The electronics of a EV, or electric vehicle, are by definition going to be a major part of the vehicle. Even in a traditional ICE vehicle the electronics are a major part of the car, providing signaling, illumination, instrumentation, climate control, entertainment, engine starting, fuel ignition, and in many cases fuel control.

However, in a electric car the electronics must be taken one step further. This means much more sophisticated computer systems onboard (to maintain the batteries correctly), as well as in some cases much higher current capacity systems on board. Only with modern technology can we even think about doing this job right - the recent proliferation of low cost, high current, high speed, high reliability semiconductors makes things possible that previous generations could only dream of.

The electronics system of my project is broken up into various subsystems:

User Interface Battery monitoring / charge control subsystem Main computer and associated power system