95 Chevy Corsica, Electric Vehicle - EV (fully electric car)
Ive been working on this project for almost 1 year and spend a lot of time and money with it I was planning to add another 6 batteries in the trunk, however, I am really short on money right now and cant afford it. But the vehicle has a lot of trunk space and would be very install the batteries to increase your range.
The 6 batteries located in the engine compartment are new; I bought 6 Dual purpose Deep cycle marine batteries from AutoZone. The batteries are in VERY GOOD CONDITION, LIKE NEW and should last many years.
I drove this EV and was able to get it up to 55 MP/H (or 88 KM/H). It drives very nice and smooth without any problems. When this car was in its early development stages, I had to make a decision between performance and range, so I tried to balance it. This 72V system was designed to work with 12V batteries (six in the front and six in the back) but I havent added the 6 in the back.
Most people choose manual transmission for their EVssince I didnt have a donor car with manual transmission I designed everything to accommodate that. I kept the original torque converter in the transmission, but the new owner can pick new torque converter that requires less spin of the motor to lock it making the acceleration better. But for me it drives fine as it is. This is only optional.
I am sorry, but I dont have any other information on the motor. I measured about 7 inches diameter and about 14 inches long. (Not counting the shaft) Its an Advanced DC Series Wound Motor.
I havent driven this car until the batteries are drained so I really cant tell how far it will go. I got about 15 miles and the 72V bank was reading 72.1 Volts. I started with the reading of 78.3 volts. The batteries are not broken in yet, it will increase overtime. There is only 6 batteries right now, once the new battery bank is set in the trunk, range should increase dramatically. (the battery bank in the back should be connected in parallel with the front battery bank, increasing the amperage capacity, but keeping it at 72V)
Charging Time: 2-6 hours (depending how much you drove before charging) the battery bank is small, and if you drive down a few miles only, it charges up in about 1 hour or so.
Top Speed: 55 MHP (on straight road) Ive had this EV as high as 55 MHP, but I live in the city and only drive around 30-35MPH
All the electrical parts, such as headlights, blinkers, stop light, reverse light, high beams, etc are working properly.
The instrument cluster was completely re-done to fit this EV. I wanted to give a factory look so I kept everything as factory as possible. When you look at the car and even when you get in You wont notice the difference until you start driving it.
Ive added 2 digital meters to monitor the two 12V batteries and 72V battery bank. I custom made the new dash to incorporate the words System Engaged when the vehicle is turned ON and also put a charging indicator in blue letters (lit when plugged) so you dont drive away when the car is plugged in) they are very visible even in daylight.
The interior is very nice and clean (but please, expect normal wear and tear), the mats and seat covers are new. The back seat could use a seat cover as well, but its not bad.
I never drove it with more than the driver and one passenger. But I am sure it can take 2 passengers in the back.
I drove this EV for more than 100 miles so far, it drives really nice, but there is a little difference while driving an EV. For example when you stop, the electric motor stops as well, so if you are on some type of incline, you have to either keep the motor running at low speed (which is not recommended at all, waists energy!!!) or press the breaks while you accelerate a bit so the car wont start moving back. But you get used to it after a few miles.
The tires on the EV are ok, with about half life on them.
The body of the car is in very good shape for a 1995 car. There are some fading in the rear bumper, a ding in the passenger side door and a dent on the drivers side door right by the mirror. The drivers side door mirror is off, looks a little bent, I dont want to pop in place because I dont want to break the plastic around it. Its working just fine and you can adjust without problems.
I added two 12V fans on top of the controller to keep it cool during driving. Both fans come on and off as the car is turned ON and OFF.
Test Drive 1993 Chevrolet Corsica LT
In this video I give a short tour and test drive of a 1993 Chevrolet Corsica LT. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I show the car idling as well as take it on a thorough test drive through the city and highway on various surfaces. A thorough drive of this car designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
Electric Car Conversion Motor Installation
Interested in building your own electric car or how about converting your gas-guzzler into a 100-mile per gallon equivalent (referred to as MPGE) electric? Watch as John and Xander install an electric motor in a dune buggy. John also explains about adapter plates and motor couplings. For more information please visit: ElectricCarConversions.biz
How to Extend the Driving Range of an Electric Vehicle
What's it like to drive an electric pickup that costs 30 cents a day to operate? How easy is it to "opportunity charge" anywhere? Why do people like the world's first revived battery electric pickup truck? Sylvia makes a new friend from LA while plugging in the extension cord outside an office building, and they chat about "The Secret". If you liked Chris Paine's "Who Killed The Electric Car" you'll probably appreciate this movie clip. Also, check out the Global TV news video on Youtube. For more detailed info about the battery breakthroughs on this electric vehicle, do a Google search for EV DIARY PART ONE through to PART SEVEN. Shot in Vancouver, with the electric vehicle, in association with good people from BC, Canada. Canadian electric vehicles are still very rare, and it is estimated that more 70% of them are just sitting in the weeds, or otherwise unused. Want to know why, and how to get them running again? Read Rob Matthies' EV Diary.
