|Location||Adelaide, South Australia Australia map|
|Vehicle||1985 Holden Barina MB |
(Suzuki Swift - Geo Metro) was 1.3L 4 cyl.
Starting at 155,510 Km (approx. 96,650
|Motor||Advanced DC X91-4001 - 6.7inch Series Wound DC|
This motor will have ample power and very
good range at 120V. Delivered from
Electric Vehicle Motors (Thank you
Michael) November 2008.
|Drivetrain||Using original 5 speed gearbox but no |
clutch. Front wheel drive. The clutch
plate is being used in the construction
of the motor to gearbox coupling so that
the springs in the clutch plate will be
Take off in second gear and change to
fourth gear for driving at more than
70km/h. Very rarely use first gear(steep
car park ramps only).
|Controller||Zeva ZEVA MC600S|
The weak Kelly KDH14500 has now been
replaced with the new Australian made ZEVA
MC600S controller which goes very well.
|Batteries||40 Thunder Sky TS-LFP90AHA, 3.20 Volt, Lithium-Ion|
Lithium Iron Phosphate arriving in January
|System Voltage||130 Volts|
(Lithium program) plus EV Power's TS90
Battery Management System for Lithium
|Heater||120V ceramic element gutted from a ceramic |
heater off eBay in the USA. Installed.
Works extremely well - mounted in original
|DC/DC Converter|| TC Charger|
Was...Mean Well SP-500-13.5 120-370DC to
13.5VDC, 36A (adjustable voltage output &
this unit will charge auxiliary battery)
The above unit failed after 2 years of
I have now installed a 144V-12V 30Amp unit
from EV Power. The model is TDC144V/12V
made by TC Charger.
|Instrumentation||Digital 12V instrument. |
TBS E-Xpert Pro
Battery Fuel Gauge with 5:1 prescaler
for the 120V system. This system works
|Top Speed||60 MPH (96 KPH)|
This car's top speed is more than 90Km/hr.
(>56Mph). I have found a road yet that I can
go faster than this. I'm predicting that it
will do about 130km/hr (81 mph)
|Acceleration||Very quick with the ZEVA MC600S |
|Range||53 Miles (85 Kilometers)|
The range is about 85km. This is allowing
the batteries to discharge to no less than
20% state of charge
|Watt Hours/Mile||230 Wh/Mile |
Approx 143Whr/km (230Whr/mile). Using a
KWh meter in the 240V charging inlet.
This figure is for charging the main pack
and the 12 volt auxiliary battery.
|Seating Capacity||2 adults or one adult and one dog, or 2 |
adults and one dog.
|Curb Weight||1,808 Pounds (821 Kilograms)|
Started out at 740Kgs (1600lbs) and is now
820 Kgs (1808lbs)
|Tires||12" rims, standard tyres pumped up tight.|
|Conversion Time||Commencing August 2008 - Completed |
|Conversion Cost||Too much !|
|Additional Features||Installed MES-DEA 70/6E Electric Vacuum Pump |
(from ZEVA) for the power brakes.
These are expensive and specifically manufactured
for EVs, but come with the pressure switch
inbuilt and can be used without a vacuum reservoir.
I have made the vacuum reservoir using an 800mm length
of 50mm PVC-U pressure (thick walled - 3.3mm) pipe and
pressure end caps.
(Approx. 2 Litres volume)
(Int. diam.=54mm, Ext. diam.=60.5mm)
|Sept 2008: I have only just started to strip the donor |
car. I have removed the back seat, making it a 2 seater.
The battery box will fit where the back seat was.
Oct 2008: The engine is now ready to be removed. I have
now removed 80kg of useless equipment from the car. I am
cleaning up the engine bay, minor rust marks from spilt
battery acid and spilt brake fluid, then repainting these
Nov 5, 2008: The engine (57Kg) is now out and the
gearbox(transaxle (27Kg)) has been detached and the clutch
plate retained. Thank you Scott (and Jason) for the engine
Nov 12, 2008: The motor has arrived and Hammat Precision
Engineering are constructing the adapter plate and coupler
(Thank you Ray)
Nov 13, 2008: The drive shaft are being repaired - boots
and repacking. This is being done by GMR Motors (Thank you
January 2009: The adator plate has been completed and the
coupler is now nearly ready. There are still a few more
mechanical bits to work out, but getting closer.
January 19, 2010: The motor and gearbox with all the
associated new parts: adapter, coupler, end support
bracket, intermediate shaft bracket, tacho sender support
and tacho interrupter have arrived back from the engineers
shop. Next step borrow the crane to put it all in the car!
January 28, 2010: The motor is now in and has been tested
driving the wheels (on 12 volts).
February 17, 2010: Requested Certified Engineer check out
what progress I have made so far. Waiting on his approval
of my battery frame design.
February to September 2010: Too busy to update EVALBUM.
September 26, 2010 (Our 29th Wedding Anniversary). The
conversion is now complete. Waiting on the engineer to
write final report so that this can be passed on to
"Regency" for the final inspecting half way through
October 21, 2010: The car passed through the Regency Park
inspection without any problems. Yeh !
The EV is now registered as an electric car for use on
November 5th, 6th: EV Festival in Adelaide. See website
www.evfestival.com.au for more information. This car and
others will be on display there.
November 19, 2010: Last mileage update, driving EV
February 2, 2011: Last mileage update and Wh/km update.
July 10, 2011: It's winter here now and I have spent a bit
of time closing off the back of the front grill so that
water does not get on to my electronics.
Don't miss the 3rd National AEVA EV Festival in Brisbane this
year, October 28 & 29.
April 2013: The Meanwell DC-DC Converter stopped working
after 2 years of service - I have now installed a 144V-12V
30Amp unit from EV Power. The model is TDC144V/12V made by TC
Charger. This unit has a high voltage enable cct. which I
need to use so I had to install a high voltage electronic
relay to switch it. I also installed an inductor and diode on
the input of this box to prevent any possibility of the motor
controller trying to draw current from it on battery voltage
sags.(EVTV recommendation after many of their DC-DC
YouTube ID: evric2008