Arizona Collector and Older Vehicles Get Pass on Emissions Testing



April 26, 2011

Phoenix—Arizona Vintage Car Collectors will get a free pass on emissions testing thanks to legislation signed into law Sunday by Governor Jan Brewer. Senate Bill 1324 sponsored by 30th District State Senator Frank Antenori (R-Vail) exempts vehicles manufactured in or before 1974 and specifically “collector vehicles” from the annual testing.

Vehicles manufactured prior to current emissions laws are missing the essential equipment to pass testing. Owners of these vehicles are often left to make the tough choice between not operating their collector car, or retro-fitting equipment to pass emissions testing, and voiding their collector classification. The exemption permitted by this bill is in keeping with the Historic Vehicle Association’s mission of “Keeping Yesterday’s Vehicles on Tomorrow’s Roads.”

Including Arizona, 24 states now exempt collector or older vehicles from emissions testing, and 17 states do not test emissions of any vehicle. Tennessee legislators passed House Bill 688, sponsored by Representative Jim Gotto, specifically exempting collector vehicles from emissions testing.  This legislation has been transmitted to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk for signing. Visit the HVA's state-by-state breakdown for more information on emissions laws.

The “Hero of the day” award goes to Senator Frank Antenori for driving (pun intended) this hobby-friendly legislation. Antenori is an Iraq War veteran who won a Bronze Star for Valor, and in 2006 authored “Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War. In his civilian life, when not legislating, Antenori is a Program Manager in the Aerospace Defense Industry overseeing the development of hybrid vehicles for the Unites States Military.

Congratulations and thank-you to Senator Antenori for all his many contributions.

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    The one EV car we currently have (have 2 vhceelis that run on hydrogen also, 1 Ethanol 1 Biodiesel) we converted from a vw bug is free to charge. As The Ranch is completely off the grid all electricity comes from solar panels wind generators, which we also built ourselves.However I did charge up at Costco charging station in Carlsbad California (I actually only drove up there to fill up) if I remember right it was around $2.00Not sure if you’re interesting in doing it yourself, but I’d be willing to walk you step by step threw the conversion. I've converted 3 of my own cars (a datsun truck, ford van, a vw bug) a few for neighbors. I've also converted cars to run on hydrogen, ethanol biodiesel, by far EV is the easiest.If you’re interested here’s what it would entitle…- The engine compartment is first cleaned out of any gasoline components.- Electric components are then installed in exchange.- A battery bank is built incorporated.- Existing starter driving systems are connected.- Turn the key, step on the gas pedal sending more energy to the electric motor, thus more power to the drive system, which in return creates more speed, more acceleration.- The system has normal automotive top speeds acceleration, typical to the vehicle your modifying. If your top speed was 85 mph your acceleration was 1 mile per min, then this will be what your left with after the conversion.The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.Typical tools, hardware supplies are used, making access to parts available for all.Electric Conversions can be easily accomplished in ANY model vehicle, even tractors, Generators, types of machinery, etc.Project lengths range from 1 day to 1 month.If you’re interested I wrote a guide on it which is available at www agua-luna comMy last EV conversion ran me about $1400. Everything is available online. Here’s a list of what you'd need Advanced DC MotorThe motor is an 8 Advanced DC series-wound motor. It weighs 107 pounds is rated at 68 peak horsepower. These motors are available in several sizes.Adaptor plateThe adaptor plate mates the motor to the transmission. It is constructed of 1/2 inch aluminum is pre-drilled with bolt hole patterns for both the motor transmission. An aluminum spacer is also used for proper spacing between the shafts of the transmission motor. Adaptor plates are available for many cars.DC Motor ControllerThe controller regulates current going to the motor. It is a solid-state device that uses a pulse width modulator (PWM) that sends short bursts of current to the motor at a rate of 15 kHz. Controllers are available from both Curtis DCP.Potbox (Potentiometer)The potbox is a 5K ohm throttle between the controller the accelerator, similar to the way a sewing machine pedal works. The potbox's lever arm is attached to the existing accelerator cable.Main ContactorAn electric relay that serves the same purpose as the ignition switch in a gas car. When the key is turned to the start position, the contactor closes the circuit to allow current to flow to the controller.Circuit BreakerA safety device that shuts down power for servicing or during an emergency. The circuit breaker is installed under the hood can be switched both off on from the drivers seat with an extension or cable.Main FuseThe main fuse protect the system from high voltage spikes. A fuse should be installed at each battery box or group of batteries.ShuntA shunt is placed in series within the wiring as a means to connect meters. Shunts are available in different sizes for both high low power configurations.Charger interlockA relay that keeps the circuit open so nobody will inadvertently drive off with the charge cord plugged into the car.DC/DC ConverterThe DC/DC converter is similar in function to a gas car's alternator. It charges the 12 volt accessory battery by chopping voltage from the main battery pack down to 13.5 volts. Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the process. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com on the subject. I also offer online on-site workshops, seminars internships to help others help the environment.Dan Martin