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#3) Project ForkenSwift EV: first electric test drive

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Published on Apr 1, 2007

http://www.ForkenSwift.com - Officially, we're only at the battery rack building stage of the project. But while waiting to get a welder to finish the job, Spring Fever struck and against better judgment we piled 6 batteries into the car, hooked everything together and went up & down the street a bunch of times.

(Oh - and by the way, if you enjoy spotting continuity errors in movies, you'll have a field day with this one!)

Again, apologies for the video quality - 20 year-old video camera, makeshift way of getting the pics into the computer for editing.

In case titles are hard to read, here they are:

1. a BIG ForkenSwift milestone
2. Officially... we're at the stage of the project where we're making battery racks.
3. The racks will hold four batteries up front, and four in the hatchback.
4. (Cardboard mockups - help figure out positioning and clearances.)
5. But while waiting for a welder to finish the trays... we got SPRING FEVER
6. and decided to "set up" (ahem) the car for a little test drive
7. Here's the forklift pot box, modified to talk nicely to the golf cart controller
8. Surplus forklift battery charger.
9. Umm... Don't try this at home. :-O
10. Darin's actual first drive ...
11. Shhhh... Listen...
12. Listen to this: unsolicited feedback from a guy fixing a car in his driveway...
13. "HEY - WHY'S YOUR CAR SO QUIET?"
14. " BULL$#!T ... REALLY ? "
15. " AWESOME! "
16. THAT WAS NOT MADE UP :-)
17. Ivan takes a spin.
18. Coming up: more comments from the peanut gallery, in ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
19. " Can you turn the muffler up a little bit, Ivan? "
20. An impromptu car show with the car repair guy and his friends ...

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Project ForkenSwift is an electric car conversion made using parts from a Suzuki Swift, Geo Metro, Baker electric forklift and a golf cart.

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