Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wow, one of the e-Van's batteries exploded, Plus Miata Update

I don't have much more information besides this photo but in case I forgot to mention why the e-Van was on the disabled list and a no-show at Macungie: this!  Cooperatively our only explosion to date at Bucks County Renewables occured within walking distance of Saint Bill's house, so he was able to walk home & fetch the tools to wire around the carcass of this US Battery and limp on home. 

Here's the good news and more pending: the Miata passed its Enhanced Safety Vehicle Inspection and we have applied for title as a modified vehicle.  Street legality is approaching as convertible weather becomes ideal, AND the bad cell has been replaced with our one extra.  The pending even better news includes the imprimatur of the Commonwealth of PA on our application, after which our very nice Enhanced Safety Vehicle Inspection Officer Preston can affix our inspection stickers and the Miata will be street-legal.  By that time I am sure that the battery pack will be re-secured, removing the cell was a drama indeed and involved Saint Bill giving his blessing to Matt cutting through a restraining bar and replacing it with wire.  I will try to document the replacement process so that I can recapitulate some of the removal, it was pretty epic.  Anyway just wanted to let you all know there is actual work going on around here at BCR's global HQ!  Coming soon: one of this blog's patented flashback posts:  fuller coverage of the Macungie EV-ent (in the meantime the website has been updated) AND news of an upcoming hands-on workshop for hybrids in Burlington in August!  Stay tuned!
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