The Mercedes BMS is up and running!I've got the BMS up and running, now. It took a few days to get all of the wiring sorted, but the back is happily balancing! There are a few more improvements to make. namely I want the BMS to control the charger cooling system. I'll update you on that once I figure it out. If you found this interesting or useful, please subscribe!
It's time to get the BMS working (for good) in the Mercedes!I have been having lots of problems with my BMS, largely due to the i-Miev balance boards. I've got a few options and some new hardware, so let's take a look! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, folks!
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The new adapter plate is in, and it looks good!I received the new adapter plate today, and it's looking great! I won't know for sure if it fits until I get it installed in the car, but I'll take a second now to go over the major changes. Feel free to use this in your own projects. I have posted it here on my site: http://jeffeblack.com/the-updated-adapter-plate-has-arrived/
You can find the CAD drawing on my site at that link. The drawing was created in FreeCAD, so you can edit it for your own purposes if you want. Alternatively, you can export the model and send it straight off to be milled, if you like. I had this one made at 3DHubs, and it cost $418. Pricey, but not compared to what an adapter plate normally runs! Please keep in mind that I haven't put it in the car yet, so even though it should fit, it might not. You never know until it's all together!
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Buttoning up and driving the Mercedes for realThe Mercedes is buttoned up enough for a real drive! Come with me for a ride and check it out. If you want to follow along as I continue to build this vehicle and others, please subscribe.
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Back up to 88 cells in the Mercedes!I was able to charge the individual cells with a lab power supply, and the performance is dramatically improved! I’ll record a driving video soon so that you can see.
Custom instrumentation for the Mercedes - the easy way!I'm using the CAN translator from Thunderstruck Motors to drive a dashboard in my Mercedes. This will work with the VCU out of the box, but the CAN translator can be reprogrammed over serial to add more custom stuff for other systems.
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The EV Mercedes is running! Here's a brief road test as evidence...I finally got the Mercedes running again. I broke it before I could take some video last time, so here's a video now as proof!
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The VCU is here! Let's take a peak...FedEx just dropped off the VCU, and it's pretty nice! It's a nice, completely package. You'll want to use the harness that goes from the inverter to the motor to get all of the connectors. I'll record a video of setting this guy up as soon as I get a chance to put it together. If you have any questions, feel free to comment!
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I'm working on the Mercedes again, and I found what failed!I found what failed in the inverter, and I've got some plans to get the Mercedes rolling again. It'll be back up and running soon!
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I need your input! Do you have EV conversion questions?Hey everyone! I’m preparing to create a series on how you can convert your own car to electric. I need to know what questions you all may have about the process so that I can be sure to include some good answers along the way.
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Redesigned for the Mercedes: Nissan Leaf Motor EM57 Adapter PlateI'm finally coming back around to fixing up the Mercedes, and part of that is fixing mistakes I made earlier in the build. The old adapter plate was functional, but it was far from ideal. This one will work much better.
This adapter plate only fits the EM57 motor, not the earlier EM61. Keep that in mind. It is designed to pair to a Canada EV adapter plate, which you can find here: https://canev.com/motor-adapters/
You can get the adapter from EVWest as well, but it's around $200 more expensive. I don't know what benefit you're paying for there, but it seems a bit steep to me. EVWest are good folks, though. I wouldn't hesitate to get other stuff from them.
One note: my recording software (Bandicam) did not pick up my cursor. I'm sorry for any confusion that may cause! That being said, I'll use some different software next time.
UPDATE: The model has been uploaded to my site. You can find it here along with some more information about the adapter: http://jeffeblack.com/nissan-leaf-em57-motor-adapter-plate/
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Big Block swap for the Ranchero!The Ranchero is just about up to daily status after replacing the engine and transmission, and adding the overdrive unit and a whole bunch of goodies. I'm going over exactly what I put into it!