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antiscab
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Post by antiscab » Thu, 30 Jun 2016, 06:25

Hi Guys,

I appear to have been on a electric car collecting spree of late

Greg from Queensland was kind and generous enough to give me a Blade electron - thankyou Greg

It has a couple of gremlins I'm trying to chase down, but am a bit short on detailed info on the Blade cars

This particular one has the TM4 motor and controller

Does anyone happen to have any info on Blade Electrons that they're willing to share?
Matt
2008 Mazda 2 - EV Shop convert
2011 Blade Electron mk6
2007 vectrix - 117'000km
1993 Electrolux - needs batt and charger
1998 Prius - needs batt
1999 Prius - needs batt

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Post by antiscab » Thu, 30 Jun 2016, 06:52

I found a manual here:
Electron Manual
Matt
2008 Mazda 2 - EV Shop convert
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Post by jonescg » Thu, 30 Jun 2016, 15:29

You have it in Perth Matt? I'm going to be up for the WA branch AGM in August. It would be great if you brought it along to the meeting (assuming you sort the gremlins).
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Post by antiscab » Thu, 30 Jun 2016, 18:55

I sure do

at present it is un-registered (it was easier to bring it across that way)
There's a bit of a vibration when driving in second gear that I need to look into before I can think about taking it over the pits.

I've only driven it around the block, but another issue that I have yet to replicate is power drops to a quarter intermittently. I'm thinking dodgy pot box, but hard to diagnose when you can't observe the problem
Matt
2008 Mazda 2 - EV Shop convert
2011 Blade Electron mk6
2007 vectrix - 117'000km
1993 Electrolux - needs batt and charger
1998 Prius - needs batt
1999 Prius - needs batt

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Post by jeff ev » Fri, 01 Jul 2016, 05:29

I have an early Blade Electron , the drop in power in mine is as a result of low battery pack voltage ,when it gets below 179v it will drop the power significantly (which allows the voltage to go up and gives full power which drops the voltage ect.ect.) Cheers Jeff . [Someone else has a Blade EV in the aeva, eastern states]

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Post by Bryce » Tue, 05 Jul 2016, 00:11

I have the electrical drawings for the Mark 5: pm me your email & I'll send them.
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Post by antiscab » Tue, 05 Jul 2016, 05:56

ooo, yes please

I have a Mark 6, there may be some similarities between the two models
Matt
2008 Mazda 2 - EV Shop convert
2011 Blade Electron mk6
2007 vectrix - 117'000km
1993 Electrolux - needs batt and charger
1998 Prius - needs batt
1999 Prius - needs batt

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Post by antiscab » Sun, 17 Jul 2016, 20:33

Update, after some panel removal, I have identified the bms as an Orion unit. Cell count appears to be 100 cells, however, the whole battery is mounted underneath the car, imiev style. I have yet to be able to identify what cell size or construction it is.

Range appears to be down to 45km, with actual capacity around 7kwh

Does anyone have an Orion bms? If so, do you have the usb can cable?
Matt
2008 Mazda 2 - EV Shop convert
2011 Blade Electron mk6
2007 vectrix - 117'000km
1993 Electrolux - needs batt and charger
1998 Prius - needs batt
1999 Prius - needs batt

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Post by antiscab » Sat, 29 Oct 2016, 18:45

Update:

The vibration has progressively become worse, and now the car is dead :(

interestingly, the motor no longer spins even when the gearbox is in neutral.

I haven't had a chance to pull it apart to inspect the mechanicals of it - pictures to follow when I do.

Does anyone else here have a motor/controller manufactured by TM4?
I'm in need of diagnostic tools (so I can see what the controller is reporting)

Further inspection reveals the use of a Tritium EV Driver Controls module.

Matt
2008 Mazda 2 - EV Shop convert
2011 Blade Electron mk6
2007 vectrix - 117'000km
1993 Electrolux - needs batt and charger
1998 Prius - needs batt
1999 Prius - needs batt

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Post by antiscab » Sat, 17 Jun 2017, 02:37

Update, I have started opening up the dead electron to see what can be salvaged.
The battery has turned out to be 108 series 20 parallel 26650 lfp cells of unknown origin. They're marked as 10.25wh

I'll need to do a capacity test. I had plans on pulling out the battery, repackaging and using it as a second battery in my other electron. Not so sure on that now, until I see how this giant spot welded and glued together thing comes apart.

Matt
2008 Mazda 2 - EV Shop convert
2011 Blade Electron mk6
2007 vectrix - 117'000km
1993 Electrolux - needs batt and charger
1998 Prius - needs batt
1999 Prius - needs batt

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Matt
2008 Mazda 2 - EV Shop convert
2011 Blade Electron mk6
2007 vectrix - 117'000km
1993 Electrolux - needs batt and charger
1998 Prius - needs batt
1999 Prius - needs batt

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