Yes, I've read that about both Australia and NZ. What's up with you folks down there? And all the trouble that the little REVA EV stirred up? Wow.
It's our ADR (Australian Design Rules). They're very strict and rigidly enforced. Like everything, it's nothing money (and lots of it) can't fix, but it makes it a real PITA to get new kinds of vehicles on the road. When they do get on the road, they often end up costing a lot more than they probably should to cover the cost of DOTARS approval.
Originally Posted by MetroMPG
Cool - you're the first one who recognized it! (Or at least said so.)
I'm a massive EV1 junkie. I was amazed when I found out about it, then even more amazed when I found out it was all done 10 years ago. Gets me pretty cranky when I think about the advances in EV's that could have been made in 10 years worth of development if GM hadn't killed it off. Ah well, if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself! Looking forward to more updates as they become available
For a couple years I have been enthused about converting a Metro to either pure electric or hybrid (Mother Earth News like). Then last July my wife made the mistake of leaving me at home alone for a few days to go on a cluck-cluck trip with her girfriends. And an ebay auction for a '93 Geo Metro (with a bad engine) was closing while she was gone!
I mean that can't be a coincidence can it? I didn't have a choice did I?
But, sadly, it has been sitting out back ever since, cause I'm building a house. Then you come along and do exactly what I'd love to be doing, the same way I'd do it too - on the cheap, but worst of all with a Metro that looks exactly like mine! And it works!
Thanks a lot! Now what am I going to do? Finish the house or start piddling with the Metro?
Seriously, great work and great scrounging. Best of luck. I'll be checking the thread probably twice a day.