Need a cheap (£7,000) viable electric car?
100 mile range and motorway speeds in a family car?
Think it can't be done?
Have a look around the car and see the technology in the virtual showcase
See the patent motor, controller and hybrid technology
which will make the Mass-EV unique.
See animations of the car design and the engineering
See the project progress
including full details of the mechanics, electronics and software.
See also full details of the controllers and motors of the Toyota Prius
(including exclusive previously unreleased Prius specifications
) in the R&D program
Total profit after 5 years nearly £47 million with an initial investment of £1,110,000.
Mass-EV Project Plan
Today testing of the new controller on high power motors has started.
This means it is expected an electric vehicle will be on the road within a month.
The Software flywheel and Synchronous Torque algorithms are now integrated into the Hybrid controller.
The next stage is to revise the electronics to improve the efficiency of the Synchronous Torque algorithm.
So the final design of the controller is not far away.
After that a high power test bed in a real vehicle, which will be on the streets of Reading UK soon.
The implementation of the Software flywheel AC synthesis controller is complete.
This means creating a cheap controller is going ahead as planned.
Next stage is to create the full AC synthesis/BLDC hybrid controller
, which will start tomorrow.
The AC synthesis feasibility study is now done, so we are going to create a new design of controller.
A combined AC synthesis and BLDC controller
is going to be produced, which is another industry first.
This combines the smooth low speed control of AC synthesis with the efficient high speed power of BLDC.
Using the Synchronous Torque algorithm this removes high frequency PWMs
at high power so cheaper IGBTs can used.
Also due to the simpler algorithms at high speed this means approval testing will be cheaper.
Today Turbo Electric is bringing an upgrade to the industry standard SVM (space vector modulation) software design model.
This is moving away from the CPU intensive DQ0 (clarke and park) transforms and replacing this with the fast software flywheel
This gives the controller the ability to understand the motor and load directly, rather than using mathematical models.
Removing the DQ0 algorithms and using a digital sensor means expensive CPUs and ADCs are no longer needed so making the controller cheaper and more robust.
the Class-D push-pull controller design is being finalised and today high power testing has begun.
More achievements are available on the project page