June, 2007

Don't let those batteries just sit around

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I'm a bit wiped from the initial burst of installing all the battery racks, so I took it a bit easier on Friday and Saturday to do some of the smaller installation steps. Here is the starter block-off plate to cover the hole left from the removed starter motor.

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Recharge IT

Plug In Partners

G oogle proved it is serious about Plug Ins with its new Recharge IT initiative. Here is part of the story. Google.org to to Accelerate Plug-In Hybrid and Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Google.org , the philanthropic arm of Google Inc.

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Trending Sources

Google Gets It - It's the Plug, Stupid

Plugs and Cars

Finally an entity is stepping up and saying unambiguously it's about electricity. Google.org has launched RechargeIt.org A comprehensive vision of clean electricty, plug-in hybrid and electric cars, and vehicles as distributed energy storage devices for clean power.

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Cranking on the Battery Racks

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Well, I've spent the last two days with EV parts strewn about the house attempting to install the battery racks. I ran into some issues that others might find as well. Here's mounting the first rear-rack support post. The triangular bracket above it gets in the way of the rack and must be removed.

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Christmas Time!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

YeeHaw! The crate from Electro Automotive finally showed up. I'm in business again! Here's the crate on the semi-truck. They remembered the liftgate this time (whew!) Here's the delivery person rolling the crate on a pallet jack to my garage. I'm very thankful that today was sunny.

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Visiting Gary of the OEVA to get a Crimper

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

As I mentioned yesterday, Gary Graunke (president of the OEVA) graciously offered to let me borrow a lug crimper to attach high-current lugs to the welding cable I purchased. This morning I drove out to his place and found a virtual Disneyland of EV stuff.

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Biting the Bullet

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

As you may remember, I received a package from Azure Dynamics several weeks ago with a notice saying that the bolts on their electric motors tend to work their way loose occasionally. They provided an upgrade kit with lock washers and loctite to remedy the problem.

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More Trending

Filling up a Prius vs. Plugging In a RAV4 EV

Plugs and Cars

Prius: > $6 per 100 miles RAV4 EV: 0 - $2.50

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Batteries are Here!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After much time on the phone with UPS Freight, the 8-volt golf cart batteries finally showed up today! Although the Bill of Lading clearly stated that this was a residence requiring a liftgate, UPS seemed to overlook that part of the order.

2007 130

Confusion Reigns at CARB

Plugs and Cars

Gov Schwarzenegger has fired Chairman Sawyer and others at CARB and it is not immediately clear why. The LA Times reports on unprecedented administration interference in the agency, seeking the firing longtime staffers. The Governor has publicly chastised the board for delaying implementation of Central Valley clean air targets, but everyone seems confused.

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Battery Boxes Have Shipped!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Electro Auto e-mailed me again today to say that the battery racks and boxes have shipped and should arrive on Tuesday! I'm curious what else is in this shipment. I ran out and purchased several 1-guage pre-constructed battery cables from Napa today to wire the batteries together, but they were very expensive (16 of them at $12.95 apiece). If Electro Auto ships the battery cable along with the boxes then I can return the pre-built cables.

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Tell Toyota to Get With the Program!

Plugs and Cars

Rainforest Action Network is prodding Toyota to add plugs to their hybrids. Google is spending oodles doing it to their cars, but the rest of us need the carmakers to produce the plug-in hybrids and electric cars we want. Add your voice to the campaign by clicking here. Of course, Toyota could do it today with larger NiMH battery packs. I'd wager there is more than one plug-in Prius hidden away at Toyota's skunkworks in Japan.

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An E-mail from Electro Auto

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Hi All, I just got back from a 10-day vacation and will be looking at hooking up the batteries. While I was gone, I did finally get an e-mail from ElectroAuto regarding shipment of the battery racks and boxes "soon," so we'll see what happens. Onward to battery straps

2007 100

Trouble in Hydrogen Heaven

Plugs and Cars

The World , a PRI/BBC radio collaboration, has a report on the problems bringing Iceland's hydrogen dream to fruition. Still only one filling station, now without any customers. The hydrogen busses have been retired to a museum. With abundant renewable electricity, if it can't happen there, it can't happen anywhere. Jori Lewis reports from Reykyavik. Have a listen.

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Zero-Carbon Drive to Sacto Anti-Carbon Rally and Back

Plugs and Cars

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) held a rally in Sacramento Thursday outside the lobbying offices of the Association of Automobile Manufacturers to protest their continuing lawsuit against California's greenhouse gas legislation. Dan Kalb of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Bonnie Holms-Gen of the Lung Association were there to lend their voices of protest against the auto industry's continuing legal assault on California. And I was there representing Plug In America.

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