The 50 CAL Bottom Balancing Machine

Posted in Batteries, High Voltage System, Lets All Plug In, Tuning at 12:17 pm by Administrator

After frying my Revolectrix Cellpro PL6 twice, trying to bottom balance my 42 cell 180Ah pack (one battery at a time on the second go round) I have come to the conclusion that there is a need for a heavy duty bottom balancer. The first time I Fried it Revoelectrix sent me an RA (return authorization) and I paid the shipping to send it back for repair, they paid the shipping to return it to me. the second time Revoelectix quit answering my emails and won’t return my calls. So I am stuck with another piece of $250.00 junk which I have to replace some MOSFET’s on someday. That being the case and me not being one to give up easily, I seem to be in the unique place of having to come up with a tool which will bottom balance higher Ah LiFePo4 cells, and since no tool seems to be available, I am also in the precarious place of having to build one, which I have done and am testing it as I write this. So far it works quite well discharging one 180Ah cell (CALB SE) at a time. I am starting at 3.28Volts and it takes about 4 hours per cell. If the batteries were discharged down to 3 Volts ea it would only take about 45min per cell. I plan to make this bullet proof and send it to the master of product testing, Jack Rickard at EVTV (if he’ll have it) to see if he can fry it. If it passes the test and gets the EVTV stamp of approval, I will build and sell these. But not until the prototypes have been thoroughly tested. Who knows, I may even get these confounded batteries fully bottom balanced. I know I have been living on the razors edge and taking a real chance with my pack by not having the whole thing bottom balanced. I bottom balanced some and top balanced the rest to make the charges equal right before Laguna Seca. This is the wrong way to go about it. Fortunately these batteries are amazingly resilient and I have not observed that any damage was done. But now that I have a proper heavy duty bottom balancer I am confident that this pack will be balanced well.


Posted in Lets All Plug In at 9:39 am by Administrator

I went to Cape Guirardeau MO last week for the 2nd annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention, hosted by Jack Rickard and EVTV. This was an eye opening experience. From the time we arrived we walked, talked, lived, and breathed electric cars. There is something refreshing about breathing electric cars… NO EXHAUST! There were about 200 people in attendance and 40 converted cars. The builds were nothing short of fantastic as you will observe in these pictures. The presenters were from the top agencies in the business. Representatives from Evnetics, Net Gain Motors, Recharge Car, Shift Electric, NEDRA, Rebirth Auto, EV West, Red Point Engineering, to name a few. You can see highlights by following this link EVCCON 2012 In the meantime check out some of these cars…


EVIE The Movie

Posted in AC 24, Batteries, DMOC, High Voltage System, Lets All Plug In, Low Voltage System, Restore, Sub Frame, Teardown at 10:21 am by Administrator

This is the trailer for the little movie I am making… enjoy
This is The Movie “Gettin The Lead Out”


Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey CA 07-01-2012

Posted in AC 24, Batteries, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, Gauges, High Voltage System, Lets All Plug In, Low Voltage System, Road Test, Tuning at 10:08 pm by Administrator

EV1E’s Debut as an LiFePo4 powered vehicle proved to be a success. We placed third in the “electric vehicle conversion” division (now ask me how many vehicles were in our division.) Not bad considering I have never driven on a race track. The event was wonderful and enlightening. There were more production cars then conversions. Representatives from Tesla, BMW, Coda, Nissan, as well as the Kleen Speed race team were present. This says something very positive about the future of electric vehicles and hopefully the future of our environment as well.


Yippee! We’re Ready to Go Dad!

Posted in AC 24, Assembly, Batteries, DMOC, Design, Drive Train, Gauges, High Voltage System, Lets All Plug In, Lights, Low Voltage System, Relay Board, Road Test, Seats, Sub Frame at 4:22 pm by Administrator

C'mon lets go!
These are my helpers. They were protesting that I couldn’t take them to Laguna Seca with me. This is an old fashioned “Sit In” They actually slept in the car last night and would not come in (the car was parked in the garage) the house.
We are ready for the big event at Laguna Seca tomorrow. Robert has volunteered his time and car trailer to the cause and we will be loading EV1E on the trailer eeearly in the morning. The Electric Automobile Association California Central Valley Chapter will be represented tomorrow!
I drove EV1E today and she “feels like a different car.” Jack Rickard of EVTV made this statement to me in one of our correspondences about the differences between lead and Lithium. He said when I change from lead to Lithium that my car will “feel like a different car” I wasn’t sure what he meant by it, I mean how could the same car feel completely different? Now I know what he meant EV1E feels more solid more responsive … tighter. Don’t know how else to explain it. Tomorrow is going to be a great way to see just what she can do.


Some Changes in Format

Posted in Lets All Plug In, Time Off at 4:09 pm by Administrator

Anyone interested enough to read this weekly blog, should also check out Jack, Brian, and Mat on www.EVTV.me
I have learned many things from Jack’s show and I love the fact that we now have a valuable resource for educating ourselves through the EVTV team’s knowledge and experimentation. The EVTeam has built 2 Porsche Speedsters, Modified a van, converted a Mini Cooper, and have set up a test bench for their upcoming project, a Cadillac Escolade Conversion. Check it out. As for EV1E… still up on blocks. But the weather is changing and I will be able to work in my now freezing shop again soon.
I have recently purchased 22 Solar panels which I will be mounting on my south facing roof. I also have purchased a converted Electric Chevy LUV pickup. Delivery will be around the 23 of mar. You can follow my progress on www.electricar.us
I will be updating the Electric LUV for daily use. I will also be using this blog for documenting the progress of all of my EV projects not just the Bradley. Well that’s it for now. Please Keep On Pluggin


You Can’t Stop Progress

Posted in Lets All Plug In at 11:28 am by Administrator

Many moons since I have made an entry… or I should say “posted” an entry. I have been writing furiously and will one day post those entries. I wanted to wait until I had something positive to say, and I do. A small group of us have started the California Central Valley Chapter of The Electric Automobile Association www.eaaev.org . In addition to that I have been elected president of the chapter. We meet at the Lamp Post Pizza in Turlock, CA on the third Thur of every month at 7:00 PM all are welcome.