Just saying HI ....my project: Adding a carputer to my EV conversion
Greetings from Indy!
I've been reading the site for a couple of weeks, just purchased some gear, & wanted to say HI.
I've got a little project underway to convert a 2000 Honda CR-V to an all-electric vehicle. Realized commuting 50mi/daily in my Tahoe (which I really, really enjoyed) wasn't helping the climate crisis (or wallet) at all. And while tearing into it...thought....wouldn't it be great to get some of that cool tech from the Prius in there too?
If you haven't ridden in a Prius recently, they've done a nice job integrating a navigation system, Bluetooth phone, limited voice recognition, software tuned AM/FM, rear camera, and keyless entry & start. (The list goes on...)
Didn't really think it was too feasible until I came across Manny's EV conversion that had a touchscreen. Running something called RoadRunner.....huh...what's that? :yum:
I then found your site and was really jazzed. Great research, reporting, excellent project cars, and I love the worklogs. Kudos guys!
I'm already confident that your successes & experience will help make my project possible. I hope I can share & do the same for others.
Quick stats on my EV Conversion
Bought a 2000 Honda CR-V 5-speed w/ 183K miles for $2900 in June 2007
Found a great EV builder, Nick Harless, at Midwest Electric Vehicles to assist with the project
Yanked & sold the engine, ripped out all the ICE parts (radiator, exhaust manifold, cat converter, gas tank, ...)
Pulled & set aside the power steering, A/C, wiring harness, rear seats, dash, rear cargo deck,... for later...
Bought a ton of parts (and good measure of advice) from Ryan Bohm at EVSource (highly recommended)
Bolted a NetGain WarP 9" DC motor to the tranny with a custom aluminum motor-trans adapter and flywheel fabbed by Indy Custom Machine (really great guys, beautiful work).
Took the grinder & sawzall to the rear cargo area and rear seat decks and dropped in welded battery boxes (with the talents of Denney Carmichael)
Bought 24 Odyssey PC2150 (12V) sealed lead acid batteries for fuel
and very soon...
Mounting the Zilla Z2K motor controller & cabling with 3/0 cable throughout
Dual Iota DC-DC converters will provide 12V for all low-power vehicle & accessory needs
On-board battery charger system from EVSource and (hopefully) Manzanita Micro to juice the batts at home & destination
Heating, cooling, & power steering will be added back in before long!
(the list goes on....Koni shocks, Hypercoil springs, new lo-pro tires & Privat wheels....)
AND NOW.....a carputer from MP3Car.com...and with loads of excellent advice from you guys...
So I can get my EV & VODCar podcasts sync'd down to the car, with nav system, and eventually Bluetooth hands-free phone and (let us pray) full HD radio integration someday...
The carputer, with assistance from a few FusionBrain boards, will help monitor battery temperatures, integrate motor controller status and battery charger status normally displayed on PalmPilot, and control battery HVAC !
(and i wonder why i get to bed nightly after 2am....)
AOpen MP945-VDR w/ 1.83GHz Intel dual core, 2GB RAM, 250GB drive, DVD/CD player, Xenarc 1020TSV touchscreen, BU-353 GPS, CarNetix P2140 PSU, SpecResearch wireless keyboard/mouse, and ...
(the whole wireless / 3G-EVDO subsystem is a bit complicated ...still on the drawing board... I'm sure I'll get a bit of advice on it...!)
Well....Rob W & Adam suggested I start a worklog ...thought some folks might be interested in the EV build....and definitely so I can share & be aided in the Carputer implementation...
So I think I'll wrap it up & share more soon (with pics).
Looking forward to working in this excellent forum you've all built.
Progress report -- how is the EV going?
Wanted to check in to see how the progress is going. Also wanted to see what sort of features you may have added to your carputer to track charge/distance/efficiency for your EV.