The University of Western Australia
 Robotics & Automation Lab   
 Automotive Lab   

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REV Eco. The first REV plug-in electric conversion project was started and completed in 2008. It is a four-wheel, five-seater commuter vehicle, designed for sustained performance over typical comutting distances, based based on a Hyundai Getz 2008 model. The car has undergone alteration install the electric drive motor, accomodate batteries, wiring, and instrumentation, as well as a suspension upgrade to handle the shift in weight distribution.

Project stage 1: March - May 2008: removal of ICE components , installation of electric motor, controller, batteries: drivable car
Project stage 2: Aug. - Oct. 2008: installation of electric power steering, electric brake assist, DC-DC converter, electric heater and air conditioning: road-worthy car (re-registered with WA's DPI).


Base Vehicle: 2008 Hyundai Getz, 5sp Manual, 5-seater
Motor: Advanced DC FB1-4001A 9.1 Series Wound DC
Drivetrain: 5sp Manual. front wheel drive.
Controller: Curtis 1231C-8601, 96-144 Volt 500 Amp
Batteries: 45 ThunderSky Lithium Ion Phosphate LFP90AHA 3.2V 90Ah 270A
Voltage: 144 V
Capacity: 13 kWh
Max current, power: 270A, 39kW
Charger: Zivan NG3 Battery Charger
Charging Time: 6 hours (full charge)
Brake Assist: Electric vacuum pump
Power Steering: Electric power steering pump
Heater: PTC electric heating element
AirCon: Electric motor turning AC unit
Range: 80 km
Top Speed: 125 km/h
Seating: 5 Passengers, 5 doors
Curb Weight 1160 kg (identical to petrol car)
Computer/DAQ: Eyebot MK6
Instrum./Display: Eyebot M6, Color LCD touchscreen
Bat. Status: TBS Electronics Battery Fuel Gauge
Bat. Management: EV Power Battery Balancing System

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    Professor Dr. Thomas Bräunl, UWA EECE, 35 Stirling Hwy., Perth Crawley WA6009, Australia, +61 8 6488 3897