Full Electric Car Home Conversion - 1988 Pontiac Fiero Part 1
The process of converting my Pontiac Fiero to 144 volt electric car. Full video documentation of the process along with a few test drives. It runs on 12, 12 volt Trojan deep cycle lead acid batteries. Powered by a 9.1 in. dia. Advanced DC motor with a 500 amp Curtis controller. Part 2 and 3 will be coming soon. GO ELECTRIC!
Chevy S10 Electric motor running on 12V
Advanced DC 9" motor in Chevy S10, running test on one 12V battery. Insurance company says they'll insure the truck as any other car would be! The final price of the trucks conversion required a line of credit on the house mortgage, went with $9000 worth of lithium batteries. Way better than the lead acid ones at a third of the weight, and last alot longer, four years so far (as of Apr 2013)
Kaylor Motor Install.mov
Kaylor Motor Adaptor Electric Car Kit. This is installed in a 69 VW Ghia. We are testing a modern controller to power the old Starter/Generator motors for these Kits. These conversion kits were specifically built for the old VW platform. They work great but work best on the old fiberglass beach buggies.
ELECTRIC CAR - Part 1
It isn't really a complicated process to do an electric car conversion, but you will need to obtain certain specialized parts.
You will need: an electric motor, deep cycle batteries, a controller, a battery charger, an adaptor kit, and various other small parts.
But first, you are going to need a vehicle that you can do your electric car conversion with. Any vehicle can be used for this project, but some work better than others.
Heading the list are small cars and trucks, as they are light and strong. Your first consideration as shown in the detailed plans is to find the lightest vehicle that will still do the job of hauling you and whatever cargo you carry around.
Next, you will want a large DC motor that will produce power for your electric car. The larger the motor, the more power your electric car will have.
Don't worry that it will be slow either. Many people have the wrong impression of electric cars; they accelerate as fast as any vehicle on the road and travel at least 50 mph.
What about batteries?
You will need to locate about 16-20 deep cycle batteries for your car as well. The plans outline sources of batteries, even free batteries that you can find with a little effort. The same source will probably have free DC motors too.
It's just a matter of asking.
Why do you need this many batteries? In order to achieve a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge.
A controller is needed to fix the amount of current flowing from the batteries to the motor which determines how fast you go. The controller is connected to your old gas pedal linkage for smooth control of the vehicle.
In order to charge your batteries between trips, you will need an on-board battery charger. That way you can just plug it into any common AC circuit and get charged up again.
Doesn't this sound like fun?
Isn't it time you got started on your own conversion project?
Full Electric Car Home Conversion - 1988 Pontiac Fiero Part 3
The process of converting my Pontiac Fiero to 144 volt electric car. Full video documentation of the process along with a few test drives. It runs on 12, 12 volt Trojan deep cycle lead acid batteries. Powered by a 9.1 in. dia. Advanced DC motor with a 500 amp Curtis controller. About $6,000 for EV components not including: car, tools, steel brackets for battery box, 12V wiring supplies, new break pads. Tested top speed: 70 mph. Though this was limited by the road. Preliminary range test: 30 miles without fully conditioned batteries. GO ELECTRIC!
GO GREEN Electric VW Bug Rebirthauto 96Volt Kit #001 in car
Vehicle1975 Volkswagen Beetle
MotorD&D Motor Systems, Inc. ES-31B DC Series Wound DC
ControllerKelly KDH12600 Controller Assembly 120VDC 600A
Batteries8 gpl-3100t , 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
LifeLine Size 31T Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Sealed Battery #gpl-3100t
System Voltage96 Volts
Kelly Controller 110VAC by 96VDC AGM Battery Charger
Kelly Controller 96VDC to 12VDC Converter
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
Kaylor Kit Electric Motor Demo
This is a video of our demo flick for our Kaylor Electric Conversion Kit for the older VW platform. This is an older style Starter/Generator Military Shunt DC motor with a custom made adaptor plate and flywheel from Kaylor Energy Systems. These are no longer being made but can still be found. We are testing a modern PWM electronic controller specifically designed to run these special motor. They are able to do regen too. This motor can push a stock steel bodied VW Ghia to 62 mph with 12 6 volt batteries. It is a 72 volt system. It works perfect. Perfect for a nice fun all electric buggy. Or Bug or Ghia.
$2009 AWD Hybrid Fiero - First test drive!
First test drive with the $2009 AWD Fiero. The video shows the car in electric only mode, it's so quiet that you can't even hear the motor over the road noise from the nearby street! This was the first time the new suspension has been driven on as well.
Here's a link to the build thread:
Behind the scenes of building an electric car - The journey
Follow us on a journey of the successes and dissapointments that were tse_10.
Team Swinburne Electric 2010, AKA tse_10, was the first year a group of Swinburne engineering students endevoured to develop and build an Electric Vehicle for the Formula SAE competition. The team hit trouble when they blew up their motor controller, just over a week before the competition. The team then borrowed another motor controller which also ended up blowing. The team then borrowed ANOTHER motor controller, to which they had some success, until the night before the competition, when it also blew up. In total the team blew up 3x $4,000 controllers, 6 times (after repairs). It is thought that the motor is faulty and is causing the issues.
Final Year Members:
Non Final Year Members:
Jacob Vu Tran
ATA and MEVIG
Warning: Although edited, this is behind the scenes footage and may contain some course language and/or offensive behaviour.
EV Capri ep4 - Kearon's electric car conversion
Yessir - the car now has a real, bona-fide, 100% genuine electric motor in it!
We also talk about the intricacies of some of the less-sexy parts of an Electric Vehicle - the brake vacuum pump, the ceramic heater, the battery pack cutoff switch and the motor adaptor plate.