iaiaGi project presentation

Versione in Italiano

The iaiaGi Manifesto: iaiaGi is a Makers project that wants to develop an Open Source Platform to Convert internal combustion engine cars (ICE) into Eco-Sustainable Electric vehicles.”

Intent

IaiaGi is an innovative project aimed to realize an open and universal development platform for electrical mobility.

The term “open” indicates the chosen development model that is going to make the technical documentation available in Open Source / Open Hardware, through the application of the  Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike v.4.0 license and following versions. The open source model allows to convey in the Project all the refinements deriving from a open technology community based on open culture.

The term “development platform” indicates the will to produce and make available not only a finished product but rather a production tool. The project will make available a kit comprising the documentation and the reference hardware enabling various individuals or small firms, having adequate competences, to the conversion of any traditional, endothermic vehicle into an electric traction vehicle or develop a completely new electric vehicle.

The term “universal” indicates the will to makecthe reference kit suitable for the conversion of any endothermic vehicle, without without distinction of brand, model or series. Practically, this feature will allow to install the kit on any vehicle model without the need of deep redesigns.

Founding Values

The project is guided by fundamental values influencing its goals and technical and economic choices. The fundamental values of iaiaGi are respecting and safeguarding the environment, man and the solidarity economy.

iaiaGi wishes to be one of the first examples of technology applied to a new social and economic model respecting the environment that is considered a fundamental resource to be preserved for our successors.

The project tends to consider the human condition and to promote every effort to make its technological content compatible with the human being.

Mutual knowledge and experience exchanges are considered a wealth and are cultivated with the goal of achieving progressive inclusion in the project.

Every effort is made to promote the solidarity economy, bearing in mind the principles of the Bioeconomics di Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen

Obiettivi

Project objectives are the direct expression of its founding values.

The production of a car conversion kit at affordable cost has the objective to reduce the electrical transportation cost  in generala and to facilitate its diffusion. Such diffusion is considered an important contribution to address the overwhelming problem of global warming caused by the rapid increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The choice to focus on the convertion of used vehicles has the objective to recover a large amount of mechanically efficient vehicles and give them a long life of use in full efficiency and zero emissions. This objective pursues the aim of counteracting the destructive scrapping practice as a mean to support the production and sale of new vehicles, which is considered a non-sustainable development mode due to the environmental impact of the growing mass of vehicles to be disposed of.

The decision to build an opens source platform, hence not only a finished marketable product, pursues two objectives:

  1. promoting a distributed production model, for which production takes place locally and adapts to the real local territory and its residents needs.

  2.  recover territory’s professionalism in the automotive sector (mechanical and auto-electrical workshops and similar) , highly impacted by the vehicles’ technological evolution that tends to a strong car support centralization at only support centres controlled by the vehicle producer, resulting in increased environmental impact and energy consumption.

The members of the iaiaGi Project team ultimately aim to create a productive entity not pursuing exclusively profit logic, but integrating into an economy that is solidarity-based and respectful of foundational values, to make possible the objectives described above with the intent to be a real solution to the problems of sustainability.

Project guidelines

The achievement of the described objectives has defined the guidelines adopted under the iaiaGi technical and project management choices.

  • Converting any vehicle: iaiaGi project shall address the conversion of any used vehicle into electric. In this sense iaiaGi differentiates itself from other similar projects and industrial initiatives limitating the conversion only to a limited set of models, only selected according to the profit expectations. Social and environmental benefits of electrical conversion can be maximized only with the ability to convert any vehicle.
  • Kit regulatory approval: Kits designs derived frin the iaiaGi development platforms shall be compliant to the directions expressed by the Italian regulation in the  Decreto Legislativo n. 219 – dated December 1st 2015, hence allowing the technical standard regulatory homologation of the kit and its subsequent modifications. This ensures a less expensive homologation process and promotes its accessibility and diffusion.
  • Conversion cost target: the project shall develop in a way ensuring, at final regime, that end users can get the conversion of their own vehicles at an average cost of between 8,000 and 9,000 EUR. These prices will be possible by having in place an economy of conversion allowing to reduce material costs through the volume of purchased items.
  • Environmental and social impact minimization of development: technical choices shall be defined based on technical optimization and minimization of their encironmental and social cost. An example of this guideline is the choice of the AC triphase motor techlogy over the brushless DC motor. Whereas this choice has caused more complexity of motor control, on the other side it has allowed to avoid contributing at the human cost bound to the to the extraction of rare earths used in permanent magnets within brushless motors.
  • Driving experience imprvement: The conversion  shall return to the owner a vehicle having equal or better performances of the original used vehicle. Refurbishing the bodywork and the internal funitures shall be part of the conversion package. The converted vehicle shall offer innovative features made available by latest technologies, in particular those enabled by the connection to the Internet, allowing remote interaction and integration into geographically distributed functionalities.

Project status:

  • The project is currently in the Proof-of-Concept phase, aimed to demonstrate the ability to build up the platform, through the conversion of an ICE car, with open source approach and respecting our core values.
  • At the end of 2015 we purchased a used Ford Fiesta mk VI – year 2009 – which is the object of our current work. The code name of this conversion development is “Kevin
  • On April 26, 2016 we founded MoSeER, a Cultural Association having the role of administrative manager of the project
  • At beginning of 2017 we have finalized our high level design and started the actual conversion activities
  • By the end of May 2017 we managed to put together the financial resources to purchase all components and material to complete Kevin’s conversion. All items have been delivered within the 1st week of September
  • Mid September we have completed the preparation of the D-ECU, a development system to communicate with the main drive control on the CAN Bus and interact with the vehicle electronic control systems.
  • Currently we are completing the integration of the vehicle structural components and performing on-the-road tests of our mechanichal design to apply the last needed corrections.
  • Target is to have the first on-street test by June 2018

Below, the key data of iaiaGi project

  • Founders, Valerio Vannucci and Alberto Trentadue.
  • iaiaGi is part of activities developed by Associazione Culturale MoSeER, founded in Modena on April 26, 2016.
  • 6 official Team Members (including the founders), personally involved and  actively managing the project.
  • 12 Developers, cooperating on specific tasks and involved in the project development.
  • 8 partner companies, which support some technical aspects of the project:
  • 169 newsletter subscribers, weekly informed about the project developments.
  • 6,000 Web site monthly visits (worldwide).

Contacts:

iaiaGi project
c/o Associazione Culturale MoSeER

Legale address:
Via Palmiro Togliatti 17/C
41013 Castelfranco Emilia (MO)
C.F. 94185680363

Operative address:
c/o Valerio Vannucci
Via Cimitero 16
42018 San Martino in Rio (RE)

Web: https://iaiagi.com –  http://moseer.org

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