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    Zapi Controllers

    Looking around at controllers a little while ago I came across a company called Zapi INC. Their North American headquarters are in North Carolina but they also have major facilitates in Italy, Germany, China, South Korea and the UK. One of the Italian divisions makes the controllers.
    They have a pretty broad selection of controllers ranging from about 1.5kw to 94kva (~100hp at a 0.8pf). I am somewhat surprised they haven't gotten into EV controllers, to my knowledge at least, but perhaps it is only a matter of time. Maybe a future Curtis competitor?
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    Hello CaptainKlapton,

    I have not heard of this controller but will look into them.

    Thanks,
    Tony

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    Zapi controllers was very common choice in the '90 in Italy for electric car , Piaggio Porter first version was using a Zapi , also Zivan chargers are from the Zapi group ( Zivan became an indipendent brand in 1985 ,but still in the Zapi group).

    The biggest issue with Zapi is the missed the evolution from brashed motor to bruschless , even today theyr main core business is brushed and sepex controller , maybe now they are moving but for example Zapi controllers still have minifit connector while Sevcon and Curtis already use water-proof Ampseal connector.

    Anyway I will ask around how Zapi brushless controller work and how much they cost.

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    here the history of the Zapi group and spin-offs
    http://www.zapigroup.it/en/our-group

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    Sorry for the wrong informatio but looks like the also moved to AmpSeal , at least for the higher voltages version

    http://www.zapigroup.it/en/sottoappl...or-controllers

    still lacking of an optoisolated version like the Curtis 1239

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    Thanks for the info Athlon.
    Once finals are over I will look into them further as well.
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