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    exhaust pipe and I didn t know what length I would need to cut it to for installation in the car So the sound of the heater was rather loud It sounds like a jet engine a steady roar rather than the putt putt putt of an internal combustion engine The fuel pump makes a little noise too It s a pulse 12V pump which makes a steady repeating clicking sound It was interesting to see the fuel pumped up from the bottle with little air bubbles in it at first then slowly going away once the fuel fully filled the line I shot some stills and motion video with my thermal camera The exhaust pipe does get very hot as one might expect The water in the bucket started off at room temperature and fairly quickly heated up It didn t take long until there was steam rising from the top of the bucket The rubber radiator hose is an insulator compared to the metal components I measured water coming out of the hose at over 170 degrees F I believe that the heater in the iMiEV tops out at 140 degrees Overall it was a great first test and I m fairly impressed Next maybe I ll just install the muffler at the very end so I can hear what a difference it makes WITHOUT having to yet cut the exhaust pipe I also need to measure how much fuel I used I started with a full bottle and ran the heater for 30 minutes so I should easily be able to calculate a volume of fuel per hour of heating I m hoping to install the heater in the car sometime later this week I also need to make an appointment to go visit the friend who makes his own ethanol so that I can run the heater on home brew Till next time stay fired up Ben Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend 1 comment Prius 12V Battery Replacement and the Ice Pick by Ben N on January 24 2016 I like ice in a glass with a drink So when it was time to replace the 12V battery in our Prius I wan t pleased to see it frozen in place encased in a block of solid ice Recently we ve had a spell of extra cold weather multiple days of 0 degrees Fahrenheit with 15 to 20 below windchills One of those mornings I got a panicked call from my wife trapped at the grocery store because the Prius wouldn t start I ended up driving over there in the Mitsubishi iMiEV electric car and brought my jumper cables Sure enough the Prius was as dead as a door nail The dome lights wouldn t come on no signs of life whatsoever When it s that cold jumper cables don t uncurl they just stay frozen in whatever coiled up shape they were in Likewise it s ill advisable to be outdoors without thick gloves yet the tiny plastic hooks that hold the fuse box cover on cannot be undone with hands so encumbered I heard once that everything on the exterior of the Space Shuttles and the Space Station is very large and easy to grasp so that astronauts in their bulky space suits can still fix things Long story short I got the Prius started although it took a while and I was not very comfortable Even after I got it started I still had to clear out all the error codes and reset the computer Why the car started OK at the house but NOT later at the grocery store I ll never know The only thing that I could think of is that the car was more exposed to the wind at the store So I decided it was time for a new battery I really wanted to get something better than a stock battery and I had heard that Optima designed a battery just for the Prius I had always been very happy with the YellowTops I put in my motorcycle so I decided I d get the small Optima for the Prius I checked online and saw that the local auto parts store had one in stock for 230 Sounded a little pricy to me I checked some other sources and eventually found that I could get the same battery on Amazon com WITH here s the kicker FREE shipping for 150 I figured that I wanted the weather to warm up a little before I changed the battery I cold wait two days for the battery to show up and the weather to warm So that s why I was out in my driveway today Time to swap out for the new battery In a Prius the battery is in the far back right corner Basically it s in the trunk instead of under the hood I figured that may have contributed to why it didn t work Not only was it cold but it didn t even get any heat when the engine was running I cleared out the trunk folded back the cover removed the right rear panel that covers the battery and got to work To start with the top of the battery is covered with several electrical connections that go to a few small fuses right on the battery I unplugged those Next was removing a plastic vent that goes over the battery One bolt screwed that to the bottom of the car This car is modified with an aftermarket additional lithium battery A Hymotion L 5 Plug in System Unfortunately it just made it a little harder to get to this bolt I had several socket extensions and I was able to get the 10mm socket down between the

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  • About
