Damon’s Fiat 500e project

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by Johny » Thu, 06 Dec 2018, 09:05

Really amazing time frame. So fast yet obviously done very carefully. Great work.

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by T1 Terry » Thu, 06 Dec 2018, 11:24

Wow, if we had awards for the neatest and fastest conversion you would win it hands down and probably hold the tittle for life. An incredible transformation showing just how much dedication you had from start to finish. The labour hrs/cost if you were doing that conversion for a client would be high, but the professionalism shown through the whole project would still be money well spent.
Do you think you would ever weaken enough to do another if asked :lol:

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by Damon500 » Fri, 07 Dec 2018, 20:32

Thanks guys- it’s been quite a journey and certainly much more involved than my initial research led me to believe. No I wouldn’t do another one this way converting a Euro version to electric although a RHD conversion of a US version would be a relative doddle if the new SEVS regulations permit import in due course.
I’m really enjoying driving it (under limitations o& a trade plate at present) it is super quick off the line and very quiet and refined to drive- really looking forward to hopefully getting it on full registration next week reports permitting...
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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by Damon500 » Sun, 09 Dec 2018, 20:28

Was nice to see another EV out and about today in Nunawading- aside from a solitary Leaf in my street there aren’t many around in Melbournes Eastern suburbs. I have put my ICE Fiat 500 up for sale today and looking forward to more adventures in the 500e..
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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by Johny » Mon, 10 Dec 2018, 04:11

Damon500 wrote:
Sun, 09 Dec 2018, 20:28
Was nice to see another EV out and about today in Nunawading- .....
Hey that's my stomping ground too. I'll keep a look out for you. If you see a 1965 Humber Vogue flashing headlights at you, flash back.

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by jonescg » Mon, 10 Dec 2018, 09:20

Johny wrote:
Mon, 10 Dec 2018, 04:11
If you see a 1965 Humber Vogue flashing headlights at you, flash back.
And then slow down, because there's a speed camera ahead :D
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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by reecho » Mon, 10 Dec 2018, 18:10

That's a seriously good conversion. Gobsmacked....

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by Damon500 » Thu, 13 Dec 2018, 21:18

Fully road legal now and registered as an Electric Vehicle- thanks Bryce for the EV labels as VicRoads wanted me to put Hybrid stickers on...

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by jonescg » Thu, 13 Dec 2018, 22:54

Well done Damon! We look forward to seeing it at EV Expos and the like :D
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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by brendon_m » Fri, 14 Dec 2018, 06:50

Yes, good job! I'm super impressed, especially with your time line.

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by Damon500 » Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 17:29

Thanks everyone for the comments and support along the way- i’m thoroughly enjoying the 500e and it has made my stop-start 45-60min commute each way seem somehow less tedious. The instant torque and smooth acceleration combined with good ride quality and all the usual things I like about a 500 such as compact dimensions, great visibility and excellent use of space make a really enjoyable and practical package.

Electricity consumption has averaged at 6km/kWh in heavy traffic conditions with Airconditioning operating and more than the odd performance demonstration.. it will achieve around 7.3km/kwh on the morning run down the Eastern freeway run towards the city.

Its a huge improvement over the standard 1.2 Petrol Fiat 500 with Automated manual and I commented today that it is so ideally suited to my daily commute that I wouldn’t even swap it for the $80,000 Alfa Romeo company car I handed back when I decided to go Electric instead...

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by brendon_m » Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 17:58

If you don't mind answering, how much did your electric 500 end up costing you?
If you don't want to share that's cool, I'm just curious.

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by Damon500 » Wed, 19 Dec 2018, 19:58

Hi Brendon, cost wise it ended up in the mid $30k range in vehicles and components (ignoring my unpaid sweat equity) I however still have the 5000km petrol Motor, transmission and other components I can sell in due course to recover some of that.. The conversion (ignoring labour) could have been done for up to $15k less had I decided to purchase earlier model 500e and ICE donor cars. My decision to but start with the newest, low mileage 500e donor I could find and using a low mileage 2017 model limited edition local ICE car did increase the costs somewhat..

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by brendon_m » Wed, 19 Dec 2018, 20:36

Pretty good going for a 2017 ev.
Congratulations on the successful build

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by Damon500 » Sun, 30 Dec 2018, 06:16

Hopefully the next generation 500e will be available off 5he showroom floor fully assembled without the need to bring your own tools.. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/29/ne ... in-europe/

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Re: Damon’s Fiat 500e project

Post by T1 Terry » Thu, 03 Jan 2019, 13:16

I bet they will sell for a lot more than $30,000 and not have the personal "feel" that building your own EV gives. I wonder if anyone will follow in your tracks and build one themselves?

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