Global Electric Car Conversion Training Reusing ICE Cars
Global Electric Car Conversion Training Reusing ICE Cars
GOELECTRIC will convert two ICE vehicles to EV, developing efficient conversion processes and training tools for VET curricula.
GOELECTRIC will convert two ICE vehicles to EV, developing efficient conversion processes and training tools for VET curricula. Read more
Auto manufacturers are transitioning toward the production of fully electric vehicles, or at least announcing plans to. But what is the impact on vocational education both for new students and for those already working in the field? What are the plans for the millions of ICE vehicles currently on the road?
Vocational education is not keeping pace with EV development. This is due to a lack of standards, a lack of material in a ddition to a lack of vehicles to train with.
Third party auto workshops do not have the trained personnel prepared for the tasks ahead.
Diesel bans are looming. Innumerable vehicles may be headed for the scrapheap or museum.
How can perfectly serviceable vehicles be kept on the road, but their environmental impact be reduced?
Why replace the entire vehicle, when we can exchange only the offending fossil fuel burning engine?
Solutions for these two issues can be brought together.
GOELECTRIC Global Electric Car Conversion Training Reusing ICE Cars
Primary Goal: Develop conversion and training processes to convert existing internal combustion (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EV) using off-the-shelf (OTS) equipment. GOELECTRIC will convert two ICE vehicles to EV in accordance with EU registration standards.
The entire process will be documented in detail, resulting in two roadworthy vehicles, process descriptions and effective VET curricula.
The project will procure material and equipment currently available on the market and, in cooperation with vocational education professionals and commercial automobile service organizations, remove the internal combustion engines and associated equipment, replacing it with AC motors, motor controllers, lithium batteries with a battery management system, charging equipment with regenerative charging capability and a display unit for system information. The vehicles' full functionality will be retained, their range per charge must exceed 150 kilometers.
One aspect of the primary goal is to ensure the conversion process developed by the project can be implemented with minimal training/retraining of ICE mechanics. The vehicles will be converted using standard equipment available in typical VET auto work shops.
The developed processes will ensure that the converted vehicles can later be serviced by mechanics using the curricula developed by the project and the information supplied with each converted vehicle.
The conversion process and curricula developed by the project must allow VET organizations (for initial and continuing education) to integrate both into existing mechatronics curricula, thus giving the greatest number of students access to technology they can expect to be confronted with once EVs hit the market on a greater scale.
The detailed description of the conversion process and, to some extent, the curricula will also give a broader public the tools to determine whether conversion is economically and environmentally viable. To that extent, the project has secondary goals.
A parallel, academic goal of the project is to study and assess the project's possible impact on the labor market, vocational education and the environment.
Among the questions posed will be: What are the pros and cons (environmental, commercial) of keeping older vehicles on the road post EV-conversion? Can a conversion operation (subsidized or commercial) help revive structurally weak regions, create jobs? Will the slowly growing infrastructure for reusing EV batteries be impacted by (possibly second and third use) EV conversions? Can conversions, and the growth they may cause in demand, drive the development of charging stations? What further processes and methods are required to prepare the existing motor vehicle service infrastructure for the rapid increase of EV registrations? Can/should communal markets, public administrations, VET structures be included in the study? How could converted EVs be implemented in supplementing training systems for mechanics in preparation for rapidly increasing EV registrations? As an example, where a current VET mechatronics courses may use a retired ICE vehicle for training purposes, would EV conversions better prepare students for future demands?
GOELECTRIC will convert two test-bed vehicles, one from the compact class and one from the SUV segment.
GOELECTRIC will document the conversion process and develop curricula for primary and continuing VET education.
GOELECTRIC will conduct an academic study of the impact EV conversions may have.
The conversions will be planned and overseen by culturecore gUG, a Berlin-based non-profit organization.
Risks and challenges
Electric vehicles have been recognized as one step in doing something for the environment and keeping the functionality we've become accustomed to. But availability is limited and many consumers want to hold on to what they know.
One of the main challenges of this project is overcoming the user and consumer's conditioning to purchasing new products. The ideas of cradle-to-cradle product cycles or the circular economy are starting to come into practice, but not on the level needed.
On a small scale, we see upcycling in everyday consumer products, clothing, accessories, but not in products created by heavy industry.
Motor vehicles are a black box for consumers. They're big ticket items for which they seek expert advice.
That expert advice currently comes from the automobile industry, whose understandable interest is in selling new cars, not in keeping current models on the road.
This is where a project like GOELECTRIC steps in.
Innovation is the challenge. Less so the technical aspects, than introducing educators, consumers and providers to the project and providing them with the knowledge and tools, the process, to GOELECTRIC.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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