Electric Car Conversion 101 Video 005





Introduction: Electric Car Conversion 101 Video 005

See how to convert a Dodge Neon to a 300V AC Electric Car - step by step - through this video series!

In part 5, we lay out the bolt holes to mount the motor to the adapter plate

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    dchall8 "Rather than using one motor and transmission, did you consider eliminating the transmission and using two smaller motors?..."

    as to weather or not they considered it here's why it won't work, (for a better explination goto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differential_(mechanical_device)) becouse there wouldn't be any way to change the speed of the wheels individually, as is need when you try and turn a car. and even if you could, maybe with a computer, speed one up and slow one down, thousands of times a minute, you would need to write one hell of a program to run it, of cource if you did write such a program, the $100,000 that ford offered, and as far as i no is still offering, would weight the car down so much that it wouldn't be reasionable to have an ev.

    Just use a indy differential pumpkin and one motor. no shifting gears.

    Hey dchall8, thanks for your comments. We are planning on making sure to integrate feedback on these videos into future videos that we make. We may do an "E-mail Bag" or something similar to make a video reply on questions such as using one motor vs two, etc. -Ben Man behind the camera PS: I really like the laser pointer idea!

    Oh, I forgot to mention, the white lines were only used because they showed up on camera so much better. The actual markings were done with a very fine point scribe. I will be sure to mention that sort of thing in future videos.

    Maybe you could help me out. I've always wondered why hybrids like the Prius always relied on braking to regenerate power and only braking. How come no one has strapped motors to the back wheels (free spinning) and wired them into the battery pack to generate additional power. Is that feasible for you project? could you strap 2 motors (small ones) to the back wheels to feed your batteries while driving to extend your range? Or would the added weight negate any gains you make? Just curiosity really, its always boggled my mind why this hasn't been done yet. there has to be a good reason.

    The trouble with wheel generators is simple. It's trying to build a perpetual motion machine. Electricity from the batteries powers the car down the road, turning the wheels, which would power the generator, which would put energy back into the batteries. However, every time you change energy from one form to another, you always loose some energy - usually as heat. You will never put more power back into the batteries than you get out of them. The only exception to this is if you already have used energy to get the car up to speed, and in fact you want to dump some of that motion energy - to slow down. Since you are now just wasting this energy, why not capture some of it and return it to the batteries? I have often heard that hybrid cars can improve their economy by about %15 through use of regenerative braking. Really good hybrid drivers try not to use the regenerative brakes at all. Rather, they try to coast more and let off the gas at just the right time. In this way, they just use less energy in the first place. Tom has come up with a clever way to turn his AC motor controller on and off through just using the brake pedal. This will allow him to choose between truely coasting and using regenerative brakes depending on the exact driving situation.

    why not ditch regenerative brakes all together and just use the wheels as regenerative mechanisms. To avoid the Perpetual motion issue you could simply have the free spinning wheels engage a generator only when coasting. It seems you would gain some range from that. Admittedly, I don't know much about how those fancy brakes work but I imagine they can not be as efficient at generating as the wheels would be that are already in place.

    This would simply just convert the energy you used to push the car, back into energy to the battery or motor - this would actually just waste energy. It took you energy to make the back wheels spinning, so if you were to try to regenerate them it would just defeat the purpose of having sped them up - essentially this would just slow down your car, make it less efficient, and have a perpetual braking system on it.

    nice job.. i was wondering if you could submerge the motor and wires in dry ice or liqud nitrogen to reduce alot of heat potential and maybe intergrate the whole mineraloil concept...

    Where do I find the motor size specs, how do you power a 300 AC motor from batteries, and how many batteries does that take. That motor is huge compared to my 3hp Citicar motor.