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Post by BjBlaster » Sat, 20 Sep 2008, 05:31

Hi Guys,

I'm converting a 1994 Toyota Camry to electric. I've decided on this car because I already have it (it's in good nick) and the missus loves it. It is 1300Kg tare, and 1850 laden. I have put together this rough outline here:

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Car: 1994 Toyota Camry Sedan
Motor: Netgain Warp 9
Controller: Curtis 1231c or Zeva (if Ian finishes it!!)
Batteries: 12 x 12V Lead Acid AGM - not sure what brand yet
Safety: Dual contactors to break up pack into 72V strings (144V Pack)
Steering: 12V Hydrolic Pump
Brakes: 12V Vacuum Pump

What do you experts think about this plan?

I will start a blog on my site once I get around to it.

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Bj
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Post by tassie_tiger » Sat, 20 Sep 2008, 16:38

Hi BJ


I'm a frequent visitor to your site and thoroughly enjoy reading up on your projects. Looking forward to updates on the eCamry/CamrEy.


cheers


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Post by BjBlaster » Tue, 23 Sep 2008, 02:31

Onya A,

I'm in the process of deciding on battery power.... What is the genal consensus on SLA these days? Are those yellow tops up to the standard, or should I be looking at something else? I would rather ask those who have tried before than be disappointed ?!

ps the blog is up and running... here

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Bj
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Post by Thalass » Tue, 23 Sep 2008, 03:21

Everyone is starting conversions before me! :(

haha! Good onya BJ, I'll keep an eye on this project.
I'll drive an electric vehicle one day.

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Post by BjBlaster » Fri, 26 Sep 2008, 19:29

I need to get an adapter plate made up for my Warp9 (when it turns up) to existing manual gearbox (petrol motor is a 5SFE). Who did you guys get to do this? Are there any companies that are EV aware or are recommended around Perth?

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Post by BjBlaster » Wed, 01 Oct 2008, 01:36

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Post by Richo » Wed, 01 Oct 2008, 01:44

Ask Rob M or
The eV Shop must also make them or know who can make one.
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Post by BjBlaster » Wed, 01 Oct 2008, 21:00

Yes they do, I spoke to them today. Not bad - Take the gearbox in and they will make an adapter plate and coupler for $500 and $350 respectively. Best price so far.....
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Post by BjBlaster » Sat, 04 Oct 2008, 04:12

My batteries arrived the other day... 16 x 110Ah (c10) industrial 6V AGMs.

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Doesn't seem to drop it too much, so I might not have to upgrade the suspension - time will tell...
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Post by BjBlaster » Fri, 17 Oct 2008, 02:08

I have decided to go with 72V to start with, this is because I currently have some 6V batteries that I already had and want to use. I'll use these to get it going (according to my calculations it should have a top speed of 80Km/h) which will do for the <5km trips it will be suited mostly for. When these batteries die I'll change to 12V AGMs which will give me 144V for the same weight and better speed. The problem is the GVM which I can't exceed.

What I do need though is a controller that is rated 72V-144V so I can use the 72V pack to begin with and not have to buy a new controller when I upgrade to 144V. This is looking like the biggest hurdle. Are the kellys that bad? These seem to be the only thing that looks like it fits the job. I can't seem to get hold of ZEVA regarding if I should downsize to a Impulse 9 instead - what are your thoughts people?

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Post by BjBlaster » Tue, 03 Feb 2009, 07:50

After hearing about Pauls Ute, I thought I'd better update this post for those who haven't read my blog. I too opted out of my conversion due to the extreme price hike and parts availability. I was about to remove the motor after having it re-sprayed ready for conversion, but luckily it is still drivable as a car.

Bj's Camry Blog Entry

I am still very keen to convert, but will just have to drive "The big Red Car" until then :)

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Post by Striker » Tue, 03 Feb 2009, 14:43

Hey Bj,

Just checked out your blog, and some of your pics. Nice site. I'd like to hear more about what you're doing with solar.

Sorry to hear that you've had to shelve the conversion for the time being.

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