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Where to actually get stuff from?

Postby Night Train » Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:20 pm

OK, in terms of putting together an electric vehicle I can find a suitable donor vehicle to use, that is relatively easy. I can buy batteries from a variety of sources depending on what sort I wanted/needed.

Where would I go to buy a motor and controller and the other slightly more obscure components that would be required?

I am still looking at range as my primary objective and have figured that I am going to end up with something like an Astravan or Escort van stuffed with batteries. It may not be the best solution but it may be the easiest.

I have also finally joined up and sent through my membership fees. :)

Thank you.

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Postby retepsnikrep » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:24 am

Members on here,
Various on line EV suppliers,

Farnell, RS or Rapidshare for odd components

That's about it.
Regards Peter

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One HCH1 Civic Hybrid running 60ah A123 Lithium pack.

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Postby Jeremy » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:21 am

Motors and controllers are often available directly from suppliers. For example, Agni (http://www.agnimotors.com/home/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=47), LMC (http://www.lemcoltd.com/) and Mars (http://www.marselectricllc.com/) motors are all available directly from them, and a couple of the well-known controllers (Kelly http://www.kellycontroller.com/shop/ and Alltrax http://www.alltraxinc.com/) are also available directly. Kelly also sell useful things like contactors, fuses etc, their online shop is worth a look.


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Postby Night Train » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:32 pm

Thanks for that.
It gives me a chance of planning how I go about this properly now.

Some more questions on getting started:

1) Would the usual method be to prep a donor vehicle and then start sourcing motor batteries etc?

A part of me wants to have all the bits available first so that they can go straight in the vehicle once the oily bits come out. It also means I don't have a non runner on the drive for a long time. However, I guess I would need to know what the electric bits are going into first.

2) Should I get a runner and keep it road legal throughout the conversion (which may take a while) or can I leave it on SORN until it is done and then tax and MOT it as electric?
I can put more time then money into the project initially and can easily strip and service the donor to prepare it for conversion.

3) I know I should avoid auto boxes, electric windows and aircon. What about airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and other electronic safety and handling? Are they worth having or should I try to avoid them to reduce the electrical load?

Thanks again.

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