|Owner||Andrew 'Australian' Milks|
|Location||Winchester, England United Kingdom map|
|Vehicle||1995 Reliant Robin |
A three-wheeled car with rear-wheel-drive and original petrol engine located in front behind the front wheel. I bought and restored the car in 2005 but the engine was dodgy and blew a rod several months later. It sat for two years without an engine or gearbox.
Still under construction. I have managed to source most of the bits for free as I have been given, or found, lots of electronic gizmos. I have gotten hold of some electric motors but don't have the details at hand. I do plan to fit a small diesel generator to power the three batteries. Reliant three-wheelers are small, very light-weight and simple to work on. There are very few 401kg four-seater cars out there so it makes an ideal project.
|Drivetrain||I kept the original rear driven axle and the standard gearbox (4-speed manual) because the gearbox weighs a mere 8kg. I was encouraged to fit an electric motor out of inspiration for some videos I saw on Youtube. I have undertaken some interesting car engine conversions but this is in a different league. I have to say honestly that I lack experience in this field.|
|Batteries||0.00 Volt, |
Still being decided. All the bits are there but details need to be finalized.
|Top Speed||50 MPH (80 KPH)|
|Acceleration||Slow, just like the original car!|
|Range||400 Miles (643 Kilometers)|
This is what I am planning on. As I said earlier, I am not that experienced in electric propulsion but will see what happens.
|Seating Capacity||4 adults|
|Curb Weight||880 Pounds (399 Kilograms)|
Must keep below 450kg to keep within the UK classification of a tricycle (lower tax). However, electric vehicles have free road tax in this country, so I believe.
|Conversion Time||Just started collecting the parts. Hopefully no longer than the end of 2010.|
|Conversion Cost||I am keeping to a strict budget of £1000 to buy all the parts I still need and for getting any professional work done (i.e. help from mates!)|
|Additional Features||None so far. Will be lowering the ride height for better stability and streamlining.|
|Will be making a series of videos to put on Youtube. Once again, not my forte, but we will see! Any advice or comments will be well received.|