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by 4Springs
Fri, 11 Oct 2019, 18:03
Forum: Mitsubishi
Topic: 2020 Outlander PHEV
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: 2020 Outlander PHEV

coulomb wrote:
Fri, 11 Oct 2019, 07:45
A friend recently paid a deposit on a 2020 Outlander PHEV. It seems that they are claiming some 100 km of all-electric range.
So, based on the the claims made for the previous model, 60 km real world electric range. Perhaps 80 if you're going downhill.
by 4Springs
Sun, 06 Oct 2019, 05:07
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: EV Sticker for Number Plates
Replies: 49
Views: 7986

Re: EV Sticker for Number Plates

This thread started in Feb 2013, now Oct 2019 and in all this time no one asked the ONE obvious question... WTF ??? I just bought a Kona and just found out totally by accident that my number plates are incomplete to the point where I could get a fine ??? I'm on the phone to Hyundai Monday morning t...
by 4Springs
Sat, 05 Oct 2019, 06:10
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: 4Springs' Home Battery Storage System
Replies: 13
Views: 1706

Re: 4Springs' Home Battery Storage System

Is there room for more cells in that space or will you settle for the 22 kWh? Ah, you noticed that space, did you? The first design was just enough space for these cells. But a big cupboard shouldn't be much more expensive than a little one when it is being built locally, so I increased the size to...
by 4Springs
Fri, 04 Oct 2019, 18:49
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: 4Springs' Home Battery Storage System
Replies: 13
Views: 1706

Re: 4Springs' Home Battery Storage System

If I'm doing a grid-connect system then I need a good battery box. I decided that I don't have enough time to make one myself, and do have enough money to have one made. So this is what I came up with: IMG_20190922_154736387.jpg IMG_20190923_164943686_HDR.jpg Made by a local sheet metal fabricator. ...
by 4Springs
Fri, 04 Oct 2019, 18:20
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: 4Springs' Home Battery Storage System
Replies: 13
Views: 1706

Re: 4Springs' Home Battery Storage System

A year later, and a fair bit has happened. The most important thing is that I found an electrician who is willing to work with my 'home made' battery. This means that I can use the battery in a grid-connect system. I had previously thought that I'd be limited to a UPS style system since I'm not an e...
by 4Springs
Sat, 31 Aug 2019, 06:18
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: 4Springs' Brumby
Replies: 223
Views: 38587

Re: 4Springs' Brumby

francisco.shi wrote:
Wed, 14 Aug 2019, 05:53
From what I have read up you need around 10psi minimum pressure to keep the cells from expanding during operation. That is about 270kg per pouch. I do not think 25kg extra will make much difference.
Wow - that is much more pressure than I had thought was required. Do you have a source for that?
by 4Springs
Sat, 31 Aug 2019, 06:16
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: 4Springs' Brumby
Replies: 223
Views: 38587

Re: 4Springs' Brumby

Do you put a few batteries where the fuel tank was? I believe it is under the tray where your current rear batteries are and quite well protected. The fuel tank was underneath the tray at the rear. I am using that space now for the chargers. The original battery design (lead-acid) had two battery b...
by 4Springs
Sat, 31 Aug 2019, 06:01
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: How to tell a kilowatt hour from a kelvin week henry
Replies: 25
Views: 863

Re: How to tell a kilowatt hour from a kelvin week henry

I sometimes talk about the odometer on my car saying things like "It's done 60k km" I guess that is 60 Mm ? Like this post back in 2011: https://forums.aeva.asn.au/viewtopic.php?p=30690#p30690 Now I look at that post, I note that I didn't put spaces between the numbers and the symbols. Started out ...
by 4Springs
Sat, 31 Aug 2019, 05:47
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: 3 phase supply but no 415v connections
Replies: 20
Views: 463

Re: 3 phase supply but no 415v connections

brendon_m wrote:
Fri, 30 Aug 2019, 21:48
Scrap that, I have maximum dardiness.
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by 4Springs
Sat, 17 Aug 2019, 06:12
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Regenerative braking effect compared to traditional braking?
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Regenerative braking effect compared to traditional braking?

This is interesting. I assume that regen cannot lock the wheels. This is because the retarding force is only applied when the motor is moving, and it gets less the slower the motor goes. If the wheels locked up then the motor would be stationary, and the regen wouldn't work. A sort of natural ABS. I...
by 4Springs
Tue, 13 Aug 2019, 18:38
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: 4Springs' Brumby
Replies: 223
Views: 38587

Re: 4Springs' Brumby

For the back box could you rotate the cells so they are flat on the 310mm? That would fit the 137mm perfectly. Then either put more cells in the back box and less at the front or make the back box smaller. I would also keep the cells all together. The gap in the middle will make it really messy to ...
by 4Springs
Mon, 12 Aug 2019, 19:16
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: 4Springs' Brumby
Replies: 223
Views: 38587

Re: 4Springs' Brumby

How am I going to connect these cells together? Francisco has posted a picture of how he has done it: Francisco_Al.png His cells are three in parallel. What you can see here is three cells connected to the left side of an aluminium block, then the next three cells connected to the right side of the ...
by 4Springs
Mon, 12 Aug 2019, 18:41
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: 4Springs' Brumby
Replies: 223
Views: 38587

Re: 4Springs' Brumby

The front two boxes are identical, and they will need to be re-made. They will be a bit longer in length and a bit shorter in height. Making new boxes means that the swap-over can be relatively quick, so the car will be off the road for a minimum of time. Front_Box.png These front boxes will be rela...
by 4Springs
Mon, 12 Aug 2019, 18:23
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: 4Springs' Brumby
Replies: 223
Views: 38587

Re: 4Springs' Brumby

The Brumby is still going well, but I'm thinking it might be time for a battery upgrade. The target range for this lithium (LFP)pack was 80km. My very first test took me just over 100km, in summer, fairly slow stop/start driving. That made the 80km target achievable under most conditions. The batter...
by 4Springs
Sat, 10 Aug 2019, 18:47
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.
Replies: 21
Views: 567

Re: Starting to research vintage Mazda conversion. Help appreciated.

