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 » Yesterday, 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 » Yesterday, 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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