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Does anyone know what components are inspected when you get an electric conversion project check-out before registering a car here in California? Specifically, I'm looking for a list of things I need to have in order to pass inspection?

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Sorry, I don't have much for you but I thought I would bump your thread because I have the same problem. What I have discovered so far is that you have to remove all the components that make it easy to convert it back to the use of an ICE so that you are not suspected of simply trying to skirt the smog requirements. From what I understand you have to ditch the gas tank and the plumbing that goes with it and generally everything (exhaust system etc. ) that you don't need for your EV.
 

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Been a while since I lived there, but you used to be able to ask the vehicle inspectors for what they wanted to see. Generally got brownie points for it, too. I've seen a list on some DMV web site, but i'll be darned where.
 

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I successfully registered my 2001 Passat as electric in California.

I had to have it inspected at a CARB certified repair facility (Las Positas junior college auto shop in Livermore CA). They checked to make sure there was no ICE and I got a smog exemption certificate, they even waived the registration fee if I remember correctly.

Once I had the smog exemption, I took the car to the DMV where some lady with a clip board inspected it. There was no check sheet, the DMV didn't have a clue what they were looking at, and it took a few days for them to figure out how to register it as "E" code. They had to call sacramento a few times. After about 8 weeks I got my white HOV stickers.

I dealt with the Fremont DMV, and have sent my co-worker there to register his EV. They should have the routine down by now.

I tried to make my hacked up VFD look as much like the picture in the manual as possible. I'm sure if something really stood out as being unsafe, you may not pass the CARB inspection, but it was pretty painless for me.




Does anyone know what components are inspected when you get an electric conversion project check-out before registering a car here in California? Specifically, I'm looking for a list of things I need to have in order to pass inspection?

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One of the nice thing about living in Alabama is that when I went to register mine, all they wanted was my money.
 

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Does anyone know what components are inspected when you get an electric conversion project check-out before registering a car here in California? Specifically, I'm looking for a list of things I need to have in order to pass inspection?

Tom
Hi Tom,

Every country/state will have different requirements, but for a safe bet, the rules for New Zealand EV conversions are very comprehensive.
I had the old rulebook scanned & split it into 3 "pdf" downloads here:
http://www.kiwiev.com/temp_web_files_for_kiwiev_site/nz_ev_requirements_1.pdf
http://www.kiwiev.com/temp_web_files_for_kiwiev_site/nz_ev_requirements_2.pdf
http://www.kiwiev.com/temp_web_files_for_kiwiev_site/nz_ev_requirements_3.pdf

The rules may appear a little overkill at first glance, but most of them are common sense, such as having an auxiliary circuit breaker and not overloading your chassis etc.
I'm sure if you car meets these super-strict requirements there's no way it could fail!

Hope that helps.
:)
 
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