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by rhills
Sat, 24 Apr 2010, 20:53
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Mercedes A and B class donors; stability control
Replies: 89
Views: 16740

Mercedes A and B class donors; stability control

I notice there's a number of A-Class available on eBay for under 15K (A-Class Search). Interestingly, there's one there in NSW for $7,700 - the seller actually specifically says that the starter motor was replaced last month.
by rhills
Sat, 24 Apr 2010, 20:08
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Mercedes A and B class donors; stability control
Replies: 89
Views: 16740

Mercedes A and B class donors; stability control

Hi guys, Fantastic bit of research! I've been considering a Honda Jazz as a donor vehicle, but the Merc A class seems to make more sense. I have liked the A class since it first came out but have been surprised how many people hate it. I live in WA, but could be quite interested in helping with rese...
by rhills
Fri, 16 Apr 2010, 00:27
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: nuclear power
Replies: 40
Views: 6313

nuclear power

Rob, like most technologies, nuclear power has some drawbacks. However, to class nuclear power generation as inherently dangerous and unsafe is wildly inaccurate. There are approximately 450 nuclear power plants operating in the world. Many countries have relied on nuclear power for more than 50 ye...
by rhills
Thu, 15 Apr 2010, 23:39
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: E-Scooter Project
Replies: 45
Views: 4910

E-Scooter Project

I know crustovich and have been having some telephone discussions with him about his bike and giving him some (occasionally misguided) suggestions. A bit of "blind leading the blind" I think, but we're both learning. I know however that where he lives is quite hilly and his main measure of performan...
by rhills
Wed, 14 Apr 2010, 08:04
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: nuclear power
Replies: 40
Views: 6313

nuclear power

... Our natural resources are already groaning under the weight of the increasing human population and it's high time we resort to other sources of power! Good point. Lots of nuclear power stations, especially dodgy ones in developing countries, should help produce a few disasters which will quickl...
by rhills
Sat, 06 Mar 2010, 07:37
Forum: AEVA WA Branch
Topic: ABC TV stateline 5th March 2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

ABC TV stateline 5th March 2010

I saw the show and was quite disappointed by the heavy emphasis on the possible impact on WA's power grid of "all these electric cars". Everyone here seems to plonk a house on a block without any thought of how it might perform in this climate, then install a bigger air conditioner to try and make i...
by rhills
Sat, 06 Mar 2010, 07:32
Forum: AEVA WA Branch
Topic: ABC TV stateline 5th March 2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2518

ABC TV stateline 5th March 2010

Not sure about the legality of posting an ABC production on YouTube. Hopefully the story will appear here within a day or two...

by rhills
Sun, 22 Nov 2009, 02:37
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: iMiev "is here"
Replies: 16
Views: 1869

iMiev "is here"

hmm hers another link about price and when in australia although when you read it its still very much "up in the air" $40000, instead of $70,000... and first quarter 2010 ... instead of late 2009.    Still no way to pre-order one.. oops.. oh yeah.. the link..! http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor...
by rhills
Sun, 22 Nov 2009, 02:32
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: iMiev "is here"
Replies: 16
Views: 1869

iMiev "is here"

But @ Rhills and readers .. Imiev is"there" .. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1019469/1/.html in singapore .. the first 50 are on their way Thanks for that link, Marty11. Looks like the Singapore Govt is actively involved which is perhaps why cars are in consumers' h...
by rhills
Sat, 21 Nov 2009, 21:36
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: iMiev "is here"
Replies: 16
Views: 1869

iMiev "is here"

That's a direct quote from the iMiev page on the Mitsubishi Australia website: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au/microsites/imiev.aspx#/microsites/imiev.aspx . Unfortunately, I couldn't find any links that enabled me to arrange a test drive or otherwise express my strong interest in this vehicle. ...
by rhills
Fri, 06 Mar 2009, 20:37
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Fuel Cell Safety
Replies: 19
Views: 1390

Fuel Cell Safety

Now that I've jumped off my soapbox, I will flame you (and myself) for wandering off topic Image
by rhills
Fri, 06 Mar 2009, 20:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Fuel Cell Safety
Replies: 19
Views: 1390

Fuel Cell Safety

I remember being taught many years ago that "risk" can be measured as a product of: Probability - ie the likelihood of an adverse event happening Impact - ie the effect that the adverse event would have on people/systems Later on, I did a course on the medical effects of nuclear warfare which includ...
by rhills
Wed, 11 Feb 2009, 21:54
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Green Car Innovation Fund
Replies: 57
Views: 4371

