Friday, September 23, 2011

Back Seats Back, Alright!

Tristan and Chester have gotten the battery pack completely moved underneath the car allowing them to reinstall the back seats. The only EV component that remains inside the vehicle is the one you see in the photo, the charger. That charger should eventually be eliminated all together using a new feature of our new Synkro Motive controller. Leaving the interior looking much like it did when the car was stock.

 This is where all the cells have moved to. When you want the car to still drive like a MINI it is important that you don't add a bunch of weight up high above the belt line and raise the center of gravity. So, we sat all the heavy cells down between the wheels. We removed over 80 lbs by eliminating a full gas tank, and another 40 lbs with no exhaust, but we added 300 lbs with the packs. We'll have to get her on the scales to find out for certain, but we think that despite the extra 180 lbs of batteries in back there may have been no net weight gain because of the lighter motor vs engine.



5 comments:

  1. Great work! I'm assuming that the batteries are well separated from any water that might splash up from below, right? :-) So the batteries are spread out between the old gas tank location and the space previously occupied by the mufflers?

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  2. Yeah, in Portland we need to be very careful about all that water that falls from the sky on a daily basis for about the next 6 months. The battery terminals are covered with a plastic top and weather stripped to make them 'splash proof'. You got it right, our current pack resides solely where the gas tank and the mufflers used to be.

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