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Yard test


Posted: 01-29-2014 - 06:32 AM by sabahtom

After doing a bad job on the 35-pin ampseal connector to the motor controller, I couldn't get it to start. So undid everything and recrimped it. Three hours of my time gone, hopefully painful enough to remind me to do it right the first time. No power steering or vacuum assist on the brakes yet so my yard test was straight back and forward again - but it moves! Next: 1. covering up and fixing cables. 2. making a proper lid for the battery box 3. vacuum pump and power steering
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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Electric Cars


Posted: 12-10-2013 - 10:45 PM by Dan Brown

[FONT=Calibri, sans-serif]Lo and Behold! The future is here. Yes, we're talking about the electric car. This modern marvel has actually been around for quite some time. However, it is only recently that cost effective electric cars have started getting manufactured. Unlike our fuel powered cars, these cars work on electric motors which basically rely on electrically charged batteries to function. Although they look a lot like their [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas-guzzler"]gas guzzling[/URL] counterparts on the exterior, the interior and mechanism have a different tale to tell.[/FONT] [CENTER][IMG]http://i.imgur.com/PQ6Z5Yz.jpg?1[/IMG] [/CENTER] [FONT=Calibri, sans-serif]Manufactured with the intention of making environmentally friendly cars, they make for a good alternative to the cars with combustion engines. However, electric cars come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you're thinking of getting yourself one of these babies, you need to read on to know more about what you're signing up for.[/FONT]
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Wiring behind dash complete


Posted: 12-09-2013 - 06:30 AM by sabahtom

Since everything seems to work, I've pulled the cables through the dash and fixed the PB6 pot box to the chassis, with a backup spring. A failed return spring seems to be the only major fault that AC systems can have that would launch me through a red light. Still looking on ebay for an appropriate Vicor megapac. Lots to choose from but only a few with 12-12.5v modules. I'd like to get one that will accomodate DC aircon, power steering and vacuum pump for $200. Could take a while. [URL="http://evworks.com.au/index.php?product=AIR-SIERRA06"]evworks[/URL] has this DC aircon unit for $1700. Hope to road test it this week. Since I don't have the DC-DC I haven't connected the vacuum pump yet so it will be a slow drive.
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Well everyone here is the starting point.


Posted: 11-18-2013 - 04:55 PM by KdkGrizz

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Electric Quad Project.


Posted: 11-16-2013 - 10:16 PM by KdkGrizz

Hello everyone. This is not only my first time taking on an EV project, but also my first time writing a blog. Ok enough of that stuff. Oh by the way PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE feel free to share you experiences, and suggestions, concerning my project. Here's the project and the plan. I have an 2004 Suzuki quadrunner (Z250 is anyone cares) It's a rolling chassis only. Motor was lost long ago. My plan is to convert this ride into an EV. 36/48 volt. I am leaning towards a golf cart or forklift motor. My wife has MS (Multiple Sclerosis), but truly enjoys being in the out doors with me. She love to hunt, and fish, but as her decease has progressed it has become increasingly more difficult for her to take part in these activities. My first attempt at building her an off-road vehicle was adding larger tires for ground clearance to an older Invacare Flyer handicap scooter. This is a 24 volt system, and made for flat, hard surfaces. Though it works fairly well on hard packed services, even mild hills. It totally lacks torque, and once you leave even packed dirt for grass it loses power. Obviously the gearing in the transaxle is totally wrong. So I write that one up to lessons learned.
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