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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 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 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 13 - The Control Panel
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! With the racks installed and out of the way I was able to create and install the "Control Box" and Curtis 1231C Controller. I started by 'Tetrising' all the components into a metal box I found, and screwed everything down. After that I installed the Controller onto a nice thick plate of aluminium to help remove any heat as apparently they can get hot at times. Then it was a matter of bolting it all down and pre-wiring everything ready for the batteries. I even installed the cool Kill-Switch with a choke cable from an old Mini! Progress is roaring along. My batteries have been ordered and should be installed within a fortnight with luck. The ETA for completion is most likely January-ish! Watch this space!





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 7 - Buying the Motor
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! I was worried about this video - I mean how could I possibly make an interesting video about buying a motor on the internet? :) Still, the saga continues! Just this morning I went in to the bank to sign the loan paperwork for the electric motor and borrowed $3000 NZ to get my EV conversion project rolling. This is a major milestone in the conversion process. I reckon I'm about a quarter of the way there already! I made a second trip to the bank this afternoon once the money had appeared in my otherwise sad looking bank account, and sent $2015 US to the other side of the world. Within a matter of a few short days my motor will arrive by airfreight! So, now that the motor is on it's way I can relax right? No... Believe it or not, there are still quite a few things to be done before that motor arrives. Keep watching this space.





How-to Convert to Electric Series Part 1
First in a series of videos detailing how to convert your vehicle from gasoline to electric. Series features a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia and other conversions by EV4U Custom Conversions. www.EV4Unow.com





Electric Vehicle Conversion in a weekend - Ford Ranger pt2
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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 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.





My Civic EV Electric Car Project Part 3 Our AC-50 Electric Motor Kit
2001 Honda Civic Electric Car Project. Our AC-50 Electric Motor Kit. Just alittle video to show the components I have selected to drive our electric car down the road. This is a well thought out kit that I have seen in use and have seen relentlessly tested! This exact same kit and others are available at http://www.evtv.me/ Our motor @ 108v at 650a up to 3800 RPM will deliver 121ftlbs of torque and 76hp. Its designed and works best in cars under 3000lbs. Subscribe to Tomswonderfulworld watch and learn as I build an Electric Car.





Gav's EV Conversion 5 - Removing the Clutch
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! Wow, this EV conversion project is turning into a mini series. Next it'll be "Twin Peaks - Who Killed Laura Palmer's Electric Car?" :) In this video we're removing the clutch from the car. A clutch isn't needed in your average Electric Vehicle as you generally drive around town in one gear all day. If required, you can still change gear easily though as there's no backpressure from having a big gas engine chugging away aimlessly. There are many EV drivers who swear by keeping the clutch in the car, and many who think it's unnecessary but once it's up & running I'll be the judge of that! It's my first EV so I'm keeping it simple. No motor+clutch+gearbox adapter makes it nice and simple for a non-mechanic like me. Anyway, we hit a bit of an obstacle trying to remove the clutch by undoing nuts & bolts. The clutch pedal base seems to be a sealed unit. This leaves us little option for removal but getting out a saw...





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.





1963 Volkswagen Beetle Electric Car Conversion by EV West
1963 VW Beetle Electric Car Conversion by EV West. Visit: http://classiccarpictures.us/ Videoof a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle electric car conversion. The components used in this conversion are available in kit form at http://evwest.com/ Technical Specs: 100 Mile Range 8 Hour Charge Time 85 MPH Top Speed 24.4 kWh Capacity 650 Amp Controller 70 kW AC Moto Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/evwestdotcom 1963 VW Beetle Electric Car Conversion by EV West.




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