Roadshow's small used electric pickup truck fixups

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Help! There's no users manual for this electric vehicle, so..

Can you help us? We need explanations for the puzzling items pointed out in thse photos, in order to get this anti-Climate-Warming vehicle on the road to Sustainability. Thanks in advance for all comments and suggestions. Each photo is numbered. You can Zoom In on any photo with a mouse click.


Blogger Gunner said...

Good luck.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Cor van de Water said...

It's already a few months ago you posted this, so if case you still need help, I suggest you post the question on the EV Discussion List,
you can register at:

Regarding the photos: you won't get an answer on the buttons in the dash, because the text is not readable. My guess would be that one is an emergency stop button and the other the heater control, but that is without seeing the real thing. It helps if you post as much as possible info on numbers from components and the battery setup, for example the controller (the black heatsink next to the main contactor where you are concerned about surface rust) but also the battery charger (yellow plug into the outlet that wires to the fuel filler door, not the one in the front of the vehicle, that is likely the DC/DC converter to recharge the aux battery from the pack).

12:56 AM  
Blogger James said...

Photo 4: It's a twist lock connector (to keep it from coming apart accidentally). It may have a part number on it (you are looking for something like L5-15R). Check the part number against this picture to figure out what it is, and what voltage/amperage it will take to run:

Photos 3 & 6: The yellow plugs probably run things like the charge controller and battery manager.

Photo 1: Hard to tell, but this may be a regulator. Unless the surface rust is really bad, it's probably fine.

Photo 7: Probably a ground wire. Check continuity with the chassis.

2:18 PM  
Blogger mark said...

Two days ago, I wrote an article about a report I had heard on the local radio, concerning the banning of electric bicycles and electric scooters. I was stunned to hear that our government was actually considering this sort of a ban because it reeked of tyranny. Well, I had more email shot to me about this subject than you could shake a stick at.

To read my initial report on this Click Here: Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters

Several people had told me that they had heard similar reports about this and that the ban was actually going to be on the batteries themselves and not the ebikes. The idea was that the batteries were considered explosive and dangerous and if they were in the wrong hands, that they could be used for some nasty things.

I called the local news channel and scanned their Website and could find nothing on the report. The person at the news desk told me that sometimes on rare occasions they are told to run certain news items just to see what type of reaction it would get.(Of course this person demanded that I not say his name or the name of the radio station or he would just claim that I was an out right liar.) But, he at least told me that I had heard correctly, that he could not confirm the source of the report….At this time.

However, I received some very distressing email from several people. One of the emails I received was from a man that I will call “Mr.X” for now. He basically told me that I should shut up about the ban report and that he could make life miserable for me if I kept talking. I have been in the Internet business for years now and have never had a threat like this one, so, naturally I was shocked. I have since submitted the email to the proper authorities and will pursue this threat very seriously. The reason that I am taking this threat seriously is because he knew intimate details about my businesses and he said he worked with IRS on occasion.

I believe passionately in alternative fuel vehicles like electric bikes and electric scooters and I will do anything I can to promote their cause.

I am pursuing this issue with an investigation and will let you know more about this as time goes on.


11:14 AM  
Blogger Glenn said...

How do I get one?


6:11 PM  

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