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I helped design this brochure for Rockway Mennonite Collegiate to explain our ZEV project and help in our fund raising efforts.

The project is well on its way, and this year’s students were pleased with their progress. The September group will also be doing some fund raising in order to complete the project.

ZEV front

ZEV back


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Before school is out for the summer, the students who were working on the S10 truck conversion finished installing the complete drive train. We hooked up the motor to a battery charger, as per test instructions that came with the motor, and ran a test with the clutch depressed. Success: the motor rotated!

Then the transmission was placed in 1st and the clutch released. There was an increased draw of electricity, but nothing turned. A quick check revealed that the parking brakes were on. When they were  released, the back wheels turned. Here is a very condensed video of the process so far:

A quote from Josh, one of the four guys working on the electric conversion, says it all:

If we grade twelves can do it, anyone can.

There’s a challenge for you!

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Well I miss a day on the S10 conversion and all the fun happens. They were supposed to do body work. Well, only one person can weld and so the others connected the motor to the transmission. The tape is there to keep things from falling into the motor and the transmission. With so many other students using the shop, one can’t be too careful. Actually I would advise this for anyone. Hopefully we can get far enough with the body work next week that we can drop the motor into the truck. We are all pumped.

Motor attached to transmission

Motor attached to transmission

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In March I began to work with students and the tech teacher at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate to convert an S10 truck into an electric vehicle.

We also worked at getting this project funded. This is ongoing.

We are well on the way. After purchasing a 97  S10 we began to remove all the parts we will not need.  We have the truck stripped and are doing some body work. We are almost at the point where we will install the new motor and transmission. Friday the motor will be attached to the transmission and then next week we can install it.

Motor and clutch

Motor and clutch

In this picture you see the motor, motor mount, adapter plate, hub ( you can’t actually see it, but the flywheel is attached to it), flywheel and clutch assembly. It is all ready to attach to the transmission. I will post more about the installation of the electric components as we progress. The 4 students that are working on this project will not see the completion of the conversion. Students have already signed up to complete the project next semester. We hope to finish by Christmas, 2009.

Our conversion parts were purchased from Canadian Electric Vehicles Ltd.

Stay tuned for more on the conversion process.

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