UBC ECC Co-Presidents:
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Leviton Manufacturing is going to be showing our new EV Chargers at the EV2010 Conference and Trade Show. We are tentatively planning an off hours tour of our display with refreshments on September 15. We would like to know if you or some of the members of the club would like to attend. We will have this organized in the next week or 2.
Please let us know if you’re interested in attending.
Our website for our EV products is http://www.evrgreenchargers.com/Products.htm
Leviton.com also displays our wide range of electrical products.
Please note that I will be away on holidays after Friday, Aug. 27th to Sept. 12 so please contact Brian Lunt at 604-942-3928 after Friday.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Leviton Manufacturing of Canada
There is going to be a VW TDI annual get-together, (also known as the TDI Fest, organized by Fred’s TDI club.com) that will be held in Portland Or between the 3rd and 5th of this September at the Sheraton Airport Hotel 8235 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97220-1398. We would love it if you could drop by with your car if you are going to be anywhere close. If you want futher information or contacts check out our web site.
I’m not sure your received my first e-mail, so I will leave my message here too.
I’m working for a French Newspaper and website in Sudbury Ontario. I also have a tech blog on our web site (levoyageur.ca).
I saw your story on Wired and I would like to interview you and take a few pictures. Do you plan to recharge or stop in Sudbury?
Here is my work phone number : 705-673-3377 #209
Have a nice trip until then.
Information that might help you.
Look up the Thundersky battery opinions by Nap Pippin who built the 130KPH BugE electric trike in Ottawa. He opines that the TS should be rated only 1.5C not 3C due to voltage drop when the SOC is less than 70%.
I agree with Nap Pippin’s views.
Are you logging temperature data when charging? Is the battery charger using temperature for stopping the charge, or is it voltage based cutoff?
What is the battery charger brand/model you are using?
Glad to see your progress. Kudus! Amazing progress. Hope you will have a full travel video compiled after the trip.
Can you post some details of your Thundersky batteries’ condition (lowest and highest voltages) and how Ricky’s custom BMS is holding up? Does the BMS have active shunting from the high to the low voltage batteries in while under heavy load? Or, is it doing only High Voltage Cutoff and Low Voltage Cutoff? Or, does it balance when there is no charging or loading?
Hi Guys. I caught your article on Gizmag and wanted to congratulate your team and all the people that contributed to the effort. I love old Bugs and one that is now electric is fantastic. My son and I recently started up a company that is an independent representative for Zero motorcycles which are all electric. We too want to break the paradigm about electric verses traditional fossil fuel transportation and I want to learn more about how you converted the VW. We want to look at the emerging technologies and vehicles that are coming out but also love the conversions. I think we can learn a lot along the way. Best of luck on the rest of the journey across Canada. We are in Miami Beach but I would like to learn more about your electric car club and follow your progress. Do you have a facebook or twitter site? Best regards and keep on riding green!
CONGRATULATIONS to the UBC Electric Car club for this historic achievement! You are terrific engineers and builders!
While you were away from Vancouver, Colin and Ricky missed the first-ever electric scooters to join the 3-day W.S.C.E. “Olympibad” Scooter Rally which included a run to the UBC campus, so check out the video clips on Youtube and Vimeo and other video servers.
There are probably tons of photos of the rally on the Internet, so you can surf for 2010 WSCE Scooter Rally for more photos.
Congratulations. As the President Of the Electric Vehicle Society of Canada I am thrilled that I have lived long enough (87 years) to learn of this exercise. I have dreamed of such performance for
years, (30) and it is my hope I can visit with some of the participants at the Electric Mobility Conference next week in Vancouver. Howard
Just read about you folks on the CBC website.
Fantastic job! I am thrilled to learn about such great work being done here in Canada.
Let me know when I can purchase one!
Looking forward to hearing more about you in the future. I will be watching your career with great interest!
I’m a colegge student from Brazil.
When i was looking for more knoledge througth the internet, i came across your project, which gave me a huge inspiration to do something near.
Unfurtunetely my actual economic situation (my country situation, in general) forced me to choose the technology course in Industrial maintenance, which will give more professional status, knoledge and consequently more money, so i will continue with my passion.
Congratulation for your project, grateful for the inspiration, i hope you will continue winnig!
Ps: Sorry for possibles English errors, i’m still learning!
First off…we need to apologize to you all for ignoring this thread. I have just discovered all this great feedback and I’m dumbfounded at how we have managed to ignore you all.
Thanks very much for the great comments and feedback.
Michael, we will certainly touch base to share some of knowledge and thoughts from this experience. We will be in touch asap
Fred…that looks like a cool venue we missed…we hope to have the car do the North American leg of the Zero Race which should leave Vancouver Nov.5/10 Watch for that event when it comes through Portland a couple of days later. That would be the first opportunity we can see that the EBeetle can be showcased to the great folks and city of Portland.
Julien….not sure what happened when we went through Sudbury. Will check with Bartosz to see if we need to do a followup with you. Hope you were not ignored.
Rob…we need to hook you up with Ricky to answer a few of your questions. His BMS performed amazingly well. Had a lot of tweaks throughout the journey and we learned a lot about battery management. Parts of it are proprietary for now but we will try to release aspects of how it works as soon as we find time.
Bill…thanks for your support and interest from Miami. The motorcycle sounds fascinating…will check it out when we find time. Not sure if we are Twitter or Facebook but will find out and have someone get back to you.
Rob-Vancouver Gadgeteers….cool stuff your into….maybe we can connect at the VEVA EV Fest and EMC’s conference next week??
Howard….for sure we need to connect and meet you. Sounds like we are all pioneers and kindred spirits with a need to commiserate. Looking forward to meeting you at EMC
Mark….thanks much for the comments….there are a lot of great EV Clubs and associations across our globe. Check out VEVA’s website or the EV Association of America for numerous resources that can help you build your own EV
Wanderson….greetings from Canada…your English is much much better than our Portugese…good luck to you in your new career…you have chosen a vocation to enjoy and never stop learning…come visit us in Canada one day!!
Thanks again to all!!!
For those who also want to build/convert cars to battery power, details of this unique pioneering electric car’s drive components can be seen on Youtube. Surf for UBC ELECTRIC CAR CLUB.
To Ricky and Colin: Phone me when you get back to Richmond. I have some bubbly waiting for you two!
Re: BMS TWEAKS
You may just have broken a world record for the longest run for a Thundersky LIFEPO4 BMS.
Most of the commercial BMS don’t last more than a month, in real world use. (Including the one on my ebike.) Most lose one or more functions, and some even burn out completely.
Kudus to the UBCECC for the BMS — that is a real achievement.
Can you post the functions of your BMS?
Also, our club has noted that LIFEPO4 battery chargers can be flaky if the shut off if done via the BMS.
Our experiments with LIFEPO4 indicate that these batteries have charging and discharge curves that are oddly different from lead acid curves, and therefore, using a lead acid charger (as may people do) will be problematic.
Storage of LIFEPO4 at 40% SOC recommended by Thundersky, the manufacturer, is another little-known fact.
RE: BMS WITHOUT HAVING SPAGHETTI WIRES
Ricky. There is a way to have a BMS on LIFEPO4 packs without spaghetti wires. Also more robust.
* Phone me for this, and I will email you photos.
What is the motor type (company make) for your engine? ? Do you have a schematic blueprint for the aluminum adaptor plate?