Archive for November, 2010

Festival Fleamarket Annual Classic Car Show

Uncategorized | Posted by admin November 21st, 2010

Attended the Pompano Beach Festival Fleamarket car show. The car got a great response and was a crowd favorite especially with the younger generations. I was parked right next to one of the Grand Torinos used in the Starsky and Hutch television series. The only other electric at the show was a Porsche 911 conversion done by Paul Vaughn of West Palm Beach.

The importance of tight bolts with high voltage

Electronics, testing | Posted by admin November 14th, 2010

I learned an important lesson today. I had changed out a few of the Zener battery balancers and hadn’t tightened down the bolts on one of the terminals. When I took the car out for a test run I noticed a bright flash in my rear view mirror in the top of the battery pack. I immediately got off the peddle cutting the flow of electricity and pulled over. What I found was that one of the terminals I had just worked on was blackened and the nut and washer were noticeably damaged by what had been arcing electricity. Without the bolt being tightened the copper plate was loose enough on the terminal that a bump in the road had cause it to jump a bit. The high voltage electricity just jumped this tiny gap producing an arc. Needless to say I cleaned up the terminal, replaced the nut and washer, and the rechecked the connections on the rest of the pack.

J-1772 Charging Connector

Electronics, technology | Posted by admin November 13th, 2010

J-1772 Charging Connector

Thanks to Charles and David from the Gold Coast EAA, I now have a J-1772 charging connector to put into my car.  This new connector is the North American standard developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers for use in all charging stations.  Once public stations are put in, my car will be able to easily get a charge.  The connectors are really nice.  There is a button on the top of the plug that links locks into the charging connector so its not accidentally disconnected.  Simple electronics in both the plug and receptacle do some handshaking to make sure the connection is in place before electricity begins to flow.

J-1772 Connector showing pins

The button on the top has a place where a lock could be inserted

Wayland Living Green Fair – Nov. 7th

Uncategorized | Posted by admin November 7th, 2010

Got a chance to show the car at the Wayland Living Green Fair today. The response was overwhelming. I barely have any voice after talking to people all day. I am amazed how so many people even today are unaware of the viability of electric cars. I had a great time educating people on the technology. The best was the reaction from the kids and young adults.  There were a number of teenagers who were really into modifying cars who took a big interest.  Maybe we start a whole new generation of electric hot rodders.  Everyone was really amazed that the EV GT-40 wasn’t a commercial car built by a big car company, but by a hobbiest in a garage right in their own neighborhood.

Toyota and Lexis were at the show showing off their hybrids, but I was the only one at the fair with all electric drive.  Hopefully at next years show we will have some full on electric cars from Nisson and Toyota and Chevy showing plug in electrics.

I really want to thank the folks at Wayland Living Green fair for letting me show off the car.  If we are ever to move away from oil, its all going to be about educating the public.

All setup and ready for people to check it out

Charging off of 110 Volt line

Checking out the car

Lot of interest and questions

Wayland painting a mural with the kids at the fair

Whales Love Clean electric cars

Photo op with a whale

Andrew answering questions from kids