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by 4Springs
Yesterday, 13:54
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: 2nd Hand LEAF
Replies: 22
Views: 662

Re: 2nd Hand LEAF

Doesn't have to be serviced by Nissan.
There is a mechanic in Smithton that will service them, so it might pay to call around smaller mechanics to see if there is someone who is willing to take it on.
by 4Springs
Mon, 08 Jan 2018, 17:13
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Help required with school assignment
Replies: 12
Views: 7346

Re: Help required with school assignment

These 4.8kW 36V Series DC are pretty close. Rip off the brake and you have dual shaft?!? http://billsmachinery.com.au/product/drive-and-brake-motor/ Any idea what RPM those would do Richo? The power looks good as an approximation before we get any actual specs. His first post suggests that a dual s...
by 4Springs
Mon, 01 Jan 2018, 18:13
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Help required with school assignment
Replies: 12
Views: 7346

Re: Help required with school assignment

Hi there, I’m new on here and have came to Ask for help and information for my daughter. Her year 12 project for automotive is an old ride on lawn mower, that was kindly donated to her for this assignment. Besides looking old and tired the engine is the only thing that’s really stuffed. I thought s...
by 4Springs
Mon, 01 Jan 2018, 17:31
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Labelling of Battery Compartment ???
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Labelling of Battery Compartment ???

where does one obtain such labels , I have the usual lightning bolt stickers but they give no indication of chemistry, or do I just write "LiFePo4" on the boxes with a Sharpie ?? My interpretation led me to get some yellow labels made up: DSCN4254.JPG These were made by my local trophy shop. It is ...
by 4Springs
Mon, 01 Jan 2018, 16:46
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Driving an EV in slow moving traffic?
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Driving an EV in slow moving traffic?

I go between our DC conversion (Brumby) and our Outlander. The Brumby has no creep and no regenerative braking. It has a 'clunk' as described by weber, where if you start out from a standstill the motor gets up a bit of movement before all the play in the drivetrain is taken up. I can stop this clun...
by 4Springs
Tue, 12 Dec 2017, 17:48
Forum: Nissan Leaf
Topic: 2nd Hand LEAF
Replies: 22
Views: 662

Re: 2nd Hand LEAF

Seems like there's not a Leaf in circulation in Australia with more than 100 km range on a good day... There's range and there's range though. I find that production cars are very optimistic with their estimations when their batteries are full (i.e. the 'guessometer'), but pessimistic with their em...
by 4Springs
Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 04:43
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EV Motor Durability
Replies: 8
Views: 240

Re: EV Motor Durability

To give you an idea of the inefficiencies of a DC motor, I ran the DC motor in my car at one point without load to wear in the brushes. 17 hours of running with no load used 15kWh of electricity. Extrapolate that out to 24 hour a day operation gives 21kWh required per day just to keep the motor spin...
by 4Springs
Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 04:37
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: EV Motor Durability
Replies: 8
Views: 240

Re: EV Motor Durability

A DC EV motor? Wire it for shunt mode (so you don't need a controller) and keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't overheat. Should last for a long time. 120 horsepower (90kW) is a huge load. That's 39 10A outlets at full capacity. antiscab's 14kW motor would only do one sixth of that power. Do yo...
by 4Springs
Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 15:52
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Chinese DC-DC converter
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: Chinese DC-DC converter

So to be legal do I need to send it off to a lab for Australian certification , or just get the seller to certify it , or can I just test it with my DMM ? Can't test it with a DMM as it won't generate a high enough voltage. I think you'd need a megger? Electricians have them. I'd ask advice from so...
by 4Springs
Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 14:50
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 10 Amp charging
Replies: 55
Views: 2927

Re: 10 Amp charging

Thanks @4Springs. The light comes on all the time and doesn't change with any flexing of the input cable. However, the RCD test button doesn't do anything so I'm guessing the input is OK, but there's either a problem within the RCD relay or between it and the input cable within the box itself. Ah, ...
by 4Springs
Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 14:42
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Chinese DC-DC converter
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: Chinese DC-DC converter

OK thanks, where would I find the Australian requirements, other than NCOP14 ? I cant find anything in there about isolation where it mentions auxilliary ELV , obviosly when I turn the car off the DC-DC converter will be isolated by a seperate relay , or am I missing something. ? The requirements a...
by 4Springs
Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 14:37
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Chinese DC-DC converter
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: Chinese DC-DC converter

Size: 30*19*15mm - seems a tad small! The photo looks more like 100mm long which would be more like it.
Max output current 32A. You'd need two I think, but still good for the price.
by 4Springs
Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 14:22
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 10 Amp charging
Replies: 55
Views: 2927

Re: 10 Amp charging

Try flexing the cord too while plugged in. Watch the light - if there is a wire broken inside the cord it might come on when you flex it. If it is a broken cord then you can replace the cord and plug yourself for a few dollars. No need for an electrician for a plug-in appliance (as long as you pull ...
by 4Springs
Tue, 05 Sep 2017, 18:15
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: Outlander PHEV Range Extender?
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: Outlander PHEV Range Extender?

