I bought a flood-damaged Mitsubishi i-MiEV, sight-unseen through an online auto-auction.
I've worked on a number of DIY electric vehicle projects, including building my own electric motorcycle, car, and hybrid, so I was hoping I could figure out what was wrong with the car and fix it up.
I was really hoping that the flood damage would be relatively minor, but NOPE, turns out it certainly was a Super-Storm-Sandy vehicle which got saltwater inside, including inside the battery case.
At this point, I'm pretty much just taking the entire car apart as time and space allows. It's very interesting to see how the car is assembled, what parts go where, etc. etc.
I have a number of videos on YouTube on the project already, ( http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmHss3DBZUikU6Iae3UlaNH73UojlDIkM
) and the official place for this all is at my personal transportation blog http://300mpg.org/
(Check through the dates of the last couple weeks for numerous updates.)
In a nutshell so far - the BODY looks great! (It should, it's a 2012 model year with only 10 MILES on it!), but unprotected circuit boards are most-likely not salvageable, including the BMS boards and other boards inside the battery pack. I have dropped the main pack, opened it up, and have started testing some individual cells inside. Looks like those may be usable (although at lower than stated capacity) for some other EV project.
I also talked with pretty much the only i-Miev certified repair guy in my state, and he said that besides the obvious hurdles to making the car run as stock, there are some others such as the fact the the EV-ECU and some other computers have to be "matched sets" or factory flashed to work together.
It's unlikely that this car will ever run again as a factory stock car (replacement costs on the required parts would be cost prohibitive) but it has the potential to make a pretty cool electric-to-electric conversion. Otherwise, there are plenty of brand-new parts on this car that could be used to keep others on the road and looking good! If I sell parts off this car, I will make them available through this forum first.
I'll try to answer questions as I can on this forum, but I would prefer taking comments through YouTube and 300MPG.org. If I answered questions on every forum I'm on, I'D NEVER get anything done!
For now, enjoy watching me take the car apart and see what's inside! Just think of it as CSI: i-MiEV!