    if you are in a mountainous area you will want regenerative braking Every commercial electric car I can think of has that as a feature For home electric conversions parts are now becoming available for AC systems that support regen It can also be done on DC systems with permanent magnet or separately excited motors 20 HJ April 16 2015 at 11 37 am Hey I ve been watching all your videos on youtube and reading your blog or website and its got me super interested in converting a car into electric Right now before implementation I am in the planning stage and determining if its affordable and if I have the skills I m a university student My first of many questions is why do you not use an alternator to extend the range I know it may not add much but anything helps right Am I missing something thats really obvious My second question is can I use multiple regular car batteries similar to the one already in the donor car If so what is the lifespan of these batteries Can I expect them to last a few years one season Finally how much did the range of your EV suffer when you had 1 passenger or even a full car Thanks in advance 21 NOWELL June 1 2015 at 10 52 pm DO YOU HAVE ANY LEAF BATTERY MODUELS YOU WANT TO SELL 22 admin June 2 2015 at 8 07 am Sorry no All LEAF cell modules were used in building 3 different electric motorcycles I have one left which I use at educational events to teach people about battery technology 23 Greg June 25 2015 at 3 41 pm Hi Ben I saw your creation up at the Energy Fair You showed your conversion of the Vectrix cycle I know that you mentioned it in passing but could you say again approximately what the portion of the Leaf batteries cost to upgrade the Vectrix thanks so much 24 Ben N June 25 2015 at 5 40 pm I got a real deal on converting the Vectrix to LEAF cell modules I didn t pay a dime But that was all a matter of luck skill and timing I purchased a used Nissan Leaf Battery pack at a junk yard for 2650 Luck I took the battery apart and used 18 modules for the Vectrix Skill I sold 29 of the 30 remaining cell modules for an income of 2850 Meaning I came out AHEAD 200 on buying the battery pack But this was also the only LEAF pack in the entire United States I could find at a junk yard There are a few places that sell LEAF modules the main one being Hybrid Auto Center near Las Vegas http hybridautocenter com HAC4 When they have them in stock they sell a stack of Leaf cells appropriate for a Vectrix for 2 300 Thanks for coming out to the Energy Fair it s always a blast 25 Jim Suren June 26 2015 at 2 00 pm Ben Just wish to thank you for putting yourself out there last Sunday at the MREA fair Your presentation still moves me your willingness to be a tall man who truly owns His Full Mature Masculine Personality If you were my neighbor or lived within 50 miles of me I would feel blessed I will be exploring your website at length Another sign for me of a Truly Gifted Man is the man who does not hoard his fresh creative good ideas I learned that in psychotherapy in the early 70s Thank you for having such a Large Giving Mind Spirit Heart like your suggestions for beating depression have you also tried the vitamin Sam E they are individually wrapped because the air degrades them if not Hope to see you next year at the fair You inspire me Jim Suren 26 admin June 27 2015 at 10 52 am Thanks Jim I really had no idea how The Psychology of Ecology would be received I ve already gotten some pretty positive feedback from a number of people and I m pleased with how it went Thank you for your kind words Be well Ben 27 Fredrick G Ramsden June 28 2015 at 6 11 pm I have a 2007 vectrix I like the Leaf battery conversion Where can I obtain the charger software change My bike only has 7500 miles on it 28 jcwert August 8 2015 at 2 35 am FYI Just started reading your page and the answer to your question who keeps putting mud in electric plugs is not a who but the wasps and hornets you see They plug the holes with mud and I think food for later or maybe larvae They do the same to all my air tool inlets if I leave them outside or don t put them deep in the garage 29 admin August 10 2015 at 9 18 am For real I know that animals are capable of amazing behaviors I m familiar with mud wasps but I ve never seen any in the areas of these outlets It would be interesting to catch them in the act 30 salvatore giambrone August 20 2015 at 12 32 pm I need help on my vectrix the battery went completely dead ive watched the videos but notjing is happening what am i doing wrong 31 admin August 21 2015 at 7 38 pm Post a message in the Vectrix section of the VisforVoltage forum We should be able to have somebody help you http visforvoltage org forums vectrix 32 Anthony November 30 2015 at 10 54 pm Hi I been looking at some of your videos using those ev car batteries for your bikes I would like to use Lithium ion Battery form the chevy volt because I was told that they don t go bad as quick as some others I would like to use them for solar power

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  • Projects
