PHEV mod under way, Bristol, UK.

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by aminorjourney, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. aminorjourney

    aminorjourney Mum to two prius!

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    Wow.

    I'm here guys! I didn't think I was so loved by the Prius owning gang!

    Never fear. I'm still working on bringing the plug in conversion kits to the UK :) They of course have less safety issues than the Velma :(

    Yes! I'm afraid we sold Daphne. Kate works from home - and while she was a fantastic car she was a fantastic car which was costing us £497 a month in finance. When Kate was working out of the house that made sense, but now she works from home it sat there most of the time eating money.

    So we got a ForTwo Smart Passion, with a CDI engine. It's meant to get 85 mpg, so we'll have fun trying to hypermile that!

    I'd love to have another Prius, but my heart is in EVs. Right now we settled the finance on Kate's car (and had some spare, which is good) and switched that mammoth Prius payment to a £120 month payment for the smart. The insurance company also wrote Velma off, and offered us £7,250 (They'd valued her at 7,500). Given how difficult it is to value a car which was modified like this I'm not sure how much of a leway I would have in persuading them to increase the valuation.

    Right now though, the finance for Velma has been written off too. And we got a little back from her. This was the last we saw of my wonderful PHEV:

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    But:

    I do still have some bits and bobs I'd like to offer for sale:

    1) BMS + and Can View, including the harness I made to fit between the car and the BMS+ allowing you to fit it without cutting the car's harness. I'm looking for sensible offers around £350.

    2) Low resolution '04 MFD. It is the four-button type (non sat nav). £100?

    3) Spare wheel, jack etc. (Basically, everything I took out of the trunk prior to converting her). £100?

    4) Front Left wing (fender) - Black, with a hole for a side-repeater.
    £50?

    Make me some offers. It's easier than using Ebay!

    Nikki.

    P.S. Am more than happy to keep people up to speed with the new car plans. At the moment we're staying a single car household, but the plan is to buy this car - a 1985 CityStromer in great condition. With new batteries we're looking at 60 mph and 50 miles :)

    Adam Walker's 1984 Volkswagen CitySTROMer

    P.P.S. Off to view the 2010 Prius today and film "Nikki Drives". Watch this space!
     
  2. Flying White Dutchman

    Flying White Dutchman Senior Member

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    hi nikki:)

    nice to see your getting a citystromer.:)

    you can show people here that did not now about it that back in the days there where already good working electrich cars in the EU to beside and before the EV1.;)

    ofcourse there where ev's before the ev1 in the us to maybe even before the ev;s in the EU:rolleyes:
    but just to show what cars there where in the EU.:cool:

    i hope you get rid of thet dirty diese:pl when you city stromer is up and running:D

    good luck anyways.. hope to hear from you from time to time here.


    btw i did a 37km all EV trip last weekend :rockon: no ice used:eek: <:mod: :rockon:

    btw your picture is not working here
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  3. aminorjourney

    aminorjourney Mum to two prius!

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    That's strange. I don't know why - it's working for me. It's a twitter based picture. :/

    Well done on your range - Great! I have never managed that far a trip on battery alone. I wonder if I just have bad luck choosing batteries...

    Anyway.

    The Stromer will happen if I can save up some much-needed cash this summer. It depends on what happens in the next few weeks really.

    I also forgot to mention, but I have a used SLi 2 for sale for a Prius too. The model has the older firmware but worked great in Velma. Anyone wanting to use it with a 07-onwards will have to upgrade the firmware, but it's a great little box which allows you to listen to your iPod/iPhone through the car without annoying interference from an FM trasmitter or unsheilded aux cable. You'll need to take the dash apart to use it - but it's pretty easy.

    I've got two cables for the ipod/iphone to go with it - the original one and one which will charge the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

    Anyone want to make me an offer? It cost me £200 new.
     
  4. Flying White Dutchman

    Flying White Dutchman Senior Member

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    is it only for the apple stuff or is there also a minijack plug or normal usb plug for any usb mp3/drive?
    i dont have any apple stuff;), beside behind glass just for looking at:D:p
     
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    he nikki
    when is your prius test drive up on the website.
    i am refreshing and refreshing... love to see it.
     
