The heat is rising in MIT's Electric Vehicle Team shop. After late nights of soldering, countless breaks for Monster, and hours of tedious coding, our Mercury Milan conversion - the elEVen - is nearly street ready. The elEVen conversion and rapid recharging were delayed due to a problem with the motor controller, as was discussed in Stephen’s earlier blog post. While that problem was being resolved, the team wasted no time in starting other projects to increase the safety, comfort, and robustness of the car. These projects - including the battery cooling system, the mount for the charger, the charging adapter, the motor controller wiring box, and all of the internal communications - have either been finished or are nearing their respective ends to where the whole car can be assembled. Once the car is put together we can begin working on rapid recharging, but until then, the engineers in us are eager to get the elEVen running and on the road.
Here is our status on each of the elEVen projects: