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Open inverter is a suite of open source hardware and software projects for building, modifying and controlling a variety of power electronics.
projects originates from Johannes Hübner building a opensource ac motor controller, dubbed the "open inverter".
The project now has spanned over many different areas in ev and hybrid vehicles components, such as:
- AC motor controllers
- 1-3 phase power converters
- dc/dc converts
- buck/boost converters
- battery management systems
With the rising popularity and avalibity of hybrid and electric vehicles, there is a growing supply of parts. The open inverter community's goal is to repurpose many of these components for ev conversions and other projects.
The open inverter community is growing and moving quite quickly, to stay up-to-date with the latest developments and findings, please check out the forums
The open inverter motor controller project consists of three main aspects:
|The design and development of the control hardware based around an STM32F103 chip. This provides the control signals to the power stage and on to the attached components.||The development of the code that goes on the STM32F103 chips and determines, amongst other things what signals are sent to the power stage and the attached components.||Using an ESP8266 chip, the development of a simple web based interface to adjust the parameters on the firmware chip and to display values returned from the chip, for example motor speed (RPM).|
Inverter variants available:
Open Inverter (Core Project/s)
Open Inverter Related Projects / Control Boards
|core universal hardware and software components||custom hardware and software designed to work with particular components.
which are based on the core open inverter hardware or software stack.
|ZombieVerter VCU (Testing/Developement - NOT for sale at present)||Tesla Small Drive and Large Drive Units:
commonly there is a large drive unit and small drive unit available.
These combine the inverter and motor into a single package. The
control boards for these replace the existing control board within them.
Open Inverter Hardware
|Lexus GS450h Inverter / VCU:
the GS450h provides a gearbox (where the motors are located)
combined with the original inverter, this board looks to control
the inverter and the gearbox itself to provide a powerful set up
suitable for rear wheel drive set ups, replacing the existing
longitudinally mounted gearbox.
|Prius Generation 3 Inverter:
a cheap available inverter from the popular Prius hybrid, this
board goes inside that inverter and allows you to control the features of it.
Open Inverter Software
similar to the Prius board, there's subtle differences between them and
therefore the need for a separate board.
|Nissan Leaf VCM:
this vehicle control board plugs into the Nissan Leaf inverter externally
and controls it via CAN
replaces the nissan OEM logic board with a rev 3 openiverter board for full control
|All Control Boards / OEM Inverters|
Common across boards is the ability to communicate with a CAN Bus, which is a 'control area network' or a technical way of saying how various components, sensors, controls, etc communicate with one another within the car. Read more about CAN Communication
There is also a project to standardise the messages across the various control boards, read more
The openinverter firmware uses a set of about 70 parameters to adapt it to different inverter power stages, motors and position feedback systems. Also it lets you calibrate the throttle pedal, change regenerative braking settings and so on. Working parameter sets can be found in the openinverter parameter database
Use inverter as a battery Charger
Both the open inverter and some OEM inverters can be used as a battery charger, further saving on component costs. You can read more about how the open inverter and the theory of charging here
Once you have the inverter, you will need additional components for your EV conversion:
- DC/DC Converter
- HV Junction Box
- Other various components
- Vacuum Pumps
- Air Conditioning
- Information Displays
Existing information on these items can be found on the EV Conversion Parts page.
- Common Inverter FAQ - questions common to all hardware variants
- Tesla Inverter FAQ - questions regarding Tesla Large Drive Units and Small Drive Units
Open Inverter CAN std.
Glossary of Terms
Different countries have different legislation, if you want you car to certified for the road in your country please take the time to review this section.
- VW Polo 86C Conversion
- Touran Conversion
- toyota gt86 nissan leaf motor
- Porsche Boxster 986 Tesla conversion
- Further Projects on the forum