NVIDIA & AutonomouStuff speed development of autonomous vehicles with DRIVE PX on Wheels; full kits in cars

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NVIDIA has partnered with AutonomouStuff, a supplier of components used within autonomy systems, to deliver kits packaging the NVIDIA DRIVE PX in vehicles with sensors. DRIVE PX installed in the trunk of the car. A basic kit is also available.

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EV Solutions WarP-Drive Installation

DIY Electric Car

Well I'm finally going to get around to installing a WarP-Drive 160/1000 motor controller package in our 97 S10 EV conversion. But, before we begin the actual installation, here are some photos and descriptions of the individual components we plan to use. Intro.

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Installing the Potbox

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The Belktronix system tries to make installing the potbox a no-brainer by allowing the user to put it right under the accelerator pedal. Here are the heavy-duty Velcro pieces that come with the Belktronix kit.

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Thoughts on the Kit and Belktronix System

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Before I forget all the stuff I've learned, I'd like to capture some thoughts about the Open-Source kit and my experience with the Belktronix system. Good points about the open-source Civic-Kit: I really appreciate keeping the clutch. Picking a standard group-31 size of AGM battery makes the kit flexible and upgradeable Improvements for the Kit As with many engineering projects, documentation is rather sparse at this point.

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KIT presenting modular battery concept for electric bus

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Source: KIT. At the upcoming IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present a modular battery concept for the efficient operation of an electric bus; an electric city bus demonstrator will illustrate the concept. Source: KIT.

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Omnitek develops diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kits for Mercedes OM904/OM906

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Omnitek has developed a kit that can be used to convert the globally popular Mercedes diesel engines OM904 and OM906 into natural gas engines. Omnitek’s proprietary diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kit is used for bus and truck applications, as well as stationary applications.

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Software Upgrade to Prius PHEV NiMH Conversion Kit Enables All-Electric Driving At Up to 70mph

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kWh NiMH plug-in hybrid (PHEV) conversion kit that enables all-electric mode driving at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (until the battery pack is depleted) in a converted Prius. Conversions can be completed in about one day and the kit is covered by a three-year warranty.

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Siemens and KIT cooperating on more-efficient production of large-scale batteries

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Working with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Siemens plans to enhance its automation and control systems technology for the manufacturers of large-scale batteries, leveraging its experience in the production of energy-storage devices. In a recently signed cooperation agreement, KIT and Siemens agreed to collaborate on an overarching concept for an integrated production-control and monitoring system for the entire production machinery of a battery plant.

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REV Becomes First Hymotion Dealer in Canada; Offers L5 Conversion Kit for Prius

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REV, a Vancouver, Canada company that converts Ford fleet vehicles into highway capable battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles ( earlier post ), has become the first Hymotion plug-in conversion kit dealer in Canada. The Hymotion L5 installation adds a 5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and charging system to the original Prius.

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Hyundai’s fuel cell car powers sustainable fish farming installation

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Hyundai’s innovative Fuel Cell Farm project-designed to demonstrate the benefit of fuel cell technology-has been unveiled today in London by Deputy Mayor of London, Kit Malthouse.

Efficient Drivetrains announces production release of PowerDrive7000ev for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle applications

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Efficient Drivetrains will be offering its EDI PowerDrive 7000ev series as an electrification kit and developer support program for OEMs looking to bring heavy-duty electrified vehicle offerings to market to comply with impending emissions reductions mandates.

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More parts but no instructions or hardware.

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since this kit is the 914 AC kit, I have no idea how to install the controller plate. In addition, ElectroAuto hasn't sent any hardware (specifically the rivnuts) so I can install many of these pieces.

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Solar Energy - A Way To Cut Down On High Energy Costs

DIY Electric Car

Installing home solar panels and generating electricity to power our various needs is option that needs to be explored energetically. This discount can work out to nearly 30 % of the cost installing your new solar electric system. That's a massive discount that allows home owners to install solar panels as otherwise the costs can be prohibitive. There are kits available for home owners to take advantage of the sun's abundant energy.

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Mounting the Batmon Boards

Open Source Civic EV Kit

These boards monitor the voltage on each battery and signal back to the charger or the controller if there is an undervoltage ( The Belktronix kit comes with a bag of tie-wrap mounting pads and instructions to cut the pads in half to hold the BatMon boards to each battery.

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New DC-DC here and Tranny Fluid Too

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I'll start the installation tomorrow after finishing my third week of commuting to work. EVParts.com sells it as a DC-DC converter for many of their electric vehicle conversion kits.

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There are many paths to the same goal.

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

My 914ev partner-in-crime Randy (who purchased the very first 914 AC kit from ElectroAuto) e-mailed me some photographs of how he's wiring up his terminal blocks and relays. Excerpt from Randy's e-mail: I've also started on the wiring kit.

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Making progess, two steps forward, one back

DIY Electric Car

Biggest advance has been to install new clutch and fit it to electric motor. I followed a video from the vendor of the kit I'm using to install the clutch. Going at it step by step per instructions. The transmission is loosely connected to the motor. I have to figure out the right bolts since the adaptor plate now in place is considerably thicker than the sheet metal on the original car. Felt very proud.

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Frustrations with Springs

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The drooping front suspension on the Civic is really getting me down (no pun intended) and I'm getting anxious with the coil-over kit sitting in my living room. So, I spent an hour and a half watching you-tube videos last night to see if I could install the coil-overs myself.

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Suspension Toys

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Here are the installation diagrams that came with the kit. I'll be calling around to see who can install this set.

