Sunday, April 17, 2016

My Electricfly and steps leading to reserving a Tesla Model 3!

If you have been following this Blog any bit at all in the past, you will have seen my continuing efforts and Struggles with the challenges of maintaining, improving, and upgrading the Electricfly!

From my discoveries about the much lower really Usable Energy Ratings of the Batteries I was using, that I bought 100 Ah Batteries, to discover they were rated at just 30 Amps for 1 hour! In any case - I was still trying to move forward, and improve the Safety of the Battery Boxes that were inside the Hatch Portion of the car; working on Body Work with the Roof, and the Hood, having more rust than I realized!

Past Experiences, and much reading had me realizing that the DC Motor in the car, while it worked, did not give me anything back, in the form of Regenerative Braking when I slowed down, causing greater use of Mechanical Brakes than should be required in an EV, so I renewed my investigation of AC Motors for Electricfly! I started Considering the largest Large Format Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) Cells for the Car that I could fit in the Empty Gas Tank Area under the Rear Seat, in an attempt to get reasonable priced energy storage, lighter weight, and more energy into the car!

I then started comparing Old Electric Vehicles versus New Electric Vehicles, realizing that not having a shop to do any serious work on Electricfly would be a large inconvenience and impediment to getting work done to move forward with the car! That was followed by a deeper analysis of my options dealing with an old (1989) Firefly EV Conversion, and Body Rust Cancer, eating up the key under body Structures, Floor Pans, and more!

In the mean time - I have been continuing my efforts on my Annual Electric Vehicle Show - EV Fest, and even missed posting on this blog any news for EV Fest 2015! Luckily - I did get Posting in the EV Fest Blog pages!

Unless you have been Hibernating in a Cave with the Bears, and Sleeping under a Rock with the Snakes, or hanging out down in the Abyss, by now you have heard, more than one story on the Radio, TV, or read in the News, about the Tesla Model 3!

Since 2006, if you were following it - Tesla Motors CEO (&Co-Founder), Elon Musk, announced his ideas for Tesla's Future in a Blog Post titled:
"The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me)" on August 2, 2006!

Read His Blog Post to the Very End to get the key details.

Tech Insider, recently took to a post to remind people of the plan, in their story:
This is Elon Musk’s ‘master plan’ for Tesla, in just 31 words,
by Dave Smith - Dec. 14, 2015, 9:07 AM

And EVOBSESSION's website ran a story on this just 9 days later, called:
Tesla’s Secret Master Plan (For Those Just Joining The Party), on December 23rd, 2015 by Zach

This Post was also added to the CLEANTECHNICA website the same day:
Secret Tesla Master Plan Coming To Life, December 23rd, 2015 by Zachary Shahan

You want the quick Version? In short, the master plan is:

Build sports car (Tesla Roadster)
(Up-gradable to a Bigger Battery Now, too!)

Use that money to build an affordable car (Tesla Model S
(and SUV: Model X)
Use that money to build an even more affordable car
(Tesla's Coming Model 3!)

While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options
(Solar City)

Don't tell anyone.

You might say - that his master plan missed delineating one point that today separates Tesla Motors Current and Future Products from their Competition: Their Supercharger Network of Logically Placed, and Free to use, High Speed, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (For Their Cars)!

In any case - we are now directly in front of step 3:
Use that money to build an even more affordable car
(Tesla's Coming Model 3!)


Tesla Model 3 - at unveiling: 03.31.2016



You had to be totally disconnected from the News if you missed the numerous stories on March 31st, 2016, that began in the early morning and even before, in Australia, and around the world, as people were lined up to get into Tesla Stores as soon as they opened, to be the first to put $1,000.00 down on a car, that would not even be seen by the public, until about 9:00 PM California Time!!!

I was but one of those people, and I had a choice, go to a Tesla Store closer, in a Mall, or go a bit farther, and go to their Store and Service Centre, which had Service Centre hours from 7:00 AM - 3 hours before other stores local time opening! I was not sure of the hours, and if they were taking reservations there, so I emailed them, and got a confirmation reply that they were, and that they were now opening for Sales at 9:00 AM!

Knowing that I would be in the line at one of these two choices, I had arranged my work to switch that Thursday, March 31st, 2016, and Friday, April 1st, 2016, to the Afternoon Shift, so I could get a reasonable early start in line!

