Electric Vehicle Conversions

We have received positive feedback on the performance and features developed so far and have seen a huge interest in owning an electric vehicle. What has come more of a surprise is the number of people that have approached us to convert their existing vehicles.

I believe this is in part driven by the governments plan to ban Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles in 2040 (Hybrid vehicles will escape the ban) and because people have got past the idea that electric vehicles are just a fad or the current fashion.

We are proud to announce that we will be expanding the business to offer electric vehicle conversions while maintaining the research, development and manufacturing of autonomous vehicles.

This will allow us to sell a subset of our technologies to the EV conversion market and offer a wide range of products and services  from other manufacturers that are not currently available in the UK.

Last week we signed the lease on a new 5000 sq ft facility a mile up the road from our current R&D facilities. The added space will be setup as a state of the art facility for converting vehicles to electric drive trains and will give us more room for our autonomous vehicle R&D.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the fit out and the first vehicles to ship out of the new facility.

It’s been a while…

Over a year in fact since our first blog post, we have been busy developing the technology required to support autonomous electric vehicles.

The feedback received so far for the motor and inverter technology has been overwhelming we are achieving 300kW per controller and are in the process of fine tuning the torque vectoring algorithm to not only give better performance on the track but more importantly improved handling in adverse weather conditions.

We are working on the machine learning neural networks to teach the vehicles how to drive which is the easiest part of the problem. The many edge cases are much harder to solve such as driving at night in thick fog on country roads.

The development and deployment cycle has been greatly improved by the ability to push out updates OTA rather then manually updating the firmware.

I look forward to sharing some videos and performance statistics with you over the coming months but wanted to share our excitement with the progress we are making now.

New Motor Manufacturers

We are proud to announce that we are now UK dealers for HPEVS and NetGain Motors and can supply and fit the following product ranges;

Hi Performance Electric Vehicle Systems (HPEVS) 

  • AC-34 / AC-35 motor only or motor package with the following controller options, each controller option comes with wiring harness and display
    • Curtis controller 1236SE-5621 (48V, 600A) 
    • Curtis controller 1236SE-6421 (48V – 80V, 450A) 
    • Curtis controller 1238E-6521 (48V – 80V, 550A)
    • Curtis controller 1238E-7621 (72V – 96V, 650A)
    • Curtis controller 1239E-8521 (96V – 144V, 500A)
  • AC-50 / AV-51 motor only or motor package with the following controller options, each controller option comes with wiring harness and display
    • Curtis controller 1236SE-5621 (48V, 600A)
    • Curtis controller 1236SE-6421 (48V – 80V, 450A)
    • Curtis controller 1238E-6521 (48V – 80V, 550A)
    • Curtis controller 1238E-7621 (72V – 96V, 650A) 
    • Curtis controller 1239E-8521 (96V – 144V, 500A)
  • AC-34×2 / AC-35×2 motor only or motor package with the following controller options
    • Curtis controller 1238E-7621 (72V – 96V, 650A)
    • Curtis controller 1239E-8521 (96V – 144V, 500A) 

NetGain Motors Inc (NetGain)

  • HyPer 9 System / HyPer 9D System motor only or motor package with the following controller options NetGain controller HyPer-Drive X1 (100v, 750a)  with Standard Ampseal Wire Harness. Includes GV200QA-1 Contactor. 
  • HyPer 9HV System / HyPer 9DHV System motor only or complete motor package with the following controller options NetGain controller HyPer-Drive X144 (144V, 500A) with Standard Ampseal Wire Harness. Includes GV200QA-1 Contactor.
  • WarP 8
  • ImPulse 9
  • TransPulse 9
  • WarP 9
  • TransWarP 9
  • WarP 11
  • TransWarP 11
  • WarP 13

We look forward to working with these products in upcoming conversions, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any of these motor packages.

So whats the story?

I had an accident…

To give you the picture of what happened the traffic lights changed as the person in front got to them and he braked sharply to stop, I had expected the car in front to go through the lights and when he didn’t also braked sharply to stop. However with the damp greasy roads the front drivers side wheel locked up and I slid into him. I was driving a Land Rover Discovery and he had a small family car ending up with a Land Rover sized imprint in the back of his car! Nobody was hurt but it resulted in considerable damage to his car, loss of my no claims and increased insurance premiums.

In case you didn’t know if you go into the back of the person in front of you it is automatically your fault, I can accept that as the person I went into could not have avoided the accident the only person that could of prevented it was me.

I drive anywhere between 15 and 30 thousand miles a year and have been driving for 12 years, this was my first accident and so it got me thinking what could I have done differently to avoid hitting the car?

  • Braked sooner?
  • Been driving slower?
  • Anticipated the drivers action?
  • Read the road conditions better?

Arguably all of them would have been great measures in hindsight, but then I was consumed with an over riding thought

Would a computer do a better job? Could an autonomous vehicle have reacted differently and prevented the accident?

Answering this question laid the foundation for the technology we have developed to create the next generation of autonomous electric vehicles.

I look forward to sharing the details with you in due course