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Efficient Drivetrains introduces EDI PowerDrive 8000 series for Class 8 trucks

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Efficient Drivetrains will be offering its EDI PowerDrive 8000 series as an electrification kit and developer support program for OEMs looking to quickly bring heavy duty electrified vehicle offerings to market, and comply with impending emissions reductions requirements. The EDI PowerDrive kit offers OEMs a modular design for easy integration into existing chassis designs and enables rapid vehicle solution introductions. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

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Biting the Bullet

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

They provided an upgrade kit with lock washers and loctite to remedy the problem. I had already installed the motor in the 914 and chose to not perform the upgrade due to the hassle of removing the motor. Here are the pieces for the upgrade kit above one of the motor bolts.

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Tach Mount, Splash Guard and POR-15

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Since the mounting hardware that came with the donut above was meant for a 1 1/2" thick donut, I'll get the proper hardware tomorrow to install the donut and Zolox sensor. The POR-15 starter kit arrived today as well.

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Fun with Rivnuts

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Tonight's project was installing the potbox that I assembled a few days ago. The bottom two are installed with rivnuts so we don't see them. The directions say to install the bolts from the passenger compartment side, but I found it was easier to push the bolts through this way.

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Forcing a Fit and Letting Sparks Fly

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Next up is installing the auxiliary battery. Also, the instructions for the DC kit may not apply to the AC kit. Here's where the real fun begins since there are no wiring diagrams from Electro Automotive for the AC kit yet!

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Rob Connelly's Front Battery Racks

Open Source Civic EV Kit

There's not much special about this project other than I'm trying to collect the information together into an open-source kit. Overall, this is a very clean installation that looks very professional.

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Trying a Different Transmission

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Again, I don't have the clutch friction disk installed, so the only thing that the flywheel is touching is the input shaft inside the pilot bearing. I wish all the other 914 AC kit owners luck. I wish Ross the best in getting the second 914 AC kit on the road

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Lockheed Martin autonomous driving system tops 55,000 miles in extended Army testing

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AMAS is an applique kit comprising sensors, actuators and controls that can be installed on virtually any military tactical wheeled vehicle. The testing was conducted by Soldiers and Lockheed Martin personnel over several months at two major military installations in a variety of mission scenarios.

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Hauling Lead and Confusing Connections

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

A modification of the prior strap is basically what is suggested in the DC kit instructions. It turns out that the only copper interconnect that fit right out of the kit bag was the completely flat bar with two holes. Tonight was an evening of heavy lifting.

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Scoping out the Trunk

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In the spirit of keeping the kit simple, I'm seriously considering not having the builder have to cut into the floor of the trunk. The sixth battery in the right-hand nook fits tightly enough that I may forgo the frame and just install battery hold-downs to secure it to the frame of the car.

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New Tranny Fluid, Battery Filler and EV Toolbox

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I found quite a bit of water in the rear trunk during these rainy days, so I added the weather-stripping that I had never installed from the original ElectroAuto kit. I tied up a bunch of loose ends today on the 914EV.

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Anyone got a clutch?

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The conversion process highly recommends installing a new clutch assembly, so I ordered a clutch kit from Driving Source NW in Salem, OR (part # POR055822) on December 27th.

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Bolting Together the Front Battery Rack

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I'm taking a different strategy from many EV installations in the hopes that people can more easily put together a kit for the Civic at home. Here is the first one installed using the bolts from the towing bracket. The intent is to make this kit easy to create and install

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Busy Day - Time to get your WooGah On

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Note: The AC kit instructions don't say what to install the charger tray with. Here's the mounting board on my kitchen table (er, workbench) with the washers and nuts installed on the back to hold the charger tray on. Here's the other half of the rear battery box installed.

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Motor/Transmission Attached!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

While rummaging through my bolts last night, I discovered that I had forgot to install the flywheel bolt plate and had just put the bolts right into the flywheel. Well, today was quite productive.

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Finishing the Serial Cable and Testing the Fuel Gauge

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

For some reason, I had an extra cap-plug left over from the kit, so I used it to protect the cable from the sharp metal edges. I'd really like to get the hair dryers installed soon so I can drive in the colder weather. I had a bit more time today to work on some other small projects.

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We are Green for 12V Electrical!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The dangling white and green wire go to the ammeter shunt and the dangling black wire I think is not used in the AC kit. We need this here to install the charger mount next. Trust the instructions when they say that installing the upper hose clamp is easier. Whew!

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Wiring and Rewiring - Getting Close!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I received an updated wiring diagram for the AC kit from ElectroAuto, and, much to my disappointment, many of the connections went between the battery caps. Here's the middle battery box with the copper bars and welding cable installed.

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Spaghetti Wiring

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After studying the AC kit diagrams and reading the motor controller documentation from Azure Dynamics, I think I understand a little better what all these relays and terminal strips are for. Today was a day for really getting my brain wrapped around the initial wiring.

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Wiring up the Controller Harness

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Today, I installed the last kit piece that I have from Electro Automotive: the motor controller wiring harness. This made the installation much easier. Here's the harness plugged into the controller and fed through the two-inch computer grommet from the last blog entry.

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Controller Overheating and Vacuum Pump Issues

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I haven't installed the pump yet, but I plan to soon. Ross Peterson just finished his Civic-EV during the past two months based on the open-source Civic-EV kit and he's got the "EV Grin." Stay tuned for details on the vacuum pump installation. It's been awhile since I've posted because, well, things are just kinda boring and working well on the Civic-EV. I passed 4,000 EV miles a few weeks ago and things are still moving along.

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