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Daihatsu Electric Cars

For many years I have had an interest in small electric traction which goes back 30 years or more when I worked for a company that made golf buggies and around the same time my dad and I built a 7 1/4 inch gauge battery electric locomotive for our model railway, over the years we built a number of different locos, buggies and even a motor bike which were all quite successful.

Today I drive a battery electric car which was born back in 2005 when the cost of fuel took a huge price hike and although I had not done much in the field over the previous few years I was aware of what was available on the market and I can assure you it is not rocket science these days the gear you need to do it with is readily available.

The first car we put together (we relates to a considerable amount of input from other people around the world to get the first one up and running) was the conversion of an old Suzuki Swift which had been powered by a 1.3 litre 4 cylinder engine, this was initially replaced with a single 48 volt Etek axial flux permanent magnet motor bolted straight up to a conversion adaptor on the gearbox bell housing using the old flywheel and clutch attached to the electric motor shaft with a taper lock bush assembly.

Using 6 X 8 volt golf buggy flooded plate lead acid traction batteries it worked extremely well in that it had a 50 + kilometre range and would do 70 kilometres per hour but the motor ran rather hot and the brush gear wore out too quickly. I was recommended to add another motor and this solved the overheating as then the 2 motors ran cold. The real problem lay in the fact the car was a bit too heavy but as it was an experiment I was not fussed.

In its lifetime we covered 4000 kilometres running to the post office and supermarket etc with an operating cost that was a joke by comparison with the cost of fuel.

Along the way in 2006 I helped a client do a conversion on a Subaru Sherpa which was a much smaller and lighter car and we fitted it with a 72 volt German Perm 132 motor and 6 X 12 volt AGM Absorbed Glass Mat valve regulated pressure batteries which turned out to be just perfect as it would do 83 kph and was much more zippy, just a delight to drive.

Recently I have pensioned off the old Swift and converted a newer car I acquired, called a Suzuki Alto panel van which is very similar to the little Subaru and the Daihatsu Mira /handivan in that their power plants are a little 3 cylinder engine and are about the lightest vehicles you can find on the roads in Australia. To see pictures of the new car which is much better click here.

If you are interested in having a go at doing one yourself the first thing to do is get a copy of the Information Bulletin 74 from the Department of Transport as you must follow these guidelines for it to pass inspection approval.

Then! obviously you must find a suitable vehicle and strip all the unnecessary bits out of it to get it as light as you can.

The most important task is to make or have made an adaptor plate to bolt the electric motor up to the gearbox and retain the clutch.

You will need the electric motor (a 72 volt PERM 132) and an ALLTRAX controller unit to suit, which I have purchased a number of from a company in the US called www.electricmotorsport.com or www.thunderstuck-ev.com and get them to post it over.

You will need a 5k ohm throttle which can be obtained from Bylong Industries Pty Ltd in NSW Ph 0294394177.

A 12 volt 200 amp solenoid from Redarc Electronics Lonsdale South Australia Phone 81865633.

Daihatsu Electric Cars

The battery bank 6 off 12 volt 100 amp hour Absorbed Glass Mat sealed lead acid batteries can be sourced from the bigger reputable commercial battery suppliers. There are cheaper combinations and much more expensive battery types you can choose from but value for money against performance these seem to be the best. If you do go with the AGMs then there is not so much of a problem with fitting them in a container in the passenger compartment as they don’t suffer gassing problems or acid spillage, it should still be externally vented though.

You will also need a big gutsy manual isolating switch which can be sourced from an Auto electrician.

You can get analogue panel meters from www.futurlec.com to build up your dash and a 200 amp shunt from any Jaycar store.

If your car has power assist brakes then you will have to make a small vacuum tank out of some pvc pipe fittings and find a small vac pump I have used a cruise control pump of a SAAB and bought them off Ebay.

You will need heavy cable to link every thing up which I sourced from a welding supplies company .

The last and most expensive component you will need is a battery charger. They are a very sophisticated piece of equipment being a fully programmable powerful switch mode power supply which can be sourced from a company called M+H Power Systems Pty Ltd from Rowville in Victoria phone 03 97630555 be warned though, this may put you off as they cost up around $2000 but it is a one off cost and if you are going to keep the car for a long time then it is worthwhile.

So if you live in a place were the lie of the land is predominantly flat the speed limit is 50 Kph you want to drive a car that is very quiet and super cheap to run then it is well worth while looking at building an electric vehicle.

Daihatsu Electric Cars
Daihatsu Electric Cars

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