Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How Many EV Conversions are out there? How are They Powered?

That Answer could take a while to get accurate - but those that have posted on EV Album - http://www.evalbum.com/ - can be counted! Today - at this point that stands at a Current Total: 3,487 Vehicles!

This of course does not include the many that have been converted and not listed here! (I know of a couple in Ontario, near the GTA alone!)

The Largest number by a country is the United States with 1891 listings, Lead by California with 426, then Washington State with 135, and Texas with 114. Oregon comes in with an Honorable Mention at 104 Listings!

Canada - comes in with 186, Lead by Quebec with 67, Ontario with 47, and British Columbia with 42. Alberta Gets Honorable Mention with 18!

Australia comes in with 120, Lead by New South Wales with 31, followed by Western Australia with 24, and Queensland with 22. Honorable Mention goes to Victoria with 18!

The 'Motherland' - Great Britain, comes in with 103 listings, Lead by England with 70, Scotland with 21, and Wales with 9. Isle of Wight brings in the last 3!

That leaves 1,181 remaining vehicles sprinkled around the planet in numerous countries - all doing something to do their part in moving away from burning something to move around!

You can do your own check - here - http://www.evalbum.com/geo

You can also research by other than location - for Example - Motor Types - http://www.evalbum.com/mtrtp to get an idea of what is the most popular motors, and with searches like this - it is good to track this over time to see how the numbers change as we get newer and better motors for use in EV Conversions!

The Quantity leader today is the Series Wound DC Motor - with 1,574 units chosen, followed by the Permanent Magnet DC with 620 units chosen, and coming up fast is the 3-Phase AC motors with 403 Units Chosen! Honorable Mention would go to the Brushless DC with 297 Units Chosen! This is something you should check at least each month to get a feel for what is the uptake of each type and how it is progressing, to get an idea of what is preferable!

Next - a Look at Battery Types - http://www.evalbum.com/battt - will show that the predominant EV Conversion Choice is lead by Flooded Lead Acid at 1,109 Vehicles using this! Followed close behind with the Absorbed Glass Mat Lead Acid (AGM) with 809 Vehicles using this, and then Lead-Acid Gel Batteries with 272.

These numbers are largely due to the lack of any other choices in the last decade as many of these conversion are older ones, and also due to the idea that these batteries are less expensive (They have not read my current white papers from my website yet - http://www.myelectricfly.com/whitepapers.php to do the math as I have presented it, or they to might change their mind!)

Interestingly enough though - the next three choices are all Lithium Variants, with Lithium-Ion Being Chosen for 252 Vehicles and Lithium Iron Phosphate for 235 Vehicles, and Lithium Polymer for 138 Vehicles!

So - While 2,190 Batteries are of the Lead Acid Variety, I know that many of these are being changed to variations of Lithium Technology as the price for these drops, supply becomes more available, and awareness of the value increases. So while there are just 625 listed vehicles today using Lithium Variants, if you check back regularly over the next few years, on a month to month basis - I am sure you will see a slowing of the uptake of Lead Acid, and an increase in the uptake of Lithium Choices!

So - Now you know a pretty good answer to the questions of How many EV Conversions are out there and How are they Powered! Happy Hunting!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) Approves EV World's Converted Vehicles

August 2010: Media Link.

evHUB is proud to be the first company to obtain Singapore LTA approval for its full plug-in electric vehicles conversions to operate on local public roads.

After submitting all required documentation, our converted vehicles were sent to VICOM Ltd. for mandatory testing. VICOM Ltd. is Singapore's leading provider in technical testing and inspection services. After passing all required tests and inspections, the vehicles underwent inspections conducted by the Land Transport Authority Vehicle Engineering Division.

The Asian Development Bank released a Road Safety Guidelines Report in which Singapore was cited as an example of good practice. The report states: “Singapore has what is probably the most sophisticated and closely regulated system in the world for control of vehicle standards. The Singapore vehicle testing system might be perhaps better described as ideal practice.”  (see reference here)

Converting a conventional vehicle to full EV is akin to performing open heart surgery where the internal combustion engine and related components are removed and a full electric powertrain is implanted. evHUB embarked on a conversion roadmap to gain an in-depth understanding of EVs, their design engineering requirements, functionality, limitations and strengths.
For more information about our EV converted platforms, read here.
Following the links from this article will provide you with technical details and tools of understanding beyond the usual news link.

Video by evHUB:


Friday, October 21, 2011

Hear my Radio Tag for EV Fest!

Just go to the website - http://www.evfest.ca/, or >http://www.evfest.ca/Tickets.html, or >http://www.evfest.ca/Press-Posters-Media.html - and you can play the Radio Tag at the link typically near the bottom!

