|Owner's Other EV||1990 Chevrolet Sprint|
|Location||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada map|
|Vehicle||1991 Chevrolet S-10 |
Proof of concept test vehicle - more like a non-proof of concept. This experiment proved to me that a surplus industrial AC motor needs a transmission
|Motor||General Electric 40 hp, 575 V 3-Phase AC|
Surplus (ebay) squirrel cage induction motor, T frame, very heavy, TEFC for now. Fan will be replaced with forced air blower
|Drivetrain||3-phase induction motor coupled to 4x4|
transfer case. Industrial VFD powered by lead acid batteries to start. Industrial PLC for safety and controls
|Controller|| Square D, Vsd 57, amoung others|
Various industrial vfds of different voltage and output power used during testing. Future open source build is possible
|Batteries||12 Mixed salvage from various sources, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
A mixed bag of whatever I can find
|System Voltage||144 Volts|
|Charger||Mastercraft 6 amp trickle|
Slow and steady to start. Maybe a homebuilt when I get closer to driving it
|Heater||Ceramic - at least thats the idea|
|DC/DC Converter||Vicor to be determined|
Not purchased yet
|Instrumentation||S10 electronic dash, with PLC (industrial computer) driving gauges|
|Top Speed||70 MPH (112 KPH)|
To avoid being run over by other traffic. Its a target.
|Acceleration||Expected to be poor. Like an electric golf cart on the way back to the clubhouse.|
|Range||30 Miles (48 Kilometers)|
This is my design range. A few miles extra for a head wind and cold weather would be nice
|Watt Hours/Mile||500 Wh/Mile |
Design target. My commute to work is not complicated. 5 stop or yield in 30 miles. My gps shows an average of about 45 mph now
|Seating Capacity||2 adults, but mostly 1 - commute to and from work|
|Curb Weight||5,000 Pounds (2,272 Kilograms)|
This is below GVWR by the weight of the driver - me. Again, target
|Tires||Winter tires right now -never changed after it was parked|
|Conversion Time||15 months of actually doing things so far. Years of thinking about it. I have 'thrown it in the corner' for now until I solve some technical issues.|
|Conversion Cost||Under 2000 so far, no batteries, small test-sized surplus vfds|
|Additional Features||Power steering needs to stay. Power brakes as well.|
June 2012 - I discovered that SalvageS10 originally had rear ABS so that needs to work to pass Saskatchewan vehicle inspection. I cannot locate parts.
|Will link to the build log after it gets less embarrassing and shows some actual progress|
Well - July 2012 and I have realized that the build log will ALWAYS be embarrassing.
August 2012 - The electronic dash failed, the transfer case will not work without the bearing in the transmission. The coupler I planned to use did not pan out, motor -> front drive shaft -> transfer case -> rear wheels.
Diverted to another project - build an Electric Motor Module for WIKISPEED, www.wikispeed.com
If I can get that working, I will revisit SalvageS10
Feb 2013. Purchased a used 9 inch netgain series wound DC. This may have enough torque to move the truck without a gearbox. I still need to figure out how to direct-drive the rear diff.
The netgain is intended for testing in the Electric Motor module of the WIKISPEED car ... but who knows?