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Post by suziauto » Thu, 06 Jan 2011, 22:05

Hi ,

thought we'd share pics of the latest build, this is the 4th swift in 2 years.. same as before 96v chinese kit we market here.. this one is a keeper , but we have 2 cars for sale immediate delivery, WITH Qld rego , RWC and compliances.

This car is for the shop demo / wifes car , so it was a bare shell refubish job.

We now added a 5kw solar system at the workshop so we charge a car and scooter plus run the entire workshop off it, this is depreciable plant and equipment.. and upon checking our meter , after 3 months we will get $500 cash paid back to us ( 12 months maybe $2,000 cash back?).. adding to that around $40 per week less on the shop fuel bill from using the electrics as daily drivers / del vehicles, things seem to be all good.

We are constantly doing testing and data collection, trying different ideas.. our aim is to get people driving electrics in a way that they are like satelite cars, always on charge when not being driven and charged free by solar , we can do short runs 10-15km away and upon return immediately plug in again, this way we drive many short trips for the business each day, all on solar power.

It makes good business sense , good eco-sense and generates interest in what we do overall.. people talk and its all free advertising.. more small business's should do this... we hope to teach by example..ImageImageImage

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Post by evric » Thu, 06 Jan 2011, 22:09

Very nice...
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Post by woody » Fri, 07 Jan 2011, 03:38

Really nice, neat job. The restoration + conversions like yours and the Green Beetle, the EV Capri and the RoMagna, and Johny's Vogue show that with a bit of effort the form can complement the function - an EV doesn't have to look like a science experiment or Silicon Chip Magazine cover :-)
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Post by a4x4kiwi » Fri, 07 Jan 2011, 04:43

Hay, I resemble that comment!

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Post by suziauto » Tue, 23 Oct 2012, 23:25

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Just adding a couple more pics , its almost finished .. our ideal was to retain the 4 seats by using higher density Lifemgpo batteries 96v 100amp , these were 2/3 the size and weight of the usual thunder sky ..

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Post by nazar » Wed, 24 Oct 2012, 05:04

that is really impressive
there is an awful lot to learn about EV's :)

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Post by AMPrentice » Tue, 06 Nov 2012, 20:51

Love your work and philosophy hope you get some recognition for your good deeds very evolutionary thinking congratulations.

I always wanted a suzuki 99-04 carry as an EV as there is so much room in the engine bay with the tilted G13bb and directly behind the seats with the stepp floor can be an storage area for batts as well as underneath it where the fuel tank resides on one side and exhaust on the other. A ute converted to rwd would also do very well for deliveries. You guys have the power!

P.S. can you pm me a price of a 96v Lifemgpo battery conversion like the green one using one of your 99-04 carry shells you might have? Otherwise a ute? I would prefer the engine where the bellhousing ends as a direct drive unit rather than geared and maybe using a Vitara 5.12 centre for correct ratio then I will get a shortened Hiace diff locally.
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Post by suziauto » Tue, 06 Nov 2012, 21:39

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the underhood area completed.. doing the test driving now

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Post by suziauto » Wed, 21 Aug 2013, 04:29

We have travelled a few thousand kms , this car is a daily driver and trips around 50-60 kms are no problem.. we are probably good for another 20 but we are wary of damaging the cells. we hope to do a proper run to see what the max range is.

We will be bringing it to Canberra for the festival in October.

we have another car awaiting the funds for a set of Lifepo4's so we hope to get a larger set , 200amp or similar.

planning a range extender trailer that would be a teardrop caravan with cells incorporated.. camper and range extender.


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Post by electricty4cars » Tue, 10 Sep 2013, 01:12

That looks nice and clean. The inside of the car looks spacious. Also, I see enough insulation for the engine to breathe especially when tough times come like winter or summer. Conversions and builds like this make me love this hobby even more. Not everybody can pull off a job as neat as this.
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