The work on our battery bridges is going well; they will connect the positive and negative ends to each other which will make our series-parallel pack much easier to wire. We are making them out of copper pipe, and have 12 more to go!
The truck's old battery boxes have been sanded and painted over the past few days. They will be reused to house the battery management system, charger, and motor controller. This will keep everything looking organized and clean in the redesigned truck.
Pictured are three of the five members of the Topsail EV Small-Scale team. Notice the inquisitive looks on their faces as they use those necessary critical-thinking skills to overcome the challenges of creating a cutting edge, from-scratch small scale electric vehicle. The primary focus at this point in the creation is determining the angles and measurements of each piece of aluminum to be welded together to create the frame of the vehicle. Pictured is Mr. Matthews, Sid, and Connor; not pictured is Dominick "LBD" (probably wandering around the back room; preferably contributing) and Tanner(photographer and excellent at cutting aluminum bars). The team soon expects to have everything ready to be sent off to the welder so that they can continue on with the creation process.
After a long wait the new battery box for the truck has finally been made and started to be installed. This new box will be holding all 32 lithium-ion batteries that were purchased this past December. Hopefully it will be 100% completed soon so that we can start thinking outside of the box.(bu dum tss). Also work on removing the stripes from the truck have begun.
Metal is being cut and smoothed as we progressively work on how we plan on stabilizing the batteries in our new battery box. In this picture Nevin is cutting one of the battery side plates that we are going to place on each side of each row of batteries, this will keep the batteries locked tightly together and will allow us to run threaded rod through the batteries to bolt to the battery box. This will prevent any of the batteries from sliding around in the battery box as we drive the truck.
It's getting hot in the EV garage as we experiment with different methods to dismantle the STEM cycle. After attempting to use a blow torch to melt the solder we found it was easiest to just use a Dremel and a hacksaw. The re-design of the STEM cycle is moving steadily. We have recently finished removing the old axle and cutting a new one. The new axle will be the same
size as before except it has been raised off the frame 3 inches and moved back some. This will allow for a sharper turning radius.
Work on the conversion of the Ford Ranger to lithium-ion batteries continues with the creation of the connections for the battery terminals. These are being fabricated from flattened copper pipe, and must be made to exact specifications to have this complicated battery system work properly. This is just one small part of the extensive modifications being done to the truck this year, and we are very lucky everything is going so well.-NW