Yes, I need to change my mindset a bit more. In my work, I put together teams of experts from different fields to solve problems. I know enough technologies to coordinate the experts to develop practical solutions. Most of the time, I'm one of the technical team members, as well. In this case, I only have 12-yrs of working experience and sourcing various Li-ion chemistries, so I thought I might still be able to add a little value or maybe different view-points to a team of Gen-1 Insight Li-ion battery conversion experts; but mostly in Li-ion cells at wholesale prices. While my communications skills can always improve, I apologize if I gave everyone the impression that I believe it will be easy to build and sell millions of fully developed conversion kits, just like stuffing a brand new 11.5 L "Twin Six" V12 ICE into a 1961 Austin Mini as a simple drop-in at almost no cost.
My hope was to develop an affordable and a much more convenient conversion kit for someone to do the conversion themselves or they can hire someone else to do it for them. There will be a very clear statement that says these kits were developed by those who successfully converted their own Gen-1s to assist the DIY'ers, and there are NO guaranties and warranties. It's similar to the homebuilt aircraft industry where the aircraft designer has successfully flown his own design, and is now selling the plans and some of the difficult-to-build parts. The designer is not liable for the builder's mistakes or alterations, but the designer will do his best to assist the builder to avoid mishaps.
I'm used to working on multi-technology projects with multi-experts on one team. Everyone contribute their expertise to solve a complex problem. This Li-ion conversion requires knowledge in HEV control systems, communication between subsystems, Li-ion chemistries, BMSs, and integration. I'm guessing at least 90% of those who thought about doing a conversion gave up after learning the difficulties. Everyday we wait to become better and more knowledgeable, more Insights go into junkyards. I guess I'm most concerned with waste. Now, I don't wash and reuse aluminum foil, but it is very wasteful to let these very efficient HEVs end up in junkyards when it's only the battery pack needing replacement while the rest of the car is in good shape.
Some people want the newcomers to go through the same hardship as they did to learn to convert their vehicle with a new Li-ion power pack. That's not a good role-model if we wanted to encourage more people to do the Li-ion conversion to keep more Insights running. That's why I suggested all of us put our heads together to try to come up with a more convenient kit for the less-informed to convert to Li-ion. Of course, I need to do my own conversion first to better understand the challenges, but preferably using new LTO or LFP cells; and to earn that merit badge for some of you who only recognize scarred faces. Once I get my own little Insight running properly on a Li-ion pack, then I'll be able to write that Li-ion conversion primer with more authenticity, but minor4326 might beat me to it. I suppose everyone can add to it to help the next person who has the motivation, but no idea where to begin, in the shortest and quickest manner.
I'm big on giving credit where it's due, so I will not take credit for anything I didn't honestly achieve or accomplish, and I'm guessing you all feel the same way.