Easy Decision - there I was - arriving just before 7:00 AM to people under umbrellas, dodging the Rain, to be as close to 'First as Possible! Some had camped out under a show canopy, others arrived early in their cars, and the local News Stations were on site already!

In Short - I was listed on the paper posted on the door as #71, but- since they missed numbering from #45 - #50, I guess I was actually #66 in line! The Registrations began at 9:00 AM at the Tesla Lawrence Store in Toronto, and by 9:35 - I had paid my $1,000.00 Reservation Payment by Credit Card,  and had to decline the option of reserving 2 Cars - which was the (Maximum) Option!

Our Lineups outside were about 80 People when I went inside, after they opened the doors for the Service Centre at about 7:05 AM, but by the time I was completing my registration, the lineups behind me - were even longer than when I was let inside! (I have not communicated with the store to see how many people were in the lineups and who ordered that morning, but My guess is some 150 - 200 people!)

Both Stores in Toronto had big line-ups at them, as well as Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, and other cities around the world where Tesla has a total of 221 Stores currently - as reported on Many News Channels - Like: City News, CBC News, Globe and Mail, Autofocus, CTV News, etc!
One person posts one Twitter: "Dejavu: feels like 2007 waiting for the first iPhone"

Remember - None of us, and the many others around the world in such lineups, had even seen a Picture of the car, let alone video or the car, in person!

That Night - at the Reveal - we were informed by Elon Musk, just after 3 examples of the Model 3 Prototype Rolled on Stage that there were already 115,000 Registrations for the Model 3 - Sight Unseen!

This Video begins 22 Minutes and 12 Seconds into the Presentation - just after the cars are driven on stage, and Elon Mentions the large number of Pre-orders!


I was but one of them!

You can click the following link to watch the full Model 3 Reveal Video in a new page!

Now - the waiting begins.....!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

7 Day Sale on EV Fest 2014 Tickets!

I have opened up a special Discount for those who act quickly - and buy their EV Fest 2014  Tickets online before June 7th, 2014 at Midnight!

In celebrating the Exhibitors who have committed to exhibit at EV Fest 2014 - I am giving 1% off for Each Exhibitor Registered! 

Want a Higher Discount? Encourage others to register in this last week - Here are the choices: https://evfest2014-exhibitors.eventbrite.ca/ 

See my announcement here: 
"Over 22 Register #EVFest2014 Exhibitors (Some have multiple Exhibit Registrations!) http://bit.ly/1tyNl31"

Just use code "22Exhibitors" to get your discount - or use This Link to go directly to the ticket ordering page with the discount applied!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

MyElectricfly: Old Electric Vehicles versus New Electric Vehicles: Sources & Links

Electricfly - is not (in some circles) an OLD Electric Vehicle, but - in this instance - it is (My) Old Electric Vehicle, as I am looking at two choices for it: Fix it - or Part out the EV Components and Save what I want to keep, and scrap the rest of the car!

The Challenge with Fixing it - is some of the already missing Rusted metal leads right up to the Right Front Suspension corners! Also - no matter how much I put into the car - it remains - underneath it all - a High School EV Conversion of a 1989 Pontiac Firefly (Geo Metro/Sprint/ Suzuki Forsa, etc.), and unless I create a whole new vehicle based on it - it will pretty much now always be a dying vehicle!

While the Actual Drive Train is still Strong, the car body is going to cost more and more to maintain or keep alive!

When it comes to Parting-Out the primary Electric Vehicle Components of my Electricfly - it has been suggested I put the items up for sale on the EV Trading Post, which I most likely will, but the offer will also go up here, possible first, if not at the same time! Watch for postings of GE Motor + Firefly Transmission - mated and ready to use!

Want to see what are some Really Old Electric Vehicles? Here is a timeline of Electric Vehicles that have been produced for sale: Electric Vehicles 19th Century to Today.

Also - the world of Electric Vehicles has changed a lot since I bought 'Electricfly' and delivered it home on October 12, 2006, and at that time - an EV Conversion was the only thing available, and even then - there were limited EV Conversion Manuals to guide you!

This Blog was started to follow the progress of My Electricfly - to report things done to it, and how they succeeded in making it better - or not! This Blog was not started at the time I got the car - but some time later on May 27, 2008! It has covered Battery Changes, new Instrumentation, Custom built Battery Charger packages I did myself, New Battery Management Systems, and more!

