Formal introduction for ZEVA

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zeva
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Hi all,

Just thought I'd formally introduce to the forum :) My name is Ian Hooper and I run a business called Zero Emission Vehicles Australia.

Among other things, I have been working towards making it easier for those of us converting vehicles in Australia to find the parts they need by importing a variety of products from the US and China, as well as development of some products to fill gaps in the market! ZEVA was recently awarded authorised reseller status for the NetGain brand of series DC motors, and I'll try to keep the common sizes in stock here in Australia so you don't have to wait for the sea freight from the US!

Check out the website at http://www.zeva.com.au for more details, or feel free to drop me a line if you're after anything in particular.
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I've seen your site, it's quite good. You're doing a conversion of an MX-5, aren't you?
I'll drive an electric vehicle one day.

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Thanks, yeah still going with the MX5 conversion!

I keep changing my mind about how I'm going to fit everything in. It's a pretty beefy system for a small car so it's kind of a tight squeeze! (I'm currently trying to work out if I can fit a Warp 11 motor in there, and shoot for the Fastest EV In Australia crown! Someone's gotta give Rob Mason's ute a run for its money.. ;) )
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hahaha good onya!

I might try for that title later on after my conversion is done. I'm thinking of starting out with just rear wheel drive, to save money, but then add in a second motor in the front, similar to this Impreza...


One day, in a few years, we should get together at Barbegello or somewhere and fight it out! Your MX-5 vs my Liberty vs the Mustang vs Rob's Ute (wait, isn't that a Mightyboy?)

That'd be great publicity for EVs!
I'll drive an electric vehicle one day.

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EV Racing... fully sick!
Rob's Triton Ute would probably take them all to school.
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Firstly, the Warp11 is going to fit, jolly good..

Thalass: Yeah that Electric Imp is awesome.. must have cost them a small
fortune! I priced up those Kokam lithium polymer batteries a while back,
at about $40K! And those Siemens AC drives sure aren't cheap. That is
one high-end EV alright..

Andrew: We'll see about the ute.. I hereby throw down the gauntlet ;)

I have been in Rob's ute and sure it is pretty quick, but not untouchable.
It's about 2 tonnes if I remember correctly so he's got twice the weight to
heft along, and while it does have two 11" motors in there instead of one,
the Warp11 is a significantly better motor than the old Kostovs.

My weak link might be the batteries, ThunderSky lithiums aren't exactly
suited to racing applications..

But how about sometime in 2008 we organise a night at the drags - my
MX5 vs the Triton ute down the quarter mile. I reckon it'd be a
sufficiently novel event to get some media attention too :)

PS: My browser (Safari) is doing some screwey things with line breaks :(
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Hi Ian,

Firstly congrats on getting the MX-5 registered!! (Just read about it on EV news through the AEVA)

I'm really interested in your performance as I'm in the process of converting a Mazda roadster here in Melb (using a 22kw AC induction motor). I'm presently aiming to keep the gearbox, but obviously everything would be simpler if it wasn't there...

I can see you were aiming for better performance than the original and have achieved a top speed well over 110km, but what's the acceleration like? 0-60km and 0-100km?

Also I'm guessing the Warp11 DC will have a better torque curve than my 22kw AC?

Thanks,

Costa

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