I'm slowly pulling together more information about controllers and as I do I'll
try to update this page. I'm including the contact info of the company I
originally got the controller information from.
There are numerous suppliers and you can check the EV FAQ for a listing.
Here are the controllers I'm aware of:
- From what I've read Curtis has been around for awhile and continues to update
their line of controllers and most folks are happy with them. Many of the
controllers in use are the Curtis 1221B. Their newest addition, the 1231C,
handles higher current, but some folks complain of a high frequency noise at
times. Curtis has a regen controller available in Europe, but not for sale in the US.
1231C: 96-144 volt, 500 amps max, 10-15khz operation, no regen
1221B: 72-120 volt, 400 amps max, 15khz operation, no regen
Electric Vehicles of America, Inc. (EVA)
P.O. Box 2037
Wolfeboro, NH 03894-4223
- Manufactured in Italy, the ZAPI line all have regen capabilities. The
HFM 400: 48-144 volt, 18khz operation, 400 amps max, regen braking,
all contactors built-in, adjustable parameters.
H2: 24-96 volt,18khz, 400/600 amp max, regen braking, programmaable
H3: 24-144 volt, 18khz, 800 amp max, regen braking, programmable
Mendomotive (707) 964-1331 (Gary Flo) email@example.com
- Auburn Scientific Controllers.
- Manufactured in the US, the Auburn is a relatively new controller with a
water cooled version available for higher temperature climates. The designers
are reportedly working on a seperate regen module.
Kodiak: 50-175 volt, 600 amps max, 15-18khz operation, no regen
Mike's Auto Care (415) 343-8801 (Mike Slominski)
- All I'm aware of here is the product literature I sent away for which lists
two complete EV motor/controller solutions. One option includes regen and uses a
shunt motor (most motors in EVs are series), while the other uses a standard
series motor and non-regen controller. The packages include a pot box (throttle)
GE Shunt Motor & Control system: 96-144 volt, 500 amps, 4khz, regen
GE Series Motor & Control system: 72-120 volt, 450 amps, 5khz, no regen
ProEV (916) 432-5233 (Don Rodes) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Out of Massachusetts this company has a line of commercially available EVs as
well as their own line of motors and controllers. Dartmouth students have used
these components in their various Tour De Sol entries. Solectria has both DC
and AC solutions, although I'm not certain on the availability of the DC line.
Solectria Corporation (508) 658-2231 http://www.solectria.com/
- I've heard good reports on this controller, EcoElectric posted an
excellent review of the Curtis, Auburn, and Zapi controllers and how they
worked in Arizona's unique climate. Auburn is also doing work on a
regenerative option, which I believe is seperate from the controller.
EcoElectric is a distributor for Auburn and I believe the controller is called
EcoElectric - Phone: 520(or 602)-770-9444, Fax: 520(or 602)-770-9908
- Unique Mobility
Someone passed this link on to me (10/22/98). Looks like some interesting stuff both in motors and controllers.
- I've rumors of other controllers that I haven't seen specs or sources for:
DAX and, perhaps, one from Israel. Feel free to
email me with any leads, info, or additional controllers I've missed here.
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