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GlennmossModeratorOctober 31, 2018 at 12:23 amPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 31, 2018 at 12:13 amPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 30, 2018 at 11:49 pmPost count: 319
That would be huge! We went up to EVWest today to try to dimension their 65 single cab engine bay with their Faro 3D scanning arm but they were busy getting ready for SEMA so we still need those measurements.
We’ve been in contact with Volksagen North America’s Electric Research Laboratory up in Silicon Valley about a potential partnership and they seemed interested in our project. We sent them a list of items today that we’re going to need and they are going to get back to us on how exactly they can help.
Using the Tesla motor will entail using the Tesla transmission because they are packaged as a unit. This means that we will have to use an IRS suspension to adapt the axles. Which kit would you guys recommend?GlennmossModeratorOctober 30, 2018 at 11:32 pmPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 29, 2018 at 2:09 pmPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 29, 2018 at 11:10 amPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 18, 2018 at 5:14 pmPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 17, 2018 at 6:52 pmPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 16, 2018 at 7:36 pmPost count: 319
Super excited that JJ and KCW are on board! We’re still working on the numbers… this being an “entrepreneur” project they make us write out and prove every decision that we are making numerically and it slows down the process significantly, but I guess that’s what makes us engineers 🤓. I really like the idea of a “fully reversible” conversion that requires as little modification to the bus as possible and includes distributing the weight evenly with the original load points so as to not overly stress the original suspension setupGlennmossModeratorOctober 9, 2018 at 9:17 pmPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 8, 2018 at 10:55 pmPost count: 319
Looks like my last post was lost 🙃 but I think that the choice in using an electric motor is not so much about the technology but more because of the instant low end torque and dead reliablity. I went to EVWest last week and will go back this week to discuss options. Our current plans are to use a 240 v Tesla motor and design a motor mount to adapt future conversions to an IRS transmissions. What are your thoughts on IRS transmissions?
Another idea we had was that we could use the batteries from the truck to reduce power usage from the grid for companies to avoid power surge chargesGlennmossModeratorOctober 5, 2018 at 1:58 amPost count: 319
I think we could make this thing more functional than stock! The choice of electric isn’t necessarily because of the technology but because of the huge low end torque and dead reliability. I’ve been gathering and sorting through ideas.
I like the idea of a solar array Ryan! Although it probably wouldn’t be able to provide sufficient power to practically charge it much it would look really cool.
I was talking with EVWest again today and we discussed designing a mounting system for them that would be able to adapt a Tesla 250 v motor to an IRS transmission.
This type of motor would be able to be serviced by any Tesla technician rather than any custom shit.
What are your guys thoughts on IRS trannys?
Out here is certainly the mecca but you guys at high altitude would benefit from it even more.
This single cab has so much potential that I really cant think of a better build. The resto is most certainly not a trivial task as I’ve experienced through my brother’s builds. Part of me wants to bring it out here and be working on it after class but the way this semester is looking I know it would just take me way too long 🙃GlennmossModeratorOctober 4, 2018 at 12:53 amPost count: 319GlennmossModeratorOctober 2, 2018 at 5:38 pmPost count: 319
Currently working with a team of electrical and mechanical engineers on designing a battery system for converting this truck to electric. We are running the numbers on a system of lithium ion batteries and super capacitors to increase acceleration and regen efficiency. I want to build a badass work truck with a triple RGB and store the batteries on a sliding tray down in the treasure chest for easy access. Something like this.