Here I video the Saturn accelerating from a stop, shifting through the gears observing 4 gauges, from the left voltmeter, speedometer, tachometer and amp meter. Notice how the ampmeter drops as the RPM increases. If you need to accelerate faster in an electric power vehicle you don't downshift, you up shift. But higher RPM is more efficient I believe.
1998 Saturn SL1
1998 Saturn SL1 with a 1.9L 4cylinder SFI engine in a automatic.This little
Saturn is as clean as they come,with great paint,new tires,ice cold ac,low
miles and super savings on gas this really is the perfect car.This car
looks,runs and drives like new you are going to love this car.
First test drive of my Electric Car conversion
The first road test after converting a Saturn from gasoline to plug-in
electric. Conversion took about 8 months working nights and weekends. It
now runs on fifteen 8 volt batteries, with a DC motor bolted onto the
Conversion details at http://evalbum.com/2274
Update: It now travels about 35 miles every day and costs about $5 a week
for electricity. Goes at least 70mph.
2003 Saturn Ion that won't start in cold weather
Documenting my attempt to use a fix I found on the internet to resolve an
issue that plagues 2003-2004 Saturn Ions. The models in this year can have
difficulty starting in cold weather. At first it was pretty sporadic for
me but this year it was almost constant.
In the video I replace the ignition switch which actually ended up
resolving my problem. I guess there is a lubricant in this switch that
SHOULDN'T harden in cold weather but the ones that shipped in the cars of
these years do. Total cost $29.99 and about 30 minutes of time.
The specific symptoms you will see with this issue are (usually in cold
weather) you will try to start the car and it might crank a couple times
but then die. When you try to start it again you will hear a short fire
but then it stops. This is because the security system has kicked in and
shut off fuel to the vehicle for 10 minutes. After you wait 10 minutes you
can try to start it again. This cycle can happen multiple times (at its
worst I would have to go almost an hour of doing this).
Once you replace the part you may have to reset the security (passlock).
This is done by turning the key to start (but it won't) and then leaving it
in the run position until the lock light in the dash quits blinking (about
10 minutes). You then do this again (again waiting 10 minutes) and finally
a THIRD time (waiting another 10 minutes). After the third attempt you
turn the key to OFF and wait 30 seconds (this waiting is important I am
told!). It should then fire up.
Be sure to watch this on the Web if you can as I have a lot of in-video
comments to help!
#5) Project ForkenSwift electric car: shifting gears
http://www.ForkenSwift.com - Since the car has no clutch, people often ask
how I change gears. The purpose of this video is to show just that.
EV's with more power than the ForkenSwift don't need to shift much - some
just leave the transmission in one gear for city driving, and only upshift
for highway speeds.
The ForkenSwift needs to be shifted because it's a low voltage car with a
low power controller.
So how is it done? With a firm hand and a little patience for upshifts,
and by rev-matching the motor speed to the transmission speed when
There's no need to use a clutch in an EV when stopping or starting out. An
electric motor doesn't idle like a gas engine - it stops when the
accelerator is released and the car stops.
At about 3:40 you see one potential "problem" of driving an quiet vehicle -
a pedestrian steps off a curb - backwards! - into my path as I am slowly
approaching. I don't think he would have backed up right into the car, but
I tapped the horn to let him know I was there anyway. Disaster averted!
(This has only happened to me once in 6 months.)