282 LEDs

After experimenting with a regular domestic light to check out the effect of back lighting the translucent red filament I managed to get my hands on some 12v LED strips to see what they look like. I worried that the light might either be too bright or dull, but this was not an issue. The…

Bit more rear red?

Have been experimenting with translucent materials and thinking of 101 ways to drain the battery while I wait for parts to arrive. Decided to have a go at an ambient/stop night time light. As the only colour I believe I should use on the vehicle at night are front: clear/amber and rear: red/amber I thought…

Cover redesign

3 issues that seem important at the moment: Access to the control panel – Currently thinking of a hatch over the control panel that hinges from the front (pivot point arrowed in red). Potentially this could be locked. Air flow to the bottom of the controller – Marked in green thinking that it would be…

Switch panel

Need to start mounting some of the components that are just hanging around at the moment. I have put something together in CAD quickly and spent a bit of time with the printer. Have tried a new material rPETG that has a substantially higher temperature and water resistance and has excellent ductile strength making it…

ANT BMS configuration

Plans for BMS installation below. B-, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10, B11, B12, B+   12+2=14 wire ANT documentation was complete or easy to find but found a manual that seems consitant and aligns with a previous post on nissan leaf and wiring here. Below a quick reminder why a Battery…

Power drain

The big ol’ resistor that straddles the two high voltage poles on the connector is problematic. Although it only lets a small amount of power bypass the connector it is enough to slowly drain the battry if left unatended. So I need to pop in battery isolator switch on the positive cable comming out of…

Battery BMS stuff

I have quickly realised that the triumph of 1st wheel motion is momentary. Next on the list of things to complete is the battery BMS so I can charge the battery. I have no mains power supply so this is important to do quiickley so I can keep the wheel spinning. The Nissan leaf busbar…

Tuning #1

Have spent the evening calibrating the 8kw QS V3 motor. Out of the box the motor was a but rough because the controller and the motor are not from the same supplier this is normal apparently. Watching the hub motor robotically rotate with beeps and jerks as it Identifies the angles of motor using the…

1st motion

Finally got the QS hub motor moving with temporary wiring. I encountered a couple of issues here and there but luckily I managed to reach out to a Mr. Powell in the US that has a leaf cell / Kelly controller set-up that is similar to my own and hey presto, the hub finally lives….

Wiring…

Okay, time to make a start on the cable loom for XJ600e, finally. Bit of a boring post but an important one because once all is sound with the wiring then finally the panel design can start with the assurement that the packaging for the powertrain is concrete. This means less changes to the final…