11.03.12

OUI MADE THE RUN

Posted in Batteries, Drive Train, Road Test, Wipers at 7:07 pm by Administrator

I am writing this post from Jamestown, CA. It is Saturday and I… OUI… EVIE and myself, arrived unscathed and without the aid of a flatbed tow truck in Jamestown this afternoon. I left Delhi with 196Ah to attempt a 60mi uphill drive. Oui arrived in Jamestown at 1715hrs PDT with 103.9Ah left in the batteries. Did I mention uphill thats right, there is a 1329ft difference in elevation between my house (elev. 118ft) and Jamestown (elev. 1447ft.) Of course I drove conservatively but I did have my headlights on for the last 15mi. So the way I figure…
196Ah-103.9Ah/60mi=1.535Ah/mi. How did the car perform? I am experiencing vibration and I can’t tell if its the road or the car. The car was able to go 40mi/hr on some of the steeper climbs. This car may not be fast but she climbs like an elevator. This is only the beginning. Yesterday I hooked up my windshield wipers so that they park. They park on the opposite side I had them on so I had to heat them up to orange and bend them the opposite direction and temper the arms in cold H2O so they still have some spring. They look, and more importantly, function great. I am getting the garage ready to bring Otto home from Cars Etc with a new paint job. I have plenty of fresh ideas inspired by my conversing with the folks at EVCCON and Richard at ReFuel. That will be my wintertime project. Now its all about EVIE… Oh and my 50CAL BBM but thats another story.
“Keep On Pluggin”

08.03.12

Long Distance Runner

Posted in Road Test at 9:53 pm by Administrator

This week has been quite something. First I rolled all the way to Merced and back at night. Second I installed the new Speedhut Speedometer, Third I had an adventure. You see, I thought I would drive my car to Jamestown and charge it there. I figured since I can drive to Merced and Back (61mi) I should be able to make it to Jamestown (61mi) and about 1200ft elevation. The car is a slug. Although we took home bronze and the Laguna Seca TT I am very disappointed with the performance I am getting from this AZURE AC24LS set up which I purchased from Electro Automotive. I would have been better of with a DC motor. That said I have three choices with which to make it better. Choice One: Finish bottom balancing the pack and by doing so create more overall capacity. This is what I will try prior to any of the following choices. Choice two: Add more batteries. By adding more batteries I can Increase the voltage thus increase the speed (you also increase the weight). Choice two is very expensive. Choice three: Get rid of the Azure set up and get a AC50 set up.
The AC50 setup is what I would like to use in my Porsche 914. It doesnt take as many batteries and has superior performance. Or I could go to a DC set up with an EVnetics controller. Whichever way I choose, It is going to cost money. This brings up a point about RESEARCH and how important it is to do your homework. When I started, I was just a little nieve kid in a big pond ready to take the EV world by surprise… It wouldn’t surprise you then, I am becoming acutely aware that I should have studied harder. A lesson to all you young budding EV enthusiest. Since I purchased my Azure AC24LS many new and well engineeered products have hit the market. The Warp 9 electric DC motor has had some major improvments. Evnetics has built a controller that can handle 1000Amps and another one that can handle 2000 Amps. This of course would not be conceivable if it were not for the innovative devolpments and advancments in battery technology. LiFePo4 chemistry has allowed even the garage builder to be able to build an EV with a servicable range which could be successfully used for a daily driver. With so much innovation and development happening and at such a rapid pace it is no wonder my car is behind the times. (did I mention Azure Dynamics filed chapter 13?) After all I started with a 1974 Beetle Pan and chassis in March of 2008. When I took her for her first drive I had lead acid batteries. I never would have thought it even possible to drive to the foothills from the valley AND IT WASN’T. I started building the car because there weren’t any production electric cars available NOW THERE ARE. I guess the EV movement (pardon my pun) is akin to the development of the personal computer. It seems to be changing just as rapidly and with just as much innovation as the PC. I hope the cost come down appropriately and aquisition of EV parts and systems reflect the now availibility of PC parts and accessories. Even though my EVIE is a Slug right now, I know she can with just some minor changes on my part because of some major innovations on many other EV enthusiast parts, She can go faster and further with less number of batteries in the future.

07.28.12

Keep On Pluggin

Posted in Accessories, Gauges, Heater, Lights, Low Voltage System, Road Test, Tuning at 6:37 pm by Administrator

I received my GPS Speedometer from Speedhut. It sure is pretty. I am almost ready to embark on the long ride uphill from Delhi CA to Sonora CA. I only need to finish bottom balancing twenty more cells and then I can charge to a much higher capacity then I have been. In the meantime I am finishing the design of the interior and the process of sealing EVIE up for those colder wetter days. I also received my contactor for my heater which I designed last year. Lots to do and little time to do it. I just keep on pluggin away at it little by little. I am embarking on a new green business soon… watch this blog for further details… I can only say this… It involves Green devices, EV’s, Fairness, Public awareness, and Earthly preparedness. Thats all for now. I will let you know how the Central Valley to Foothills run goes.
If you have any questions or want to make a comment, feel free!
Keep On Pluggin

07.05.12

Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey CA 07-01-2012

Posted in AC 24, Batteries, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, Gauges, High Voltage System, Lets All Plug In, Low Voltage System, Road Test, Tuning at 10:08 pm by Administrator

EV1E’s Debut as an LiFePo4 powered vehicle proved to be a success. We placed third in the “electric vehicle conversion” division (now ask me how many vehicles were in our division.) Not bad considering I have never driven on a race track. The event was wonderful and enlightening. There were more production cars then conversions. Representatives from Tesla, BMW, Coda, Nissan, as well as the Kleen Speed race team were present. This says something very positive about the future of electric vehicles and hopefully the future of our environment as well.

