The Electrical Team, combining elements of powertrain and control electronics making up the backbone of the electric car. This team is responsible for translating the driver control inputs to actual movement. There are three main components to this – batteries, motor, and controller.

The battery holds the energy that will be supplying almost all the high voltage electronic components on the car with power. The configuration of the battery cells must be specifically designed with the rest of the parts in mind. Other design considerations include battery chemical composition, discharge current and capacity.

The controller is the brains of the entire car and acts as an intermediary between the battery and motor. It measures numerous parameters such as motor temperature and driver accelerator input and determines the precise amount of current to deliver to the motor. It also facilitates features such as regenerative braking which causes the motor to simulate a braking effect and allow the batteries to be recharged – turning the motor effectively into a generator.

The motor is the beast doing the heavy lifting. It is tied into the high voltage line and draws large amounts of current in order to spin a drive shaft. Careful consideration is required in accurately determining what ratios are required with the other mechanical parts that translate this spinning shaft into the wheels turning.

A final and crucial aspect of the design is safety. All design choices must keep safety as a top priority. Wiring must be capable of dissipating the heat generated by the motor. There must be an adequate number of fall-back mechanisms to cut power to both the controller and motor. Safety of the driver and all members of UCDFS and the public is paramount to all design decisions made.

 

Nebojsa Cvetkovic
Electrical Captain
Dylan WalshShamira Bagnall HareEoin Bleakley
Eoghan DuffyMatthew MurnaghanShane Holohan
Derek SequeiraMartynas KalpokasPawel Zielinski
Cillian Corcoran

Johnson & Johnson Join UCDFS as Sponsors

The pharma and consumer packages multinational have confirmed they will give generous funding in return for the team’s extensive engineering expertise.

Morgan McKinley endorse the competency of UCDFS Team Members

We are delighted to announce that Morgan McKinley have officially endorsed the professionalism and skill of UCDFS members. In the endorsement below, hear John Cunningham, talk about what being part of a project like this means. “UCD Formula Student is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn and develop industry-related […]

Sponsorship Announcement

We are delighted to announce that the good folks over at UniTek GmBH have agreed to once again get on board with us! Follow the discount they gave us on our BamoCar D3 Controller last year, they are giving us monetary funding and technical support again this year, becoming a […]

Anybody Else Getting Goosebumps?

Here’s a little something to get you pumped for the season ahead from our very own Shamira, a member-of-the-Elec-team-turned-videographer.

NovaUCD announces UCDFS’s brainchild, Formula Training, winners

You’ve no doubt heard about it from every major news source worth its salt, but now you can hear it straight from the team that did it, the winners of the NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition 2020! Peter Gately, Kelly Kaulsay, and Scott Mulligan are the masterminds behind Formula Training, a […]

New Phone Who Dis?

We got a facelift! We, like many people during this pandemic, have taken some time to *deep breath* find ourselves. No, while we have not attempted team yoga, we have found ourselves a new logo that we feel represents us as proud UCD students and UCDFS members. We have also […]