    packs instead of messing up with the mechanical conversion Thanks in advance 6 Ben N July 5 2014 at 7 30 pm Hi Jorge Converting a vehicle to a hybrid by adding hub motors to two wheels would be a great project In effect you would just add all the electric parts to a vehicle that is already I C E powered Assuming you can find some appropriate hub motors and connect them properly to the vehicle this would work great My electric car DVD set will get you through the basics of a simple electric conversion To build a hybrid with hub motors you still need to know about motors controllers chargers batteries etc you just don t need to mount the motor where the engine was Most the information on when I ran my Metro as a hybrid is at http www instructables com id DIY Plug In Hybrid Car 7 Mick White July 29 2014 at 7 24 am Greetings We have completed our first project and made a video presentation about how it works and why we made it The objective was to start conversations about unobtrusive plug in hybrid designs that would appeal to crowds that typically avoid electric cars What we believe we have stumbled on is a true plug in hybrid design that everyone can appreciate Our hope is that this will further the goal of every vehicle on the road being some form of hybrid by shifting the grassroots movement into new markets https www youtube com watch v TLPR2 7 xpM 8 Bill Thompson January 20 2015 at 8 49 pm We built an electric GEO Metro based as a class project based on your DVD We just finished it last October and recently presented it at the Minnesota School Board Association state conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center Our school board and many other schools across the state enjoyed learning and asking questions about how students could do an EV conversion Thanks Ben There is an article on our GEO metro on the website of our local paper Rock County Star Herald 9 Zrei Kamarul April 8 2015 at 11 10 pm Hello I am planning on converting my bike into a hybrid bike I would like to use the lead acid battery as supply for the electric motor when I m not using the petrol engine Is it adequate Also what type of DC motor should I use Can you please advice Here is the specifications for my bike http www mymotorcycle reviews com yamaha fz 150i specifications html 10 admin April 9 2015 at 8 12 am Hi Zrel Electric bicycles and electric mopeds are becoming extemely popular in the hobbyist world It would be challenging to fit all the components for a fully hybrid motorcycle into a standard frame but I m sure some clever person could make it happen You might get some ideas from my hybrid car project http www instructables com id DIY Plug

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  • Electric Car Instructional DVDs
    have being working on since 2009 I now in the edge to commercialize the engine EV technologies and people like 300mpg org do offer some important role in my venture I hope to find solutions to replace ICE in old cars with my engine and then to add electrical motors or alike as the intermediate engine to drive a car I am interested to know what challenge ahead to such effort Say if various car not the brand new owners come to me and wish to get rid of ICE and add my components to convert their cars what have to be done in electrical and the control system electronic components before the cars are roadworthy to pass authorities scrutiny What is the risk if something goes wrong These are the issues I wish to find answers Regards David 5 George M February 26 2015 at 10 41 pm Yes I would like to know what year and from what car tranny did you use 6 admin February 27 2015 at 2 00 pm The car I converted for this project was a 1996 Geo Metro I used the Geo Metro 5 speed manual transmission that would have been with that engine 7 maricela March 31 2015 at 1 38 pm Hello Do you ship to Mexico if so could you tell shipping cost thanks 8 Toby June 5 2015 at 2 14 am I have been pondering this thought In a RV you have a charging system that turns on when the batteries for the RV get slow Couldn t you put a system like that in a vehicle to charge your batteries as you were driving In this way you could turn a full sized pick up into an electric pick up hybrid With the charging system for the batteries only coming on when needed and shutting off when fully charged it would extend the life of the fuel With no load the charging system would not be running consistently and if it took one hour to go through 1 gallon of fuel at 65 miles an hour you just got 65 miles per gallon out of the full sized truck Is this a valid thought 9 Ben N June 5 2015 at 10 40 am Yes and no In an RV the size of the batteries for running the lights a 120V inverter and other electric items is very small compared to an electric car battery or the size of a traction battery that would be required to push the RV down the road using an electric motor HOWEVER I believe it s the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid that uses the electric motor ONLY to propel the car at freeway speed until the battery is depleted Then the engine kicks on and pushes the car down the road while charging the battery This by itself is NOT fuel efficient it takes lots of power to push the car AND charge the battery at the same time On our

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  • Electric Motorcycle DVDs!
