Located in and Serving Northeast Kansas 785-233-4750
Topeka Electric Motor’s first 100% electric vehicle project used a DC motor, which is still the most common type of motor used in conversion projects. It was a learning process for us and ended up going through two distinct phases.
Our starting point for Phase One of the DC project was a 2000 Chevy S10 extended cab 3-door pickup truck. Phase One consisted of a Warp 9™ motor and LogiSystems controller. The battery pack was made up of ten 12-volt lead acid batteries. Additional features include two main 400-amp contactors, an inertia switch, onboard water heat system, working five-speed manual transmissions, vacuum brakes, two battery chargers (one for the 120-volt battery pack and one for the 12-volt DC system), and a functioning alternator for the 12-volt DC system. The range for the original Phase One lead acid battery pack was over 40 miles. However, the lead acid battery pack was a disappointment because it lasted just over one year.
After much consideration, we decided to move beyond a lead acid battery pack and Phase Two consists of a Lithium-Ion battery pack and some new equipment. The new battery pack is made up of 48 Hi-Power brand batteries. The new battery pack takes up approximately 165 volts with 200-amp hours per cell. The new battery pack required a new battery management system and charger. The battery management system is from REAP Systems Ltd and we are using a Brusa charger. A new Soliton 1 controller was installed to handle the higher voltage and amperage. Our range is now up to 100+ miles. The truck has no difficulty achieving highway speeds of 75+ miles per hour. The truck is used on a daily basis for commuting and pickup and delivery in our business.
Summary of Features and Specifications
Five-speed manual transmission - It shifts just like it did when it was a gas-powered vehicle. Many conversions are clutchless. We believe that a shiftable drivetrain offers many advantages. The drivetrain has a custom-made adaptor to connect the motor to the transmission
Original 12-volts system was maintained with a functioning alternator for the lights, radio, etc
Phase One battery packs – ten J185H Trojan batteries 12-volts DC each – hooked in series
Phase Two battery packs - 48 Hi-Power Life PO4 Lithium-Ion Phosphate batteries, 3.2 VDC nominal voltage. Brusa charger NLG511-SX-130-260 VAC input. REAP Systems BMS with PC tool
Netbook computer to monitor the BMS
New Soliton 1 controller
Water heating system - Water passes through a heater core and warm air is delivered through the existing venting system
Two main contactors – 400 amp each
Inertia switch for added safety
IMAGES FROM OUR AC AND DC PROJECTS
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Topeka Electric Motor is a locally owned and operated business providing exceptional electric motor services at affordable prices.
From motors and pumps to gearboxes, we have the necessary equipment and expertise to get your job done right the first time. Get in touch with us to learn more about our services.