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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!

Woody's Electric 240SX · 16 December 05

Woody's EV

We’ll title this,

Woody’s EV undergoes open heart surgery. Diagnosis looks promising…

Woody Becher is converting a 1995 Nissan 240SX. I got an email from him a couple months ago when he was trying to use our battery layout tool and wondered how to rotate the batteries. Come to think of it I still haven’t fixed that problem.

For the short term simply lay your monitor on its side…

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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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Yugo Greg II, Revenge of the Motor · 22 November 05

Greg's Motor

Bad news.

Greg’s Yugo EV is in need of a motor transplant.

For those just joining us you can take a look at the first post where we cover Greg’s Yugo EV.

Greg did a great job building the EV within limited means, scrounging EBay and doing a bunch of his own fabrication and construction.

Total cost for EV parts, under $800.

He had put over 1300 miles on the car with no problems when the motor started acting up.

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James' EV part II · 17 November 05

James and his Cat

Meet James May.

You ever have one of those weeks where your mind and hand coordination doesn’t seem to be working? Hands end up in the wrong place on the keyboard and you type a paragraph of gibberish before noticing…and then wonder if maybe it’s better that way?

I email James to get picture of him and the car.

Me and my typos. Here’s James and his cat.

Hey, it’s a nice looking cat.

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James May's Metro EV · 11 November 05

James May's EV

A month ago I got an email from James May. James lives in Coventry, England and was getting ready to purchase a second hand Electric Car conversion from a local EV supplier.

It’s a 1991 Rover Metro. I’m not sure if that’s him sitting there or not.

The EV needed a new set of batteries and according to James the supplier wanted to fit the EV up with gel/fibremat sealed batteries (AGM). After doing some research, here and elsewhere, he decided to stick with regular lead acid batteries.

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Saabrina · 19 October 05

Welding Battery Box Frame

Back in June of this year Mark Ward started converting a 1995 Saab 900 to electric.

So far he’s made great strides: removed the engine, gas tank, exhaust, and related accessories. There’s a giant gaping hole in the trunk which is starting to shape up as a battery box holder and the dash has been getting a bit of a facelift.

But let’s begin at the beginning…

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Larry's EV · 12 October 05

Dr. Larry's EV

Meet Dr. Larry Tillman’s 1991 Geo Metro EV:
No Gas 2

This isn’t your average EV, as you will see. Clocking in at a spry 1,900 pounds it features 12 batteries, seven solar panels, and seven chargers. He even has a ham transceiver on board.

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Peter's Solar Electric Van · 4 October 05

Solar Van

Here’s a conversion project for all of you folks who have been asking about putting solar panels on an EV.

Peter took it one step further and put a wind generator on the EV as well.

Now, before your mind gets whirling too fast we need to clarify that he only uses the wind generator when parked. No perpetual energy in the UK either.

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