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My name is Robert Green, from Chicago, IL. I've wanted badly to see EVs do well but it seems that the industry is against me at the moment. I was considering converting a late 90's Saturn Sedan last year but due to lack of space and time I wasn't able to get started on the project. After looking around a bit online, I realized that there is no single good spot for collaborative data on Electric Car conversions, so I decided that within a few months I would start collecting data and put up a forum to help out.

Hopefully anyone who is looking for info and others who have the info will find each other here. Until then, I'll continue updating the site, posting news, parts vendors and projects as I find them. Eventually I'm hoping to have a full set of conversion guides with specific parts lists from vendors that can be purchased in a single kit with instructions. That's a ways off today, but with a little help I think we may see it.
 

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Hi, my name is Tim and I'm currently doing an electric conversion of a Porsche 914 with an AC kit from ElectroAutomotive. You can get all the details and pictures at the following link:

http://914ev.blogspot.com

I don't know how much I'll be able to help with this forum, but I'm eager to see how we can make more EVs possible.

Cheers,
Tim
 

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Hi all,
My name is Jerry, in Indy. Have been building an interest in electric vehicles.
First was a motorcycle, salvaged parts and not a success but a learning tool :).
next was electric bike (http://www.austinev.org/evalbum/523.html) turned out well and within expected performance.
Current project is electric four wheeler, parts have been gathered and waiting on free time to get busy. The quad should be fun, expected top end will be 50mph. I have been learning along the way and have a donor car (Mazda rx-7) which I plan on converting. I started small and have been working my way up to the goal of a homebrew electric street vehicle, all my projects have been done using used and recycled equipment, so standard plug and play hasn't been an option.
KTA services sells packaged kits for go carts and has some controller/motor combos for larger vehicles if you want to make life easier. :D
 

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Hi, my name is Greg and I built a Yugo with front wheel drive, a couple years ago to drive to and from work, (5 miles one way).
I put 1400 or so miles on it, before I burnt out the armature on a 5HP Baldor motor.
I now have an 8hp motor in it and it serves the purpose well.
Until last week.
They tell you that Alltrax controllers can go to wide open if they go bad.
ALWAYS PARK in NEUTRAL with the park brake set!!!
I have tried to do this everytime I park and leave the drivers seat.
I turned on the 72 volt pack to check a new voltmeter, and the motor took off!!
If it had been in gear, I could have had a real mess.
I just had the controller a little over a year, but had put only 200 miles on it, because I needed to locate a 72 volt charger.
I bought a charger on eBay, as most of my conversion parts.
I sent the controller out to Alltrax today, to see if they can figure what happened to make it go bad.
I figure I saved enough on gas to pay for 1/2 of the (under $1000.00) conversion.
 

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Ahoy-hoy everyone. My name's Gav and I'm currently converting my 1987 Mitsubishi Tredia to clean & green electricity.
I'm also living down under in New Zealand, next to Australia.

While I enjoy pina coladas I strongly dislike getting caught in the rain.
Sorry, I'm certifiably insane - you have to be to cope with the ordeal of converting to electric.

We're still in the early days of the conversion at the moment. I did my first uncontrolled power-up 2 days ago and am just waiting for a motor bracket to be created so it's full steam ahead at the moment.

:)
 

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Hi my name is Manny, and I'm an...EV wanna-be. In March I picked up a nice '69 VW pan with upgraded disc brakes,shocks and an electric motor already mated to the tranny. I also acquired a '71 pan/'74 SuperBettle ICE based/'79-'80 styled Bradley GT2 (non-electric version with an '88 title. )from eBay.

I'm almost done now with Phase 1 (having a functional EV). With luck, I should be picking up the batteries this week...

Eventually I'll get a paint job to change the car's nickname.

PS.
I have a Frap you can add yourself to to see where other EV-ers are at a single glance.
 

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I'm Adrian...

My background is electrical engineering, but I've been a stay-at-home dad for the last 4 years. I've been driving my '87 VW Cabriolet conversion for just over a year (and 5,000 miles) now. I'm just getting started on a '93 Toyota Pickup conversion.

I've been a member of the EVDL for a while, but it's been getting harder to separate the good info from the fluff. A bulletin board format like this would make it easier to find important information while keeping the "How can I convert my F-350 pickup to electric" posts to a minimum.

I'm looking forward to watching this group grow!

BTW, that F-350 only needs a 65 mile range at 75MPH on AAA batteries :)
 

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Howdy, my name is Brian. I live in Tempe AZ and I am planning a 3rd gen (91-96) EV Escort wagon. I am seriously considering a gasoline powered range extender too. My project is still in the research stages though. Here is a link to the spread sheet that I have started.

This site is a great idea. It's a pretty weird coincidence that it should come along just as I was looking for an EV message board. I'm glad that you went with a V-Bulletin type board. Some boards are pretty junky.

I wonder if this thread should have its name changed to "Introductions" or something like that? Maybe it should be stickied too.
 

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Sounds like a good idea.
It's pretty cool to be at the beginning of a board like this. I reckon this sort of board is just what the world needs. Once word gets out this place will take off and we'll be the "firstys".
I just invented a new word and simultaneously degraded the English language in one go.
:cool:
And they said I'd never amount to anything...
Hehehe
 

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BTW, that F-350 only needs a 65 mile range at 75MPH on AAA batteries :)

Ha ha - good, another smart-ash! :D

Hi, my name's Mark, and I'm an EV "enthusiast". ("Hi, Mark.")

