From the monthly archives:

March 2015

The DIY J1772 Charging Adapter

March 31, 2015

Not long after I purchased the Vectrix, I started wondering “If it’s an international vehicle, what would it take to charge on 240V (instead of 120V) and from a public J1772 Level 2 EV charging station?”. Everything I had heard lead me to believe that the charger on the bike is much like a modern […]

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Removing the Nissan LEAF cells

March 18, 2015

Whew, what a day! After doing what I needed to for the day for work, I set to taking the cover off the Nissan LEAF battery pack to start to strip out the cell modules. The cover came off pretty easy, just a whole pile of 10mm bolts around the perimeter, 4 13mm bolts on […]

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Score! Nissan Leaf Salvage Yard Battery Pack

March 17, 2015

Today, I got my hands on a Nissan Leaf battery pack. As usual, it started as a simple road trip, and ended as an adventure. I headed out, first to the Credit Union to get some money. When I had spoken to the salvage yard, it sounded like cash would be the best way to […]

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Riding the Vectrix Home – Almost

March 8, 2015

Since I’ve been working on the Vectrix over at my Dad’s shop, at some point I actually need to transport it home. While I COULD do that with the back of a pickup truck, where’s the fun in that!? I’d much rather just ride the cycle home. It’s only an 8 or 9 mile trip, […]

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Vectrix: Maiden Voyage

March 2, 2015

Today was the maiden voyage on the Vectrix electric motorcycle. (Click the video above to see!) I put on my long underwear, grabbed my best thick gloves, and headed over to where I’ve been working on the cycle. I powered it up and took it down to the road to get ready for the first […]

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Vectrix FINALLY Works!

March 2, 2015

Yesterday, after filming the TRANSPORT EVOLVED episode, I headed back over to my Dad’s garage to work on the Vectrix. Unlike the day before, I had my CANBUS adapter with, so I could connect the cycle to the computer. One nice thing was that I let the cycle charge overnight, so I FINALLY had MORE […]

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March 1, 2015

In case you happened to see me on today’s TRANSPORT EVOLVED, I thought I’d share some links to projects mentioned in the broadcast.   Most recent work on fixing up the Vectrix electric motorcycle – LINK Geneva Auto Show Magna Hybrid Car – Blog entry about my trip to Vienna – Solar Swing-Set – Direct […]

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