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ReVolt Zinc-Air Batteries
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ReVolt' s rechargeable Zinc-air battery is the technology breakthrough that will breathe new life into consumer electronics - mobile phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, etc. - and give users the freedom to go further and the power to more than ever before.

Rechargeable Zinc-air batteries have more than twice as much energy than conventional Li-ion batteries, they cost less to manufacture, they are safer to use, and they are environmentally friendly. The net result is a new battery, developed by ReVolt, that will transform the way we use mobile electronic devices, multiply our lifestyle choices, and reenergize the business and pleasure of day-to-day life.


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eCars - Now! Global Community
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eCars - Now! in a Nutshell

eCars - Now! is an open community devoted to develop high quality electric car conversions available for EVeryone. We want modern electric cars on the road. As quickly as we can, as affordable as we can, and as widely available as we can.




eBMS

eCars-Now!-community is developing an Open Source Battery Management System for Lithium Ion batteries. The system is called ”eBMS”.


Development is done as co-operation of many professionals in various fields. The organization behind the eBMS is eCars-Now! - an global EV-community aiming for making EV mass-conversions possible. eCars-Now! was born in the same country where Linux was born - Finland.
Posted on: Feb. 16, 2010 9:18pm,UTC
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New plug-in conversion credit. A new plug-in conversion credit of 10% of the cost of converting any
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New plug-in conversion credit. A new plug-in conversion credit of 10% of the cost of converting any motor vehicle (new or used) to a qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle. The maximum credit is $4,000 per vehicle. This credit is claimed on Form 8910, Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, and applies to property placed in service after February 17, 2009.



New plug-in electric vehicle credit. A new credit of 10% of the cost of a new plug-in electric vehicle can be claimed on Form 8834. The maximum credit is $2,500 per vehicle.



A qualified plug-in electric vehicle must meet the following requirements.




  • The original use of the vehicle began with you;

  • Was purchased for your use and not for resale;

  • Is made by a manufacturer;

  • Is manufactured primarily for use on public streets, roads, and highways;

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 14,000; and

  • Is propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor which draws electricity from a battery which:

    • Has a capacity of not less than 4 kilowatt hours (2.5 kilowatt hours in the case of a vehicle with 2 or 3 wheels), and

    • Is capable of being recharged from an external source of electricity.


Generally, no credit is allowed if the vehicle is used predominantly outside the United States.


This credit applies to vehicles acquired after February 17, 2009.


New plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit. A new plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit can be claimed on new Form 8936, Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit. You may be able to claim this credit if you place in service a plug-in electric drive motor vehicle for business or personal use in tax years beginning after 2008. The amount of the credit varies depending on the battery capacity and weight limitations and ranges from $2,500 to $15,000.


A new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle is a motor vehicle that:



  • The original use of the vehicle starts with you,

  • Is purchased for your use or lease and not for resale,

  • Is made by a manufacturer,

  • Is treated as a motor vehicle for purposes of title II of the Clean Air Act,

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 14,000 pounds, and

  • Is propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor which draws electricity from a battery which:

    • Has a capacity of not less that 4 kilowatt hours, and

    • Is capable of being recharged from an external source of electricity.


Generally, no credit is allowed if the vehicle is used predominately outside the United States.


For more information, see section 30D and Notice 2009-54.

Posted on: Feb. 10, 2010 5:15pm,UTC
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Annual Electric Vehicle Magazine
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Electric & Hybrid 2009 PDF format (Large file - 30.96 MB)

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Licensing And Insuring Homebuilt Vehicles
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Revised 10-2-97

"This document explains the licensing procedures and regulations in the U.S. that apply to homebuilt watercraft, hovercraft, three wheel vehicles, and passenger cars. It also provides tips on obtaining insurance.

