Electric Starion EV - Part 5 - at the Electric Car Show
The Electric Starion is now at a drivable state and we take her for a spin at the annual electric car show in Sydney. Some say that by international standards, the AEVA show is probably not a huge event, but conversely, for a small population, there is a high proportion of interest in EVs in Australia plus R&D attracting international attention, despite little interest from the government to date (although the recent Climate Ready initiative may change this). Many types of makes and models of new and old cars converted to electric drive were on display; regular daily commute vehicles, sports cars, classic cars, electric bikes, roadsters, hotrods and even a Formula 'E' race car. The 'H' word was well and truly overshadowed by 'full EV' and many people were interested in how to get their own fully-electric cars. There was one vehicle, a Prius with a K2 battery pack for extended range; these are small lithium phosphate cells up to 3200 milliamp hour, banded together into modules to make up the required voltages and they have a high energy density and handle a high charging current, ideal for regen braking. There's a test review which explains this better, at http://zeva.com.au/tech/K2/ and from there a link to the K2 Energy site where you'll find a video comparison of the cobalt and phosphate impact penetration test. As for my Starion, with an adjustment on the Curtis trimpots, it drove well, gear changing was minimal (we tried 2nd and 3rd starts (and not game for a 1st start test yet) and essentially we're convinced that I'll only ever need to drive in second or third gear as there is so much torque in the Kostov. Reverse gear exhibits a typically higher torque (not as high as first), and as seen in many EVs reversing will have to be handled carefully but further refinement will be looked into, and all in all, the Starion drove like a regular car - a regular Starion in fact with all the handling (including drift test) expected in a sports car. There was no noticeable increase in weight and the batteries delivered the power quickly as expected. We're still a little ways off completing the project as there is calibration to do, incline tests, road compliance and a couple of areas that need respray, some minor body fixes and so on. Overall though, very exciting. Apologies again for the shaky camera, there were so many people bumping around (and a Nokia N93 is not that noticeable compared to the larger cameras the media had), and I really should write a new piece of music (hope this old one's okay). Keep watching http://electriccarsforeveryone.com for updates and Nathan's http://www.converturcar.com website for news and info on upcoming vehicles to convert.
Electric Starion EV - Electric Car Conversion - Part 3
Welcome to the third installment. It's taken a bit of preparation time,
which is essential rather than diving in to find something we've done is
not quite right - both Nathan and I have been guilty in the past of making
stuff only to discover a better way of doing it. But parts availability has
been the biggest issue; delivery time has been long delayed for many
reasons too complicated to discuss here. In this video we re-assess engine
bay mounting; most of the battery racks are welded up now and the battery
management has arrived (except the master unit, d'oh!). We discuss battery
management, the most efficient use of space in the engine bay, as well as
the AC motor we received that will drive the air-con/power steering. (btw,
the AC motor and BMS come from www.bev.com.au where they are custom-made).
Also an older previously unused segment stripped in about removing weight,
as this is crucial in gaining mileage. Oh, and a mention of power cabling
which we will try to get through some of the sub-frame rather than running
under the vehicle or lumping under the carpet (as the power cable sits
inside a plastic flex conduit roughly an inch diameter), so long as it's
legal which we'll check with someone who knows (guessing it's something
like 600mm distance between u-clamp affixing). The Zivan will sit in
trunk/hatch area to the left near the charging 'fuel' port; not sure about
tire placement yet, but it looks like we'll keep our back seat which is
good thing (and did you know that there is an under-seat sub-frame area
roughly two inches high? Hmmm... possibilities....). As for the battery
tank at rear, we're looking at ducting hot air from it using PC fans and
'Exhaust' steel piping. It'd be nice
to get them through the side vent follies on the pillars, but this would
mean a lot of work (they'd probably be part-exposed in the interior, angled
down rather like roll-cage bars). Overall I would have loved to have
progressed a bit more than we have but there have been circumstances beyond
our control and parts supplies have been an issue all the way along - which
in a sense is a good thing so we don't rush too-obvious solutions that
would otherwise cost in time/energy to undo (in a circumlocutory sort-of
way ;-) ). I'd like to thank Christina for her camera work during the
making of these videos, shot on a two-year old Nokia N93 still going
strong, as well as Linda for filming the air-con motor, without them I'd be
stuffed for making videos about this car.
