Electric Land Rover Freelander

12 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Electric Land Rover Freelander

Simon RaffertyВ’s Electric Rover Freelander

Simon had the to stumble onto a traction and controller that cost him 70 There was no logic to buying other than that were awesome looking of scrap metal. Later on, he out that the actual scraps the very important bits of a Hybrid Bus. Like any person, he thought В“Well if it drive a bus, it can certainly a car forward.В”

Almost a year with the implementation of advices and from the DIYElectricCar.com (yes, is such a thing and yes, it is an research material) as well as Hustinx (NL), Simon was to tie the controller to a string of 12 x 12V batteries. The was a big success, everything went than expected.

The following step was to choose a car would take in the electric and he decided on a Freelander. The explanation for is relatively simple. Being and a car enthusiast, he knew Land very well. Another advantage was that the spacious car easily accommodate the chunky without sacrificing comfort.

getting the truck and the engine for the price of the car, the project off.

There were no clear limitations that Simon work by so he chose his place of as a first boundary to reach. His there would average 10 miles, round trip. some basic calculus, it out that most of the trips in the car pretty much fit in that distance zone, save for 10% of them which were В“voyagesВ”.

Furthermore, owning an car of any kind attracts zero tax while also benefiting a pretty cheap insurance

And so it came to pass that the was customized, from a 4×4 car to a two wheel drive one. The was made to leave the Freelander in wheel drive since it the least amount of modifications. the electric motor averages 10.000 rpm and is capable of delivering power throughout all of its range of there would be no need for a speed gearbox which reduce efficiency, but rather a gear modified with a at the wheel between 6 to 1 and 10 to 1. This requirement was achieved by the use of a Suzuki box.

When the engine, gearbox, train and fuel tank removed, the empty spaces replaced (via a metal base) with the Suzuki box, the speed controller and 6 of the 15 batteries that needed to be These things dropped into the engine bay. modifications the prop shafts and by two more battery trays in the tank and the rear load bed the E-Lander was taking shape nicely, but there was still a way to do.

Other important modifications the power steering and the vacuum The first needed to run continuously, in to keep you going in the direction you to go. The issue here was that it a large amount of power to do so.

a complex system where the only works when the car youВ’re trying to turn the this particular aspect of the vehicle was a little trickier to

Fortunately, the new Mini Cooper has an even smarter and more system: it runs the pump at 60 watts while not in use and switches to watts of power for the duration of the which it detects using the pressure in the hydraulic fluid. The pump, in its turn also an part of the vehicle, assists the system.

Since the ones for were rather expensive, decided to manufacture his own with the of a fan belt В– operated vacuum from a Land Rover II and a motor from an electric The mix worked like a charm, how the scooter motor was far more than required and performed the job much strain.

One of the last issues to be solved was The average combustion engine for the Rover would put out enough to keep the inside at a reasonable but, more important, to the windows. This was done by the heater from a dishwasher, draws out approximately 1.8kw the main battery, which about 10% of the range youВ’d be able to travel.

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