Follow me on Twitter, too! 
Track: HashTags #EVFest2011
Updated Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

4 Days to EV Fest - 36 Exhibitors Registered, and you aren't coming?

When you see the 2011 Exhibitor List at EV Fest - You will be kicking yourself if you are not able to make it here! When you read the EV Fest News page - you will see - this came together in one month!

EV Fest 2011 - Bigger, Better, More Ideas, More Choices, Have you not told anyone yet? Now is the time to tell them!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

7 Days to EV Fest 2011 Electric Vehicle Show

Just 7 days to go for EV Fest 2011! 30 Exhibitors Registered!

OEM Electric Cars and Motorcycles to be seen along with OEM PHV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles), and New Prototypes, Personal Electric Vehicle Conversions and Waste Vegetable Oil Conversions, and More!

EV Suppliers and integraters, Eco Limo, New Energy Presentations, and More! See the #fb Page for pic's too, Then come back and Register your self as a Guest - or the whole family!
Robert - Follow me on Twitter - @RobertWeekley1 !!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

10 Days Left! Make some Money! Help Promote EV Fest!

10 Days to go for EV Fest 2011 Electric Vehicle Show!

You like a challenge and you love Electric Cars!
Tell me something about yourself, why you like Electric Vehicles, and why you think EV Fest should be a Big Hit! Contact me from the information on the website at EV Fest, and tell me why You should be my Top Promoter for EV Fest!

I will offer to make you an affiliate, and you can share in the process of bringing people to register as guests from your skills, contacts, and ability to find the right people who add value to a show like this, not just scoop up Fliers!

Oh - and you are one of my followers on this blog to qualify!
The Clock is ticking!
I put in most of the exhibitors registered in the first 10 days!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

EV Fest Electric Vehicle Show just 23 days away!

EV Fest 2011 Electric Vehicle Show,
Toronto's Premier Electric Vehicle Fall Festival
- Sunday, October 23, 2011: 10 AM - 5 PM, 550 Bayview Ave. Toronto, Ontario (Evergreen Brickworks)

Tell your friends! Tell Your Enemies! You Banker! Barber! Butcher! Everyone you know that drives a Bike, Car, Motorbike, Truck, Convertible, Sedan, Hatchback - or Whatever - If they Drive They should come to EV Fest 2011!

Click this link to Register as a Guest for just $5! As a Family for Just $15! And - if you have 3 hours you can give to support making the show activiteis flow smoothly - from Exhibitor Arrivals and Load Ins starting at 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM, durring the Show from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or after from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for Exhibtor Load out - Then consider Volunteering and registering  before the Event for Free!

Anyone with extra time on their hands - who want to help me get my car ready again, leave comment below, and a note to me at robert-at-myelectricfly-dot-com! Thanks in advance!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Evaporust - tested on Roof Rust Spots

I did not get pictures, but I can say using EvapoRust on a roof is trickier than using small parts soaking in a container of the product!

Having to cover each spot of rust with a heavy plastic sheet film, and a pad of folded paper towel soaked with Evaporust tucked inside and the whole thing taped down to keep the solution in place and so it does not evaporate doe work, but it might take more than a few treatments!

I had about 8 or 9 rust spots, little bubbles in the primer I had already sprayed the roof with, and had sanded off the excess paint for better soution coverage, but had left each cover patch on for 1-2 days at a time. some Came Clean from rust quickly - other took a few cycles, with some sanding in between.

When each spot was clean, and no more rust visible, just metal color - I cleaned and prepped the surface, and quickly shot the area with Grey Rust Paint Primer again! As of now - there is just one of those spots left, but I think there are a few others I need to clean in the same fashion.

When I am confident I have taken car of the spots that I can see - I will give the roof a few additonal coats of Primer and Wet Sand it with #320 Paper and a rubber block or a hard sponge block and Wet/Dry Automotive Papers.

I will likely do that a couple times, then - take it to my local body shop for a couple coats of White Paint.

Somewhere in all this - I need to setup, drill the pickup holes and install anchor nuts for the future plan of a solar roof mounting system attach. Hopefully - I can do that as soon as I nail the last of the rusty spots, and before the block sanding operations!

The Bottom Line on Evaporust - it seems to work OK on this application. I will be testing it and comparing it to another similar product called Metal Rescue soon, on small parts I can treat by soaking, as it is intended for!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Whitepaper Posted on my Website, August 18, 2011

Hey - we all want to know more about which battery is best, and so I have dug up details that I could and added another Whitepaper on my website - www.myelectricfly.com.

