Tazzari electric car


The Tazzari Zero is an ‘ultra-light’ electric car made in Italy (Imola) since 2010 by Tazzari GL S.p.A and has the following technical features:

  • aluminium chassis frame resulting in a 540 kg total weight (375 kg without batteries)
  • brushless 15 kW (80v) motor (150 Nm, 5500 rpm), air cooled, with motor controller (SME AC-M1)
  • gearbox (10:1)
  • 13 kWh battery: 24x LiFeYPO4 battery cells (ThunderSky TS-LFP160), 160Ah, 3.3v  (total 80v)
  • 1.7 kW charger (230v) Zivan NG3 – optional: 2.7 kW (Zivan NG7) and 14 kW (Zivan NGTOP) chargers
  • 3x Tazzari batteries balancer modules (BMS) with CAN bus
  • 12v DC/DC converter (350W) for car lights etc.
  • hydraulic disc brakes (Tazzari)
  • tires: 550mm diameter (175/55 R15 – 2.6 bar)
  • 4 motor controller modes: race, standard, economy, rain

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Chassis frame, battery positions

The frame is made out of aluminium. The battery cells are located at the front and under the seats.

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LiFeYPO4 battery

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  • LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) as anode material
  • Yttrium in the cathode (high electron transfer at low temperatures, increased capacity at low temp, high C ratings at low temperatures, protects iron phosphate molecular structure from oxidation layer damage during high temperature applications)

battery cell specification: lion_cell_TS-LFP160

Lithium-Ion technologies used in other cars:

  • LiCoO2 (Lithium cobalt oxide) : Tesla-like
  • LiNiMnCo (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide): Nissan, Volt
  • LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) : Fisker, Tazzari
  • LiMn2O4 (Lithium Manganese Oxide) : Nissan, Volt

Battery management system (BMS)


The battery management system (BMS) uses top-balancing strategy – at the end of charging, all cells are balanced to their end of charge voltage (EOCV). The cells can be discharged to the end of discharge voltage (EODV) of the cell with smallest capacity.


Power consumption, range and speed


The car consumes 10 kWh per 100 km. Depending on environment (temperature, slope, etc.) the battery (ThunderSky) has a capacity of 13 kWh and the car can drive up to 100 km with it until re-charging. The top speed is around 100 km/h.

Electric components overview

A DC/DC converts the battery voltage down to 12v for lights, electronics, etc.  Brake sensor, gas pedal sensor, motor direction switch and speed modes switches are connected to the motor controller. The motor controller converts the battery DC voltage to motor AC voltage and adjusts speed based on the sensors and motor encoder. More details (actual wiring, controller pinout, schematics etc.) can be found in the Tazzari service manual available for authorized service centers .

I/O communication overview

The charging start/progress is indicated to the Tazzari interface and the charger current is limited via PWM-signal. If there is some BMS error, the motor controller can be instructed to run at a limited speed. A CAN bus allows reading individual battery cell voltages, temperatures, charging current etc.


Tazzari CAN bus, battery logging etc.
A CAN bus allows reading individual battery cell voltages, temperatures, charging current etc.
(photo: Tazzari CAN Logger)

Battery logging

The 24 battery cell voltages (2.7v ~ 3.3v in the example below) and total current (0 ~ 150 Ampere in the example below) can be monitored via CAN bus. The plot below shows the SD card log measurements of 3 phases (ilde, driving, idle):

Another plot showing charging and balancing all cells over night:



Motor and gearbox

The Tazzari car uses a 10:1 gearbox (one gear) – The gearbox reduces the motor rotations by factor 10.


(source: Tazzari Yahoo Forum)

Hydraulic disc brakes


(source: Tazzari Yahoo Forum)

Rear axle, motor transmission, rear hanging

The Tazzari car is using a rear wheel drive.

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(source: Tazzari Yahoo Forum)

Front hanging, steering, wheel bearing

The Tazaric car is using a rack-and-pinion steering. The bearings used in the Tazzari car: SKF VKBA 559

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(source: Tazzari Yahoo Forum)

Motor controller (SME AC-M1)

The Tazzari car uses regenerative braking. The motor control algorithm used by the SME motor controller is known as ‘Field Oriented Control’.

The motor controller diagnostic can be performed and motor controller parameters can be adjusted by authorized service centers using ‘SME EyePlus’ software (now ‘Software TAU for SME Controllers’).

When the vehicle is on release or reverse braking ramp, motor works as generator, and battery voltage could exceed over-voltage limit. The solution may be to reduce the release and reverse braking ramp.eyeplus motor_control1

Top lock recovery

If the bowden cable for the top lock is broken, you can manually unlock the top lock from the car bottom side.


Charger, charging station

The internal car charger uses a CEE-16 socket (A). For super-fast (external) charging there is a battery (Anderson 175A) socket (C) and charger control socket (D). The BMS can limit the charging current via the charger control socket.

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Fast charger (Zivan NG5-7-9) connector pinout
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Super-fast charger (Zivan NGTOP) connector pinout (Mini-Fit 16 poles)

Zivan chargers are  available for a wide range of voltages. Inside the charger there is a pot for max. voltage (marked U) and another one for max. current (marked I). The voltage can be adjusted by 10-20%.
I: 115A     I1: 10A      U2: 84V
U: 102V   U1: 80V    I2: 5.5A

AUX1: mains presence indication
AUX2: charge in progess indication
PWM: charge current control by BMS (must be existing for charger to work)
DIN 5 socket: temperature probe

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Do-It-Yourself single cell charging/discharging/capacity meter


Tazzari GL first prototype, Imola 2006 (source: Tazzari Google+)

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One thought on “Tazzari electric car”

  1. Hello,
    Very interesting information about the Tazzari Zero car. Is it possible to get more detailed information, for example: plug B7 of the logic main board, that is B.M.S communication with the logic board.
    Thank you
    Best Regards

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