Part 7 - Adapter Plate and Motor Coupler - 1969 Austin Healey Sprite EV Conversion
Just got back from the machinist - http://laveen.com. Eric Laveen helped design and build the adapter plate and motor coupler. They connect the electric motor to the stock transmission in the car. Visit http://evsprite.com for full project details.
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?
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.
Part 8 - Custom Front Suspension - 1969 Austin Healey Sprite EV Conversion
Tube shocks and new upper A-arm should give me more stability and flexibility. Plus, $18 tube shocks are a lot better than replacing $150 lever shocks. Visit http://evsprite.com for full project details.
It's good to be back in action after a long hiatus. Special thanks to brother Brian for helping jumpstart the project again.
80+ mph Electric Truck Conversion Part 1
http://www.useafuel.com - Converting a gas powered 93 Mazda pickup to a 100% electric vehicle. This is a freeway capable conversion kit with speeds of 80+ mph. Part 1 shows all of the steps taken to remove old and install new components.
EVRIC - 08 - EV Conversion - Adaptor Plate
This is the eight in a series of videos which will follow the progress of the conversion of a Holden Barina (Suzuki Swift) to electric drive. In this video we see the adaptor plate being produced from a 20Kg (44lb)block of steel to a 4kg (actually rechecked at 6Kg)masterpiece. All thanks goes to Hammat Precision Engineering from Marion, South Australia for this work. The same company will be making the coupler.
More detail: www.evric.kestar.com.au
Part 5 - Body & Wiring Teardown - 1969 Austin Healey Sprite EV Conversion
We take the front half of the car down to the frame by removing the fenders, steering column, dashboard, wiring harness, windshield, and brake/clutch pedals. It's almost ready to be pressure washed. I'm looking forward to a nice, clean surface to work on. Visit http://evsprite.com for full project details!
P&S EV Conversion #1: Connecting Motor to Transmission
This video shows how to cheaply connect an electric motor to a manual transmission. Usually this step can cost anywhere from $500 to $1000, but you can do it yourself for under $100 with only some relatively basic tools.
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.