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Mission for 2007 Accomplished: Convert an ICE to an EV.

Hi my name is Manny. In March 2007 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. Took pretty much the whole month to get legal (not me, I was born here) with the DMV and CHP. Now the fun begins. Update: EV completed in December 2007

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

EV ( Electric Vehicle ) Conversion 7-01-2007

"If I'm extremely lucky..."
if we are talking about the good kind of lucky, not so much.

Both Belktronix and PakTrakr met their respective deadlines of getting me all the electronical doo-dads in time so that if the next piece of news hadn't happened I may have pulled it off (finishing a running EV in time for the EVAoSD meeting 6-26-2007).

PowerSonic raised their battery prices 30% from one day to the next without warning. They may have warned their distributors, but not me. What that means to me is ...more saving pennies...

It also means I can take my time in finishing Phase 1 (getting the damn thing running). Because of the Escondido heat in in June and July I've been slacking in my Monster Garage impersonations. That doesn't mean I haven't been doing stuff...

The slideshow is of a GUI(graphic user interface) front-end program called RoadRunner for use in a Car-PC the "skin" (3rd party customization) is called DigitalFX2.

The PakTrakr's ability to send once a second bursts of information such as:

  • Pack state of charge
  • Individual battery voltages
  • 30-day logged data
  • Amps/Watts
  • Battery bay temperature
    as well as Alerts for
  • Failing Battery
  • Pack Imbalance
  • Damaged Battery
  • Low State of Charge
  • Overcharging

via a serial connection to a PC (or smart device with a serial connection)of your choosing, got me into looking at CarPCs. Especially the following combination:

Of course this may be a bit too much on the car's battery, so I figure just the touchscreen and some kind of small portable battery powered PC to connect to it that I can recharge at home or the office.
Doug, who electrified his Ghia has already done something like this and writes about it in his own blog, er Bloghia .

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Yeah, I care about the environment as much as the next guy. And yeah, I'm a nerdy geek. But, when it comes down to it, what really made me spend my free time and money on this endeavor, is knowing that: every time I put in any gas in my car, some money (a penny is too much) is going to people that want to KILL our kids.
"You don’t have to be a military strategist on the order of Sun Tzu or Carl von Clausewitz to understand: It is a bad idea to fund your enemy’s war effort. But every time we fill the tanks of our cars with gasoline we put money in the pockets of terrorists intent on killing Americans."
Clifford D. May

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