Part II of my story - Pics to follow
So I was scratching my head, wondering what to do with the van, and how to convince my wife it was a good idea to have a 30 year old electric van in non-running condition.... But wait!
In September, the Maryland Energy Administration announced a grant program intended to promote renewable / alternative energy for transportation. As a board member of a local biodiesel coop I heard about it and helped the coop write several grant proposals. On the due date, I quickly put together a proposal to rehabilitate my EV as a way to promote EV's and educate folks on conversions. To my surprise - the state accepted my proposal and I now had funds to buy a completely new propulsion system!
Here is the essence of what I've proposed and am currently in the middle of building:
- 240V Lead-acid battery pack (Other battery technologies are a bit too pricey for me at the moment),
- 3 Phase AC motor & Controller: DMOC445 Controller
- Azure Dynamics AC24LS motor
- DMOC445 Controller
- Regenerative Braking
- Programmable performance
- 30 HP, 15,000W Generator, mounted on a trailer to provide optional Hybrid operation
- Carputer for Performance monitoring and hybrid controller.
These are the high points.
All of the major components have been purchased, and I'm beginning to put it back together. I had body work done and had it painted 'Circuit Board Green'. I have the motor & controller. The transmission has been shipped to CA to have a plate made to adapt the motor to the tranny. The battery rack was complete this week. I have a lot of body work to finish - reattaching door handles, weatherstripping, etc. And a lot of wiring to install. As soon as I get the transmission back I can reinstall it along with the motor & controller. Hoping to have it running by sometime in August. I'll post more technical details and some info about the hybrid later too.
On Friday, I visited Rob and the gang at mp3car here in B'more and picked up my computer and lilliput monitor. Those guys were great and gave me a tour, advice, and suggested many components for when I begin integrating the carputer.