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by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 19 Apr 2010, 23:05
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: 1984 Civic suitablity?
Replies: 3
Views: 813

1984 Civic suitablity?

I had a 1986 Civic which was not in good cosmetic condition. I converted a Daihatsu charade instead. The 86 civic was zippy and efficient because it was decently light and those characteristics should carry over. It didn't have as much space in the rear compared to the charade and the hatch was more...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 19 Apr 2010, 22:51
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

What's a druther? It's part of a longer phrase. It's because someone addressing a series of conditional preferences might keep starting sentences with "I'd rather have....". Slur that together and you have "I 'druther have..." So, I could ask you "Well, if you could have your 'druthers, what would ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 09 Apr 2010, 14:58
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

An example of this is a recent interview with Evan Thornley, of Better Place (and formerly a State labour Party MP); eg; Questioner: Mr Thornley, I live in an apartment building, how will I charge my EV ? ET: (laughs) From the plug in your garage Q : My body corporate forbids the use of the common ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 08 Apr 2010, 17:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

...it should be noted,again, a MAJOR advantage of EVs is that they suit the non base load characteristics of SOME zero emission energy sources as they can be charged when energy IS available. EVs do not have to contribute to peak load at all and should NOT be allowed/designed to. i.e. public daytim...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 01 Apr 2010, 16:50
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

I am vaguely aware of consideration of a HV DC cable being proposed to link large scale solar power in the Sahara with Europe. Presumably we would be looking at roughly similar costs. That might be a topic to research to get an estimate.
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 31 Mar 2010, 22:23
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Setting up an e-xpert pro battery monitor
Replies: 14
Views: 2743

Setting up an e-xpert pro battery monitor

I'll try to remember to post my configuration in the next few days. However, if the shunt simply had a different resistance from the expected one you should just get a consistently lower- or higher-than-correct current reading on both discharging and charging and the gauge should still come back clo...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 31 Mar 2010, 20:55
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Setting up an e-xpert pro battery monitor
Replies: 14
Views: 2743

Setting up an e-xpert pro battery monitor

Mine is not as bad as yours by the sound of it. Mine always recharges to read 90-something% and sometimes it does reset to 100% as it should; it never goes to only 77% when it should be full. For me it is only a minor irritation because the accuracy is never too far out but I would certainly be unha...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 31 Mar 2010, 18:58
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Setting up an e-xpert pro battery monitor
Replies: 14
Views: 2743

Setting up an e-xpert pro battery monitor

I have the same TBS gauge and get the same thing. Sometimes it syncronises as expected and sometimes it doesn't and I'm left with the battery full, the charger automatically turned off and the the gauge showing 90-something%. I spent some time fiddling with the voltage and current settings that defi...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 22 Mar 2010, 13:50
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Daewoo-Matiz-12-99-electric-vehical-ev-project-5-speed_W0QQitemZ190380858954QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Cars?hash=item2c53955e4a I would have to disagree here Eugen, thats a little motor (hydraulic from a forklift perhaps). even in a car that small, performance will be below that o...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 21 Mar 2010, 15:08
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

I once asked someone from a relevant area of CSIRO how long the world's known reserves of uranium would last if by magic we were to provide all the worlds power by conventional fission reactors at current consumption rates.   From memory I think the answer was 'about 35 years', in any case something...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 19 Mar 2010, 02:40
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

When the authorities can guarantee that the electrons arriving at my house are green and not black I will start to believe. I suppose then that you are not happy unless the bank gives you back the same notes you deposited in your account. No assurances from an accountant or auditor would be good en...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 19 Mar 2010, 02:19
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

When the authorities can guarantee that the electrons arriving at my house are green and not black I will start to believe. I suppose then that you are not happy unless the bank gives you back the same notes you deposited in your account. No assurances from an accountant or auditor would be good en...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 18 Mar 2010, 22:23
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