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The Globe and Mail newspaper said that there are only 12 licensed EV's in British Columbia. Down from over 40, about four years ago. The price of gas has quadrupled, but the number of licensed EV's has dropped by 80% in BC.
Doesn't that make you realize that there is SOMETHING WRONG with the "standard" EV out there?
If you want an EV that is daily-use reliable, you've got to change the "losing game", eh? Gotta' think out of the box.
The EV put together by Rob Matthies (me) and Gary Tang with the help of gifted kids and the Vancouver Gadgeteers costs only 3 CENTS per kilometer to operate, including the cost of battery replacement.
One VEVA member's EV, on the other hand, cost him $2/km to own. He's sold it since. And last I heard, it wasn't licensed by the new owner.
Many EV's are rusting away under the shade of a tree in someone's driveway. All of these can be REVIVED and put back in service. And, they can all use DISCARDED batteries, like the Revived Battery electric pickup truck -- the cheapest licensed four-wheel vehicle to operate in the world. It uses dead batteries that have been revived.
Yeah, there are doubters out there. None of them have an EV like ours. You don't need a PhD to see that this is the best option for under a $15,000 budget.
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* These nearly-free-energy emission-free electric vehicles should be in wider use. Tell your friends in Spain, Mexico, Italy, and the Philippines about this development!
Free Power From The Sun. Solar EV Charging
Any Hydrogen technology managed by Corporate oil will only be a means to entrap people with hydrogen in the same manner as gasoline. For now solar and solar charging an EV is something that is practical today. On the grid it costs you an equivalent of 80 cents per gallon of gasoline. Batteries are better but some of the best were suppressed at the time the EV1 came out.
An electric car is 35% - 97% cleaner than a comparable gas car, including the pollution generated by the electric power plant. The 35% number applies to states using a lot of "dirty" power, such as coal-fired plants. The 97% number applies to states like California that use a lot of "clean" power, including hydro, nuclear, wind, and solar.
Also, there is ongoing research to make flywheel energy storage systems that can replace conventional chemical batteries for mobile applications, such as for electric vehicles. Proposed flywheel systems would eliminate many of the disadvantages of existing battery power systems
1993 Chevrolet Corsica LT Start Up, Exhaust, In Depth Tour, and Short Drive
In this video I give a full in depth tour of a 1993 Chevrolet Corsica LT. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration, with a short driving segment. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
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Loading Up The The New Car
Loading the 1993 Chevy Corsica 3.1lv6 we bought for $100, everything runs perfectly and it has virtually no rust.
A Quiet Electric Vehicle by Ampmobiles
AmpmobilesConversions.com converts cars to run on battery power. Do you know someone who works on cars (body repair)? Using their skills, they can convert a car to run on a post-petroleum fuel.
E.V. Conversions Electric Daihatsu Charade
Our first Electric Car conversion.
Just a quick spin to check things are working, a work in progress right now.
Testing on 48V, but will be run on 72V when complete, most likely Lithium.
Electric Starion EV - Part 5 - at the Electric Car Show
The Electric Starion is now at a drivable state and we take her for a spin at the annual electric car show in Sydney. Some say that by international standards, the AEVA show is probably not a huge event, but conversely, for a small population, there is a high proportion of interest in EVs in Australia plus R&D attracting international attention, despite little interest from the government to date (although the recent Climate Ready initiative may change this). Many types of makes and models of new and old cars converted to electric drive were on display; regular daily commute vehicles, sports cars, classic cars, electric bikes, roadsters, hotrods and even a Formula 'E' race car. The 'H' word was well and truly overshadowed by 'full EV' and many people were interested in how to get their own fully-electric cars. There was one vehicle, a Prius with a K2 battery pack for extended range; these are small lithium phosphate cells up to 3200 milliamp hour, banded together into modules to make up the required voltages and they have a high energy density and handle a high charging current, ideal for regen braking. There's a test review which explains this better, at http://zeva.com.au/tech/K2/ and from there a link to the K2 Energy site where you'll find a video comparison of the cobalt and phosphate impact penetration test. As for my Starion, with an adjustment on the Curtis trimpots, it drove well, gear changing was minimal (we tried 2nd and 3rd starts (and not game for a 1st start test yet) and essentially we're convinced that I'll only ever need to drive in second or third gear as there is so much torque in the Kostov. Reverse gear exhibits a typically higher torque (not as high as first), and as seen in many EVs reversing will have to be handled carefully but further refinement will be looked into, and all in all, the Starion drove like a regular car - a regular Starion in fact with all the handling (including drift test) expected in a sports car. There was no noticeable increase in weight and the batteries delivered the power quickly as expected. We're still a little ways off completing the project as there is calibration to do, incline tests, road compliance and a couple of areas that need respray, some minor body fixes and so on. Overall though, very exciting. Apologies again for the shaky camera, there were so many people bumping around (and a Nokia N93 is not that noticeable compared to the larger cameras the media had), and I really should write a new piece of music (hope this old one's okay). Keep watching http://electriccarsforeveryone.com for updates and Nathan's http://www.converturcar.com website for news and info on upcoming vehicles to convert.