A couple years ago I built this all-new electric motorcycle - for $3,000 - using parts available on the internet: www.electricmotion.org.
Here she is parked outside the Caltech student machine shop - it's place of birth:
Now I'm back at MIT - and found some like minded enginerds that are interested in some e-motorcycle research.
Paul, Mike, Shane and I have been working on a rapid recharge pack for the above motorcycle (aka eMoto). We're designing/building a charger that will charge the pack in 10 minutes. The same design can be scaled up for any pack size - including a car.
Here are some pics of our very recent work:
Battery welding (thanks to our sponsor Miyachi):
We're very constrained with space, etc. Here's a finished module (BMS boards sitting nearby - provided kindly by Texas Instruments - thank you!!):
One of the lithium modules on the motorcycle - datalogger on tank:
One module (as shown) - lead vs. lithium - you should feel the difference!
Lead acid: 333 Watt-hrs / 44 lbs of battery (actual)
A123 Lithium: 380 Watt-hrs / 10 lbs of battery (predicted - includes weight of enclosure, etc.)
Working on the charger (gray box w/ lid removed):
We're also using a commercial charger (which can't charge quite as quickly - roughly 20 mins) - with help from Manzanita Micro - (thanks Rich!).