The first thing you notice is the sound. By cutting through the hammer of a car engine, an electric shock indicates that something strange is on the road. As the little Red Van Zip passes, the solar panels covering the roof and sides show something very different – and the story behind it is amazing.
Seven years ago, Ziga Dorik, an industrial engineer, creative and life-long specialist, came up with the best way to show how easy it is to assemble a budget electric car with a budget. It is the result of his van.
The Ziga machine is a reusable, reusable and greenhouse-free energy display. The electric motors come from old-fashioned driveways and power from solar panels and are stored in 7,000 – yes, 7,000 – batteries recovered from old laptops and power tools.
The result was a daily drive of Zigan, which was one hundred percent fuel-efficient when traveling around the camp in western Sydney and on the outer west coast.
For the first time, people in 24 solar panels have an eye-catching vehicle.
Ziga says: “Every time I went shopping, someone would come up to me and say, ‘Is this really so? ‘”
“I say, ‘Bloody hell, okay! ‘”
Years before Ziga built the car, he taught students at the Medowbank TAFE how to build an electric car.
“I did this for other people, why not for myself?” I thought.
He got a second hand, a deacon Hijet van – a “perfect multi-story car” and began working in the workshop. Built in the 1980s, the Hijit was a small working hour with a small petrol engine. Millions of small vans are sold worldwide, but the streets of Sydney are unique.
The gasoline engine was replaced by three-cylinder engines. They are connected to the original gearbox, which Ziga designed for himself in the car. He then connected 7,000 batteries to the floor-mounted and home-made 7,000 batteries and placed 7,000 batteries in the van load compartment.
The battery in an electric car built by factories like Tesla uses the same concept: thousands of small lithium ion batteries, each slightly larger than a standard AA battery, come together to form a large bank.
All the energy comes from the sun – when you don’t use it, the van sticks to the roof of a citizen’s house. The solar panels on the van provide indicators and charge the batteries on the go but the main charge comes from the roof negotiation. Not only is this van built by Ziga, but it also powers the house through a large battery bank.
Ziga still has no limits on Vanu’s energy storage: the longest trip to Southwest Sydney was a 100-kilometer return race and he went home with no money to pay again.
“I’m not even halfway there,” he says.
Ziga’s current project is set to add another 2,000 cell power bank in the van.
Ziga’s engineering skills at Vansu were celebrated during the days of the Centers for Manufacturing and Innovation in decades around the interior of Sydney: Today, 40 years ago, Australian business was a simple fact of life.
At the age of 21, Ziga was born in Croatia and came to Australia as an engineer and industrial engineer. He studied English at Fort St. High School and worked in factories before being established to work alone — in the 1970s he had an industrial core that required Ziga skills.
“Lichhart was full of factories, a shoe factory, a spinning factory, a paper factory. I knocked on the door and said, ‘I’m an engineer – I can do whatever you want.’ ”
He has built a customer base for factories that call it when you need a design or custom room.
In one 80’s, he invented a machine for making a microphone headset that was in high demand by aerobics instructors. In the past, the client did everything manually. In those days, Ziga pointed out, “It was not China.”
The factories closed down and Ziga lost hope of manufacturing in Australia today.
Ziga claims to have built the car simply to show people the low-cost electric highway, perhaps something that could be done here.
“I wanted to tell people that every home should have this,” he said.
“Every house can have two cars, why don’t we have one solar power. It’s very simple. ”