Monday, August 27, 2007

Tweaks and Testing: Day 6 and Van Comes Home!

Seat is mounted on the battery box, and there are those darned seatbelts!

Nifty-looking top hold-down latch.

This is the pressure switch from the trunk light of an old BMW which Bill has re-purposed to switch on the battery ventilation fans.

When the flap is down on the fans are off ...

when it opens the fans go on (switch is in right-hand corner of well).

Once we have a permanent on-board charger we will wire the fans directly to the charger so that when it shuts off, the fans do too. No need to run fans all night when it only takes 5-6 hours to fully charge the batteries.

We got the van home with 23 miles showing 1/4 on the fuel gauge. The DC-DC converter is still a problem: the 12v battery is draining completely after every run, so evidently something is not right. Matt has swapped the DC-DC converter from our Colt EV into the van to see if the issue resides in the converter.

When my friend Kathy Kimock and her daughter Claire gave me this bumper sticker, they little knew how predictive it would be ..

now we are a two EV household!

Bill provided an itemized list of his donations to the conversion effort, which were credited to the Susan G Komen 3-Day effort for breast cancer

If you've been enjoying this blog ... please throw a donation to the link above.

And if you want to check the van out in person, please join us at RiverFest 2007 September 1, 2, & 3 in Frenchtown NJ between 12:30 and 5 p.m.

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