Demonstrating just how easy doing something the second time through,
I have just finnished the Lithium conversion workshop (in a weekend!, my first one took 3 weeks)
I am pleased to report two more Lithium Vectrix's are on the road in Perth, Western Australia.
Both are reporting being able to ride to 0 bars without encountering red battery light.
Following on from that workshop, I have developed a conversion kit which I hope to sell so that others can easily convert their Vectrix's to Lithium in a way thats cost effective.
The kit itself is undergoing its last bit of testing:
An acquaintance in Melbourne will try to put it together based on the video and kit (and any help needed via email).
depending on how well that goes it should be ready for general sale soon.
Included in the basic kit will be the following:
CM060 BMS modules (www.evpower.com.au), pre-soldered, wired
Master module, with pre soldered and custom length wiring to suit a Vectrix
Bussman FWX 200A 600v fuse
spare M3 bolts and M6 bolts with M3 threads cut into the heads
plastic spacer for top/bottom layers
top layer battery restrainer
The deluxe kit will include (negates the need to pilfer parts from the old nimh battery):
pre-cut Anderson + leads
Set of temperature sensors, boards and special M3/M8 bolts
pre-charge light bulb
Tools needed to complete the conversion will be:
angle grider (with both cutting and grinding wheel)
Drill + drill bit set
suggested extra tools:
torque limited drill
most wiring connections are connectors, which just push together (no soldering or special tools required).
prospective pricing will be:
basic kit: USD$ 1200
Deluxe: USD$ 1350
In addition to the above, you will also need to purchase:
39 x battery interconnects
84 x bolts, washers and spring washers
42 x LiFePO4 cells
Cells that are so far compatible:
the approximate cost of those cells depends upon your source and location (US customers should expect ~US$2000 for 42x WB 40Ah cells, Australian customers: AUS$2400)
I can source them for you, however, me being located in Australia would mean the cells would travel around the world twice to get from the factory in China, to Australia, then to the final destination.
At this stage, I'm only looking for expressions of interest, so I can gauge the scale of the first production run.