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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 - 19 - Frequently Asked Questions
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! 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
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 - 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 - Bonus Video - Wow! I'm Famous!
TV3's top rating current affairs program Campbell Live did a piece on my electric car project! It's a hot topic with the price of gas going up recently, and will get become even more valid when gas prices go up again in the next few weeks. It was a great fun day of filming and test driving on private roads north of the city. You can see some beautiful Taranaki backdrops there too. You can see the presenter enjoying driving the electric car too. He couldn't believe how good the acceleration was and how it didn't use a drip of fuel the whole day! Hey, I'm still getting used to it myself! Being part of the TV3 film crew for a day was great fun - I could do that more often! :) You can check out the next step and project progress on my website www.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!





Gav's EV Conversion 14 - Installing the Batteries
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! The batteries have arrived and are installed at long last! It took a few days of fiddling about but we installed and secured the front and rear batteries into place with super-strong stainless steel strapping. I also created and installed my sealed rear battery box which has the extraction system connected to the turbo timer and a relay so that both the ignition and the charging system activate the fans. The turbo timer ensures the fans keep going for 3 minutes after I've turned the car off, or unplugged the charger. It sounds complex but it isn't. You have to remember it's ME we're talking about here ;)





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 8 - In the Meantime...
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! The car is now ready for the arrival of the electric motor! In this video (the longest yet) I go about fixing up anything that hasn't yet been done in anticipation of the new motor! I fixed the last of the rust on the bottom of the passenger door, I replaced the steering rack boot, put fresh oil in the gearbox, installed the stereo and broke a lot of tools! The motor has been shipped (well, airfreighted) and the CV Boot got the better of me, so now there's nothing left to do but wait...





Gav's EV Conversion 15 - Installing the Main Cables
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! The electric car has power! After 2 days of slithering about underneath the car installing cables and cleaning the garage floor with my back, I've finally finished installing the main cables for the electric car! The last 10 minutes were the most nerve-wracking as we fought the urge to turn the key and forced ourselves to check all our connections one by one. In the end, we connected everything and heard the sound of that amazing Curtis 1231C Controller springing into life! The car was jacked up at this point so We did a test spin of the motor, then a test spin of the car in gear (with the wheels off the ground). It all went GREAT! The next video will show us taking the car onto the road for it's initial test drive! Stay Tuned!





Gav's EV Conversion 2 - Dismantling the Tredia
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! The Electric Car Conversion continues! Following on from my first video a few days earlier, this is where we finally find a way to get the Mitsubishi "Deadia" into the garage. Once in the garage the dismantling begins. We start by removing all the old bits & pieces not needed for an Electric Car. A few examples of now obsolete items I enjoyed removing were: Gas tank Exhaust system Fuel lines Petrol filler spout & lines Used engine oil Oil filter Petrol Filter Carburetor Radiator & lots of brown water And of course, The Planet Killer (the engine)! I have appeased the knuckle Gods many times over the last few days. I have made many a sacrifice of skin and blood to them, as it is written in the knuckle bible. You'll notice I got a big suprise when looking at the gearbox after removing the engine... It wasn't a good suprise either! Enjoy the story as it unfolds everyone.





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 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 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 6 - The New Gearbox
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! In this latest episode I take the old internal combustion parts to the refuse centre and then pick up my new gearbox. I found a local wreckers yard that had an old Mitsubishi Cordia gearbox for $150 so I snapped it up right away! You'll notice the new gearbox doesn't have a gaping big hole in the side of it which helps a little... It needs a serious clean up though. Looks like it was beaten with the oilly stick.




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