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 - 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. :)

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 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!

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 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 (That includes Airmail postage too!) The quality's much better than on Youtube and it comes with an unreleased Bonus Video!