"Vehicles that are operated on the public roadways or waterways must have a title and a license. With manufactured vehicles, the title is issued by the manufacturer to identify the particular vehicle and establish ownership. A title is issue only once in the life of a vehicle and lasts as long as the vehicle exists. Normally, a vehicle does not have to meet any regulations nor even to work in order to be become a titled entity. In order to actually operate a vehicle on the public roadways or waterways, however, it must be licensed. A license will be issued on a homebuilt vehicle only if it meets applicable standards of construction and is appropriately equipped. A license will have to be annually renewed by paying a fee...." - more

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Electric Ford Courier Project
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"...It's a banana yellow 1974 Ford Courier Pickup. This truck was found in a chicken coop in Yakima, WA by a friend in the early 90's, with only 18,000 miles on it. I always though it would be a good electric vehicle conversion -- lightweight (2700lbs curb weight), lots of weight capacity (1400lbs), no power steering or power brakes, and quite simple to work on. Over the years, it was used as a second vehicle, but never that much, and only had 36,000 miles on it when the engine was pulled to make it an EV...." - more

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100 years ago
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Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
All rights are reserved on this video recording copyright Jim Clark 2008

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Convert It
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Convert It


(By Michael Brown with Shari Prange, 128 pgs., 8 1/2" x 11", soft-cover, 1993)
This third edition of the definitive hands-on conversion manual has been greatly updated and expanded, and printed with higher quality production and binding. It takes you by the hand through the entire process of converting an internal combustion car to electricity, from choosing a donor car through removing the internal combustion system, installing the electric system, and all the way to driving, charging, maintenance, and even talking with reporters. - more

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Re: Batteries
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Gotta get rid of that explosive gas...? Why not collect it? Maybe something on this order?

Use it for fuel of some sort. We know the ICE people want it and it's great for fuel cells.

Starstuff



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"...I purchased my battery box brushless fan from KTA Services
http://www.kta-ev.com/ http://www.kta-ev.com/ at a cost of $22 plus
shipping. It is a 35cfm 120ACV that I wired into the AC feed to the charger.
So the fan only runs when the vehicle is charging and uses the house AC
voltage. When driving the batteries are cooled with a little ram effect off
the road through an inlet opening opposite and forward from the pulling fan.
See a journal entry on this site at
http://www.saturn.lynnautorepair.com/?q=node/238 EV Battery Box Ventilation
& Test Video You can test the box afterwards for leaks with a smoke
machine...."
Daniel Lynn
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Brakes
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Vacuum brakes etc








Traditional friction-based braking is still used with electrical regenerative braking for the following reasons:
  • The regenerative braking effect rapidly reduces at lower speeds, therefore the friction brake is still required in order to bring the vehicle to a complete halt.
  • The friction brake is a necessary back-up in the event of failure of the regenerative brake.
  • Most road vehicles with regenerative braking only have power on some wheels (as in a 2WD car) and regenerative braking power only applies to such wheels, so in order to provide controlled braking under difficult conditions (such as in wet roads) friction based braking is necessary on the other wheels.
  • The amount of electrical energy capable of dissipation is limited by either the capacity of the supply system to absorb this energy or on the state of charge of the battery or capacitors. No regenerative braking effect can occur if another electrical component on the same supply system is not currently drawing power or if the battery or capacitors are already charged. For this reason, it is normal to also incorporate dynamic braking to absorb the excess energy.
  • Under emergency braking it is desirable that the braking force exerted is the maximum allowed by the friction between the wheels and the surface without slipping, over the entire speed range from the vehicle's maximum speed down to zero. The maximum force available for acceleration is typically much less than this except in the case of extreme high-performance vehicles. Therefore, the power required to be dissipated by the braking system under emergency braking conditions may be many times the maximum power which is delivered under acceleration. Traction motors sized to handle the drive power may not be able to cope with the extra load and the battery may not be able to accept charge at a sufficiently high rate. Friction braking is required to absorb the surplus energy in order to allow an acceptable emergency braking performance.

For these reasons there is typically the need to control the regenerative braking and match the friction and regenerative braking to produce the desired total braking output. The GM EV-1 was the first commercial car to do this. Engineers Abraham Farag and Loren Majersik were issued 2 patents for this 'Brake by Wire' technology.
Posted on: Jan. 5, 2009 12:51am,UTC
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