EV Kapiti Project


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Welcome to the Electric Vehicle Project - Kapiti, New Zealand.

UPDATE: Project Complete!! Visit the Progress page for more information.

The first electric cars were built around 1832, well before internal combustion powered cars appeared. For a period of time, electric cars were considered superior due to the silent nature of electric motors compared to the very loud noise of the gasoline engine.

The disadvantages of electric cars were their range due to limited battery life, and time to recharge these batteries. So they had to wait for the introduction of modern semiconductor controls and improved batteries. That time has long since come.

Lithium batteries, high capacity charges, and regenerative braking are all features available for EVs today.

At the Energy Efficiency and Conservations Authority (EECA) annual fourth Biofuels and Electric Vehicles Conference 2008 (EECA 2008) held in Te Papa, Wellington, the reality of electric vehicles was heavily praised. According to Meridian Energy, 2010 is going to be the gold year.

Electric car designs such as the Venturi Fétish (VENTURI 2008) are able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds with a top speed around 210 km/h. Others have a range of 400 km on the motor way only requiring 3 1/2 hours to completely charge. The Tesla Roadster (TELSA 2008), currently in production, is a fully electric sports car. The car can travel 393 km on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack and accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The Roadster's efficiency, as of September 2008 is reported as equivalent to 51 km per litre. That is 2 times as economical as a Toyota Prius. More close to home, Hyundai New Zealand will be selling an electric version of the Getz from November 2008. And there are thousands of successful case studies like this around the world.

The documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car” by Chris Paine (PAINE 2006) opened my eyes to the future of this planet. Our planet can no longer sustain the resources we are using and the damage we are doing.

We need to start producing electric vehicles now.

The primary goal of this project is to convert a regular internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle into an electric vehicle (EV). The EV will be a road worthy vehicle and capable of driving the same as normal traffic.

The secondary goal of this project is to raise awareness of the capability, and real possibility, of driving electric vehicles on the road now. And then to share the firsthand experience and knowledge acquired during this project to help assist others build their own EV.

This project was inspired by the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" by Chris Paine.

With global warming at our door step and carbon levels increasing exponentially it is time to take action now. The earth can no longer sustain our greed wasteful way of life.

EV Kapiti is a non profit project with the goal of assisting the sustainability of the human race on earth, so your donations will not go waste.

We are always looking for additional sponsorship or donations to assist with the development of this project. Please press the donations button or contact me via the contact page. For more information the project proposal can be downloaded from the menu.





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