From the monthly archives:

February 2013

How-It’s-Made Video: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

February 27, 2013

Since I’ve been working on taking apart the flood-damaged Mitsubishi i-MiEV and posting videos on it, a YouTube subscriber sent me a link to a great video on how the car is made! This video is in two parts, for about 45 minutes total, and is extremely well produced. My favorite are shots from the [...]

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A Close Look at the BMS board

February 26, 2013

So far, as part of the Mitsubishi i-Miev project, I’ve been able to drop the battery pack from the bottom of the car, open it up, and remove two blocks of cells from it to start testing. I washed and scrubbed the one in the bathtub, and then took it apart into the individual components [...]

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40-Amp testing a Miev Lithium Cell

February 25, 2013

Today, I was able to do a complete charge cycle of a cell from the i-Miev at 40 amps. Using the CellPro6, I changed the charge preset from a generic LiPo to one used for A123 cells. That setting allows charge and discharge rates of up to 40 amps. I looked through the preset and [...]

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Tearing out and Testing a Lithium Cell

February 22, 2013

Yesterday, I got one lithium module out of the car. Here’s the video showing the removal. The main battery pack is built from 22 units of 4 cells, built together with a BMS board. Each one then is basically a 12V battery. I got the cell block out, washed it in the bathtub (second time [...]

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Bathtub o’ Lithium!

February 20, 2013

Yesterday, I was able to pull a block of cells from the Mitsubishi i-Miev battery pack. The entire battery pack is comprised of 22 blocks of 4 lithium cells. (At first glance, it looked like they were blocks of 8 cells. It’s only after removing a 4-cell block that I realized they are all the [...]

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