E-10 Battery replacement complete!
- I just finished up the replacement of the 24 batteries in our Solectria E-10
pickup, and it's charging up now. No surprises in the completion of the
installation, but it took longer than I had anticipated (what doesn't?) and
after working on it a few hours yesterday, I finished up the job this
The battery monitoring system is working perfectly, and I can see the
voltage on all the batteries in each string at once. I have a set of
PowerCheq modules I'll be hooking up later this week, if I get the parts I
need from Mouser electronics. For those of you not familiar with the
PowerCheq units, each one gets mounted across two batteries, and it shuffles
current around as needed to keep the batteries in balance. More about this
after I get them installed.
I'm pretty excited about finally getting the truck fully functional; We've
been driving it around on just one string of batteries since we got it back
in May, and its range was limited to around 10 miles because of the poor
condition of the remaining batteries. The next week or so will see a lot of
short-distance, low-power trips as we break in the new pack.
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