I guess you could say I'm also a bit of a skeptic about some of the grander claims floating about the "EV world" right now. I really liked Adrian's comment, as you can tell. I got started with this stuff a little by accident (www.neurotikart.com), but now I try to keep up with what's going on. I'm a big fan of the White Zombie dragster, and a guy by the name of Dick Bear. (Google "McBearen" and you'll see)

If you see my electric gokarts, you might correctly guess that I'm not a major environmentalist or what some might call a "tree-hugging extremist". I'm a tinkerer that likes to have fun, make stuff, and go fast. I chose to build electric because I figured (correctly, as it turns out) that it would be less likely to generate complaints to the cops if I drove it on the residential streets in my neighborhood. I'm pretty careful about what I do, despite how it looks in my videos. I also share the fun, and everyone within 5 houses of mine has either driven or ridden on the kart, with the exception of the lady next door.

The experience of EV building has taught me a lot about how it all works. It's also made me skeptical of "Michael Moore-ish" films like "Who Killed the Electric Car". IMHO, we're just not there yet, but we're close to having an EV suitable for the masses. With the exception of it's brutal price tag, I my favorite EV is probably the Tesla, but I won't believe the published specs on that thing until they're independently verified. (I almost said "the best EV available", but the Tesla really isn't available for another $50,000, 12 months, then another $50,000+.) I'm sorry, I just don't believe that it has a range of over 200 miles at freeway speeds. I like the look of the donor car, though - the Lotus Elise (sp?)

My dream is an EV that I can drive to work, and it's a pretty tall order. My commute takes me to a place 12 miles from my house over 40 miles of roads. (Long story, don't get me started.) I live in the Washington, DC area, which is noted for it's traffic. I'd need an EV that can do the higher side of freeway speeds and sustain it for over 100 miles. That would get me to and from work, without having to beg my employer to allow me to plug in my car, and without limping home for the last x miles. I don't want a super-delicate teardrop-shaped slug that can't get out of its own way. Oh yeah, and I'm not independently wealthy, so the Wrightspeed X1 and the Tesla are a little out of reach.

I'll probably end up building the thing, but I haven't "jumped off" just yet - I'm still in the research phase. I happen to feel that a vehicle such as what I've described, if it can sell for under $50,000, would be viable, and if it could sell under $30,000 would be an unstoppable sensation.

I'm not asking much... :D :rolleyes:

-Mark
 

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Mark - I just watched all of your kart videos. I want one of those!! I live in chicago though and have no where to drive it. I guess that's why I bought an elise. It's a street-legal go-kart :)

Being an elise owner, I'm super into the tesla roadster, however, like you, I'm very skeptical. I did read 2 reviews of proto test drives and they mostly confirmed what the tesla team published but I'd need to compare it to my elise to really know if it's all that. At that point I could sell the elise and get an even bigger loan for the roadster (no, I'm not converting the lotus!)

I'm very interested in electric go karts as a viable business option though. I used to live in Minneapolis, MN and had a membership at the local go-kart track called Gasoline Alley. Ironically, gas prices raised too much and they went out of business. This seems like the perfect spot for electrics. I think I'll write a separate post about this business idea..
 

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Hey Celsomenaia, did I notice in your car (link above) that you have no gearbox? Is you car direct driven?
Cheers!
Gav
It has no clutch, but the original gearbox is used, it as only 2 gears, one forward and other for reverse.
But I´m planing in replacing that for just a simple diferencial, and foward and reverse will be done with the motor/controler

best regards
 

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Guess I'll get the introductions over now before I gain a reputation...

I'm Mr. Sharkey, owner and driver of a 1981 VW Rabbit EV factory converted as a new car by South Coast Technologies. I purchased the car in 1998, and took tax deductions and credits in excess of the purchase price. Rolling on over 15,000 miles under my ownership.

Some of you my know me from my Homemade Hybrid Pusher trailer. I did participate in the EVDL for some time until the listserv format and individual user egos drove me away.

I maintain a fairly complete set of SCT factory manuals, schematics, diagrams on my web site, and have additional information in the form of original factory schematic diagrams for the proprietary controller used in the SCT vehicles, which will be posted this coming winter, when I have the time to redraw them so that they don't look like crack-heads designed them (what were the SCT draftsmen taking???).

As far as modifications go, I've toyed with aerodynamic enhancements, solar recharging, braking system upgrades, low rolling resistance tires, handbuilt electronics, compressor-free EV air conditioning, LPG cabin heat, and long distance travel in an EV, not necessarily in that order. Still lots to learn.

Hoping that this list gets off to a strong start and is able to instill a fresh outlook in the EV community. I'll pass the address along to another SCT owner I'm acquainted with.
 

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Ben Nelson Introduction

Hi Everyone!

My name is Ben Nelson.

I am sick of the cost (both financial and environmental) of gasoline cars, and yet it's almost impossible to get around in my area without a car.

Hybrid vehicles seem like a step in the right direction, but still burn gas and are WAY too expensive.

So, I decided, why not make an electric motorcycle? Cheap, simple, works fine.

I had no idea what I was doing when I started, but sometimes you just have to do something.

Check out my cycle at:
http://www.austinev.org/evalbum/1133

-Ben

Better to light one candle than curse the darkness.
 
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