As for motors, the links above have been useful, but is AC not a better system because it is easier to get regen happening, Of course along with a premium price? If you want regen you want AC. Do you want regen though? Depends on your roads and driving style. If you have lots of hills then you want...
by 4Springs
Fri, 09 Aug 2019, 18:41
Forum: Scooters, mopeds and electric toys
Topic: Are hybrid bikes worth the money?
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: Are hybrid bikes worth the money?

I've used a hybrid bike for about 10 years. Almost all on the paved road. The paved road here can be a bit gravelly some times, so the slightly wider tyres are useful. I blew out two tyres in the first month, then none for about 7 years, then two in about a year. I'm assuming that a pure road bike w...
by 4Springs
Mon, 05 Aug 2019, 15:43
Forum: Technical and conversion discussion
Topic: Prelude conversion project - some questions
Replies: 429
Views: 28423

Re: Prelude conversion project - some questions

Ah, you're taking me back to that summer when I moved the charger from under the bonnet to under the tray where the fuel tank used to be. It's really nice to work on under there, lie on the ground and it's all laid out in front of me. I had enough room to add a second charger I had lying around, and...
by 4Springs
Sat, 27 Jul 2019, 07:42
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: E63 LG 63Ah NCM battery group buy
Replies: 32
Views: 2025

Re: E63 LG 63Ah NCM battery group buy

Ah, now I see. The boards are basically soldered onto the nuts, then there is another piece of flat aluminium to take the pressure against the clamp. A very neat way to do it. They are round nuts though, so you can't put a spanner on them to tighten against. You're tightening the bolt against your s...
by 4Springs
Thu, 25 Jul 2019, 16:10
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: E63 LG 63Ah NCM battery group buy
Replies: 32
Views: 2025

Re: E63 LG 63Ah NCM battery group buy

So I've just measured up my battery boxes, and they look like they would suit these cells. 5p 40s would theoretically fit, and would give me 47kWh with a 20kg weight increase over my current 20kWh pack. 4p 41s would fit with a lot more room to spare, and would give me 38kWh with a 20kg weight decrea...
by 4Springs
Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 19:31
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: E63 LG 63Ah NCM battery group buy
Replies: 32
Views: 2025

Re: E63 LG 63Ah NCM battery group buy

Assembling the pack with the water cooling system and pouch clamping hardware is a little difficult. You need a special jig to hold everything in place while you assemble it. How necessary would the water cooling be? I'd assume that the NCM cells would be at least as good as LFP for internal resist...
by 4Springs
Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 16:28
Forum: Batteries, charging, management and monitoring
Topic: E63 LG 63Ah NCM battery group buy
Replies: 32
Views: 2025

Re: E63 LG 63Ah NCM battery group buy

It looks like you have three cells in parallel in each clamp? Or could you fit more? I'm thinking of 4 or 5 in parallel. What are the overall dimensions including the clamping hardware? I have one long battery box (in the back) and two short ones (in the front, for weight distribution). I think the ...
by 4Springs
Sun, 21 Jul 2019, 16:24
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Low Cost BMS for Home Storage Batteries
Replies: 61
Views: 5515

Re: Low Cost BMS for Home Storage Batteries

Are you intending to use CANbus comms with your SP Pro or set it up standalone with a customized version of the generic LiFePO4 settings? The intention at this stage is to use a 48V SP Pro, and let it think that it is a lead-acid battery. I won't be using CANbus, but will be adjusting settings to i...
by 4Springs
Sun, 21 Jul 2019, 16:10
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Low Cost BMS for Home Storage Batteries
Replies: 61
Views: 5515

Re: Low Cost BMS for Home Storage Batteries

Is the oven for reflow? Indeed it is. Was also used for fruit buns at one stage. It has a thermostat, we set it to about 200 degrees Celcius. Watch the circuit boards through the glass window to see when the solder melts - then leave it for 30 seconds more to make sure. The whole process takes abou...
by 4Springs
Sun, 21 Jul 2019, 08:11
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Low Cost BMS for Home Storage Batteries
Replies: 61
Views: 5515

Re: Low Cost BMS for Home Storage Batteries

Software - what are we going to do with these things?? The current software is available here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/low-cost-bms/files/Programming/ The current Cell Module software is version 1.10. I don't expect that this will change. The latest Master software is H1.00. I've forked to ...
by 4Springs
Sun, 21 Jul 2019, 06:33
Forum: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV)
Topic: Low Cost BMS for Home Storage Batteries
Replies: 61
Views: 5515

Re: Low Cost BMS for Home Storage Batteries

Well, after a few working bees over the last several weekends, all the boards in the group buy are now accounted for. Some were sent to folks (mostly interstate) for them to assemble themselves. We had to remove a resistor from each cell module board (placed there by mistake when I specified the wro...