Currently found on EV Album, there are listings for 4,168 Vehicles: Some are OEM Factory Built, (a small few), but most are Electric Vehicle Conversions, Mods, or Custom Built variations. Some are two wheels, some are three wheels, but most are four wheel vehicles. Some go slow and some go fast! Some (a good number of vehicles built before the last few years) are powered by Lead Acid Batteries, but recently battery choices have increased - to offer NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride), Lithium Ion, and Lithium Manganese Phosphate and Lithium Iron Phosphate, and Flooded Nickel Cadmium Choices - each with their own set of favorite benefits - Energy Storage, Cold Weather Operation, Weight, etc.

A Lot has changed since 2006, and now we have a growing number of choices of ready to drive, factory built, high quality Electric Vehicles, with a variety of body styles and performance capabilities, all available - either for driving off the lot, or for order!

Depending on where you live - there are a growing number of electric vehicles available for purchase - and listed on sites like These (Some of which are also listing both Regular Hybrids, and Plug-in Hybrids): Hybrid Cars, CAA, Wikipedia, Green Car Reports, etc.

Since 2006 - I have also began to be involved in creating Events - Electric Vehicle Shows:
EV Show & Shine BBQ in April 2010, EV Fest Electric Vehicle Show which began in October 2010 and continues today to EV Fest 2014 - our 5th Anniversary, and also Electric Avenue 2013 - an event done in conjunction with Formula North 2013!

EV Fest 2014 is Coming! Don't Miss out!
Sign up today for EV Fest News Updates!

Also - you can Follow EV Fest on Twitter, or on Facebook!

If you live in Ontario, Canada - at present they have the strongest and best Electric Vehicle Rebates offered in Canada, and also offer Rebates on the now common Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Home use, if you have bought a New Electric Vehicle (or Plug-In Hybrid) (and got the Rebate).


Friday, October 25, 2013

Tesla Model S: The electric car that goes the distance, for a price

Tesla Model S: The electric car that goes the distance, for a price - CTV News http://bit.ly/16BoOQ7

“With careful, consistent driving, the P85 can do 480 km on a single charge. That's enough to drive from downtown Toronto to downtown Ottawa.

An interesting Comment:

@bill allen If you are aware of the Panasonic test data. The batteries will have still have 70% capacity after 2600 charge cycles. If you manage to drive it for 650,000 miles and find that 70% capacity is unacceptable, that may be an issue. Then again how many engine rebuilds will you go through during that time. Most cars last for less than 200,000 miles so the question you pose about the batteries is moot. For arguments sake, you did not need any engine/transmission repairs on your regular car, you would have spent roughly $75,000 in fuel. Even if battery prices stayed the same (they are dropping) and you didn't purchase the battery plan ($12,000), you would still make out ahead with the Tesla Model S battery ($40,000). Then again, for an average person, you would be retired by the time you reach that type of mileage so you would not need to replace the battery.

Reading the Comments is an excellent study in people, and sometimes leads to new information, too!

While not all of us can afford to buy this car today, it is a great example of what can be done without waiting for the next generation of Batteries, in terms of making an electric  car with a good range, and with some 118,000 millionaires in Toronto Alone – there will be enough buyers to keep the car production happening for some time!

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EV Fest 2014
Planned for June, 2014
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Monday, September 2, 2013

EV Fest 2013 - On it's way and coming September 22nd, 2013

Well, My Electricfly might not be winning the war on rust at the moment - but EV Fest 2013 is on and coming to a new Venue! On September 22nd, 2013 - We will see EV Fest 2013 happening at 630 The East Mall in Etobicoke (Toronto), Ontario - the Home of BAKA Mobile and their 20 kW Solar Canopy/ Solar Carport with Eight (8) EV chargers - the most at one place in the City of Toronto, Ontario - to My knowledge.

Exhibitor Commitments are coming on board, as well as Paid Sponsors! In fact - our first Paid Sponsor this year - Ontario Kit Car Consultants - is at a step up from our biggest EV Fest 2013 Sponsor!

Full Details at http://blog.evfest.ca/ and at the website - http://www.evfest.ca/.

While it is not likely that Electricfly will make it to the show this year - it is not yet totally out of the question (Just not as much of my focus, as it might need to happen)!

While it might not make it - we hope to see you there - enjoying the many EV Exhibits from OEM EV's like the Tesla and Mitsubishi, to Personal EV Conversions like the Porsche 944 and Dodge Dart! We expect others - and we will see who they are shortly!