Monday, June 30, 2008
I have also done a nice high voltage test with my controller using DeWalt batteries in series. I had 66 volts and it worked great. I used a weed whacker motor and took a video of it, but for some reason it is having a hard time uploading.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I am still trying to get the coupler machined. I am going to call another local company tomorrow, but if that doesn't go through it may have to wait two weeks because I will be on vacation. I may also be getting some more batteries and chargers tomorrow, but we will see.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
And my third milestone is that I finally have a Destruction Day. July 14 is day after we get back from a family vacation and when my dad is giving up the Civic. So I have a month to get my coupler machined and plates all drilled and now that I have a actual start date I hope to get a machinist working on my coupler next week.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I am also learning to program my PIC microprocessors so I can make a more advanced controller. Right now I have a motor that can accept 96 volts and nothing higher. My more advanced design will have the ability to limit to output voltage, so I can set it to output no more than 96 volts, but allow for battery packs up to 156 volts. This would allow my to make my 96 volt system and if I find the range isn't enough or I want more, all I have to do is add another battery until I reach 156 volts.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
So after losing a few gallons water, I decided that I should make a specifications book of my EV. A few people have shown interest in my design so I am making a few pages of my research relevant to my Civic, range estimations, coupling designs, controller desgins, explanations of component choices, component lists and pricing.
I have been toying with the idea of a DIY Electric Car magazine and have been posting my thoughts on the DIY Electric Car forums and I think I will make a demo magazine using the research I have done and my own conversion. I just need to get some really good pictures of my car and components so maybe tomorrow I can set some decent pics up and write a bunch of stuff. I already have 4 or so pages of written research so it shouldn't be too hard to come up with a 20-30 or so page magazine. Like a small magazine version of my blog to hand out to curious folks.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I also have acquired all the heavy gauge cabling! It was great actually, I was mowing the lawn and found a spool of heavy gauge wire behind the shed that my dad put there a few years ago because he had gotten it and had no use for it. There is over 40 Ft of 3/0 gauge equivalent wire and it should be all the wire I need. This is about a $200 savings so I am psyched!
Update: I have ordered all of my aluminum plates, spacers and the stainless steel piece that will be used for my coupler. All I have to do is wait for the pieces to come in and find a machinist for the coupler. I have e-mail a few and they either did not return my e-mail, or are booked until mid July which is too long for me.