06.30.12

Yippee! We’re Ready to Go Dad!

Posted in AC 24, Assembly, Batteries, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, Gauges, High Voltage System, Lets All Plug In, Lights, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Road Test, Seats, Sub Frame at 4:22 pm by Administrator

C'mon lets go!
These are my helpers. They were protesting that I couldn’t take them to Laguna Seca with me. This is an old fashioned “Sit In” They actually slept in the car last night and would not come in (the car was parked in the garage) the house.
We are ready for the big event at Laguna Seca tomorrow. Robert has volunteered his time and car trailer to the cause and we will be loading EV1E on the trailer eeearly in the morning. The Electric Automobile Association California Central Valley Chapter will be represented tomorrow!
I drove EV1E today and she “feels like a different car.” Jack Rickard of EVTV made this statement to me in one of our correspondences about the differences between lead and Lithium. He said when I change from lead to Lithium that my car will “feel like a different car” I wasn’t sure what he meant by it, I mean how could the same car feel completely different? Now I know what he meant EV1E feels more solid more responsive … tighter. Don’t know how else to explain it. Tomorrow is going to be a great way to see just what she can do.

06.28.12

Long Week, 121 Gigawatts! what was thinking!

Posted in AC 24, Accessories, Assembly, Batteries, DMOC, High Voltage System, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Road Test, Seats at 10:49 pm by Administrator

Ok here is the scoop. Today, The Day on the calendar wherein, in 1955 Marty McFly first went back to the future in Doc’s Delorean, EV1E received her first jolt of Lithium Power. A very historic day.
As I said it was a long week. I took Monday off thanks to the graciousness and understanding of my fabulous program manager. So what did I do with it? I finished wiring the Low Voltage system. I tested all the relays and made sure they all functioned properly. I re-read the instruction manual for my PL6 which is supposed to be able to discharge a battery at 40Amps. I went through all of the steps and the only thing I got was a message that said “Bad Cell Count” and no matter what I do that is all I can get. I called Revo and sent several emails but alas a good product is only as good as the support behind it. Given that rule I have to say that the PL6 is a bad product… only because of the lack of support, that and it wont do anything useful. Did I mention I called them… this started about three weeks ago and I have yet to hear from them.
That said and done I had to figure another way to balance my pack. This took some thought…
On Tuesday I hooked up the DC to DC converter and Willie the welder came over and we welded the new seat brackets in so that I could use the 914 seats… The seats were too high, 914 seats too high! We revisited the old bradley seats and made some modifications to them and that is what I am using. On Tuesday I we also put in the locking mechanism for the aft battery boxes. On Tues night I Started placing batteries in the boxes in the proper configuration. I also fitted the connecting cables which connect the front box to the aft boxes. Wed I spent most of the day trying to configure the PL6 to discharge more then 7.99Amps. Then Willie came over again and he took the seat brackets out so that the Old Bradley seats would fit. I also pulled the three point seatbelt system out of the Porsche 914 and installed it in EV1E. I used the roll bar for the harness attachment and the other two points are where I had the lap belt. Today was great! I decided I was going to hook up all of the main pack and check all the systems. They are working. I drove the car down the block and thought this car is sluggish… I drove back home and parked EV1E in the garage and went to apply the E Brake, it was already applied. I took off the E Brake and drove to the end of the block again this time with much more pep.
About balancing. I am going to charge the pack until the most charged battery reach’s 3.5 volts then, I am going to measure the lowest voltages and take the high voltage batts out of the string and charge everything up to 3.5Volts. Then reintroduce the charged batts which were removed and have a balanced pack. I can then run the car normally until the batteries are discharged to almost 2.75V then I can hand balance them. For Now I have just a little more to do and I am ready for Laguna Seca.

06.12.10

Mission Accomplished! (for real)

Posted in AC 24, Batteries, DMOC, Drive Train, Gauges, High Voltage System, Lights, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Road Test at 11:59 pm by Administrator


I drove my EV1E to work in daylight conditions and, back at night. A total of 56 miles, 26 of which was freeway driving. I didn’t push the pedal all the way to the floor but I still got 60mph on the freeway….A great day

05.29.10

EV1E’s Home

Posted in Body and Fender, Paint, Road Test at 11:54 am by Administrator

This is great! I drove her home, drove her to the store, drove her to band practice and didn’t use one drop of gasoline. She is really starting to look like a real car. Check out the photos…

05.16.10

May’s Gonna Be Great!

Posted in Body and Fender, DMOC, Road Test at 5:58 am by Administrator

OK here is the latest. I will get Ev1e back from Cars etc. next week (after Wednesday) and I have some work to do before I get the interior done. The first thing is moving the wheels out so that they fit in the wheel wells properly. The next is…Performance. The fastest I have been able to go so far is 58 mph. This car is supposed to be able to go 90 mph I have been in touch with the folks at Azure and they sent me some parameter settings for a DMOC capture. I will be running some driving test and sending them the results. They will then send me the proper settings to make my car Go go go! Then I will get the interior done. Here are some more pics of EV1E’s progress. The changes are subtle but definite.

10.24.09

New Tires and a Precision Alignment

Posted in Drive Train, Road Test, Tuning at 6:11 pm by Administrator

I got EV1E back from Bob yesterday and what a difference. Jason down at Big J Tires, helped me pick out a low resistance tire and then his team did a first class job on the front end alignment. They checked the rear end alignment and Bob Tumazi took it from there. He made the adjustment and now EV1E scoots down the road like she was meant to. I am having a special transmission re-geared for her shifting points as they are different then an ICE vehicle, that should help a little more. For the record I was keeping up with traffic on 99 when I brought her home yesterday. When I got home I had used 1% of the charge. Wow! This really works… you should get one. Next week The Body Shop.

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