Monday, July 27, 2009

Good news and moving stuff around...

Well, I finally landed a new job, and it's local so I wont have to move. All great news! Unfortunately, it will take me a few months to recover until I can even think about spending money on the Probe.

As it was, Penny was sitting under my attic, so one weekend morning I single-handedly took it off the jacks, moved all mine/my Dad's stuff to the other side of the garage, rolled it back inside the garage, cleaned up the mess and now I can park next to it and get at my attic!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bit of a setback...

Well, yesterday I was laid-off. Penny will just have to wait that much longer. :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Electric Cars On The Way

Hey, James I see your comments but I'm not sure how to respond to you... you can e-mail me at aikeru [at] gmail [dot] com

I think it's always exciting to see yet another manufacturer starting on a BEV :) here's a list of the ones I've found so far:

Who doesn't love the Tesla Model S sedan? 300mi. range with a 45minute "quick-charge" at $49,9k
Tesla is also supplying Mercedes-Benz with batteries for their EV
Remember the "Miles EV"? 80+mph, 120+mi range XS500 set to be $30k-$35k
Subaru's sub-$20k R1e which can recharge in 15 minutes with a 124mi. range
Dodge's beautiful EV sports car 150-200mi., 0-60 <5sec. four hour charge at 220v
BMW's Electric Mini
Nissan's unnamed electric - it will be a 4 door, FWD hatchback. They have the interesting idea of leasing the batteries and having a reduced price for the car itself...
Indian-made REVA Electric Car (75mi., 50mph, 90% charge in 1 hour)
Electric Tango 0-60 in 4 seconds
Mercedes-Benz developing BEV, plans to eliminate fossil by 2015
GM's Chevy Volt - well, it's not 100% BEV seeing as they added a gasoline generator to recharge the batteries, but for people who need 1 car that can refuel at a gas station on a long trip, it may be ideal.
Fisker's Karma is much like the volt, but at $80km, 125mph and a 50mi. range before gas generator
Ford to bring pure Ford Focus BEV to market in 2011
Chinese BYD's E6 who Warren Buffet has invested in
Toyota FT-EV
Mitsubishi MiEV
Th!nk City electric car - a four-seater with 110 mile range and top speed of 65 mph, priced under $25,000, made from 95% recyclable materials
Google invested in Aptera Motors, their Type 1 will sell for $27k
Jeep EV and Chrysler Minivan EV
Lightning GT 0-60 in 4 seconds, beautiful and very, very expensive

Even though it's not at all practical, if you've seen the super-fast "Eliica" electric car, they shoudl be making them for sale at about $255k ea.:

Honda seems to have a negative view of BEV or PHEV...
But Honda will be making a battery electric motorcycle

Check out "Better Place" with their quick-recharge and battery swap-out stations:
They're already doing things in Australia, Hawaii, Israel and elsewhere!

Did you enjoy "Who Killed the Electric Car"? Well, there's a new movie coming out: "Revenge of the Electric Car"

I don't really care for the NEV thing myself, but China's got a cheap one
Chinese "Fly Bo" 40mph with 70-150mi. range at $10k

I got some of my info here:

I'm also still eagerly awaiting the Automotive X-Prize :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Filling up

This entertaining activity is something the whole family can enjoy! :)
Gas is $2.09/gal outside of my neighborhood and I saw as high as $2.15 on my way to work.
For people like me who are still stuck driving gasoline cars (for now), here's a great site MSN has for finding the best deal:

It also tells you the highest and lowest prices reported for the country (which is usually Alaska oh Hawaii but today it's California). Where I live is usually right about the average.

There was a time with $2.00 was outrageous -- now it's "not a bad deal".

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Current Wishlist

While I'll be shopping around for suppliers, here's my current wishlist to be updated as I discover I need more stuff and as I find better prices.
  • Electric Motor -- looking at a used GE motor or Advanced DC 4001
  • Transmission coupler + adapter plate to the electric motor
  • DC-DC Converter (to get my 120V to 12V power for windows, radio, lights, etc.)
  • Vacuum Pump, Brake Vacuum Switch (like in Ep5 of evcapri)
  • Potentiometer for throttle
  • Voltmeter, Ammeter, any other "meters" I may need
  • Curtis PMC 1221C controller
  • Currently thinking 15 x 8V Flooded Lead Acid Batteries - thinking I may go with Interstate, I have plenty of time to decide
  • Probably 3x Chrome "Electric" Emblems
  • Some kind of heater to replace the heat originally from the engine
  • Some kind of charging system and on-board battery charger stuff
  • While I intend to try and balance the load a bit between front and back (hmmm, do I really, really need that back seat? Not if I am building this for myself... hmmm) probably need to upgrade the springs/struts for additional support
And of course there's the cost of the custom motor mount, battery boxes that need to be made, etc.
Being a computer programmer, I have plenty of spare parts in that regard :) so of course I have a spare 12V computer fan or two that I guess I could use to ventilate the rear battery box.
Finally there's all the other odd bits and pieces like fuses and battery connectors.

I'm sure I'll think of more.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Exhaust Cut Off! :)

Although I'd only removed the exhaust from the engine prior, it's finally off and away!
I had some help from my neighbor, Cody.

I think I will spend another day removing what I can from the underside of the car (ie: gas tank)
I might know of a motor I can purchase but I'm not sure if the timing is right.
Regardless, I'll have some shopping to do once I've removed a few more bits and pieces!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Iceless Probe!!

Thanks to Brad Pogue's help, the ICE is finally out!! Woooohooo!!