Today, we accomplished two primary tasks: 1) created a paper template for our new windshield, which allows us to determine how much Lexan to order, and provides a template to cut it with, and 2) started preparing some needed additional metal bracing to support the front solar panel, where we discovered when transporting the car last weekend to EarthX that it was unable to withstand highway windspeeds when trailering the car.
Today, we accomplished three primary tasks: 1) carefully read the installation instructions for the Outback Power FLEXnet DC Monitoring system. Through this we learned that we had initially in-correctly connected the DC shunts into the positive battery side of the circuit that they are monitoring instead of the required negative side of the circuit. 2) electrically repositioned DC shunts for the FLEXnet DC system to be situated on the negative battery side of the circuit tha
The Solar Car Challenge has a huge display at the Dallas EarthX (formerly Earth Day Texas) this year (4/20 - 4/22). The weather was gorgeous on Friday (4/20) and Sunday (4/22); however, we had quite a bit of rain on Saturday (4/21). We were able to share our solar cars with the community on Friday and Sunday during the sunny weather. Kaya, Steven, and Mason were on hand to display the car in the parades and share their CCA knowledge and experience with these young children
The Solar Car Challenge has a huge display at the Dallas EarthX (formerly Earth Day Texas) this year (4/20 - 4/22). This is billed as the largest Earth Day event in the world. Last year they had 130,000 people in attendance. The Solar Car Challenge organization is sponsored by EarthX and they generously provided a large area for our high school solar car teams to display our cars and share our experiences with the large turn out of local school kids. Morgan, Jake, and St
Many thanks to Mark Rose and his staff for fabricating the new rear powertrain for the Solar Express. Late this afternoon we completed installation of the new power train and took it for a test drive. It now feels solid enough to handle the torque of the electric motor and the inevitable rough payment between Fort Worth, TX and Palmdale, CA this July!
Today (weekday), Tim Tarkington and Shannon Caraway try to get the last elements of the car reassembled for display at the 2018 EarthX event at Dallas Fair Park on April 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Principle tasks were: 1) installing the new 12 volt battery and cleaning up the 12 volt wiring, and 2) mounting the nose cone on the revised front frame structure 3) finishing welding up the new rear powertrain assembly and testing out the reassembled 48 volt motor control circuit.
Today, we accomplished two primary tasks: 1) reassembly of the front floor board, brake pedal assembly, and the accelerator assembly, and 2) continued re-wiring of the 48 volt main power circuit. Brake Pedal Assembly Solar charge controller and heat sync and fan for the motor controller Underside of the new 48 volt main control panel