May, 2008

Will Solar Panels Help Power an EV?

Electric Cars are for Girls

If you put solar panels on your car would it help? If you did it right, would it be like adding one or more batteries? Let's say you are at work and

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Picking a Controller

Open Source Civic EV Kit

One of the other discussions on the Civic-EV group concerns which controller to use to drive the system. Here are few thoughts: Curtis controllers are widely used and available but a tad pricey and have issues due to lack of over-RPM and under-voltage feedback. The Zilla 1K controllers are amazing, but have lead times of 4-6 months and also cost a lot.

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Tom Friedman on Gas Prices, Honesty, Obama, and Electric Cars

Plugs and Cars

Tom Friedman of the NY Times has been hammering away at the bi-partisan disaster that is the US energy policy for years now. One cornerstone of the policy is cheap gas. Pandering politicians have ensured the true cost of gas remains shrouded in tax policy and the defense budget. Now the pressures of a changing global market have provoked a precipitous rise in gasoline prices for the heretofore protected American driver. Friedman says it's time for some truth telling.

2008 100

Lithium vs Lead; the Great Cost Debate.

DIY Electric Car

I've decided to try and work out the cost comparisons for a Lithium pack vs a Lead pack for a set range and a set number of years. Is Lead Acid actually cheaper or does is just seem that way up front? This article aims to find that out. The method is to get 10kWh of usable energy, I’ll try to get that with Lead and with Lithium and see what we find is cheaper in the long run. Assuming an efficiency of 250Wh per mile (a compact car) we should get a range of 40 miles (65km) with either pack.

2008 100

On the Horizon

Plug In Partners

N ow that the number one automaker and the number two automaker has made the commitment to building Plug In hybrid / electric vehicles by 2010, another automotive giant is joining the race. Here is the story from the New York Times : Nissan Plans Electric Car in U.S. by ’10 By BILL VLASIC Published: May 13, 2008 DETROIT — The Nissan Motor Company plans to sell an electric car in the United States and Japan by 2010, raising the stakes in the race to develop environmentally friendly vehicles.

2008 100

One Way to Mount the Warp9

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In addition to the motor adapter to connect the DC motor to the transmission, you also need to support the rear end of the DC motor. Big thanks to Rob Connelly for providing pictures and CAD drawings of a possible "banjo plate" to support the motor. By using the beefy motor mount angle bracket from the original Civic vehicle, you can support quite a bit of weight. Thanks, Rob! Cheers, Tim

2008 100

Considering Different Batteries

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The original CivicWithACord design used 18 8-volt golf cart batteries. These are commonly used in the EV community since they are widely available and have been used for several years. After some debate on the Google Group and dealing with clutch-link interference issues, I'm tending towards 12-volt group-31 AGM batteries for the initial design. I think the AGM batteries will be safer due to a solid electrolyte and the entire design might be cheaper because we won't need acid-proof battery boxes.

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Back from Italy

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Hi All, I had a great time in Italy for the past month exploring all the historical ruins of several cities. Vacation is over, and I'm happy to be back in the saddle doing EV conversion research for the open-source project. The Civic-EV Google Group grew quite a bit while I was gone and several people have come out of the woodwork to help with this project, so I'm psyched to move forward. Here's a picture in the bay of Naples with my wonderful girlfriend, Krista.

2008 100

Electric cars back on track?

Plugs and Cars

The tide appears to be turning. Electric cars are in the news almost daily. Large manufacturers and startups are responding to changing circumstances and customer preferences. Oil has passed $120 a barrel. The NY Times headlined "As Gas Costs Soar, Buyers Flock to Small Cars." GM lost $3.25 billion in the first quarter. Something’s got to give.

2008 100

Oil; it’s not you it’s me.

DIY Electric Car

Ah Oil, we’ve had plenty of good times together haven’t we? Remember me learning to drive… buying my first car… our first road trip together. We’ve made some pretty good memories… you and I. But if I’m honest I think we should start seeing other fuels. The last thing I want to do is hurt you but I think we are just drifting apart, heading in separate directions. You are having such a fantastic career, you’ve really found your niche and that more expensive demographic really suits you.

2008 100

Amazing Growth- A 33 day snapshot of DIYelectriccar

DIY Electric Car

Just out of curiosity I thought it might be interesting to record to statistics of DIY electric car, since it seemed like it was growing pretty fast. After just a month of fairly sporadic recording of the threads, posts, members and active members I found the results pretty surprising. If you're interesting in statistics or just want to see how the website is going then check out these numbers (and excuse my dodgy excel graphs).

2008 100

Obama on cars

Plugs and Cars

Today Barak Obama appeared on Meet the Press. full transcript here.) MR. RUSSERT: How long before our automobiles are off of gasoline oil and, and using something like an alternative fuel? OBAMA: Well, you know, I, I think that if we decided right now that we were going to make the kind of investment I've proposed--$150 billion over 10 years--then I think at the end of the decade we could have a auto industry that has significantly reduced our consumption of oil by as much as 35, 40 percent.

2008 100

Aptera: incredible becomes believable

Plugs and Cars

The Aptera electric car, so futuristic looking it will appear in an upcoming Star Trek movie, is becoming more believable with each passing day. Extremely lightweight, it will be able to get decent range out of a relatively small lithium battery pack. Three-wheeled, it will not be speed limited like four-wheeled NEVs. They produced a short video from inside their Southern California base station. Check it out. Source: Autobloggreen.com ].

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Why I'm not an Environmentalist

DIY Electric Car

My concern for the environment started when earth, fire, wind, water and heart combined to fight the forces of corporate greed and irresponsibility. Yes, Captain Planet was my hero. I’ve had quite a lot of greening influences in my life, from cartoons, to a kid’s solar experimentation kit, to my friend’s parent’s weird composting toilet.

2008 100

Triumph Spitfire Practical Electric Conversion?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Is it practical (money and technical-wise) to convert an old Spitfire to an EV? I mean, for instance, will the weight of the EV components exceed the

2008 89

Why Does an EV Need a Transmission, Anyway?

Electric Cars are for Girls

If an automatic transmission is such a bummer for EV conversions, why not just can the transmission and hook the electric motor to the drive shaft

2008 89

73 Triumph Spitfire EV Conversion?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have a '73 Spitfire that I bought as a restoration project. Well, after seeing online how someone had converted their spitfire to EV, I thought

2008 89

Electric Minivan Conversion?

Electric Cars are for Girls

We'd like to have a minivan or airport bus sized vehicle converted to electric with air conditioning, We'd like a 60-70 mile range at highway speeds

2008 89

Components of an Electric Car?

Electric Cars are for Girls

What are the main components for building an electric car? Batteries, motor.what else? Hi, Will - Here's what a DC conversion list looks like

2008 89

Conversion Question: Electric Gas Hybrid

Electric Cars are for Girls

I saw on your website somewhere there was mention of a gas generator powering an electric motor. This is called a Parallel Hybrid Drivetrain. Is this

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