Get every issue of PBO on Android, iPhone, iPad or desktop. The project was constructed in my garage with hand tools. You’re now able to electrically connect the components and conduct a simple test. I also had to learn how to code the software. They are programmed from a PC using a language derived from C (you’ll need to know a bit about programming to know what that means). With the learning and setbacks the project took me about six weeks of evenings. To keep myself occupied at home, alone, over the long nights of a Scottish winter (over previous winters I’ve constructed a navigation system, an autopilot and solar water heaters). Find out how to make a simple electric motor. Connect the three thick phase wires from the motor to the appropriate colours on the motor controller. Connect the red wire on the throttle to 5V (usually available on one of the numerous outputs of the motor controller), the black wire on the throttle controller to ground on the motor controller, and the third wire (could be any colour) to the speed input of the controller, which could also be any colour. I did consider collet-type connections or finding a matching female spline but the lathe option was easiest for me. MacMotor also sent me a speed controller, although that later proved to be less than spectacular and I had to replace it with a larger model. My project utilised computer control and a lot of new-to-me equipment such as touch scree… The motor, control systems and batteries are the main components, but figure on another £100-£200 to cover enclosures, transition pieces, wire, switches, connectors, and, of course, things going up in smoke. Because I wanted a system that was more powerful than the cheap trolling motors, but much cheaper than equivalent commercial units (an equivalent ePropulsion Spirit currently retails at around £1,500). Likewise battery packs at 48V were more numerous. AC motors are often more complex than DC motors, like the simple one you were able to make. For most people, building your own electric outboard motor is unnecessary, time consuming, and may well result in a product that is both inferior to, and more expensive than a new commercial electric outboard. The first hurdle was to mechanically connect the electric motor to the donor outboard engine. Unlike a fixed DC motor, AC motors can switch the direction of rotation. Arduinos are tiny programmable computers with analogue and digital inputs and outputs. This connection needs to be secure and accurate. I decided on a brushless DC motor because they are generally reliable and don’t require maintenance of brushes. Problem. Materials. And there's more for owners of sail or power: Engine mounts, bilge alarms, navigation lights and interpreting weather forecasts. 2. 3. Basically, electric conversion involves removing the entire internal combustion engine from a vehicle, installing an electric motor in its place, and also adding a large bank of batteries. The main disadvantage of this, however, is that every time the motor is removed it brings the driveshaft with it, which makes reassembly quite a faff. Well, my motivations were as follows: 1. Finally I located a cheap electric bike twist-grip throttle for around £10 on ebay. A word of warning: neither the motor, controller, Nextion display, charger or battery came with a shred of documentation. Watch this space for part 2: programming the motor’s electronic controls. There may be other reasons to embark on such a project, and if so, fill your boots. (The DC motor you made is only able to spin in one direction because its direction is determined by the poles of the permanent magnet. To embark on a project like this requires a basic knowledge of electronics and mechanics, but should be within reach of most practical people with a willingness to learn. I then sent this to a laser cutting company, who cut it out of 10mm thick aluminium for around £25. Zipping around Largs with the home-built electric outboard. At the bare minimum you’ll need a good toolkit, hacksaw, files, drills, power/battery drill, lighting, workbench, soldering iron and good multimeter. Based in Scotland, Olly enjoys the outdoors, promoting science and engineering at local schools, and running his own consultancy company, Moose Pyll Engineering. If you’ve been paying attention over the last few years, that image may be highlighted by a sleek luxury car that costs as much as your house. This will give you something solid to wrap your coil around. Tape together four pencils. Electronic control systems would be mounted alongside the motor. I used a multimeter and figured it out for myself. To embark on a project like this requires a basic knowledge of electronics and mechanics, but should be within reach of most practical people with a willingness to learn. So why did I do it? Plus weeks of your time. 3. with a central hole of 10mm. Electric motors work due to electromagnetic interactions: the interaction of current (the flow of electrons) and a magnetic field. The Nextion display in particular was impenetrable as they hadn’t been around long enough for a comprehensive internet community to form – this is changing for the better. The MDF can be substituted by some other material like acrylic. 2. One such arrangement is shown in the schematic diagram (above) of the simplest possible control system. The motor was around £100, the speed controller another £40. The lathed spline screwed nicely into the 8mm female thread on the motor shaft, and a lock-nut completed the union. he built his own 1kW electric outboard motor for under £600, The finished electric outboard on the bench I could have sent it for 3D printing out of plastic. A 68 Mustang Fastback makes the perfect DIY electric car. Download Project. Tape the pencils in a two by two cluster. In addition there was a far wider range of motors available at 48V. Above this, in place of the engine would be an electric motor, directly coupled to the driveshaft. I had the rough design in my head after an evening of research online. It would be very nice to have a high specification Parvalux or Maxim motor, but these things come at a significant cost, so I settled for a Chinese-made MAC12500-3A from MacMotor.

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