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...
Electric Starion - Electric Car Conversion - Part 2
It's been a long wait, but the Thundersky lithium 144v 160Ah batteries
finally arrived! Now we have to set about determining the best
configuration for the batteries in the engine bay and rear tank using info
from convertyourgasguzzler.com. A bit annoying the BMS modules haven't
arrived yet as a confirmation measurement of the height of these would help
in determining the battery rack height dimension. We could arrange the
engine bay battery racks as a typical square-finish configuration, or
perhaps angled around the motor for a cool effect, and then as Nathan
suggests place plastic clear Perspex sheets over the top for a neat finish,
and tinted perspex surrounding the Curtis terminals too perhaps - we want a
neat engine bay! Nathan mentioned someone who had Thunderskies mounted on
their edges (sides) but the efficiency was greatly deteriorated and
batteries leaked! I don't know if those were the LiCoO2 (we're using
LiFePO4), either way we'll install close to vertical anyway and a crude
animation is included to show possible mounting. Another 'fun' part in this
video was removing the dash so we could access the ventilation system box
and put in the heater core (I know, could have gone with a water micro
boiler unit but budget is getting tight; maybe later); biggish job but not
too hard for two people working on it (Stephanie did it once, alone, and it
was a pig of a job she said). I'll help Nathan get it back together later
as he moves on to the charging setup and we'll the need the BMS master unit
as well (which also hasn't arrived yet). The Curtis will have a water
cooling block underneath where all the FETs are positioned inside (and
block secured tight with thermal compound between surfaces) and maybe a fan
box on top, if there is room, but the water cooler alone should help keep
the thing under 75 degrees C (a Zilla would be better; can't get our hands
on one for now and they're expensive). The very crude animation of possible
engine bay layout will probably change as we decide the best location for
stuff (pwr steer/air con drive components and compressor, pump motor, hoses
etc) and final battery count front and back. The reservoir for water block
coolant may stay in its original place if the hose length is not too long
to be impractical. Slowly but surely we are getting somewhere now. Sorry
about the shaky camera, some of us have been sick with flu. Sorry about the
boobies too, but hot fiddling with cars ;-)
Electric Car Conversion Motor Installation
Interested in building your own electric car or how about converting your
gas-guzzler into a 100-mile per gallon equivalent (referred to as MPGE)
electric? Watch as John and Xander install an electric motor in a dune
buggy. John also explains about adapter plates and motor couplings. For
more information please visit: ElectricCarConversions.biz
Electric Car Power Brakes Experiment
Experiment in creating vacuum for power brakes in home-built electric car
For more on homebuilt electric cars, please visit http://300mpg.org/
Please note that this was only and EXPERIMENT done several years ago, to
learn about vacuum brakes. The final project used a dedicated, 12V electric
vacuum pump, combined with a dedicated aluminum vacuum chamber, reed valve,
and vacuum gauge.
EV Capri ep7 - Kearon's electric car conversion
The Thundersky batteries for the EV Capri have arrived! After a bit of a
scare at the depo, we get 'em back to the garage and take you through why I
chose them. You'll get a real 'hands on' look at one of the best electric
car powering technologies out there today.
Chevy S-10 Electric Vehicle
Robert Green of DIY Electric Car interviews Craig Dusing about his Chevy
S-10 EV Conversion.
144v Trojan Battery Pack
9" ADC Motor
Filmed on 9/19/2008.
For more info, visit: http://www.diyelectriccar.com
Electric Car Conversion
Reverend Gadget of Left Coast Electric converts a Triumph Spitfire to a
battery electric car
93 Eclipse Electric Car Conversion #1
The first video of the 1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse Electric Car Conversion
project. http://www.yorktownev.com for info on how to convert your car.
Don't pay big money for gas.
EV Capri ep4 - Kearon's electric car conversion
Yessir - the car now has a real, bona-fide, 100% genuine electric motor in
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.
Electric Starion - Electric Car Conversion - Part 1
Three years ago I knew nothing about cars nor cared for them much, until
Stephanie Walsh got me interested in Starions. Her ex said back then, 'You
gotta know about cars or some mechanics will rip you off'. Sadly, Stephanie
passed away in 2007. I have decided to do an electric car project in her
honour, as she was a wiz at electronics and taught me much in that area
also. Together with Nathan Bolton we are now converting my rare Starion to
full electric drive. This is the first video of a series I intend to do
following the conversion of my car. We now have a Kostov 10.7 inch electric
motor that used to be in an electric bus for the Sydney Olympics. I've got
lithiums on the ship from China, a Curtis controller and other bits and
pieces coming for the air-con, power steering etc. The car has been a
headache in some ways, getting it up to spec, re-spraying in places etc but
overall it should look good when done and will comply with local laws for
on-road every day use. This video covers engine mounting estimations,
rear-battery compartment construction, and Nathan's teaching me to weld
(and as someone commented, "You had better hide your boobs or sparks will
fly' ;-P ). The adaptor plate for the gear box has already come back from
the machinist and in this video we drop the motor in and temporarily
position it to get a rough estimation of available space - there should be
plenty for the controller and batteries, along with a home-designed cooling
block for the controller.
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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