In the afternoon, I also looked into what charger we want to get for the elEVen car. Chargers cost between 2000 and 5000 dollars for a high powered good one so this will be a pretty significant purchase for the team. There are about a half dozen companies that make electric vehicle chargers. Right now, we are looking at getting a Manzinita micro charger. They are very robust and versatile and give the user a lot of flexibility.
In the evening, we had our weekly meeting and then Dan presented the results of his modeling work. According to the drive cycle and the modeling code he used, the Mercury Milan will have a 0-60 time of about 8 seconds and will average about 460 watts/mile. This mileage estimate seemed high to us so we are going to look into it more and make sure all the parameters in the model are correct.
Tuesday July 8, 2009:
Motorcycle Battery Pack:
Today I worked on the CAD model for the motorcycle battery pack. I am going to try to push to have another prototype of the enclosure done by the end of this week. I finished most of the CADing and just have to put on the finishing touches. Here are a few pictures. The black strips are rubber tap for vibration isolation, there are two barbed hose fittings to attach cooling air hoses to.