We all were holding our breath, hoping Terry could make it through Texas without something horrible happening. Well, Texas took it’s obligatory bite out of Terry’s ass last night. Here’s his account:
Tonight while charging in Austin, accidentally twice the amps went to the auxiliary packs when the main battery contactor disengaged.
The blue Anderson connector in the picture you see received a continuous flow of 280 amps charging for about 10 minutes while we were all taking a picture before I noticed it and shut off the chargers. But it melted the connector shut which needs to be able to come loose for the bike to function.
At about 1AM EST he posted this on the Facebook page:
Hey everyone! I disconnected everything downstream of the connector and got the bike running with 9 kwh of battery. We are staying the night in a motel in Austin. I’m going to give Aaron Choate a call in the morning. Thanks for the offerChadwick! I think I will be ok. There should be a grainger supply somewhere in Austin or San Antonio I can get replacement connectors. But getting a crimper that big is what I’m hoping to find!
If you can help, it’s probably best to contact him there.
Here’s the shot he was taking when the connector went melty:
And another shot from Chelsea –
About a thousand miles to go.
…and the clock keeps ticking.
(Terry Hershner and Chelsea Liggatt hit the road officially at 2:21 PM EST Friday, Nov. 15 2013 from San Diego CA headed for Jacksonville, FL in hopes of breaking several cross-country Electric Vehicle and Electric Motorcycle World records. Follow them here, and at Off The Grid on Facebook and Off The Grid Live.)