Piaggio Boxer EV: May 2011 Archives

I burnt out the original brushless motor and installed a new one, here's the new revised bill of materials (BOM) (dated 2011.5):

Base Unit Piaggio Boxer (1971)
- 50 cc 2-stroke internal combustion engine (removed)
Electric Motor Turnigy 80-100-A 180Kv Brushless Outrunner from Hobby King
  • - Tachs: 7700 rpm @ 43.2v nominal (6500 rpm @ 36v)
  • - Max amps drawn: 140A @ 43V
  • - Max watts drawn: ~ 6 kilowatts
  • - Geared with 250A front pulley and notched V-belt
  • - Speed: 50 kph top speed (at current gearing)
Electronic Speed Controller Castle Creations Phoenix HV-110 (link)
- 110 amps @ 50 volts limit
- Force air cooled
Throttle Magura 0-5K Potentiometer motorcycle twist grip throttle
Servo Tester (Pot to ESC) Boman Industries Polar-Matic PC-50 (ebay)
-modified for use with Magura pot and HV-110
Power Monitor Cycle Analyst (link)
Batteries Prius Gen 2 NiMH
- 6S2P packs (12 in total)
- 43.2 volts nominal @ 6.5 Ah each
- 43.2 volts nominal @ 13 Ah combined
- 330 watt-hours (conservative)
- Range: unknown but estimated 7 km based on 45 Wh/km and 330 watt-h calculation
Power Connectors - Anderson PowerPole 75A on main connections - link
- Anderson PowerPole 30A on sub connections - link
Wiring - 8 gauge stranded copper on main power lines and motor leads
- 12 gauge stranded copper on sub power lines
Lighting - Front lighting using 10-Watt LED (driven at 12v @ 750ma; specced at 500~600 lumens @ 6500K )
- Rear lighting using high-power red LEDs
Low Voltage (48VDC to 12/5 VDC) DC:DC Converters
  1. Twin 12VDC @ 3A DC:DC converters using the National Semiconductor LM2576HVT-12-ND buck-converter
    1. Unit 1: Front and rear lighting, motor cooling fan
    2. Unit 2: ESC controller cooling
  2. 12 volt to 5VDC converter using MC34063 Based Switching Regulator for front lighting (currently bypassed)
  3. Quark Pro BEC 3A 5V UBEC for servo tester / RC components
Things I burned out/destroyed
  • E-Sky EK2-0907 Servo Tester
  • Doc Wattson power monitor
  • ELF 100 ESC speed controller
  • Castle Creations Phoenix HV-110
  • HXT 80-100-B 130Kv Brushless Outrunner motor
  • Right index finger on burnt out ESC
  • Power diodes for battery tap
  • Various burns and scrapes
  • My pride :-)

Please leave comments and questions on this post!

Just a quick update on my Piaggio Boxer EV. I had originally thought I had burnt out a motor lead when I put it away for the winter. Taking it apart a few weeks ago, it turns out that it looks like I've shorted out the motor itself. Most likely some FOD (foreign object debris) got kicked into the motor housing, shorting out one of the stators.

I bought a replacement motor from HobbyKing but when it arrived, it turned out to be longer and larger than the original, necessitating some redesign of the motor mount. More photos to follow.

But all has been installed and my test run last night was a success. So it looks like it's back in action just in time for the summer.

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This page is a archive of entries in the Piaggio Boxer EV category from May 2011.

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