I recently won the final year project award in DIT Bolton Street for converting a Mitsubishi Colt from a petrol engine to full electric power. Myself and 2 classmates decided it would be a relevant project with ever increasing numbers of car manufacturers entering the EV market. As our final prize we are off to the Indy 500 in the USA. We got some great media coverage from it and I decided I would share it.
Pictured are Paul Donnelly, Simon Wall and Niall O’ Brien with a Mitsubishi Colt car that they converted to 100% electric as part of final year project in their degree course at DIT, Bolton Street. The trio have won the Cyclo Automotive Technology Student Project Award for their conversion of a 1.3 Mitsubishi Colt to a 48 volt 3.9 kw fully electric vehicle. The car conversion took three months to complete, as part of their Automotive Management and Technology degree course in DIT, and at a cost of €750.
Paul Donnelly, who lives in Dublin, was chosen from over 12,000 entries to become an ESB ecar ambassador to trial an electric vehicle for three months as part of a national electric car trial. During the trial, he will have use of the fully electric Mitsubshi iMiev and will be able to charge the ecar at home overnight. For longer journeys, he can avail of the network of public charge points that are currently located around in Dublin City and county to re-charge the car.