  6. jawshoeaw

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    I've decided, although officially I'm against naming cars :D, to name my Prius PHEV project car 'Nikki' in honor of the not so minor journey taken by our pioneering friend in the UK.

    If anyone questions the manliness of naming my car, I'll say it's a nickname for Nickel.

    Because of Zivan charger meltdown (I'm not just blaming Zivan, but still) I'm building my own charger with help from other users of the BMS+ setup.

    Got my temperature sensing circuit working finally - lots to learn about electronics. It's dialed in so that if I breath on it, a little light comes on from the slight increasing in temperature of my breath. :). Next step is to wire it in so that a high voltage relay salvaged off extra Prius pack will be deactivated when temp is too high. Will post pictures when it doesn't look like a middle school science project.

    On a different note - I'm still smelling occasional coolant smell in the cabin and noticed my Inverter reservoir was tiny bit low - about 75ml added brought it up to full but it was full when I bought the car. I can't find any leaks anywhere - nothing on the ground.
     
  7. aminorjourney

    aminorjourney Mum to two prius!

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    It's coming soon! I had to record Evcast last night and I have to sleep some time! :)
     
  8. Flying White Dutchman

    Flying White Dutchman Senior Member

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    are you going to open a topic for your project like nikki did..

    even if you think its a school project to the looks of it i think people and i still want to see some pics now:D

    sleep:confused: whats that:D
     
  9. aminorjourney

    aminorjourney Mum to two prius!

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    Wow. I have a car named after me. How err cool! :) :shock:

    I'm not sure you'll all want to see the review though. I was quite horrid about the new Prius...
     
  10. Flying White Dutchman

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    no prop
    because i was also not that impressed when i first drove it.
     
  11. Flying White Dutchman

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    no prop
    because i was also not that impressed when i first drove it.:)
     
  12. jawshoeaw

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    Yeah, I guess I should. No laughing though! I'm just embarrassed about how slow I am to get anything done. So I might post something like, "Success! I bought a battery" and then a month later, "Success! I crimped a connector on the battery!" I'll take some pictures though and start a thread

    Nikki, I guess i should have asked about using your name. :eek: I can always go down to the courthouse and have the name changed back to "Why does your boot smell like a cat peed in it?"
     
  13. aminorjourney

    aminorjourney Mum to two prius!

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    Tee HEee.

    Right then. So my new car should be arriving soooooon.

    And I currently have a large bus on my driveway. (Also electric)...Which needs fixing for a local charity.

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    I also have the BMS+ and CANView V3+ for sale. If anyone's interested please ask!

    Nikki.
     
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    Flying White Dutchman Senior Member

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    i see a city el again....
    its yours nikki?
     
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    mrbigh Prius Absolutum Dominium

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    That it is a nice bus, is it all electric?, AC regen or pure DC?
    I see it is a left hand drive vehicle, is it British made?

    Were you able to rescue anything out of the ill Velma :( beside the Canview equipments?
     
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    Sorry to hear about Velma :eek:

    Glad everyone else is ok!
     
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    any update´s nikki
     
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    Flying White Dutchman Senior Member

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    how are thing going nikki?
     
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    Sigh, June 2009 and it hit £1 a litre and in April 2012 it's at £1.44. :(

    Quite a jump in 3 years. Glad I got the Prius though.
     
  20. aminorjourney

    aminorjourney Mum to two prius!

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    Yup, so much so we're considering putting a plug-insupply kit into our Gen II Prius...

    A lot has changed since Velma. My wife lost her job, and we ended up living without any hybrids.

    Her Prius was replaced with a Smart ForTwo CDI for two years, and we got a Volvo 240 Wagon when we successfully adopted two kids.

    Now we're back to a Prius and a Leaf-- the perfect combination.

    My 2011 Leaf has 15,000+ miles after one year, while her 2008 Prius has only put on 8,000 miles in a year.

    The reason? She drives the Leaf most of the time... ;)

    Anyone in the U.K. with a Plug-In Supply kit? Would be interested to see/talk about it.
     
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