Hi Rob, Maybe off topic, but my friend has asked about charging his 2017 PHEV after only a 20k run. Is it critical to re-charge after partial discharge, or can it be left and allow the motor to kick in to re-charge? The vehicle is generally used every second or third day and does not stand partiall...
by 4Springs
Tue, 05 Sep 2017, 18:01
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: minicab miev charging help
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: minicab miev charging help

Oh no!
Hope you can get it to the meeting on Wednesday week - I'd love to see it!
by 4Springs
Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 16:10
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Bamocar 3 phase motor controllers for sale: brand new
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: Bamocar 3 phase motor controllers for sale: brand new

Wow! Two of them would push you along!
by 4Springs
Sun, 20 Aug 2017, 14:57
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: advice?

What I want to get out of it is about 130km/h, and decent acceleration with a range of about 160km. (Launceston and back from here) I figure some bright spark will put a charging station in Campbeltown soon enough. And I want it to be able to carry a decent load, at least fill the seats in a five s...
by 4Springs
Sun, 20 Aug 2017, 06:29
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: advice?

Is it worth it, (we are off grid solar)? This is a difficult question - I think we need more info! It will use roughly 20kWh per 100km. Being off-grid you might want to carefully control when and how quickly you charge it? If so this will be more configurable with a home-made conversion than an off...
by 4Springs
Sat, 19 Aug 2017, 15:33
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: iMiEV - any good?
Replies: 16
Views: 762

Re: iMiEV - any good?

if so, 4Springs, did your friend buy it? and if so, how much if you dont mind my asking.. It appears so! I asked the question and received this back: Hi Christopher, Yes we did. We were able to watch the comments come in from your link as we drove up to Devonport and arrived in Melb. We had a motor...
by 4Springs
Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 18:45
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: iMiEV - any good?
Replies: 16
Views: 762

iMiEV - any good?

Asking on behalf of someone looking at a secondhand iMiEV - how can you tell if it is any good? The details I have are: It is at a Mitsubishi dealer - so I suggested that the dealer might be able to get some kind of printout of the battery health? It has done 37,000 km. It is about 7 years old. It i...
by 4Springs
Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 18:55
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Battery Suppliers
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: Battery Suppliers

We have a controller that has a range of 92 - 170VDC and 600A. I guess about 150V would be best, since that is fairly common.
At the moment we can only afford about 160kg of battery, so lead won't go far. And there seems to be a willingness to find the money for lithium.
by 4Springs
Mon, 07 Aug 2017, 19:26
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: Battery Suppliers
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Battery Suppliers

The AEVA Launceston Conversions Group are helping out Launceston College to convert a Mighty Boy to electric. The vehicle is purchased, with parts all over the floor. We have a motor, controller, and lots of other bits. No photos unfortunately, must get onto that... We need to make a decision on wha...
by 4Springs
Mon, 31 Jul 2017, 06:17
Forum: Admin Notices
Topic: NEW FORUM: The Countdown has started
Replies: 22
Views: 2714

Re: NEW FORUM: The Countdown has started

Better test it out.
It works - well done chaps!
Now who to add to my list of "foes"... :twisted:
by 4Springs
Sun, 30 Jul 2017, 14:19
Forum: Tesla EVs
Topic: Model 3 details firmed up
Replies: 7
Views: 878

Model 3 details firmed up

jonescg wrote: - No towbar. I'm a little miffed about this, but they might have options later on.

The option might be to buy a Model Y...
by 4Springs
Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 22:38
Forum: Admin Notices
Topic: AEVA Forum ready to move?
Replies: 17
Views: 2754

AEVA Forum ready to move?

Don't know if this is significant, but I found a link that didn't copy across. It is a link in a post to another post. Live post is here. There is a link in that post to another post. In the Test system the "here" is just normal text, it doesn't appear as a link.