    are still selling it and shipping world wide including Malaysia 13 Luhur June 12 2012 at 12 55 pm is 29 99 all include with shipping or what thanks 14 admin June 18 2012 at 7 22 am Yes as stated in the description the price of the DVD INCLUDES shipping 15 JK July 2 2012 at 11 01 am Hi there I would like to buy the DVDs but I have no experience in electronics what book I have to read in order to understand the contents in the DVDs Thanks 16 admin July 2 2012 at 11 27 am The DVD is designed for a complete novice If you have ever jump started a car you already know the basics of DC power and polarity I suggest you go to your local library and get any real basic book on electricity An entry level electric car really is rather simple but the more information and learning you can get the better 17 Geoff July 16 2012 at 4 56 pm Hi I ve been looking and noticed that many EV motorcycles have a very large back sprocket Why is that Doesn t that kill your top end 18 Ben N July 16 2012 at 5 06 pm It s pretty common to do that on cycles that don t have a transmission The low gearing allows you to keep your amps low and the motor cool If you want to experiment with gearing you then swap out the cheap FRONT sprocket You can only get so small on the front It s easier to have a larger rear sprocket If you do something like motor to jackshaft to transmission it s not an issue you just use your original gearing and transmission Going transmission less saves space and weight Usually the big deal is making room for all your batteries It s also a really simple system in that you don t have to shift it s extremely smooth at any speed If you go to a higher system voltage that also increases your top speed making a transmission even more optional 19 jesse March 3 2013 at 10 11 pm Awesome I stumbled accross this and very cool man Would your dvd on the car work for say an old vw bug or rabbit 20 Ben N March 4 2013 at 7 48 am Yes all the information in the Electric Car DVD will apply well to an older VW Those are great cars to work on 21 Zach E March 7 2013 at 6 42 pm Hi Ben I ordered your dvd just a couple days ago and just received it all the way in Alaska Wonderfully helpful video even for the total novice and extremely fast delivery thank you for making it so easy to learn to build an electric motorcycle I can t wait to get started Zach 22 Nicolas nguyen May 16 2013 at 1 38 am Hi Ben I m very interested

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  • Ecoprojecteer.net
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  • iMiEV Heater Installation
    was roughly 500 and was purchased through Aliexpress com You can also find the heater through the manufacturer s web page It s the 5kW 12V Gasoline version So far I m running the heater on E85 from my local gas station I have a friend who makes his own ethanol from scratch and I intend to get some pure sustainably produced ethanol from him Even with the heater running full blast fuel use translates into hundreds of miles per gallon Mounting the heater in parallel with the original electric heating system allows me to use the electric OR liquid fueled heater and I can still use the car s electric pre heat feature I intend to use the fuel burner when it s either very cold or when I have concerns about range due to the electric heater otherwise sapping power In effect what I am doing is using a liquid fuel for heating to maximize battery energy for propulsion trying to use the right tool for the right job After the heater arrived in the mail I first rigged it up on a stand in my garage to learn what I needed to do to hook it up and test it I also shot some thermal video of the heater running hot water into a bucket as an initial test Once I had a basic understanding of the heater I started the process of the actual installation of the heater into the car What follows is a series of 6 videos showing step by step how I installed this heater in the car A big Thank You to other Mitsubishi iMiEV owners who have shared information on modifying the heater systems in their cars I hope these videos help anyone else who is interested in hybridizing their heating system in cold climates I ll add some more information here as I get more experience using this heater Ben Nelson Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend Tagged as heat Hybrid iMIEV winter Leave a Comment Name E mail Website You can use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite strike strong Previous post Free Car and More Read the Sticker Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March

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  • Too Cold for EVs?