...I am aware that there is nowhere near enough "green energy" generated to supply the green demand. So if this scheme is audited how is that possible. Who audits the scheme and what happens if there is a shortfall in the amount of Green power available? According to http://greenpower.gov.au/our-au...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 18 Mar 2010, 21:30
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

Easily fixed! Worry no more! Make one phone call, say you want 100% GreenPower (greenpower.gov.au), pay about 7c/KWh extra, and the electricity retailer is obliged to purchase as much renewable energy as you consume. So you still believe in Santa Claus then Peter http://forums.aeva.asn.au/smileys/s...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 18 Mar 2010, 16:10
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

Actually if you charge an EV in NSW you are doing more damage to the environment than driving an average ICE. ....... EV's are only better for the environment if - They can be charged from a renewable energy source eg. solar, wind and maybe biofuels. Easily fixed! Worry no more! Make one phone call...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 12 Mar 2010, 17:34
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Grid Connect PV systems
Replies: 104
Views: 19663

Grid Connect PV systems

Whether PV is financially worthwhile or not depends on where you live. In the ACT or NSW it is worthwhile due to the gross rather than net feed in tariff. That is, all your productions goes into the grid, is metered and paid for. All your consumption comes from the grid and is metered separately and...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 12 Mar 2010, 17:03
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

I'm not sure that car buyers would want to keep a car 10 years! But I take your point. Still at only 100 klm range, you would need to have a second ICE car for longer journeys. Or some form of Zero emission range extender? I think there are those car buyers who buy a new car every few years and the...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 11 Mar 2010, 19:41
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

So do you own one? ............ I would be interested in what forum members would expect from a commercially made EV, and what price, technical specifications, and performance would motivate a purchase? No, I don't have a Blade Electron. I have a '91 charade with DC motor, home conversion. From a c...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 11 Mar 2010, 13:31
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

If it so happens that it is proven that you can take any reasonable vehicle and convert it to Electric for under $20,000 it surely will send the message that commercially produced EVs should not cost the earth. Very true. But can you? The most successful Australian commercial converter, BEV, charge...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 11 Mar 2010, 13:21
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

I think another problem is that the car manufacturers are scared of bringing out a car that is not extremely good and completely without foibles. None wants to be left behind but none wants to be remembered for being first with a lemon. Consequently they are like the penguins that jostle at the edge...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 03 Feb 2010, 17:29
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

For what it's worth my views on climate change are more influenced by my colleagues at CSIRO and other academic institutions and respectable scientific literature than by Kevin Rudd. The standard arguments repeatedly put by noisy sceptics have been comprehensively debunked or acknowledged and incorp...
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 03 Feb 2010, 13:23
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

Probably best to avoid partisan politics but I would not want anyone to think I endorse the Liberals cynical moves on this topic in any way. It's a typical mix of dog whistle to the climate sceptics and misinformation. The ETS is not perfect but it has had some improvements to make voluntary action ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 02 Feb 2010, 21:56
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Why get an EV?
Replies: 311
Views: 29344

Why get an EV?

To the question why have an EV? For me the main reason was that I can have the luxury of private car transport yet run it on renewable energy by buying 100% GreenPower. I could justify this as a cost-effective way to reduce my environmental impact because the cost is less than running a petrol car. ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 15 Jan 2010, 19:02
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: What limits an E-bike power?
Replies: 12
Views: 4775

What limits an E-bike power?

Thanks, that makes sense that I would need a controller then. I guess the main question remains though: is the only difference between different power rating actually in the controller not the hub motor? Anyone else know?
Thanks,
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 15 Jan 2010, 17:12
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: What limits an E-bike power?
Replies: 12
Views: 4775

What limits an E-bike power?

Hi, After looking at the various hub motors on ebay, shops and elsewhere I am coming to suspect that the motors from any particular vendor are the same internally and it is only the controller sold with it and the recommended battery voltage that provides different current or voltage limits. IE if y...