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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 - 20 - Living with an EV 1
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! 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. :)





Gav's EV Conversion 10 - Installing the Motor
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! The motor is in! After a bit of a delay, the adapter plate has been created and mated to the gearbox, and the motor has been installed into the Tredia! We had a few delays along the way with problems finding an engineer, our wedding being overseas, the adapter plate & motor not fitting in the first time, and THEN having to get a mounting bracket welded up. Whew, there's a bit of work involved in getting the motor installed but at long last it's in! I noticed in the video that we make that heavy motor look light & fluffy lowering it into the Mitsubishi. It is not. I think it was due to editing out all swearing and straining noises from the video. :) I can finally say the motor has been installed into the car and I think a big Yeeehhhaaaa is in order. That's one small step for Gavin, but one giant leap for Gav's EV conversion.





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 12 - Installing the Battery Racks
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! At last! The battery racks are in! After a some battery choice problems, some battery rack sizing problems and a few delays I've finally got all three racks installed. It took a while and there was many a stressed moment but at last the racks are complete. The rear rack is bolted into the floor with 5mm thick steel bar underneath to hold it in place. The front racks are welded to the chassis (not the sub frame) to ensure the crumple zones remain... well, crumpley in an accident. :) Now it's time to get the control-box and Curtis Controller wired up and visit the bank for the batteries. It's full speed ahead! The conversion will be complete in no time!





Gav's EV Conversion 11 - Installing the Heater
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! There's still a couple of weeks before I can get the battery racks installed, so now's the perfect time to sort out the car's electric heater. It's the law in New Zealand for your EV to have a working heater (primarily to stop the windscreen from fogging up). I was going to buy an EV heater from an EV accessories supplier but was advised I could save a bundle by doing it myself from parts! The whole thing has cost me $70 NZ as opposed to $174 NZ from a popular EV accessories seller! And once again, if I can do it then anyone can! I hope this video proves educational. Feel free to see the install in more detail at KiwiEV.com Once I scrounge enough money together then the Battery Racks video will be uploaded asap! Progress has slowed a little as things have got tight financially so I've even set up a donations page on KiwiEV.com to make sure the car is completed by the middle of summer in February!





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 - 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 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?





Gav's EV Conversion - 23 - Living with an EV 4 (1 of 2)
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! 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 - 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!





Gav's EV Conversion 16 - The First Trial Run
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! 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!





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 - 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!





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!





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?





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