Well it’s been pretty exciting here at Spaven Engineering over the last couple of days! Firstly, we had a bit of a shock when our first fully built-up test run seemed to suggest a total range of only nine miles! Knowing this to be basically impossible we set out to find out what was wrong, hoping desperately that the problem wasn’t our second-hand batteries failing to hold charge. Luckily, recording the next charge cycle showed that they still had their expected capacity; the fault had been with the BMS which seems to have overestimated the State Of Charge when first fired up. The electronic equivalent of a sticking fuel gauge needle meant we set off for testing thinking we had half a tank, when we were definitely on reserve!
The good news, however is that the bike has passed it’s MOT. Of course it should, it’s essentially a new bike, but it’s nice to finally have a fully road legal electric Enfield parked in the workshop. Now just to pay the tax man the handsome sum of zero pounds….
Unfortunately, while I’m aching to head out for a test ride I can’t. The on board (slower) charger has stopped charging the batteries and instead simply shows an ominous red light… I’m in touch with the manufacturers but as they are out in China, I suspect it’s up to me to investigate. Luckily the fast charger is due for delivery any day now, but in the meantime we’ve got to ration the thirty miles we’ve got left, saving it up for a bit of filming and a photoshoot we’ve booked in for Thursday.
Meanwhile, the crowdfunding campaign is coming along well, helping to fund the making of our documentary trip along the beautiful lanes of Britain to see what will be using them in the years to come. Thanks to everyone who’s already contributed to make this project possible, and if you would like to contribute to the film (or just want to find out more about the project) check out our Kickstarter page HERE.