Electrical system nearing completion

15 Jan

Work on the electrical system is nearing completion. Battery wiring is complete, and we are able to monitor the battery remotely using a Bluetooth data link.


The two motor controllers and the AC battery charger are mounted on a tray behind the battery. The battery management system, fuses and main contactor are mounted on a second tray that slots in next to the battery.

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Electrical progress

14 May

Work on the Taxi is still progressing. The mechanical work is mostly done. We have fitted our modified motors onto each of the rear wheels. We will mount the rear brakes once we have finished the electrical cabling to the motors. We may have to tweak the suspension and steering, but we have allowed for this.

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Assembling the rear swing arms

21 Jun

We’ve made progress with assembly of the rear swing arms. We’ve:

  • painted both swing arms
  • fitted the motor stators onto the axles
  • checked the clearance around the stator windings (all good)
  • fitted the brake calipers
  • done the final assembly of the hubs and brake rotors

With that done, we’ve moved back onto the electrical system, simplifying the design of the electrical wiring loom and working out which connectors we need.

Front suspension, steering and rear swing arms

3 May

The front suspension and steering are now finished.


We have also just completed welding the two rear swing arms. These are now ready for painting.  Continue reading

Visitor from Terraintegra

12 Jan

One of our drivers from our Zero Race campaign, Alexandra, recently brought a visitor from Luxembourg to view the Taxi in Adelaide.



Suzanne Arthur (pictured in the back-left seat) is the Marketing Director for Terraintegra, an organisation that promotes alternative energy production and energy conservation.

One of Terraintegra’s current projects is the Eridanos project, which is developing a electric vehicle for transporting water from wells to villages in Africa and Asia. Information about the Eridanos project is here and here.

Terraintegra’s project has similar goals to ours: to develop simple, clean electric vehicles to solve critical transportation problems.

Moving again

27 Nov

It has been a long time since our last update, and work slowed considerably while we were waiting for suspension parts to be manufactured. But things are moving again now.

Recent progress includes:

  • all of the components for the front suspension and steering have been fabricated, and installed for testing
  • we have manufactured a jig for making the rear suspension swing arms, and made one of the two rear swing arms
  • we have designed the Taxi electrical systems
  • we have pulled apart the off-the-shelf motors so that we can rebuild them to mount inside the rear wheels
  • we have developed software for the dashboard, which will be based on an Android phone
  • we have got the battery management system talking to the dashboard using Bluetooth
  • we have developed software that interfaces to the Buddy web service so that we can monitor the Taxi location and battery state remotely
  • we have started designing the solar charging stations that will collect the energy necessary to run the Taxi.

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Out and about

27 Aug

The Taxi has been out and about lately, at Science Alive during National Science Week and then at the University of South Australia’s Open Day.

Thousands of children, many parents and at least one dinosaur climbed onto the Taxi to try it out.

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Help from a Buddy

11 May

We’ve been approached by the CEO of Buddy Platform Inc (http://www.buddy.com), offering the use of Buddy’s services for the African Solar Taxi project.

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African Solar Taxi at Womadelaide

6 Mar

WomadelaideThis long weekend in Adelaide, the African Solar Taxi is on display at Womadelaide: an annual festival of international music and culture.

As the first time that the taxi has been properly on display after many months of design and construction, it’s worth reflecting on the African Solar Taxi project: why it was started, what it hopes to achieve and who is involved.
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Ready for Womadelaide

5 Mar

Hello world.

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