Thought it was worth checking the moving parts on the Imiev just to see if anything is broken, worn or loose.
The motor and drive line is very simple and compact. Not much that can go wrong. The single reduction gear (diff) that the motor ataches to has 750ml of oil in it and the book lists it good for over 100,000km.
There are two drive shafts to the wheels similar to what a front wheel drive car would use though I would expect them to last longer than a FWD cars CV joints as the Imiev is RWD and has a fixed outer geometry as it don't need to steer the rear.
The motor has who rubber hoses going to it for cooling fluid in at the top and out at the bottom of the motor.
Very compact with lost of room everything if you ever did need to remove anything.
It's hard to see in the pic but the entire drive line motor and reduction drive . Along with the motor controller, charger, water pump and vacuum pump all mount to a tubular space frame. By undoing a few large bolts on the tube frame all of the above can be remove as one unit. Reminds be a little of a VW beetle or combi van. This short video shows the complete unit being lowered out of the car and back in again. Along with the battery box. very quick and simple.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B11BHPbokN0
Battery box is in the middle of the car slung under the floor. You would need to wheel a table that could support 250kg under the car then lower the car down so the battery box rested on the table before removing the bolts and raising the car up away from the battery box.
The front of the car just has the steering rack (that has a small dc motor attached directly to it (looks like a wind screen wiper motor) That gives it plenty of steering assistance. The air conditioner compressor is a sealed unit that's also mounted to the same tube frame directly under the steering rack. Being a completely sealed compressor that runs directly from the battery (you can see the orange flex conduit that is the high voltage CD to the aircondishioner compressor in the pic) there shouldn't be much to go wrong with it.
The only other component is a small box near the fire wall that I call the kettle. It has a 5kw restive element inside it that heats coolant to circulate through the cars interior heater core. Again very simple plumbing and very easy to get at. Again high voltage dc orange conduit to the element.
Over all the Imiev is a very simple car and given the car was initially a 600cc turbo petrol car that was converted to electric. All of the EV components go on the car in a very simple kit like fashion rather than being overly complicated and integrated like a ground up EV build where a over enthusiastic kid using CAD has tried to be to smart and made the car hard to work on.
If the cars body was ever damaged beyond repair. All the EV components could be easily removed and re-purposed in a conversion or kit car.
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