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In 2006 Rod developed an innovative simple method for balancing and monitoring Lithium cells in a battery. At the time Thundersky Battery in China was just starting to manufacture a new type of Lithium cell called LiFePO4 in a large format. The BMS system was used on his first EV, the first of its kind in Australia using these new cells.
He subsequently applied for and was granted an Australian standard patent for it.
Rods BMS system was an instant hit with EV enthusiasts worldwide because it was simple, available to the everyman, and it worked. So Rod started importing Thundersky batteries to Australia and making BMS so they could be safely used. The company he started in 2007 was EV Power.
It caused quite a stir in the EV enthusiast movement internet forums of the time, not all of it positive because of the patent. Since the method had been published, it got copied in 2009 in the USA by Dimitri Butvinik who started his own business around it called Clean Power Auto. They say that "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"...
Dimitri and his business have since grown and moved on to bigger things. EV Power Australia continues to produce the same BMS and still serves the community using the same direct sales system. Albeit to a smaller audience because since 2007 many new BMS systems have hit the market.