Objective: A better experience at refueling stops:
Better = Fewer, shorter, cheaper.
Fewer: Four hundred miles between stops.
Shorter: Five minutes per stop.
Cheaper: Twenty dollars per stop.
Oliver P. Fritchle (1874-1951) was an early developer of significant automotive technologies, such as regenerative braking and hybrid powertrains, that did not reemerge on production vehicles of major car companies until late in the twentieth century. –Wikipedia
Shown: Fritchle Electric 4-Passenger Coupe, c. 1910.
In the coming weeks this page will describe ongoing progress in converting a 1981 Delorean, VIN the first prime after 6666, to a fully renewable hybrid powertrain with regenerative braking, with the objective of exploring suitable renewable propulsion technologies.
Current status as of February 2020: the body, gas tank, engine, transaxle, rear suspension and hub carriers are all off the frame, the 96 battery cells are installed, balanced to within 0.05%, and half-charged, namely to 346.5 volts, and the in-wheel motors, inverters, and power control and distribution units (PCU and PDU) have been installed and connected. The wheels have been spun up “on the lift” (jackstands to be more precise) to 150 rpm, and the in-wheel encoders have been calibrated.
Next phases are to ruggedize the installation, bring up CAN bus communication from the outside world to the installation, connect the brakes and steering, and take the frame out on our private road as a skateboard for a test drive. Once this is all working smoothly it will be time to put the Delorean body back on and bring the car to an inspection station for use on the road.
The mission statement “fewer, shorter, cheaper” is a long-term goal that will require much experimentation with batteries, fuel cells, and fuels. The specific goal of 400 miles, 5 minutes, and $20, which refers to long road trips rather than the short commutes and errands that are easy for today’s BEVs, will not be achieved before 2021 and likely much later.