By Enrico Melotti * Initial parameters**
The first step to design a battery pack is to fix some variables:
We decide to use 144V battery pack, created with common LiFePO4 cells type, usually used in EV conversions.
- Resistent (Drag) Power:
The main source of Resistent Power is the aereodynamic resistance (drag).
After few evaluations we consider about 8 kW at 80 km/h (see Note 1 in the footer).
Number of cells: The number of cells is really simple to obtain:
144V (our battery voltage) / 3,2v (nominal voltage of each cell) = 45 cells
The battery capacity is a bit more difficult to determine, because it depends on more than one variable.
Some of these are:
Max Discharge rate:
The discharge rate, or “C” rate, required by the motor is obatained by this formula:
Peak Power of the motor / Nominal capacity of the battery pack
The Peak Power considered is 66KW
The datasheet specifes 2C optimal discharge rate - to 5C max rate.
Depends on the driver. We decided a normal driving style with good acceleration and not excessive speed.
The range depends on driving style and capacity. We focus our attention in the 100-150 Km range.
After this introduction, our choice is among two battery cells: A=100Ah and B=160Ah.
Weight: A = 140 Kg | B = 260 Kg
Volume: A = 89 liters | B = 160 liters
Price estimate (1,2$ per Ah): A = 5500<math>** | B = **8600</math>
Max C rate: C = 3
Max Continuous amperage = Cell capacity x C: A(100Ah) = 300 A | B(160Ah) = 480 A
Note 1: You may compare this result against the Powertrain dimensioning sheet we are using for the conversion and currently [tracked in the repo] (https://github.com/iaiaGi/iaiaGi_ZEV_Kit/tree/master/Projects/Kevin/Mechanical_Dimensioning)