    quick charge my footwear was then wet and my toes were PAINFULLY cold The electric lap blanket works well Everyone should have one in their car it s pure luxury However it doesn t cover my toes as I need those for operating the vehicle Likewise my really good winter boots are large enough that I don t trust NOT hitting the brake and accelerator at the same time with them Even if my entire body is covered with arctic gear I still need the heat to run the defroster simply for visibility The next day I upgraded my windshield washer fluid So much salt gets used on the roads in my area that windshields get caked with dried salt streaks When I would use the washer fluid it would just freeze right to the windshield In a car with a nice HOT defroster it might not be an issue I stopped at the auto parts store and was glad to see that the fluid rated for down to 25 F was on sale I drained the blue fluid and poured the orange fluid in it s place When I had stopped at a gas station earlier to use their squeegee the purple washer fluid in the bucket was frozen into a grape slush So far the orange washer fluid seems to be working well Now don t let me get TOO down on the heating system in the car The driver s seat is heated and works great The car also has a pre heat system that works pretty well If the car is plugged in to wall power which it usually is from charging the night before a press of a button on the remote turns on the heat and gets its power from the wall instead of the battery so I can leave with NOT only a full battery pack but a warm car as well So on a short winter trip the car can be preheated and the heater can run the whole time It works great AND doesn t use a single drop of gasoline Win Win for everyone BUT a longer trip means serious compromises with comfort just to make the car still go the distance I need it too Not so fun Now keep in mind that it s the combination of a small battery and sub par heater that makes it so tough For example a Nissan LEAF has a larger battery pack all seats are heated and at least some of those cars have heated steering wheels The LEAF also has improved insulation vs other Nissan cars The iMiEV appears to be completely uninsulated The newer LEAFs use a more efficient heat pump system instead of resistive heating While I have heard of complaints by LEAF owners of the shorter winter range I haven t heard of it being nearly the issue that it is with the Mitsubishi iMiEVs So I am considering a Parking Heater EDIT I did install one See it here That is a liquid fueled heater that heats the engine coolant so that a car can have its engine and heating system warmed up WITHOUT running its engine or using an electric block heater There are also air to air versions which just directly heat air for the passenger compartment They are popular on semi trucks with sleeper cabs so that the driver can stay warm without idling a 500 horsepower engine Several iMiEV owners in cold climates Canada Finland Russia even New Jersey have successfully installed these heaters with fantastic results My knee jerk reaction to the thought of adding fossil fuel to an EV was No WAY You aren t gonna put petroleum in MY renewably powered electric car But after reading through some forum threads it actually makes a lot of sense Here s why it s APPROPRIATE use of fuel The problem with most internal combustion engines is that they are SO inefficient that heat is the majority waste product Every car needs a large radiator just to keep the vehicle from overheating Of course in the winter some of that waste heat energy can be directed to defrosting a windshield or keeping feet warm Liquid fuels are GREAT for creating heat Using a small efficient PURPOSE BUILT device to only create heat frees up the battery system to maximize energy for travel Since there s a reduced load on the battery battery cycles are also reduced and battery LIFE is also extended Also nothing says that I have to use petroleum in the heater Bio diesel E85 and straight ethanol all have potential use in such a system A friend of mine brews his own ethanol from scratch yes he has the ATF license I m sure I could get a few gallons per year of automotive moonshine from him The heater would be plumbed in such a way that electric heater and electric pre heat feature would still work properly The finished system would in fact be a Hybrid Heating System on an Electric Car So now my only real question is whether I want to purchase the diesel or gasoline version of the heater I m leaning towards gasoline as it s easier to get ethanol than bio diesel in my area Even if I DO use petroleum and it lets me use the electric car where I would otherwise need to use a fossil fuel powered car it s still a significant net cost and carbon savings And on the upside as I write this the sun has finally come out and temperature has warmed up into the 20 s Til next time stay warm and charged up Ben PS One feature that I really haven t been thinking about is the heated side mirrors I have had ZERO issues with ice or snow on the side mirrors The mirror defrosters work so well I just don t thing about it They work great PPS In the beginning of

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