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by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 17 Feb 2009, 04:55
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: RPM link to "noise" output ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1218

RPM link to "noise" output ?

Perhaps I have missed something but should you really be driving with a significant visual impairment and would you want an auditory cue for the hearing impaired?
Peter
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 16 Feb 2009, 22:01
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: RPM link to "noise" output ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1218

RPM link to "noise" output ?

Why would you want to make noise? To provide an audible feedback for motor speed? A tachometer would do the job quietly.
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 16 Feb 2009, 21:49
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Kearon's EV Capri
Replies: 121
Views: 19139

Kearon's EV Capri

Hi, I enjoyed the latest installment. Thanks! One comment: Are you really planning to rely only on the circuit breaker with no fuse? I would have thought it sensible to have at least one fuse with a rating a bit higher than the breaker. If the breaker fails, or the short is somewhere before the brea...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 29 Jan 2009, 19:00
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: ADC L91 thermal switch voltage
Replies: 1
Views: 655

ADC L91 thermal switch voltage

Hi Nick, Since we talked about this I have hooked up the 'check engine' light of the original instrument panel on my charade to the temperature switch on the ADC motor. It was not too hard to work out what went where. The bulb in the instrument panel is supplied with 12V all the time on one side. Th...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 23 Jan 2009, 21:34
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: DC to DC converters
Replies: 85
Views: 13824

DC to DC converters

I have wired my conversion up such that the input of the DC/DC converter is always across the 144V battery with only a fuse to separate them on the DC/DC input line. The 12V output (actually 13.6V) of the converter would always be available assuming no problem with the traction system, whether the c...
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 22 Jan 2009, 21:44
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Kearon's EV Capri
Replies: 121
Views: 19139

Kearon's EV Capri

What's wrong with the original springs? I thought your final weight was going to end up close to original due to using LFP cells.
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Wed, 21 Jan 2009, 05:13
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: DC to DC converters
Replies: 85
Views: 13824

DC to DC converters

I have not played with these power supplies but others have. My comment is just a reminder, since you call yourself 'EVlearner', that a 12V battery will still be required, although it can be much smaller than the original. The reason is that all cars are required to still be able to sound the horn, ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 20 Jan 2009, 21:49
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Testing brake failure light
Replies: 28
Views: 4867

Testing brake failure light

I have now installed my brake vacuum pump as mentioned above. The car as a whole in not yet running but this bit is tested at least. I have the MES-DEA pump sold by ZEVA connected to brass T-shaped connector with some rubber tube from an auto shop. It was sold as fuel line rather than vacuum hose bu...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 04 Jan 2009, 06:11
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: new newbie section??
Replies: 17
Views: 1492

new newbie section??

Wikis etc. would be great. In the meantime there are some excellent resources elsewhere that helped when I was a newbie and still do. For example, google kiwiEV and EVcapri. These people and others you can find on the net have taken a lot of trouble to document their conversions in new bite-sized ch...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 03 Jan 2009, 16:06
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: HV in conduit or not? or what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

HV in conduit or not? or what?

For what it's worth, I started this thread and can now report that I have started wiring up with some 70mm2 fine stranded, double insulated cable I found at a local metal recycler. It has a blue covering so I have put it into some 25mm, flexible, orange, UV-stablised, corrugated conduit ($10+$7posta...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 02 Jan 2009, 02:35
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: DC to DC converters
Replies: 85
Views: 13824

DC to DC converters

I got the big brother of the Iota 45 that ZEVA was selling, the Iota 90 (IE 90Amp output) via the Aldridge Electrical Industries (02-95409966). It cost me $594 inc freight but that was around the time the exchange rates were moving. Most likely a bit more now. I have not tested it yet but assume it ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sun, 21 Dec 2008, 00:35
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse
Replies: 31
Views: 3797

Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse

It's incredible that we don't have a solar water heater on every roof. It is amazing that caring people agonise about the best form of heating yet don't have decent insulation. I don't know why every person with an above average income doesn't just pay the extra 5.5c/KWh (ACTEW's Greenchoice) to hav...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 19:29
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse
Replies: 31
Views: 3797

Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse

As I understand it the solar panels on my roof get counted towards the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target of not-very-much percent. That lets the electricity company off the hook from buying an equivalent amount from another renewable source. I will be getting my money back nicely with ACTs gross fee...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 17:43
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse
Replies: 31
Views: 3797

Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse

Absolutely agreed, it IS different. Also agreed on all the potential for electric to become more renewable, while fossil fuel can't. Still I wonder, yet again, how many of us are actually taking advantage of the possibility to buy 100% renewable right now and emphasizing that? By the way, even with ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 15:59
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse
Replies: 31
Views: 3797

Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse

Addressing various point above: -Unfortunately the Garnaut Report doesn't show the working or state the assumptions. There is barely more than what I quoted in a little info box. I agree that all sorts of things can change the result. Garnaut explicitly mentions the variations in generation between ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 05:49
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse
Replies: 31
Views: 3797

Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse

I think this sort of response could do us a disservice and is not particularly helpful. I am busy doing a conversion so obviously I think EVs are generally a good thing. However, it doesn't help to oversell a good thing and thereby undermine our position. We can be unequivocally a benefit to the glo...
by Peter C in Canberra
Sat, 20 Dec 2008, 04:51
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse
Replies: 31
Views: 3797

Garnaut says EVs worse for greenhouse

Dear All, I had been blissfully under the impression that using an EV worked out better greenhouse-wise than petrol in an equivalent vehicle. One source of that impression had been: "THE CLEANEST CARS: WELL-TO-WHEELS EMISSIONS COMPARISONS, Updated May 2008 by Sherry Boschert" which can be found with...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 12 Dec 2008, 16:50
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: HV in conduit or not? or what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

HV in conduit or not? or what?

Thanks Dave, I'll be careful to avoid the brake lines-good tip. Ditto about the self tappers-that was just lazy thinking-i'll use a proper bolt. I'm now thinking to use some of the flexible plastic stuff with a split up the side that was used originally in the car for bundles of wires, the thinner s...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 12 Dec 2008, 00:24
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Kearon's EV Capri
Replies: 121
Views: 19139

Kearon's EV Capri

Yes, I always had misgivings about the old 70s "solar not nuclear" stickers. I wanted to reply 'Solar IS nuclear; just at a safe distance'
by Peter C in Canberra
Thu, 11 Dec 2008, 23:16
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Kearon's EV Capri
Replies: 121
Views: 19139

Kearon's EV Capri

I agree, many will not know what it means. That is why I am trying to find the best, briefest, least ambiguous set of words for a sticker on the rear of my car that says: "This is an electric car. I charge it by purchasing accredited 100% Greenpower which means you can forget the criticism that I am...
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 09 Dec 2008, 05:18
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: HV in conduit or not? or what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

HV in conduit or not? or what?

Hello All, I've bought all the big ticket items, go the motor in and now I'm getting down to the finer detail planning of layout etc. However, in Canberra there is only one completed EV to look at. So I come to a question.... I have several meters of the 50mm2 cable from ZEVA, black and orange. The ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Mon, 08 Dec 2008, 23:46
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: changing habits and expectations
Replies: 29
Views: 2600

changing habits and expectations

Quote: Here is another example: Eighty years ago petrol stations were not wide spread but a horse could be fed in any paddock. Horse-drawn technology was wide spread and well understood. What were people saying then about the smelly, unsafe and unreliable petrol cars of the day? I read something on ...
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 05 Dec 2008, 19:21
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: EV Conversion Starting out
Replies: 6
Views: 1190

EV Conversion Starting out

On the other hand, I have been fairly careful with the budget but I am still up to $10K. The cells will be the same again since I am buying TSLFPs with US$s.
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Fri, 05 Dec 2008, 19:06
Forum: AEVA ACT Branch
Topic: Advice on EV conversion in ACT -
Replies: 1
Views: 2354

Advice on EV conversion in ACT -

Were you at our November meeting? In any case come to the December meeting. We don't have one in January. I and others will be happy to help with advice. We have several people part way through car conversions and one completed. Feel free to give me a call 62516213
Peter.
by Peter C in Canberra
Tue, 02 Dec 2008, 16:52
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Kearon's EV Capri
Replies: 121
Views: 19139

Kearon's EV Capri

Hi Kearon, Your motor bay photos are very helpful. I have much the same kit of parts for my Charade. The motor has just gone in but not anything else yet and I now need to work out the details of the layout. Am I right that your shelf is supported by resting on the chassis rails as they extend forwa...