I have owned my 1998 MGF since new. It's a great little sportscar and I have enjoyed driving it over the years. Unfortunately, I have also spent $$ on engine repairs, so when it gave up for the last time, I was keen to convert my little MG to 100% electric, luckily I found a local group of EV enthusiasts in Geelong Australia (RENEW EV Geelong, formally ATA Geelong) who are helping with advice and helping hand.
As I will never be able to afford a TESLA Roaster 2.0, this will be my budget MG-EV Roadster! Sure it won't be crazy fast or have a range of 1000km, but it will still be FUN for a fraction of the cost and I plan to charge it on home solar. Once complete I believe this will be the first Australian 100% electric MG-F. Please follow my progress on Instagram @biscuit.interactive or bookmark this webpage and check back in the near future.
20KWh Nissan Leaf Battery Pack.
Using 42 of the 48 modules.
Siemens Azure AC Induction 3 Phase Motor. Capable of 150kw, 300Nm Torque.
Azure Dynamics DMOC 645 water cooled Inverter with GEVCU from EVTV.
Front battery pack installed with custom PCB BMS boards and my 3D printed Busbar Covers in place.
Routed HV cables under car to front battery pack, starting to look more like a real EV now :)
I'll be using Zeva BMS, Inspired by Jacob Graham's PCB boards he created for his electric DeLorean, I created my own to help make the wiring to Nissan Leaf Battery cleaner & easier.
3D custom printed busbar covers for Nissan Leaf modules. In this photo they are getting a fresh electric orange paint coat.
AC Motor + inverter hooked up for first time, motor mounted to rear sub-frame, next stage water cooling for motor.
My wooden prototype motor mount, holding Siemens AC motor sung in place. Final mount will be laser cut & welded.
AC Motor sitting in position on subframe, awaiting engineer to recommend and sign-off motor mounts. I also have to mount inverter to subframe before rolling it back in.
Weekend project, remove subframe from car, thanks to EV boys from RENEW Geelong, we removed it successfully.
Nissan Leaf module battery placement, in this case where original fuel tank was located behind front seats.
AC motor married to original gearbox bell-housing, it took awhile but I'm super happy with adaptor plate engineering.