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.
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)
WORLDS FASTEST street legal ELECTRIC CAR
Learn about EV technology: http://www.electric-vehiclenews.com/
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)
Teenager Builds Electric Car - $.02 a mile to operate!
Tyler Griffin reports on a 19 year-old who decided to build an electric car
to save money on parking and gas at his high school. Mark King is the young
inventor behind the electric car which only costs two cents a mile to
Innovate or Die -- The Transformation Trike
The Transformation Trike is a multi-use human-powered vehicle designed for
use as a cargo hauler and people mover. The cargo capacity is 350 lbs and
can accommodate one, two, or three drivers working in tandem.
This is an invention submission to the Specialized Bicycle's "Innovate or
Die" pedal-powered machine contest.
The Transformation Trike is designed to be rugged and use off the shelf
components to ensure longevity.
The Trike was invented by Aaron Tarfman http://www.yourbodypower.org ,
fabricated by Bill Stites http://www.stitesdesign.com , video by Dan
Kaufman http://www.crankmychain.com . Music by Mike Whipple -
Please let us know what you think.
My Homebuilt A-mod
This is my Homebuilt, motorcycle powered, A-mod car. The car was originally
built by David Stamm and has had some revisions by myself to make it more
reliable. It has been sold and is no longer in my stable.
INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S FASTEST ROAD VEHICLE AT 340 MPH
Meet the world's fastest ever road vehicle built to reach an astonishing
top speed of 340mph and get 90MPG!
The Acabion GTBO uses jet fighter technology and aerodynamics to reach its
extraordinary speed propelled by a state-of-the-art turbo-charged engine.
Its designers revealed it could reach 300mph in a blistering 30 seconds
- substantially quicker than the rival Bugatti Veyron which takes 55 seconds to
reach its top speed of 250mph.
The two-wheeled GTBO comes with two extra stabilizers at the rear to keep
it steady at low speeds - similar to those fitted to a child's first bike.
However, rather than pedal power, the two-seater has a 1300cc turbo-charged engine which produces a staggering
The GTBO's designer, former Porsche engineer Peter Maskus, described the
unusual vehicle as a "road streamliner". It weighs just 700lbs - half the
weight of the original Mini.
Although it looks a bit like a motorcycle, Dr Maskus claims it is a new
type of vehicle altogether and is the future of high-speed, low-emission
An electric version with a top speed of around 300mph is also planned.
Dr Maskus, who runs Acabion, said: "The Acabion GTBO minimizes weight and
maximizes power and aerodynamic efficiency. The effects are just out of
"The GTBO is the trendsetter towards a new generation of crafts in two
categories, both hyper efficient.
"One category is pure electric for city traffic and distances up to 300
"The other category is petrol driven with 10 times the punch and a range of
up to 1000 miles per fuel-stop.
"They both Boost the jet-like GTBO
to jet-fighter punch and to new dimensions of both efficiency and speed."
Dr Maskus said he believed the GTBO "integrates the best you can get from
cars and bikes", combined with a jet cockpit.
The vehicle can reach such high speeds thanks to its arrow shape which
reduces lifting or grip loss.
Dr Maskus added: "Building cars based on carriages was a logical thing to
do back in 1886. It is the most silly thing to do in the 21st century."
Asked whether he believed his vehicle was better than the much-lauded
Bugatti Veyron, Dr Maskus
said: "The Veyron is a
"But that is a bit of its problem - it's still a car.
"The Acabion does not even want to be a car, nor a bike. It is a new class:
a road streamliner.
"Our grandchildren will probably laugh at how slow and how inefficient cars
Dr Maskus, who is German and has also worked for Mercedes, said the GTBO
would be in production and on the road within three years.
But those wanting to buy the vehicle developed in Switzerland and the UK
will have to pay a staggering £1.5million for the privilege.
The fastest, mass-produced road car is currently the American-built SSC
Ultimate Aero TT which managed 257mph in tests verified by the Guinness
World Records in October last year.
So, do you think the Acabion is capable of 340mph? If not what top speed do
you think? For example, the Veyron has the 1000hp at 4300lbs. -
drag coefficient of .41. It has a high speed mode that basically retunes
the suspension (lowers front and rear) and rear wing that reduces the drag
to .36 to achieve -I think it was the last 60mph or so to what 253mph? It
takes 500 of those horses just to overcome the wind resistance at the top
end to allow it to continue to accelerate. Wind resistance is the biggest
problem at high speeds over 200mph, this is why it usually takes high HP.
Significantly reduced drag = greater top speed with less HP required. The
drag coefficient of the Acabion is .14 which is less than half the Veyron at 253mph. In addition the
Acabion only lacks 25% of the Veyron's horse power, and it's
83.5% lighter or 1/6 of the weight at only 700lbs. We are talking about an
additional 87mph from 253 - 340. The Veyron experiences a 60mph or so
gain dropping the drag coefficient by .05 - the Acabion drops the .36 drag
by .22 down to .14. The real problem at Acabion is that they released to
much information on this before they were willing to give the public a good
show. Now they're under pressure to deliver. I know at first glance this
thing could seem like some real BS but if your interested in speed you
should give this a serious look before you dismiss it. They spend 2 years
building just one of these, it's based on the Suzuki Hayabusa.
SSC Ultimate Aero - supercar/hypercar (top speed: 256.18mph)
World's Fastest Car...Bugatti Veyron
Top Gear tests the World's Fastest Production Automobile: Bugatti Veyron...has 1000 horses and a top
speed of 407kph! Thats 253mph.
Fastest Car in the World
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.
http://3greenwheels.blogspot.com/ - Uploaded this video to use on my blog
about 3 wheel green vehicles.
For more information visit the official webpage. With two wheels on front
and one behind, SAM is a Swiss award-winning and patented Zero Emission
Vehicle (ZEV) of a new generation designed and developed by Cree Ltd.
Totally electric and capable of carrying 2 people. The batteries delay 1
hour to charge 40% and 6 hours for a full charge. It has an autonomy of 50
- 70 km and 85 top speed. It can accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in 7 seconds.
It will cost around 6600 euros. It does not have surprising performances,
but perhaps it has everything we need to drive in the city.
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
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
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?