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TdS Report #49: Team Profile: Solectria Super Force

Olaf Bleck is one of the perpetual entrants in the Tour de Sol. He and Team
New England have had several different vehicles entered over the years. The
"Super Force" with its trailer of batteries for extra range is here again.

"It was running pretty good last year. We've fixed a few things that should
make it incrementally better. The turtle over the trailer battery pack gets
the kids and their parents to come over and look at the car."

A sign on the car says, "Drive it away! $14K" including the trailer.

Does Team New England have any plans? "We have a design on the drawing board
for a Swiss Tour de Sol class car, except using today's technology, which is
1000 pounds, 30 kiloWatt-hours nickel metal hydride. Two people sitting one
behind the other. It would have easily 900+ mile range at highway speeds. We
have also talked about having an event running across country, DC to LA, in 54
hours with 3 1-hour quick charges. The project would cost a million dollars."

It sounds like an improbable dream. But at one time many people thought the
hybrid cars we can buy today were improbable dreams. I suppose every new idea
starts as an improbable dream ...

Vehicle Name Solectria Super Force
Vehicle Number 11
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Team New England
Organization Team New England
City Chelsea
State MA
COUNTRY USA
new this year? returning team and car
No People in Project 10
Time to Build 400 person hours
Who Built private group
part of school curriculum? No
Vehicle Manufacturer Geo Metro
Vehicle Model Year 1993
Vehicle Reg Car/Truck
Vehicle Type Class Light Duty (car, truck, van)
Vehicle Type Division Prototype
Vehicle Type Model Metro-Solectria Force
sale price $35 k
motor kW continuous 35 kW
motor manufacturer Solectria
motor type AC Induction
Energy Storage Manufacturer Delphi
Energy Storage System PbA
Batteries combination par/series
Battery Delphi/PbA
Battery 19 x 2 blocks/ combination par/series/ $2000
Battery 27600 Whrs/ 152 V/ 1604 lbs
battery voltage 152 V
battery blocks 19 x 2 blocks
battery watt hrs 27600 Whrs
battery weight 1604 lbs
battery cost $2000
control system manufacturer Solectria / Brusa
control system type solid state ACgtx325
regenerative braking? Regen
charger capacity 3 kW
charger current 15 A
charger input voltage 120 V
charger manufacturer Solectria/home
charger on board? On&off bd
charger type High freq/ss
Plug Type 5-20P
PV cell type Polycrystalline
PV manufacturer Kynocara
PV watts 90 W
Conversion Conversion
body material Steel/composite body
frame material Steel frame
Length both L: 16 ft/ 6 in
Width both W: 5 ft/ 4 in
Height both H: 4 ft/ 8 in
# seats 5
Weight pounds 3300 lbs
Mfg GVW 2450 lbs
lbs of persons 150
lbs of cargo 30
brake front type Front Disc Rear drum
brake rear type Rear Drum
No of Passengers 2
number of tires 4
tire manufacturer Goodyear
tire model P 155/80 R13
tire type Radial
Range miles 190 miles
Program blurb This vehicle demonstrates the versatility of a
pure EV, with detachable trailer filled with
batteries for long-distance travel. This vehicle
took first place in its category in the 2001
Tour. Team New England is a group of experienced
EV enthusiasts from around the country who seek
to enter cutting-edge unique and competitive
vehicle designs in EV competitions.

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The complete set of Tour de Sol Reports for 2002 can be found at:
http://www.AutoAuditorium.com/TdS_Reports_2002
The complete set of past Tour de Sol Reports can be found at:
http://www.FovealSystems.com/Tour_de_Sol_Reports.html
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The above is Copyright 2002 by Michael H. Bianchi.
Permission to copy is granted provided the entire article is presented
without modification and this notice remains attached.
For other arrangements, contact me at +1-973-822-2024 .
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For more on the NESEA Tour de Sol, see the web page at
http://www.nesea.org
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Official NESEA Tour de Sol information is available from the sponsor,
the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) at
413 774-6051 , and 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 , and
[email protected] . All media enquiries should be addressed to ...
Jack Groh
Groh Associates
[email protected] email
401 732-1551 telephone
401 732-0547 fax
401 952-0886 cell/pager
 
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