Electric Starion EV - Electric Car Conversion - Part 7
Getting seasonal obligations out of the way, this video should be near the
last we're doing as the car approaches completion. There's a brakes and
air-con/pwr steering test, Nathan talks about water boilers used to cool
engine bays in cold climate countries that could be used for cabin heating
in an EV, I talk a bit about IGBTs and Nathan does a tacho send test using
an IGBT. Sooner or later there may be motor speed controllers custom
designed for EVs that use IGBTs. These things have freewheeling diodes, and
from my limited understanding that means they're there to stop reverse
current voltage spikes across the inductive load. When the current flow to
an inductor is suddenly interrupted, the inductor attempts to maintain the
current by reversing polarity and ramping up the voltage to maintain the
flyback. Without the diode the voltage can go high enough to damage the
IGBT. The diode allows the reverse current to flow through it and
dissipate. IGBTs could be cool things to use for 'electric Boost' -just like a turboBoost. From the video you can also see the BMS
installed - these will be sprayed with conformal coating for protection.
Most of the scenes in all the videos have been shot on a Nokia N93 which
has been very handy. Thanks to Nathan, Linda and Christina for the filming.
And sorry about the seasonal sillyness.
Electric Starion EV - Electric Car Conversion - Part 4
Most of the hard part of cabling through the sub-frame has now been done.
The car's been pretty well stripped to the bone but all this work should be
worth it. While a lot of EV builders get their cabling to run under the
car, protecting it in the sub-frame is my preferred option and this has
been checked by the road-legal engineer and so far so good. Metal saddles
are used to clamp the conduit flex where exposed, so nothing is loose. The
main issue has been space in the engine bay, making sure the batteries sit
comfortably under the hood and trying to fit the ancillary stuff. With the
laser-cut mounting plate for the AC air-con and pwr steer driver motor etc,
orientation had to be decided upon, and the battery placement largely
dictated this, so its placement may appear odd at first, but will be very
secure when completed. Battery balancing was also performed prior to
installation and now we're on the road to re-assembling everything, dash,
final wiring etc. I bought some Electrolube DCA200H conformal silicon spray
for the BMS PCBs but we'll install and test everything first. Some BMS
modules such as the TS-90 have all components protected in a resin block
and maybe BEV who build the modules in Australia will integrate moisture
protection in a future version. Nathan has done an excellent job welding up
the supports for the ancillary drive components and the pulley part I
supplied (which I happened upon by chance in my big box of junk in the
shed) should do the job well for control. Also, the trunk/hatch area is
painted and ready for battery installation. The next video will show the
batteries installed with their BMS and the car will be (fingers crossed)
basically drivable (with cooling system installed later if time runs out
(but we've both got jobs to bring in da regular bux so time has been
tight)). Despite some other issues with the car, it should be mostly ready
for our annual EV show in Sydney (while down the road the bigger money
Motor Show shows off the rip-off complicated hybrids and guzzlers - and we
wonder if anything will really change and if governments will really listen
(it starts by replacing greed with need but convincing them is a difficult
thing)). Check out www.electriccarsforeveryone.com for updates, and I'd
like to thank you all for your great support and comments (even the naughty
ones are appreciated ;-P ). Oh, sorry re miscount on episode version
(working on cars and video's and doing jobs means we're both need a hell of
a lot of sleep!)
Electric Starion - Electric Car Conversion - Part 6
After successfully testing the drivability, it's back to the workshop to
get stuff removed to paint the battery racks and sort the best place for
the charger and finally add the tacho sender to the gearbox adaptor plate.
The fuel port assembly is done now also; I cleaned up the inner rubber
mount and gasket-sealed the hole with a rubber bung where the original fuel
inlet was, and Nathan cut out the new hole for the power through to a new
fascia plate where the 20A connector will be mounted. A shut-off switch is
added which is essential when 'filling up'; some folks use micro switches
like the ones in arcade machines in their EV fuel ports but we're using a
brake switch which will be more durable and it's long thread allows us to
fine-adjust the profile of the switch so that it triggers properly when the
fuel door is opened/closed. An annoying short had to be traced under the
dash (oops, I forgot to ground a 5W resistor), and you'll meet our little
helpers at the end of the video. Cuuuute...
95 Chevy Corsica, Electric Vehicle - EV (fully electric car)
Ive been working on this project for almost 1 year and spend a lot of time
and money with it I was planning to add another 6 batteries in the trunk,
however, I am really short on money right now and cant afford it. But the
vehicle has a lot of trunk space and would be very install the batteries to
increase your range.
The 6 batteries located in the engine compartment are new; I bought 6 Dual
purpose Deep cycle marine batteries from AutoZone. The batteries are in
VERY GOOD CONDITION, LIKE NEW and should last many years.
I drove this EV and was able to get it up to 55 MP/H (or 88 KM/H). It
drives very nice and smooth without any problems. When this car was in its
early development stages, I had to make a decision between performance and
range, so I tried to balance it. This 72V system was designed to work with
12V batteries (six in the front and six in the back) but I havent added the
6 in the back.
Most people choose manual transmission for their EVssince I didnt have a
donor car with manual transmission I designed everything to accommodate
that. I kept the original torque converter in the transmission, but the new
owner can pick new torque converter that requires less spin of the motor to
lock it making the acceleration better. But for me it drives fine as it is.
