[Ovmsdev] Volt/Ampera CAN Logs

Mark Webb-Johnson mark at webb-johnson.net
Fri Jun 1 09:03:59 HKT 2012


I'll try to get you a version of my can-re-tool over the weekend. That will work on your Mac with Lion (same as I use). Sorry it has taken so long - just been busy with other projects.

Regards, Mark.

On 31 May, 2012, at 10:17 PM, Michael Jochum wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> nice work.
> is it possible to get the software.
> I still in fight with canhack to get the logs in the rigth format.
> @Mark: you ask about the computer with i got the logs. i answer that is an PC with XP.
> BUT i would prefer to use my MacBook with Lion. But couldnt find a working software.
> Bye
> michael
> Am 31.05.2012 um 15:34 schrieb R. Scott Perry:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I'm the RScott from gm-volt.com, and I wrote the page at evtools.info about the Volt and OBD2 data (which I haven't updated in quite some time).  I've read the recent posts to the list about the Volt, and thought I would provide information here in response.
>> First, if it would be helpful, I have written a program for Windows to record data from an OBD2 scanner.  It is designed to work with scanners that use the ELM327 chip (or are compatible).  It saves the timestamp, and saves the data in the format "11:48:45.829: 206 639600".  It is run from a command prompt, and not very user friendly.
>> For the SOC, the "206 3 69 C3 00" capture indicates CAN ID 206, with 3 bytes of data.  The SOC data only uses the first two bytes, so this would be 0x69C3, or 27075d.  Dividing by 4,000 gets 6.769kWh in the battery, or about 42% of the total battery capacity, which should be 4 bars on the display. http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?5328-Volt-Diagnostic-Tool&p=91868#post91868 correlates the SOC number here with the bars displayed.
>> The VIN can be constructed by taking the number "1" and converting the CAN IDs 4E9 and 514 to ASCII.  So with "4E1 4255313032363839" and "514 4731524436453436", you would end up with 42 55 31 30 32 36 38 39 47 31 52 44 36 45 34 36, where 42 is ASCII for B, 55 is U, etc.
>> The latitude/longitude conversion is almost the same as what you have for the Tesla, with two exceptions -- changing the 2048 to 1000, as noted, and the accounting for negative numbers is different.  It seems that the number the Volt supplies is a 31-bit signed integer.  The easiest way to handle that, I think, would be to add "latlon = latlon << 1;" before checking for <0, and then "latlon = latlon >> 1;" afterwards.  Running the code you have with those two changes seems to work fine.
>> The bad news is that I have checked all my log files (I have been logging almost all the time I have driven for about 8 months now), and the CAN ID 32A (latitude/longitude) has never shown all zeroes.  If the GPS data is unobtainable, I believe the car reports the most recent reading.  The GPS data comes from the OnStar system, so I am thinking it may only provide the data if the OnStar service has been activated, which could be a problem for owners outside of U.S/Canada.
>> For charging, all I have found so far are some numbers that appear to show electricity flow to/from the battery.  If they are positive, electricity is going to the battery; if negative, electricity is leaving the battery.  But this will also be positive if the gas engine is on and charging the battery, as well as if the car is going downhill and the regenerative braking is being used.
>>                      -Scott
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