Sunday, July 1, 2012

Electric Car Conversion

A few years ago my friend and I converted a 1993 Honda Del Sol to pure-electric. You can see the full blog I did on it here: http://delsolectric.wordpress.com/ but I've summarized the conversion for you right here!

Started with an old beat up 1993 Honda Del Sol - could use a bit of work...



Ripped the engine and transmission out

Beautiful!

Cleaned out the engine compartment and gave it a new coat of paint
Fixed up a dent from a forklift backing up into the poor car

Cleaned up the transmission and put it back in the car

After sending out a few emails, Advantage Forklift LTD contacted us and donated this Clark forklift for the project!

We spent the rest of the day salvaging the parts from it

At the machineshop we created a spline adapter and adapter plate for the transmission to connect to the motor!

Getting ready to attach it all

Attaching the motor!

She runs!

Since we lost the engine and source of heat, we macgyver'd a kettle element to heat coolant in the heater coil!

It works!

Conestoga College donated to us 10 old batteries to try using!

Hooked them up in the trunk with the battery chargers

Attached the speed controller

Configured the speed controller via the serial input

Rapid prototyped the accelerator pedal (used to spin a potentiometer)

Kinda hard to see, but this is it attached to the gas pedal

Took it for its first test drive where we hit 80km/h!



 First test drive:

 Second test drive!


So what happened next? Sadly, the car got tarped up in the back yard for well over a year while we moved to Germany to study abroad. After that we never found the money to purchase new batteries to actually make the vehicle viable to drive around (the used pack just didn't cut it). Fast forward today, car is getting scrapped. We've salvaged the parts though and we're thinking about making an ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE! Much easier to do, could be used as a track bike, and it doesn't take up space in the backyard!

Again if you want to see more detailed info about the conversion, check out the blog at http://delsolectric.wordpress.com/ ! Otherwise, leave a comment!

2 comments:

  1. Happy to see your success story but don't worry you will get those new batteries in the future and can get it done.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This weblog is very outstanding and effective with what it does. You provide particular details on your content which get individuals to to comprehend so much about this subject.
    automobile parts

    ReplyDelete