• Sep 1st 2009 at 7:58PM
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If you've done any reading about racing electric cars or converting vehicles to run on batteries, it's likely you've heard of the Zilla controller. This monster takes the current from the battery pack and dishes it out to the motor and the Zilla controller is known for handling higher amperage than most; its top model is rated for 2000 amps. In case you're wondering, that's a lot. The only problem with the Zilla seems to have been its availability, as their production volume has been as low as their handcrafted quality has been high, resulting in customers spending too much time on a waiting list. Well, that wait time is about to become a whole lot shorter as Cafe Electric is partnerin' up with EV Components.

The plan is to set up production in the State of Washington and begin attacking the wait list in early November and reach a volume that will see product waiting for you instead. Pricing is said to be carried over with the new arrangement and performance-oriented boxes will begin assembly first. Otmar Ebenhoech, the mad scientist behind both Cafe Electric and Zilla masterpiece, will take advantage of the new arrangement to go back to the lab concoct beasts anew. We suspect one of new products will be a performance controller for AC electric motors. The CEO of EV Components, James Morrison is devising a plan to promote both his company and this product in particular by sponsoring an annual NEDRA event at Pacific Raceways in the Seattle area. He hopes to show up in a 10-second, twin-Zilla'd version of the GTM supercar you see pictured above. Mr. Morrison already owns one car in the NEDRA record book.

[Source: EVDL / Zillablog via Tesla Motors Club]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Please use current instead of amperage. Amperage sounds unprofessional. The use of word amperage is frowned upon in the scientific community.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, me too. I've been doing this electrical thing professionally for nearly 18 years. I've never been frowned at for using the term "amperage". And thats "currently" the term I use too. In fact when I took the review course for my P.E. exam all the professors running the course could talk about was "amperage". So at the University of Minnesota (where I took the review course), at least in that scientific community, its amperage. Just like Voltage, and Wattage, and assemblage, and breakage, and footage, and lineage and suffrage and overage. You get the message.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well I'm not a scientist, I'm an ev enthusiast, and Amperage sounds a lot cooler than "current"

        C'mon, this is a blog, not a lab.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Disagree. The term "Current" could apply to any flow, not just electricty, and doesn't specify the unit, you'd still need to specify it was so many Amps of current.

        The term "Amperage" both specifies that it is electrical current instead of say "air curents", and that it is measured in Amps. Besides, it fits neatly with "Voltage" and "Wattage" in discussing electrical power characteristics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Frowned upon in the scientific community? I've been around engineers my whole life, been working as an engineer for 10 years, and not once has someone "frowned" upon anyone using the word "amperage". Although I've seen the scientific community frown upon people correcting others for stupid stuff like this.

        Maybe you should take your pocket protector out of your shirt pocket, go outside and get some fresh air.... you're way too high strung if you're complaining about the use of an equivalent word.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Congrats James & Otmar for finding a solution to the shortage of Zilla controllers & growing your businesses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait to start selling these things. I've been working as technical sales for EVComponents for about 4 months now and its been non-stop. Can't wait to see what else my boss has up his sleeve.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice looking car!

      After a debate with a friend over the use of the term "amperage" instead of "current". I was searching for support for my side of the argument and I found this page. I had an electronics instructor 30 years ago that was adamant that "current" was the proper term to use. I can't help but think of him when I hear anyone use the term "amperage". My belief is that amperage came into use as an amalgam of ampere and voltage. And it's unfortunately in common use today. I'm with zdre - anyone using the term "amperage" sounds either unprofessional or uneducated. Yes, maybe I'm wound a bit tightly when it comes to things like this but I think it's important to get the details correct/

      Here's some more opinions on this subject:

      From wisegeek.com/what-is-amperage.htm

      “In the first circuits course of my electrical engineering program my instructor said, "If you are going to be a professional you must never use the terms amperage and wattage, the correct terms are current and power"

      From //knowledgerush.com/kr/encyclopedia/Amperage/
      In electricity, current is any flow of charge, usually through a metal wire or some other electrical conductor. Conventional current was defined early in the history of electrical science as a flow of positive charge, although we now know that, in the case of metallic conduction, current is caused by a flow of negatively charged electrons in the opposite direction. Despite this understanding, the original definition of conventional current still stands. The symbol typically used for the amount of current (the amount of charge flowing per unit of time) is I, and the SI unit of electrical current is the ampere. Electric current is therefore also informally referred to as amperage, by analogy with the term voltage.


      From fieldlines.com/story/2007/2/18/215128/361

      "I think current is a poor description of amperage."
      It's commonly agreed upon that current is expressed in the unit 'Ampere'. Many wrongly use the term and call current 'amperage'. It's not accurate, but it's clear what is meant. So, by definition, current IS amperage (though current shouldn't be called amperage but current).

      From .chiefdelphi.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-16846.html
      I have always been of the impression that non-electrical types use the term amperage since they don't understand the technical side of things but know that current is measured in amps. Ampere is the correct term for units of electric current flow, which most people have shortened to amps. e.g. "The motor rating is 129 amp(ere)s at stall."
      Current is used to refer to the flow of electricity, typically for conventional current flow but it can be used for electron flow as well. e.g. "When the switch is closed, current flows in the circuit." or "Current flows from the battery through the wires to the motor and then back to the battery." or "Electron current flows from cathode to plate in a vacuum tube."

      If you search for the term “Amperage” on Wikipedia it redirects you to “Electric Current”

      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh no their goes Tokyo don't go god Zillla, zillla, zillla....

      Oh no their goes Washington, way to go, motor controller Zilla, zilla, zilla...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I jumped out of my chair when I first read this news. I'm building my ev and I just couldn't decide which one to get, none of them seemed good enough after seeing all the fantastic cars with Zilla controllers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the term Twin-Zilla'd sounds awesome! lol
      • 6 Years Ago
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