Electric Bamboo Car
This car uses DC permanent magnet 24V electric motor, some commercial car parts and many custom made items.
The chassis, seat and front structure are made out of bamboo and plywood.
Two 1HP Bosch GPA DC motors, later upgraded to single Ampflow A28-400
Forward, idle and reverse in a single accelerator lever
Electronic speed controllers using PWM to control speed
Spring suspension on the four wheels.
Ackerman steering using rack-and-pinion and universal joints
Electric motor brakes the car when slowed down
Four 12V 65Ah standard car batteries power the vehicle
SolidWorks® CAD model of the entire vehicle
Rear suspension and drive structure
Front axle with spring suspension
Rear suspension clamps
Steel clamps with rubber dampening evenly distribute forces, securing components to the bamboo chassis
Rear suspension made from spring and welded steel piping
Drive-train using two 24V Bosch GPA motors in parallel configuration and a total 1:9 gear reduction.
Two universal joints adjust the steering column to a confortable angle, making a total 80º shift.
Rack-and-pinion steering and ball joints on connecting rods.
Bamboo seat assembly
Front structure assembly using fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin.
Electric Bamboo car
OSMC - Open Source Motor Controller ESCs
Accelerator lever and main power switch
Electric vehicle presentation at the event "Sustainable 2011" in Rio de Janeiro port.