Sonntag, 7. April 2013

A first breakthrough: BRUSA components selected

Things are starting to move in the right direction...

BRUSA components

After I had the chance to meet Mr. Brusa  in person (owner of on the 4. conference of the Swiss Forum for Electromobility on January 29th 2013 and some succeeding negotiations, I find myself in the very lucky position to have found an agreement with him for sponsoring of my first conversion. So I'm able to obtain some of the finest parts available for EVs for an affordable price:

Hybrid Synchronous Motor HSM1-6.17.12 with High Power Inverter DMC524

Nominal speed4'200 rpm
S1 - torque130 Nm
Max. torque (at max. current)220 Nm
Continuous power70 kW
Max. power96 kW
Max. speed12'000 rpm
Weight51.5 kg


Bidirectional DC-DC converter BSC623-12V

  • Bidirectional operation
  • High voltage range: 170-425V
  • Continuous / peak power: 2.8kW / 3.5kW
  • Fully galvanic isolation between HV- and LV-circuit
  • Resonant topology ensures very low switching losses and excellent EMC-behavior
  • Very high efficiency (93.5%)
  • Very compact and light design (4.8kg), liquid cooled
  • Fully automotive compliant (IP65 protection)
  • PARAM-tool offers comprehensive configuration options and diagnostic function
  • Optional operation without CAN (CAN-less mode)
  • Enables emergency recharge of traction battery via common jump-start-cable 

On-Board-Charger NLG513 SX

Range input voltage 100-264 V
Max. input current 16 A
Range input frequency 48-62 Hz
Range charging voltage 200-520 V
Max. charging current 12.5 A
Efficiency 93%
Weight 6.3 kg

Planning the conversion 

The above components should match quite well to a 1600kg car. The car won't have the same power as with the current 2.5L Turbo ICE but when comparing the power/torque curves of the Brusa motor with a 2.0L engine, I expect a slightly better performance than a S80 with a 2.0L engine. So if all goes well, the car will accelerate to 100kmh within 9 seconds and will be well suited for Swiss highways. (120kmh speed limit). This will suffice as I don't plan to go racing. In the worst case, I could upgrade to a larger inverter and the same motor should be able to output 300Nm peak - like the current ICE.
The Brusa components define some other facts for my conversion:
  • Pack voltage: 400-425V (requiring approx. 133 CALB or Winston 60Ah or 100Ah cells)
  • Liquid cooling of the components
  • A heater (and probably an AC system) that runs on 400V
  • Facts and figures on the added weight of EV components

Weight distribution

The current situation looks like this:

Weight Front
1000kg (50:50 left/right)
Weight Rear
640kg (50:50 left/right)
Weight distribution
61% front, 39%   rear
Motor (estim.)
300kg (front)
Exhaust system (estim.)
30kg (50:50 front/rear)
Gasoline and Tank (60L, estim.)
65kg (rear)

This results in an estimated weight reduction of:
Reduction front
Reduction rear

I estimate to add the following components for the conversion:
Accessories front
Accessories rear
Battery front
242kg (max. 242kg)
Battery rear
80kg (max. 234kg)

This results in an estimated weight addition of:
Addition front
315kg (max. 315kg)
Addition rear
90kg (max. 244kg)

The final weight distribution will be:
1000kg (max. 1000kg)
650kg (max. 804kg)
1650kg (max. 1804kg)

As the max. allowed weight on the front axle is 1180kg and on the rear axle 1030kg, I decided not to restore the original weight distribution of 61:39 but restore the original weight on the front axle and move the rest to the rear. The front axle was already closer to the limit (180kg) than the rear axle (390kg). And I must leave some margin for the case where 4-5 passengers are in the car. The more weight I move to the rear, the worse the car will handle in snow, I'm aware of that.


As Swiss law demands, all security relevant components have to work again after the DIY Guide). These are the main components I must keep working:
conversion (refer to
  • Power brakes: As the S80 already contains a 12V electrical vacuum pump, I'll continue to use this one (lucky car choice)
  • Power steering: An electro-hydraulic pump has to replace the ICE powered pump
  • Heating: In a country like Switzerland, this is a must. Also the ability to defrost the windshield is mandatory. Here I'd like to use some 2.2kW to 3kW water-heating unit which operates on 400V (might be a bit of a problem)
  • The following security installations should work without modification (except faking a running engine to the ECM and CCM):
    • Adaptive brake lights
    • Airbags (front, curtains, seats)
    • ABS / ABS-Pump
    • BLIS (Blind Spot Information System)
    • Bi-Xenon headlights (swiveling) and headlight washers
    • Brake Assistance (BAS): increases brake pressure if the pedal is depressed fast
    • Dynamic stabilization and traction control (DSTC)
    • Seat belt tensioner
    • Rear de-mist
    • Automatic climate control
    • Fog lights
    • Park distance control front and rear 
Air conditioning is optional at the moment.

The biggest challenge

I would like to keep the current drive-by-wire system if possible (to keep cruise control operative). But this might pose some difficult challenges: The throttle pedal has two potentiometers. One delivers an analog voltage and the other a PWM signal. The ECM verifies the accuracy of both signals and then controls a throttle motor which is attached to the ICE. But it's not a step motor. The ECM verifies the position of the throttle from the signal of two potentiometers on the throttle unit. So either I keep the throttle unit and attach another potentiometer on the throttle (not my preferred solution) or I use an Arduino based Macchina to pick-up the throttle motor power signal, generate two analog signals (which must correspond so the ECM does not report a fault) and generate the necessary CAN signals to control the inverter.


I compiled a documentation with the above details for the "Strassenverkehrsamt" (licensing department) and I and hope to get a green light. I also started brushing out a spot in our to-be-garage (it's currently only a wood shed and needs to be reinforced for fire-protection and a car lift).

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