ROVER METRO - With the Bluebird™ instant recharge system
Most modern road cars and vans may be converted to use the Bluebird™ IBSS cartridge refueling system. They can then convert from battery to fuel cell technology at the flick of a switch.
Electric Rover with original bodywork (left) being delivered to storage in Sussex, and the custom bodywork (right) as a CAD drawing. The Mini and Metro cars were two of the best selling vehicles in the history of British manufacturing. Today, the UK is being swamped by imports from foreign producers that have state support for innovation from companies that move with the times.
The Rover with modified chassis is delivered to workshops for bodywork modifications and a paint job. This car used two of the proven Lynch designed motors. A new drive system may be incorporated with variable gearing. A car of similar weight and size to the Rover may offer a 300 mile range between exchanges or home charging, depending on battery specification - and just as important, gearbox type.
Battery pack loading Battery pack loaded Boot space cover removed
If your company is thinking of offering an electric vehicle with enhanced range and performance and would like to construct a prototype, or if you would like any make of car converted for your own personal use, why not contact us for an estimate. Manufacturers may be interested to learn that Pb, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH or fuel cell technology is compatible. Sadly, the loading mechanisms for this vehicle were loaned to a partner in Danehill, but never returned despite such undertaking.
New for 2014, alloy wheels and low profile tires. Compare this bare frame photograph from earlier this year with the current state of development below in August.
The UK led the way with EV refueling with patent GB2253379. Since that time Shai Agassi had developed cartridge refueling for urban vehicles with his 'Better Place' company. That system though, is not suitable for the fast pit stops a Formula E car is likely to require.
Now is the time to think about a faster version of the system used in the BE1 electric land-speed record car. That car could refuel by exchanging batteries in under 2 minutes. The EV designer says it is possible to reduce the 120 seconds time to between 10-30 seconds, but, and the big but is, that chassis engineers must be allowed to think outside of the box - and there must be a scoring system that penalizes a team for using more than one car. In Formula 1 for example, if a car stalls and cannot be restarted, that car and driver is disqualified from the race. In a Formula 1 race a driver cannot switch to another car and continue. Why then in Formula E. We are pandering to the skeptics like Bernie Ecclestone. Mr Ecclestone will be laughing on the other side of his face if racing were qualified a success by the pollution it produces, per car, per race.
Bluebird Marine Systems (BMS) is looking to conduct a feasibility study on high speed cartridge refueling and is looking for collaborative risk share partners and academic institutions interested in reducing pollution. BMS has obtained the right to develop an improved version of the patent GB2253379 system, as fitted to a Rover-Metro city car many years ago and written off by the Dti, in 1998 in dismissing battery cars as futile.
August 2014 - the bare frame above is now beginning to take shape as the Ecostar DC50 - and not a bad looking shape at that. A fitting tribute to the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell's double success; land and water speed records in the same year (unrivalled today) at Lake Eyre and Lake Dumbleyung in Australia.
The foundation for this design development is the famous hydrolastic suspension of Dr Alex Moulton and Sir Alex Issigonis, who both worked on the Mini and Rover Metro for Austin, Morris and other British car makers that sadly, no longer exist. Rubber cones are used instead of steel springs and the front and rear suspension is interlinked via fluid to give better cornering and a smoother ride on rough roads.
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A brochure produced to attract sponsors to the BE1 project in 1995/6. The patented
cartridge exchange refueling system is cited as the key technology for the attempt.
Not a bad looking car and as it turned out, quite fast - more than capable of taking the 175mph record at the time. This car achieved 160mph unofficially on section of closed road with 80kW (107hp) motors - the short length of useable road being a limiting factor. She was designed to use 200kW motors for the WLSR attempt - all wheel drive.
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THE BLUE BIRDS OF HAPPINESS
The world's fastest electric circuit racers need a system to recharge batteries instantly during pit stops. The Formula E concept design above incorporates the patent Bluebird™ instant energy transfer system - allowing EV refuelling in around 10 seconds. Get your free developer License from Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd.
The blue bird legend continues with this racing car inspired by Reid Railton and his designs for the Napier Lion and Rolls Royce engined Blue Bird LSR cars in the 1930s, the Blueplanet BE3 features instant battery recharging using the patent Bluebird™ cartridge exchange system under license from BMS. This LSR car is also solar assisted. She is designed for speeds in excess of 350mph using clean electricity and could be run at Pendine Sands, Daytona Beach and other historic venues, including Bonneville.