This is only optional.
I am sorry, but I dont have any other information on the motor. I measured
about 7 inches diameter and about 14 inches long. (Not counting the shaft)
Its an Advanced DC Series Wound Motor.
I havent driven this car until the batteries are drained so I really cant
tell how far it will go. I got about 15 miles and the 72V bank was reading
72.1 Volts. I started with the reading of 78.3 volts. The batteries are not
broken in yet, it will increase overtime. There is only 6 batteries right
now, once the new battery bank is set in the trunk, range should increase
dramatically. (the battery bank in the back should be connected in parallel
with the front battery bank, increasing the amperage capacity, but keeping
it at 72V)
Charging Time: 2-6 hours (depending how much you drove before charging) the
battery bank is small, and if you drive down a few miles only, it charges
up in about 1 hour or so.
Top Speed: 55 MHP (on straight road) Ive had this EV as high as 55 MHP, but
I live in the city and only drive around 30-35MPH
All the electrical parts, such as headlights, blinkers, stop light, reverse
light, high beams, etc are working properly.
The instrument cluster was completely re-done to fit this EV. I wanted to
give a factory look so I kept everything as factory as possible. When you
look at the car and even when you get in You wont notice the difference
until you start driving it.
Ive added 2 digital meters to monitor the two 12V batteries and 72V battery
bank. I custom made the new dash to incorporate the words System Engaged
when the vehicle is turned ON and also put a charging indicator in blue
letters (lit when plugged) so you dont drive away when the car is plugged
in) they are very visible even in daylight.
The interior is very nice and clean (but please, expect normal wear and
tear), the mats and seat covers are new. The back seat could use a seat
cover as well, but its not bad.
I never drove it with more than the driver and one passenger. But I am sure
it can take 2 passengers in the back.
I drove this EV for more than 100 miles so far, it drives really nice, but
there is a little difference while driving an EV. For example when you
stop, the electric motor stops as well, so if you are on some type of
incline, you have to either keep the motor running at low speed (which is
not recommended at all, waists energy!!!) or press the breaks while you
accelerate a bit so the car wont start moving back. But you get used to it
after a few miles.
The tires on the EV are ok, with about half life on them.
The body of the car is in very good shape for a 1995 car. There are some
fading in the rear bumper, a ding in the passenger side door and a dent on
the drivers side door right by the mirror. The drivers side door mirror is
off, looks a little bent, I dont want to pop in place because I dont want
to break the plastic around it. Its working just fine and you can adjust
I added two 12V fans on top of the controller to keep it cool during
driving. Both fans come on and off as the car is turned ON and OFF.
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Full Electric Car Conversion 1988 Pontiac Fiero @coolelectriccar
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New generation light weight batteries for electric vehicles
The new efficient battery packs from Lithium House for electric vehicles.
10 times lighter.
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BMW i3 - the pros & cons of buying an Electric Vehicle
Ron Doron debates the pros & cons of the BMW i3 Electric Car with Camilo
Alfaro, another automotive journalist. One of the points of discussion are
whether or not to buy the range extender gasoline generator which adds
300lbs of weight and $3,000 to the cost of the BMW i3 which starts at
WORLDS FASTEST street legal ELECTRIC CAR
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Worlds fastest street legal ELECTRIC CAR 1972 Datsun 1200 Whtie Zombie.
This car is based in Oregon... there are something like 18 hydro electric
power plants in that state! Hydro generation accounts for 58% of all
electricity in Oregon (Over 70% in Washington) and coal accounts for less
Only about 15% of the energy from the fuel you put in your tank gets used
to move your car down the road or run useful accessories, such as air
conditioning. The rest of the energy is lost to engine and driveline
inefficiencies and idling. Therefore, the potential to improve fuel
efficiency with advanced technologies is enormous. With an Electric Car it
costs just $1.00 per 100kms with MUCH more performance than with petrol at
$20.00 per 100kms.
EVs use between 1/6th and 1/10th the energy of a comparable ICE powered
Datsun 1200 EV Specs:
- Motor - Hi Torque Electric 'Siamese 8' Series Wound DC Dual Armature 8
- Controller - Zilla Z2K EHV 2000 Amp
- Battery - 60x 16 Ah Hawker Enersys 'Genesis' Lead-Acid 360 Volts
- Final Drive ratio - 4.11 : 1
- Weight - 2,450 Pounds (1,113 Kilograms)
Renault Twizy, a funny, but useful electric car.
A quick introduction to the Twizy, a electric car by Renault. It looks
funny, but it is a nice design in easiness in use and driving.
Top speed 85 km/h
Range 80 km (if riding properly)
VERY tight turns (me happy)
VERY small to park (me happy)
Behind the scenes of building an electric car - The journey
Follow us on a journey of the successes and dissapointments that were
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.