TdS Report #36: Team Profile: The Olympian
I asked Keith Erickson who is a former student of Cinnaminson High School,
a current computer engineering student at New Jersey Institute of Technology,
and a current team member.
"It is running the Advanced DC FB1-4001A Motor, which is very popular because
it has tremendous amount of torque, very good efficiency.
We are running at 144 Volts.
We have two packs of 12 batteries each,
which we run in parallel to reduce the current draw across a single pack,
and that increases efficiency.
On top of that we have Power-Cheqs running across each of the batteries."
They experimented with them last year and liked what they did to keep the
charge balanced across all the battery blocks.
"This car has always been a trouper.
It has never broken down, never had any problems.
It has always made it through.
Other people have a lot of advanced high technology
that does nowhere real fast.
We've been the tortoise against the hare, making it to the end."
Vehicle Name The Olympian
Vehicle Number 16
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Pirates
Organization Cinnaminson High School
new this year? returning team and car
No People in Project 24-30 in past 6 years
Time to Build 2 years
Who Built class
part of school curriculum? Yes
Vehicle Manufacturer Ford
Vehicle Model Year 1986
Vehicle Type Class Light Duty (car, truck, van)
Vehicle Type Division Prototype
Vehicle Type Model Escort
sale price $depreciated value $10,000 with used batteries
motor kW continuous 21.3 kW
motor kW peak 36.5 kW
motor manufacturer Advanced DC Motors
motor type Series Wound
Energy Storage Manufacturer GNB (part of Exide)
Energy Storage System PbA
Batteries combination par/series
Battery GNB (part of Exide)/PbA
Battery 24+ cells/ combination par/series/ $4800
Battery 900 Whrs/ 144 V/ 1368 lbs
battery voltage 144 V
battery blocks 24+ cells
battery watt hrs 900 Whrs
battery weight 1368 lbs
battery cost $4800
control system manufacturer Curtis
control system type PMC 1231C solid state
regenerative braking? Non-regen
charger capacity 4.8 kW
charger current 30 A
charger input voltage 230 V
charger manufacturer Zivan
charger on board? On board
charger type High freq/ss
Plug Type 6-30P
PV cell type Amorphous
PV manufacturer EPV - Energy Photo Voltaics
PV watts 8-10 W
body material Steel body
frame material Steel frame
Length both L: 13 ft/ 10 in
Width both W: 5 ft/ 4 in
Height both H: 4 ft/ 8 in
# seats 2
Weight pounds 3600 lbs
Mfg GVW 3140 lbs
lbs of persons 180
lbs of cargo 140
brake front type Front Disc
brake rear type Rear Drum
No of Passengers 2
number of tires 4
tire manufacturer Goodyear
tire model P 155/80 R 13
tire type Radial
Range miles 100 miles
Program blurb NH--A 1987 Ford Escort was converted in 1996 to a
clutchless electric vehicle under Robert Deats'
supervision. Oliver Perry and his students
provided par6s and technical support. Our largest
sponsor has been Eugene Lemieux of Valley Forge's
Eastern Electric Vehicle Club. The car is a strong
performer with a second, third, and two fourth
place finishes in four years.
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