Green Car Innovation Fund

That gets to the problem that gets brought up about renewables that they aren't base load, ie when everyone turns on thier air conditioner the power company can't ask the sun to shine over thier solar panels Maybe it's different in other states, but an interesting thing I've noticed here in Perth i...
by rhills
Wed, 11 Feb 2009, 07:20
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Smart car conversion
Replies: 10
Views: 2922

Smart car conversion

I've occasionally wondered about the Smart as an EV but it'd be an expensive donor. I notice they're jumping on the green wagon - now have a micro-hybrid drive . Methinks the "micro" refers to the amount of "hybridity". AFAICT, all it does is turn off the motor when you slow down below 9kph and turn...
by rhills
Fri, 09 Jan 2009, 20:39
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: new newbie section??
Replies: 17
Views: 1326

new newbie section??

I like the wiki idea :-) Is there some nice free open software for doing circuit diagrams etc so people can document their working vehicles/ideas? (Picture tells a thousand words and all that) Have you tried Dia? It's an open source program (ie free, as in beer) that is "is roughly inspired by the ...
by rhills
Sat, 13 Dec 2008, 05:40
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: The dear and best-vs-good and cheap Batteries
Replies: 13
Views: 1493

The dear and best-vs-good and cheap Batteries

There's been a lot of excellent information about batteries on this forum, but this superb summary takes first prize IMHO. It belongs on a FAQ "Which battery technology should I choose for my EV?"
by rhills
Fri, 12 Dec 2008, 07:17
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: Kearon's EV Capri
Replies: 121
Views: 18231

Kearon's EV Capri

How about a green lightning bolt?
by rhills
Wed, 10 Dec 2008, 08:17
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: EV talk at Living Smart (Kalamunda)
Replies: 4
Views: 831

EV talk at Living Smart (Kalamunda)

Hi Ian, From the slide show, it seems to me like it was a great talk. To the point, punchy and pushing all the right buttons. How did you feel it went down? For people that don't have PowerPoint, you can either download a free PowerPoint viewer from Micro$oft here: PowerPoint 2007 Viewer , or if you...
by rhills
Thu, 04 Dec 2008, 08:54
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Electric boats?
Replies: 12
Views: 1219

Electric boats?

Something like this maybe? I suspect they'd not post it to Oz though Image and it probably wouldn't have the range to cross to the Panama Canal, let alone the Pacific after that!
by rhills
Wed, 03 Dec 2008, 16:44
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Electric boats?
Replies: 12
Views: 1219

Electric boats?

Hi All, I've been doing quite a bit of research on this. I actually killed the ICE in my yacht about 6 years ago, but at the time knew nothing about marine electric motors so replaced it with another ICE http://forums.aeva.asn.au/smileys/smiley19.gif . BGA, you're partly right when you say "the moto...
by rhills
Mon, 06 Oct 2008, 08:58
Forum: AEVA WA Branch
Topic: engineering in perth
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

engineering in perth

I spent 13 years in the Navy and I enjoyed most of it, but have a few tips. Firstly, any promise made to you that's important to you, get in writing. I know of many people who were made promises by recruiters that simply never eventuated. Secondly, anticipate being away from home a lot. If you have ...
by rhills
Sun, 28 Sep 2008, 18:31
Forum: AEVA WA Branch
Topic: SPOTTED!
Replies: 42
Views: 11195

SPOTTED!

Go Mandurah! I'll look forward to the newsletter. Wouldn't it be great if all our posties used these instead of the noisy, smelly, usually-badly-in-need-of-a-tuneup ICE ones they use now. They'd have to go back to the old days of using a whistle too as you wouldn't hear when the mail came anymore! C...
by rhills
Tue, 09 Sep 2008, 06:52
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Hi Power Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 8342

Hi Power Batteries

Hi lithbattboss,

It wasn't me actually, it was "The Doctor" (see page 2 of this thread) who was interested, though I may well be contacting you in the near future anyway.

Cheers,
by rhills
Sun, 07 Sep 2008, 16:53
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Heater-- Demister
Replies: 91
Views: 15771

Heater-- Demister

Hmmm, I wonder if it has a pump included, or if it relies on convection flow? If the latter, would convection flow be enough for effective use as a car heater or would one have to add a water pump as well? I suspect a water pump would be needed for maximum efficiency.

Cheers,
by rhills
Sat, 06 Sep 2008, 21:03
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Hi Power Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 8342

Hi Power Batteries

Have you seen this thread?

Lifepo4 lithium

It includes a post from the national distributor of the batteries.