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South African Masters Student Develops EV Computer Controller.

Local South African newspaper The Mercury recently reported that University of KwaZulu-Natal electrical engineering student James Ireland has developed a new electric vehicle computer controller for his masters degree project.

According to the paper, Ireland has built the high-speed custom controller into a modified go-cart, which also features a 1.5-kilowatt three-phase induction electric motor and two 72-volt battery packs.

"This type of computer-controlled system has enabled us to use cheap industrial motors that are relatively difficult to control in this type of application," said Ireland.

The paper said Ireland noted that the vehicle is currently capable of travelling at speeds up to 45 kilometers per hour (about 28 miles per hour), with plans to increase its speed capability to 100 km/h (about 62 mph).

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Publication:Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Today
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 3, 2004
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