2007

Trending Sources

Wiring and Rewiring - Getting Close!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Ugh, I'm dehydrated, exhausted and mad at this inanimate object. must love doing this conversion. Here's the fusible link in the front battery box.

2007 11

Subaru to Begin EV Sales in Japan in 2009

Plugs and Cars

FHI's President Ikuo Mori foresees the price down below $20,00 by 2012 for this subcompact, as production ramps up for the Lithium battery packs.

Super Charge It

Plug In Partners

T his has been a good week for new advanced battery announcements. Its first order of business is getting the Chevrolet Volt on the road by 2010.

Electric Smart Car ForTwo Delivered by Mercedes

Plugs and Cars

Mercedes-Benz has delivered the first of 100 electric Smart ForTwos to fleet customers in the UK. Same battery the first new Th!nk

Popular Mechanics Takes Aptera for a Drive

Plugs and Cars

This wingless Jetsonian vehicle has seemed to me to be too much design, too much gadgetry, too much website, and not enough practical, buildable car.

More Trending

V2G Test Drive

Plug In Partners

With operations in eight states, Xcel Energy will study how the vehicles perform in varied geographic regions and climates over a six-month period.

London Calling: Congestion Charge Recharges Electric Cars

Plugs and Cars

London could soon replace California as the electric car capital of the world. India's Reva was first into the market with the G-Wiz. Norway's Th!nk

Here Come the PHEVs

Plug In Partners

Audi Metroproject Quattro T his has been a big week of announcements from car manufacturers. One is from the new auto start up Fisker. Join Us today.

Corn Belt Mayor Plugs In

Plugs and Cars

GreenOptions blog reports that Mayor RT Rybak of Minneapolis is now driving a plug-in hybrid. His daily drive, a Prius, has been converted.

The Chinese are Coming!

Plugs and Cars

Got2BeGreen reports BYD, a large Chinese firm that is jumping into cars, will be showing a plug-in hybrid, the F6DM, at the Detroit Auto Show.

Mitsubishi Sees 2009 launch for iMiEV EV

Plugs and Cars

Thomson Financial is reporting that Mitsubishi aims to launch its i-MiEV city electric car one year earlier than expected. 16kWh of Lithium betteries.

Plug-in hybrid by who?

Plugs and Cars

The Fisker Coachbuild name meant nothing to me, but I'm not really an auto geek.

Hair Dryers Installed

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I took a few hours today to get the small hairdryers installed. The pipe clamps make the whole thing very snug.

DC 2

Serial Port and Hood Pin

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Today was a bit slow. received some AMP pins in the mail that fit the special connectors on the DMOC445 controller. Here's the finished connector.

The Cash Back Hybrid

Plug In Partners

Today the VtoG concept is a respectable topic in respectable circles. senator , and the IEEE aren’t often found together in the same room.

Dedicated Charging Outlet and Hairdryer Coupling

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After sleeping for 14 hours last night, I think I'm somewhat recovered from that nasty cold.

Initial Fuel Gauge Driver Schematic

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since I'm stuck indoors today to recover from a sore throat, I put together the following schematic to drive the fuel gauge based on the pack voltage.

Finishing the Rain Gutter for the Engine Compartment

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The major project of the day was finishing the rain gutter under the engine compartment lid. Here's the plastic that I bent a few weeks ago.

Finishing the Serial Cable and Testing the Fuel Gauge

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I had a bit more time today to work on some other small projects. Here's the 914 patiently waiting for its rebuilt transmission from Rennsport Systems.

Chinese Electric Car in 2008?

Plugs and Cars

I've long heard rumors of Chinese auto makers developing an electric car. It makes lots of sense, given Chinese battery production.

Subaru to Show EV in Tokyo

Plugs and Cars

Another auto maker is suggesting the future is with electric cars. Cnet's story raises two important questions. Bring 'em on!

Charging Cars in England, Fast Charging in Norway

Plugs and Cars

Business Green Blog in the UK reports on a plan to install 250 EV charging stations in England. Both are seeing serious electric vehicle activity.

Ford, VW Ante Up

Plug In Partners

M omentum for a Plug in Future continues. First, there is this story from Volkswagon. Apparently, VW is set to unveil an Up!-based Join Us today.

Getting the Tachometer and Lights Working

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After receiving an updated.css file (ccShell config file) from Azure Dynamics for the DMOC445, I was able to access the EE1SpeedoDiv variable. The 3.3V

Replacing the Pilot Bearing

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I purchased a new pilot bearing for the flywheel to see if replacing it would help with the rattles. Flywheel - it's what's for dinner!

Trying a Different Transmission

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Last week Craig at Camp914 offered to lend me another transmission to see if I had vibrational issues. drove out to Camp914 this morning.

VW Coming Up PHEV? Why Not UP EV?

Plugs and Cars

VW's announced "Up Concept" city cars could have a Plug-in Hybrid version. Small enough to be labeled "tiny" in DailyTech.com 's headline.

Hub is back but EE1SpeedoDiv is not there

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Today had some ups and downs. I got the adapter hub from Electro Automotive back today. Wait a minute, there's no pulses coming out.

Someone videotaped me

Plugs and Cars

A few months ago I attended an eco-event in Fairfax, CA with my electric car. Someone seems to have videotaped me and posted it on youtube.

Getting the Heater Relay and Sending Back the Hub

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After putting the adapter hub from Electro Auto onto the motor shaft no less than twenty times, I'm pooped. Here's the 125VDC relay. sigh).

DC 2

The Volvo Recharge

Plug In Partners

A nother major manufacturer is unveiling their PHEV at a car show. This time, it's Volvo. Here's the story from duemotori.com.

Keeping the Rain Out

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I get rather concerned that rain entering the engine compartment will cause problems with the electrical wiring.

Those (Not So) Good Vibrations

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Well, it's time to bite the bullet again and see what I can do about the car vibrations. This vibrated across the floor as well, but not as strongly.

DCDC Transistor Hack

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Here's the new circuit (click to enlarge). swapped out the IRFP350 FETs with IRFP460 FETs which have a higher voltage and current rating.

DC 2