Kicking Off the Year, 2016-2017

The Electric Vehicle team started the year early, with the first meeting of the new school year on Sunday, August 14. We’re proud to welcome new members Ryan Marx, Nolan Vess, Ethan Choate, Eric McKenzie, Parker Turnage, and Josh Bryant.  Since the first meeting of the year we’ve installed a new auxiliary battery pack in the Datsun, done body work such as fixing the side view mirrors, worked on reparing the Datsun’s bumper, and ambitious new members have even fixed the outside door handles. A cataloguing system for all the team’s batteries has also been constructed, with cloud updating capabilities. DSC_0386.JPG

The EV team put on a good showing at the SVGS STEM open house, showing new SVGS parents and students both the Porsche and Datsun. We were happy to tell new students all about the benefits and experience gained being part of the EV team.

An exciting new addition to the Datsun is the Raspberry Pi tablet PC installed in the Datsun’s dashboard, which will allow for easier and on the go data collection from the Orion BMS system. The Pi was installed at the end of last year by team member Ben Lawn as his senior project, however our first field run with the Pi will be at our first event at the end of September.


With our very first event of the year being on September 30th down at the North Carolina Automotive Research Institute, the team is working quickly in order to prepare the Datsun for some racing! David Waterman has generously donated his electric lawnmower to the EV Team, which we’ve extracted the BMS from and placed in the Datsun. Weighing in at about 200 lbs, the team had to do a little engineering in order to safely transport the BMS pack into the Datsun correctly, utilizing some metal pipes and rope. The team aims to wire the BMS into the Datsun and construct a 172 volt battery grid in time for our first event.


Here’s to a successful and fun year for the Shenandoah Valley Electric Vehicle Team!



This Week In EV 8/30 – 9/5

On Sunday, the EV team met from 6-8 to work on clearing out our new storage shed and developing a list of goals for the NEAT Rally in October. Our goals include getting the Porsche converted from lead acid batteries to lithium ion batteries, getting our batteries back in the Datsun in a new configuration, and setting up our BMS to match the new configuration.

On Wednesday, the team met from 6-9 and welcomed a new member, Caitlin, to the team. We gave her lessons on safety and then got to work on the Porshe 911. We put it up on the lift to look for a solution to a problem with the reverse lights and wiring. We also began charging batteries that were donated last year so that they could be put in the Porsche as part of its conversion from lead acid batteries to lithium ion.

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