Got a phone call from one of the producers I’ve long worked with at the BBC yesterday (I’ve been doing various bits of radio and telly for the last 15 years over in my made-up day job). Would I come on Stephen Nolan’s late night show on BBC Radio 5Live and talk about my project? It was past my bedtime, but I thought sure, why … Continue reading DIYEV on the BBC
So, as predicted, the car failed its MOT. But not on what I was expecting. Or rather, the stuff I was most worried about (the conversion, my welding) absolutely sailed through. In fact, Jimmy the mechanic called the conversion “impressive”. The smile hasn’t left my face since. Big issues: Tracking is massively out (not surprising since I don’t have the tools for alignment) and you … Continue reading Fail! But in a good way
So, the time has come when I must let a professional examine my work and tell me what a mess I’ve made of it. I know this professional. His name is Jimmy, and I have been taking our cars to him for about the last 9 years. He is as honest and forthright as any mechanic I’ve met. But also prone to taking the piss … Continue reading MOT Time
Yesterday, I drove the DIY EV project for the first time. Only off the drive and back on again, but it moves. And it does so comfortably and relatively quietly. It was a huge moment. Yes, I will do a video soon. I’ve bun running through a huge checklist of things to get the car ready for MOT. It is now insured (more on this … Continue reading Movement
I have a charge point. I have a charger. I have a battery. You would think I could hook these three things up and charge my battery from the charge port, via my charger. Not so fast. Charging an EV requires a little more than that because there is signalling that goes alongside the AC between the charge point and the car. And my charger … Continue reading DIY EV Charging: a guide for an idiot (me)
It works. It bloody works. After a frustrating few days with it sort of working, and some minor mishaps (I shorted something on an unshielded 12v connection – but everything seems to have survived). A firmware downgrade (5.05 to 4.96 if you’re interested) has fixed everything. The wheels spin like a dervish now and the motor makes an absolutely wicked noise. My homebrew coupler seems … Continue reading BUZZING!