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Research Article, J Electr Eng Electron Technol Vol: 1 Issue: 1

Designing and Building a Battery-Powered Car

Louiza Sellami*, Mathew McIntyre, Linda Yen, Christian Sonciniand Amanda Lowery
1Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The US Naval Academy, 105 Maryland Avenue STOP 14B Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
Corresponding author : Prof. Louiza Sellami
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The US Naval Academy, 105 Maryland Avenue STOP 14B Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: July 30, 2012 Accepted: September 12, 2012 Published: September 16, 2012
Citation: Sellami L, McIntyre M, Yen L, Soncini C, Lowery A (2012) Designing and Building a Battery-Powered Car. J Electr Eng Electron Technol 1:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9833.1000102

Abstract

Designing and Building a Battery-Powered Car

For many years now Electrical Engineering students at the US Naval Academy have been involved in renewal energy types of projects, including electric boats and cars, and have participated in various competitions across the US. Of particular interest to us is the electric car, since it involves various aspects of electrical engineering. As part of their senior capstone project, and under our guidance and supervision, four students designed, built, and tested the power generation and distribution system, the motor control system for an electric car. This was accomplished by converting an originally gas-powered car into a battery-powered car, whereby solar panels are used to recharge the batteries. Towards this end, a mix of off the shelf parts and components, and homebuilt circuits were used. The design considerations include selecting an appropriate control system, choosing suitable batteries, utilizing solar panels to recharge the batteries, designing the lighting system for the vehicle, and implementing several key safety features, including an emergency shut-off switch.

Keywords: Electric cars; Batteries; Solar panels; DC-to-DC conversion; DC motor control

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