In it I compare 3 Cyclon AGM Metal Can cells, with 2 Headway LiFePO4 Cells. I think you will find some interesting discoveries, and come to the conclusion similar to that which I showed in my first Whitepaper on site, that Lead Acid Batteries are - in fact - more expensive than LiFePO4 - if you compare correctly!

The full URL to the page where the Whitepapers are listed is http://www.myelectricfly.com/whitepapers.php and they are called - 'Lead-Acid Battery Report' showing the published dates, and - in the case of the second one, the issue!

Hope the info is helpfull, and by the way - the rear windo job was completed, and the Insurance company did cover the bill! Also - we have new ways to approach the Insurance companies when asking for coverage on our EV Conversions in Ontario! Stay Tuned right here!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Electricfly Gets OK'd to fix!

This Past Thursday, my Insurange Adjuster for Western Assurance came to view the damage on my car (Finally) in front of the Body Shop! We are a Go! My attempt at saving time on thursday - by fetching a new hatchback from Discount Auto in Kitchener failed! The Part Looked the same, same style, car, etc., but did not match the specs of the hatch on the car!

The Metal frame above the glass - at center top, on my current one was 5.5" and on the one I picked up it was 4"!! The bolts mounting it fit, but it would not close!! So we had to go with fixing the current damaged hatch frame (Read - too much Bondo!) and adding a New Glass (Needed a new glass there anyway, and this is new, with the heater, and I saw on Monday - that it fits, but there is not window gasket or rubber wrap for the rear available, so we are going to go with painting it and working out a substitued sollution!

It is going to be painted White, and I will paint the roof white soon too, but need to clean up some now visible rust spots showing on the primer on the roof, first!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Electricfly Sheds Pounds, Suddenly!

On March 16, 2011, at about 2:30 P.M. - electricfly lost about 10 lbs all of a sudden when a Cube Van squeezed by where it was parked, pushing it forward 4-6" (Even though the brakes were on!), crushing the lower right corner of the Hatchback frame, and blowing out the back glass! With the Backwindow gone - it was about 10 lbs lighter!

That is based on the glass that I swept up at the time, compared to what I picked up today from what remained that I removed, and while I don't have the hard figures it would appear - based on the weight of theglass that remained, compared to the volume that blew out - that it should have been about 10 lbs!

We Still did the "electricfly Aero Mods" Event, and as the weather was a bit wet we mostly discussed possible mods to the car inside, until the end of the Event,when it began to dry out outside.

Today, I did some clean up on the Glass as I had finally some time to do so since confirming with the Insurance company that I am not at fault, and that they will cover the repair. In the process - I discovered that one of the two positive posts - the 'Traction' wiring - had actaully melted a significant portion of that post head, and it had 'drooled molten lead' down the side of the case, and onto the polypropylene ropes for the battery handle! (Good thing I was digging deep to vacuum out the shatered glass, or I might not have even noticed this one!)

I Alread had one copy of the new Power Battery High Rate AGM's that I was looking to switch the pack for while waiting on money for my Lithium cells, so I dissconected all th wires to the Battery #7, and swapped it out for the new AGM Power Battery! (Well - new to me and to Electricfly - actually a used UPS battery from an Industrial UPS set at work.)

Still need some washers to suit - since the bolt is an 8mm bolt instead of a 1/4" or 5/16" bolts as on the Trojan SCS150's installed before. Also - this means new nuts required as the exisiting wing nuts won't work, and the wiring lug end has a bit larger hole - more suited to 5/16" - hence the need for washers!

I will update with pictures later this week!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My first Event! "Electricfly Aero Mods" is coming

My first Event, learning about improving the aerodynamics of your and my vehicle - "Electricfly Aero Mods" is now being promoted, and runs on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET).

Speakers wanted! If you have something to share on the subject topics, I am looking for Aeromod Instructors, Assistants, and Exibitors! If you just want to see and learn - Sign up as an
Aeromods Observer!.

Limited ticketing! This is a small group gathering, so please don't hesitate if you're thinking about joining us!

Need a 3D Solids Modeling CAD Program to design your Aeromods? Check out Alibre Design!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

NAIAS - Detroit Auto Show - Today!

Today is the first Public day for the Detroit Auto Show, also known as the North America International Auto Show!

I am in Windsor, Ontario - just about to get a bit to eat, check out, and then head accross the tunnel and go check out the show!!

Did not drive the Electricfly to the show, might not do that ever, but at least not before getting a good lithium pack installed (uploaded?) in it!

(Edited Sept.02, 2011, due to discovered typo!)