This blog documents the restoration, and conversion, of a 1965 Humber (Singer) Vogue to a fully electric vehicle. The Vogue will be powered by an 11kW(modified), 3 phase industrial AC motor, controlled by an industry standard Variable Speed Drive (VSD) or Inverter. To be able to produce the 400 volts phase to phase the VSD will need about 600 VDC of batteries. A big thanks to the contributors on the AEVA forum: http://forums.aeva.asn.au/forums/

Monday, February 16, 2015

All's well for start of 2015

There's not much going on with the Vogue at the moment. It's my daily driver to and from work and is completely reliable. I do have to keep a check for charger failures but they seemed to have settled down. We are not getting the 40 degree days that are typical of this time of year so the Vogue is very pleasant to drive. The odometer reads just over 13000km.

Once minor change a few days ago is that I implemented a regenerative braking "boost". I have regen. set at the maximum I think is safe to run for wet roads etc. but every now and then, mainly when slowing down for a right turn lane, I'd like a bit more. (I also have it set so I don't exceed 2C to the batteries.) Now, when I press the reverse-interlock pushbutton on the dash, the regen. ramps up to 200% what I normally run. The ramp is over a 1 second period.

I don't seem to need to use it more than a couple of times a week but it's nice not to waste the energy with mechanical brakes.

Hi to the folks in France who seemed to have topped the Vogue blog page views last week.
Feel free to leave a comment...

5 comments:

Malrob Parker said...

Unbelievable job John. I have just started a full resto on a MK1V Vogue (last of the twin headlight shape). Reading your notes daily. I intend to collect the parts I need first then get into it.
My first difficulty is the rigid Bailey Channel. Did you finally use this or the non rigid?

Thanks mate

Mal Parker
NZ

Johny said...

Hi Mal
No I didn't end up using rigid channel although I bought it.
See this blog entry:
http://electricvogue.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/frustrating-weekend.html

The "windows" label might point to more posts on this - can't remember.
I'm really happy with the flexible one but not original at all.
Thanks for the kind words.
John

Malrob Parker said...

I will be in Melbourne the week after next. What would be the chance of having a quick look? Staying with son in Coburg. Can go anywhere.
If not suitable can you advise where you purchased the flexible channel?

Thanks John.

Johny said...

Hi again Mal
This post
http://electricvogue.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/bailey-channel-search.html
is where we compared available bailey channels and made the decision.
I held them in with Sikaflex (great stuff - also used on badges) - a blob about every 100mm. Used sparingly - I had to go back and re-stick the drivers door top piece as I was too sparing. Using too little is fine as you can just keep an eye on it and re-fix. That way it can com out easily should the need arise. I loved the way it didn't damage the paintwork like the clips do.
Let me know if I can help in any way. I didn't blog everything....
John

Johny said...

Happy to show the Vogue - including things I want to redo. The comment I posted 5:40PM yesterday (somehow missed yours until now) gives more info. on the channel.
If you send me your email address or phone No. as a comment I won't post it (I moderate all comments).