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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 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 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 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 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.





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.





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.





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 - 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 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 4 - Cleaning the Exxon Valdez
Visit www.EVsecrets.com & grab my new EV Conversion book + video package! Video number four is here (early too). We're getting closer to converting the car to electric every week! In this video I removed the seats & carpets before scrubbing & hosing them down. The amount of brown water that came out of those seats was pretty gross but at least my fiance will sit on them now. :) I ended up scrubbing the metal floor, door skins and ceiling too and I can finally say the car smells good!





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!





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.





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 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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