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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 1 - Towing the Donor Car
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! The journey to convert an old gas car to electric starts here! I'm getting sick of paying for gas so I decided to do something about it. I'm not much of a mechanic but after doing casual research for some time, I decided I could convert a car to run on electricity by myself. No gas/hybrid oil-burning nonsense - just pure electric all the way! Follow me through the exciting changeover from gas to electric through these videos. It's going to be many many months before the car is converted, so get comfortable. EV's are quite uncommon in NZ, in fact I know of only two in the entire country. I'm looking forward to being the third. The first step was to purchase a donor car. I found a 1987 Mitsubishi Tredia with a seized engine but otherwise in good condition for $180. After towing it home, we then had to figure out a way to get it up the drive and into the garage to begin removing the planet-killer bits under the bonnet. In the next video we start taking it apart... I can't wait to get that "EV Smile" that electric car owners talk about so much.

Gav's EV Conversion 3 - Painting the Tredia
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! Continuing from Video #2, this is where I begin the challenge of fixing (or at least trying to) the dings, scrapes & rust holes of a 20 year old car, ready to become an Electric Car! I started with the tail light rust repair which seemed like a straightforward thing... It wasn't. No less than FOUR attempts later the tail light area slowly began to look like it should. If you're a professional painter, please don't watch this video. Hmmm. I think I'll have to redo quite a few parts after the conversion's complete anyway. I must point out that this is all new to me and I was useless at painting in school. There, that's my excuse.

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.

How To Check Car Basics Inside The Car
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EV West Electric Motor Accessory Plate Installation Video - Power Steering, Vacuum, AC Compressor
Matt Hauber covers the details of our Accessory Plate for the NetGain series motors for electric vehicles. This kit comes complete with everything you need for your electric motor driven systems, and includes a KRC Power Steering Pump and a belt driven vacuum pump. Also includes a bracket for your OEM AC compressor and a belt tensioner and crank pulley. Matt covers the easy installation of this kit.

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?

EV Rally 2008: EV Porsche 928 Conversion
Jeff McCabe is a mechanical engineer who converted his 1984 Porsche 928 in a full electric vehicle. He gave me a ride and I was able to ask him a few questions on his car and the future of EVs. Enza Sebastiani Produced/Shot/Cut by Enza Sebastiani 1000 Hearts - Copyright 2009 www.enzasebastiani.com

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!

New generation light weight batteries for electric vehicles
The new efficient battery packs from Lithium House for electric vehicles. 10 times lighter. I wrote about my opinions on Electric vehicles. See that at https://sites.google.com/site/cpsconversationpieces/home/tidbits-on-toyota- prius#PHV make sure you leave comment there.

EVRIC - 08 - EV Conversion - Adaptor Plate
This is the eight in a series of videos which will follow the progress of the conversion of a Holden Barina (Suzuki Swift) to electric drive. In this video we see the adaptor plate being produced from a 20Kg (44lb)block of steel to a 4kg (actually rechecked at 6Kg)masterpiece. All thanks goes to Hammat Precision Engineering from Marion, South Australia for this work. The same company will be making the coupler. More detail: www.evric.kestar.com.au

Electric Car Conversion Motor Installation
Interested in building your own electric car or how about converting your gas-guzzler into a 100-mile per gallon equivalent (referred to as MPGE) electric? Watch as John and Xander install an electric motor in a dune buggy. John also explains about adapter plates and motor couplings. For more information please visit: ElectricCarConversions.biz

1993 Toyota Pickup Electric Vehicle Conversion
1993 Toyota Pickup Electric Vehicle Conversion

Electric Car Conversion using Siemens AC motor and home made 3 phase controller
Driving my Electric Car with my home made 3 phase inverter running a Siemens Ford Motor.

#3) Project ForkenSwift EV: first electric test drive
http://www.ForkenSwift.com - Officially, we're only at the battery rack building stage of the project. But while waiting to get a welder to finish the job, Spring Fever struck and against better judgment we piled 6 batteries into the car, hooked everything together and went up & down the street a bunch of times. (Oh - and by the way, if you enjoy spotting continuity errors in movies, you'll have a field day with this one!) Again, apologies for the video quality - 20 year-old video camera, makeshift way of getting the pics into the computer for editing. In case titles are hard to read, here they are: 1. a BIG ForkenSwift milestone 2. Officially... we're at the stage of the project where we're making battery racks. 3. The racks will hold four batteries up front, and four in the hatchback. 4. (Cardboard mockups - help figure out positioning and clearances.) 5. But while waiting for a welder to finish the trays... we got SPRING FEVER 6. and decided to "set up" (ahem) the car for a little test drive 7. Here's the forklift pot box, modified to talk nicely to the golf cart controller 8. Surplus forklift battery charger. 9. Umm... Don't try this at home. :-O 10. Darin's actual first drive ... 11. Shhhh... Listen... 12. Listen to this: unsolicited feedback from a guy fixing a car in his driveway... 13. "HEY - WHY'S YOUR CAR SO QUIET?" 14. " BULL$#!T ... REALLY ? " 15. " AWESOME! " 16. THAT WAS NOT MADE UP :-) 17. Ivan takes a spin. 18. Coming up: more comments from the peanut gallery, in ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 19. " Can you turn the muffler up a little bit, Ivan? " 20. An impromptu car show with the car repair guy and his friends ... --- Project ForkenSwift is an electric car conversion made using parts from a Suzuki Swift, Geo Metro, Baker electric forklift and a golf cart.

Small Budget Honda Accord Electric Conversion
http://www.useafuel.com - This video shows the DIY simple conversion of a 1990 Honda Accord from gas to electric. It's pretty simple. Remove the gas motor, install new electric forklift motor, batteries, and motor controller. After that, charge from any outlet and enjoy.

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