ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

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Re: ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

Post by Kevin Sharpe » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:24 pm

We've been running some heating/cooling tests on the Tesla battery modules 8)
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Re: ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

Post by Kevin Sharpe » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:19 am

3D mockup of proposed Tesla module layout for the two battery boxes. One box (8 modules) will be mounted under the floor between the chassis rails, and another (6 modules) above the motor where the petrol tank was located 8)

I had originally planned to build a new chassis that would accommodate all batteries under the floor. However, battery technology is improving so quickly that I decided to shoe horn the batteries in and revisit in a few years when they are half the size/weight.
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Post by ted698 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:51 am

Interesting Project - you're certainly putting some work in - keep the updates coming!

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Post by Kevin Sharpe » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:13 pm

ted698 wrote:
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Interesting Project - you're certainly putting some work in - keep the updates coming!
Thanks, it's a fun project :)


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Post by sistri » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:57 pm

Just picked up on this and its certainly caught my interest, thanks for sharing.

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Post by Kevin Sharpe » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:11 pm

Rapid AC/DC charging connector installed :)
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Post by Kevin Sharpe » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:48 pm

Lots of experiments with the battery boxes and I have decided to reduce the number of Tesla battery modules in the rear to four and save some weight.

In total the twelve Tesla modules will give me 63kWh (P85 modules) or 75kWh (P100 modules) which should be plenty when combined with rapid charging 8)
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Post by Kevin Sharpe » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:42 pm

Back of the bus with IRS upgrade... almost ready to install the Tesla drive unit and rear battery box :D
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Re: ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

Post by susta » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:00 pm

I have"nt seen it but have you come across Ian Harris Bay project

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Re: ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

Post by Kevin Sharpe » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:13 pm

susta wrote:
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I have"nt seen it but have you come across Ian Harris Bay project
I don't think so, do you have any information?

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Post by Kevin Sharpe » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:21 pm

We put the motor back in the bus today and checked clearances ready for the driveshaft fabrication :)
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Post by Kevin Sharpe » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:51 am

Porsche wheels 8)
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Re: ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

Post by susta » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:59 pm

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Re: ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

Post by Kevin Sharpe » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:52 pm

I spent some time reviewing the weight of the Bus conversion today;

The original bus weighed 1036kg (2285lbs).

Removing the ICE, Gearbox, Fuel Tank, and replacing the front/rear suspension with Red 9 resulted in the bus weighing 852kg (1878lbs).

Installing the Tesla Drive Unit, 4 Tesla Battery Modules and rear battery rack resulted in the bus weighing 1046kg (2306lbs).

Now for another 8 Tesla Battery Modules (200kg / 440lbs), 2 Battery Boxes (TBD), and a bunch of electronics (TBD).

While heavy, it looks as if my 1500kg (3300lbs) kerb weight target is achievable (same as a Nissan Leaf), while leaving 570kg (1250lbs) for payload 8)
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Re: ICE Breaker - converting a 1967 split to electric drive

Post by Kevin Sharpe » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:51 pm

Carefully removing a redundant tab on the Tesla drive unit allows a bolt on IRS and ~350HP motor upgrade without cutting the bus :cool:

I'll try and record a video next week :)
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