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Welcome to the Electric Car Weblog. In addition to links, news, and tips about electric cars and other forms of alternative transportation we are publishing an on-line diary of our current EV project. Started in August 2005 the chronicle follows the conversion of a gas powered Ford Probe into an Electric Car.

You will find articles organized by categories, along with recent comments, along the right hand column of the website. If you are just getting started with the idea of converting a gas car to electric be sure to check out Your First Electric Car .

Welcome and enjoy!

Bob's EV Part III · 21 August 07

Bob out for a drive

We’ve posted a few entries on Bob’s EV so far. It’s a 1957 Citroen and if you haven’t read about it and checked out the pictures, be sure to do so.

His son Jim sent along a new batch of photos showing their new batteries being installed. Click on through to check them out.

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LED Bargraph battery monitor - part 1 · 18 May 07

Melted Battery Terminal

Hello everybody,

About 6 months ago I wrote an article here . The idea was that I would be able to avoid my nemesis, unequalised batteries , and have early warning of bad connections like the one which caused this terminal failure in my car.


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Charging an Electric Car · 20 April 07

Automotive 12v batt charger schematic

Most of the time when someone considers converting a car to electric the last thing that probably springs to mind is the charger. The car itself garners the most attention since it’s the biggest and most visible aspect of an EV, followed by the motor. Somewhere down the list, after the batteries or controller, the charger choice lies.

Yet, for the health of the batteries, it’s the most important aspect of an electric car.

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Battery Tools · 20 June 06

Odyssey PC2150

Hey, we’re getting closer to settling on a battery! Those who have been following the comments elsewhere may have read that I started looking into the Odyssey Hawker PC2150 battery. More expensive (nothing like NiMH/Lithium prices) and from everything I’ve read they are well built (mil spec) and able to take or dish-out lots of power.

Of course John Westlund then jumps into the comments and mentions another, cheaper battery and doubt sets in…

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The Battery Dilemma · 10 April 06

Optima Yellowtop

Now that the weather has started warming up and my other projects are winding down I’ve cracked open the garage door and started measuring Eve for her spring wardrobe.

I know, I’ve been putting it off: stalling, dawdling, jerrymeandering, going to the thesaurus to look up alternatives to procrastination just so I don’t have to actually think about them.


Batteries. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, ya gotta have batteries in an electric car.

Upated: 4/10/06

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James and the EV, III · 9 December 05

The Truth about Electric Cars!

Shocking isn’t it?

James sent along a couple folders of EV images and “accidentally” included this photo that exposes the sad, sordid truth about electric cars…

They are human powered.

When no one is looking we chuck the batteries into a dark corner of the garage, pile in a muscular buddy or two and push the car around town, Fred Flintstone style.

Truly sad, and you read it here first folks.

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