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RX7 Series 8 EV conversion. Where do I start?

Technical discussion on converting internal combustion to electric
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Astro
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RX7 Series 8 EV conversion. Where do I start?

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Hi Guys

Well done to all the guys who have their EV's up and running. I hope you are enjoying it.

I am finally going to embark on my project, which I have been thinking about for years.

The plan goes like this.

Import an RX7 from Japan. Series 6 to 8. This will be the easy part.
Buy Electric Motor, Controller, Batteries etc. I need to do more research but it will need to be fast.
Piece the puzzle together in my workshop. That will be fun.

Compliancing, Registration...This is what i am unsure about. Do I need to convert a car that is already registered or can i submit a car after it is completely modified. Is there someone in Sydney that can provide this service.

Or is there someone that has taken a similar path that can give me a few tips or contacts?

Any help will be appreciated.

Cheers


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Richo
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Hi Astro welcome to the AEVA Image
An electric conversion is essentially an engine change.
In WA we need an approval to modify letter but the car does not need to be registered for this.
So it can be done in any order, well in WA at least.
I'm unsure if Sydney is different.

But depending on the vehicle it may be easier to register first then modify.
Depends if the vehicle is running and road worthy in the first place.


Astro wrote:I need to do more research but it will need to be fast.


Will your reasearch need to be fast or the car?
So the short answer is NO but the long answer is YES.
Help prevent road rage - get outta my way!

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So the short answer is NO but the long answer is YES.
Help prevent road rage - get outta my way!

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RX7 Series 8 EV conversion. Where do I start?

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Astro wrote: ...
Import an RX7 from Japan. Series 6 to 8. This will be the easy part.
Buy Electric Motor, Controller, Batteries etc. I need to do more research but it will need to be fast.
Piece the puzzle together in my workshop. That will be fun.
...

hi, Astro.
If you have electrical background, I think you can easily make your "puzzle" run by yourself. I did my EV by myself. I spend half a year, screwing nuts&bolts on my ev during holidays and free time.
IMHO, you have to decide which battery chemistry to use, firstly. Than wires, motor, controller, DC/dc, safety switches&fuses, metering...
It seems, you should know well the technical details, if you are thinking about EV for years :)

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Great choice of car to convert you are removing the biggest weakness the RX7 has... I briefly thought about converting the Series 8 until I went looking at the price to buy one, and at around 20k just for a donor that's a bit rich for me.

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Thanks for the link and replies guys.

I have an electrical/mechanical background maintaining Aircraft. I will be doing most of the work myself as i want to enjoy the build and do it in my garage. Besides, i am usually disappointed with general mechanical works as I am quite fussy with things. (No discredit to anyone)

I am planning on doing this over a 6 month period.

Re the 20k price tag. I was hoping to get away much cheaper than this as a starting point. I am starting to realize that there are quite a few hurdles to jump over for getting an import registered. I do not really have bundles of spare time for red tape so i think the registered Australian car to EV conversion is simplest.

Yes i hear you EV2Go....probably looking at 20K after all Image Doh!

By the way, i am amazed at how much info there is from the states!

I have been in contact with a guy called Jim Husted from the states. Real nice guy and has had a lot of input into White Zombie from what I understand. I hope he can help me with a kick ass package first go!


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