Tevie2 '93 metro

evmetro
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Joined: April 8th, 2012, 11:13 pm

December 18th, 2012, 7:57 am #1

I picked this guy up from a forum member a few months ago, and he gave me a pretty nice deal, but specified that he did not want it to go to the crusher. She has been sitting around in the shop gathering dust, but I am getting ready to dig in.




My goal here will be to continue to avoid the gas pump of course, but I want to have my mpg after converting gas price to electric price be higher than a prius and an insight combined. I like the feel of the 110 pounds of torque that my current one has, and the metro does not seem to be able to connect any more torque than that to the road anyway.

I will post some pics here in the next few days of what the car looks like from the start. I need to clear off the roof and hood of all the tools and rockstar cans, and then I can get some pics.
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aaronvincent
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December 18th, 2012, 8:03 am #2

Looks decent ^o) Weird front bumper, has a double chin thing going on with the air dam :hmm
Is it to be an auto or a stick?
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evmetro
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December 18th, 2012, 8:11 am #3

It is a five speed, and I will probably have to squoochy it 4 and a half inches toward the drivers side to accomidate the new motor. This is just fabbing a set of engine mounts and adding a set of 4/3 axles.
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Horn
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January 2nd, 2013, 5:42 am #4

Any update ev?
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evmetro
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March 23rd, 2013, 4:13 am #5

I have not had much time on this one yet, but the batteries are here. It took months to get them in from China, most of the delays were here in the states with customs and all of the other people that need fees for this and that. I just drove to the SF bay area today and picked up the cells for this car and for the "electro metro", and my pickup was sitting a little lower on the way home.



I got 36 of the larger cells shown in the pic for this car. They are 200ah, and the series string of these cells will be 115 volts. (3.2 volts times 36 cells) I am still buried in the Tevie1 project and the Electro Metro project, so this one will stay on hold for a while. If I get some spare time, I might yank the gas motor or something, but for now she is on the back burner.
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JellyBeanDriver
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March 23rd, 2013, 5:57 am #6

what is the chemistry of those batts?
519,500 miles, original bottom end - donated to a charity 12-2017
- head replaced with rebuilt at 456,000 miles while I was in there replacing a failed head gasket
2003 Jetta TDI - 345,000 miles 50MPG, much more power.
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evmetro
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March 23rd, 2013, 6:01 am #7

Lithium iron phosphate...
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evmetro
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July 22nd, 2013, 11:19 pm #8

This one will be tevie 2. The motor, controller, and tranny for this will come out of tevie1. I have begun the aluminum work on the hatch battery box and have determined that I can pack 24 of the 36 200ah cells will fit into the hatch, but the coil springs that are in there now are not happening. The cells are 14 lbs each, so 336 lbs. That is like having two adults ride around in the back seat forever. My plan is to maintain a backseat, and the hatch will have a subfloor over the cells and be much shallower.

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georandy
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July 23rd, 2013, 1:01 am #9

Good plan. Where will the other 12 go, gas tank? Under hood?
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evmetro
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July 23rd, 2013, 1:36 am #10

I will stuff them under the hood, hopefully in a single box, but most likely in several. I have my eyes on a plan to lower the tranny a little when I make the motor mounts, but not sure yet. These cells are much deeper than the ones on tevie1, so I can't put the across the top like I did on that one. The 12 cells under the hood will be much needed weight distribution to offset the cells in the hatch. My plan so far is to do a simple conversion with very little modification to the chassis, but still do a higher end build.
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