Greetings Leaf enthusiasts!
My name is Caleb... I am an electrical engineering student, EV enthusiast and have a strong interest in off-grid living. I have recently purchased a 350sq ft barn to convert into a tiny home. To much dismay, installing electrical power will be very environmentally destructive to the rural site where the plot of land is. The utility proposes 6-8 power poles, and clearing a swath of untouched forest 3 meters wide for 300 meters of line. I just can't...
So I've turned to doing what I do best which is repurposing things. An insurance/crash/salvage/auction Leaf is extremely reasonable in cost, has copious amounts of battery and air conditioning onboard for my needs, water heating, excessive 12v ability (for LED interior lighting, phone charging, radio, entertaiment, etc), and a HOOOOOOJ inverter. Any body parts, glass, interior, and the traction motor could be sold off to help recover the cost of acquiring the car.
I ran across you fine folks here tracking down CAN information on the drivetrain and inverter, and your forum has been a wealth of information. Thank you all for your contributions... in 2 afternoons of deep delving research I feel a high likelihood of being able to accomplish my goals.
A few remaining issues I have are with charging via solar, and the traction motor inverter:
What would be the best method to introduce solar energy into the battery/inverter chain, while in operation?
Could the inverter be made to output 60hz AC 3 phase near any US standard? Some voltage and frequency variation would be tolerable as it wouldn't be grid connected. I couldn't find any info on the type of output (sPWM, pulse, etc) or the voltage levels available. I have thought of attaching a generator head to the traction motor and setting the cruise control but this is a rather desperate measure and would be hugely inefficient.
I'd love to ask questions like this and delve in with your knowledgeable members, test and tinker in new waters, expand my knowledge of EV's and solar.