Just the basic facts

A fast electric car is awesome, unless it endangers yourself and others.

It is my intention to drive my EV on the road. It’d be a shame to spend the money converting it and not use it to it’s potential, but more importantly have some fun.


In order to get the car on the road, at least here in Melbourne, it must pass a roadworthiness inspection. And, given that the car will be considered a modified car at the conclusion of the conversion, it will also need to be certified by an engineer. More on this later…


Suffice to say, I am on a fact finding mission at the moment. This includes conversations with engineers (if they ever e-mail back) as much as it includes doing as much research as I can about the car on the internet. This is where a resource like rebook.com.au comes in handy. This site provides you a heap of useful information on any car you’re looking for.


Another great resource are car forums. Often there is a community of rev heads dedicated to your car of choice. It’s always a great idea to join these communities. The people on car forums are always friendly, always knowledgable and you’ll probably find that they would also be very interested in your project also.


The upshot of this is I now have this information:


  • Engine:    4 Cylinder, 1.3l outputting 55kw and 106Nm
  • Kerb weight:     805kg’s
  • Power to weight ratio (W/kg):    68.3
  • Wheels: 13×4.5, 4 studs in 100mm, +45mm Offset
  • Tyres: 165/70 R13


This has provided me a general guideline on what I need to achieve with my conversion, in particular, the weight and power to weight ratio’s of the car.


The next info I’ll be chasing will be the weight balance of the car, to see how the weight is distributed front to back. This will need to be done at a weigh bridge.

For now, I’m going to concentrate on general service items to aim for roadworthiness, such as wiper blades and all the boring stuff. With any luck, I can start pulling the car apart soon.


Interested? Follow the project!



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