilo Alfaro, another automotive journalist. One of the points of discussion are whether or not to buy the range extender gasoline generator which adds 300lbs of weight and $3,000 to the cost of the BMW i3 which starts at $42,000.

Gav's EV Conversion 9 - Installing the Pot Box
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! The next video in this classic New Zealand Electric Car Conversion has arrived! My Potentiometer Throttle Box has arrived from America! It was a birthday present from my mum - sure beats socks & undies! This "Pot Box" as it's known, is like a light dimmer switch. The accelerator cable is attached to it and when you press the gas pedal, the lever moves, adjusting the amount of power the motor is to receive. I also learnt that in New Zealand you require an additional spring connected to the outside of the pot-box for safety in case the main spring fails. It made me wonder if other countries have this same extra spring requirement?

I get to drive another EV!
Just a quick video inbetween conversions. Veteran EV converter Ross Webster popped in for a cuppa and some electricity today, and I got to take his converted Fiat 126 out for a spin. I've been thinking of another conversion every single day since the Tredia, and I'm desperate to do another one - but first we're moving to Slovakia (in Central Europe). We had quite a run of poopy bad luck recently and after surviving on rice and scraps for too many weeks we said enough is enough, sold everything, and now we're ready to try a fresh new start in Central Europe with my wife's family. The plane leaves in a few days. Anyone got a Slovak phrasebook I can borrow? :) Stay tuned for the next conversion. I've already decided what donor car I'm going to use. Be warned, it's an unusual one... It'll also be lithium powered! I also want to say thanks very much to all the wonderful people I've met through my original conversion. I get regular emails from so many great people from all over the world all thanks to a simple electric Tredia. You all rock. :) Can't wait to start the next conversion, so stay tuned - something's coming soon!

How Electric Vehicles Work - the technology underlying an EV
http://carnewscafe.com - Electric vehicles take many forms and have many different technologies in them, but there are some basic components that all EVs, whether a hydrogen fuel cell EV, a battery-electric EV, or a hybrid-electric vehicle, will share. Here is a look at the way these core technologies are used to make several types of vehicle. Article source: http://carnewscafe.com/2013/05/22/how-electric-vehicles-work-the-technology -underlying-an-ev-video/ Site: http://carnewscafe.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/carnewscafe Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carnewscafeonline Youtbe: http://www.youtube.com/user/CarNewsCafe/videos

Gav's EV Conversion - 22 - Living With an EV 3
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! It's now been Six months since first powering up the electric car and I'm happy to report everything's going great! Not only have we pocketed $1080 in unspent gas money (and counting) since selling our gas car in February, but as the cost of gas passes the $2 NZ/litre mark ($6 US/Gallon) the growing number of electric car drivers in New Zealand are reaping the benefits of electron-powered private transport. In this video I win an environmental award, I install a couple of solar panels on the rear shelf of the car, we move into our own house (woohoo!), and I create a wrap-around insulator for the front batteries to keep the winter chill away. I hope you enjoy the latest installment, and see if you can spot the special guest appearance of North Korea's "Dear Leader", Kim Jong Il. Unfortunately our new (old) house has no garage and the car is forced to sit outside in the wind and rain. We have no spare cash to build a garage and I can already hear the Tredia's rust starting to bubble with glee! As always, I welcome your comments and the latest info can be found on www.KiwiEV.com Cheers! 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!

Dual Motor Electric Vehicle Drivetrain With Powerglide 2 Speed Transmission Walkthrough by EV West
Here's a brief 10 minute video that gives a nice overview of the EV West 2 speed Powerglide transmission that runs without a torque converter direct drive to 2 coupled Warp 11 motors. Depending on the voltage and current, these twin motors can put out well over 1000 lb/ft of torque, and 600+ horsepower. We used this motor and transmission combination to power our BMW M3 to the summit of Pikes Peak in 2012 setting an all time record for street legal electric cars. The strength and reliability of this system is key. For more information regarding this bolt in drive train, please visit http://evwest.com for the latest updates.

DIY Electric Car: 04A DC Motor Basics, Part 1
Showing how to build your own electric car. In this segment, we take a look at the basics of how DC motors work. This video is an excerpt from the instructional DVD "BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR", available from http://300mpg.org/electric-car-instructional-dvds/ To see other videos from this project, please click the playlist at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmHss3DBZUilnbDh6BZStCrQbVcsNsgFM

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