2012 Tesla Model S - Jay Leno's Garage
2012 Tesla Model S. It carries five adults and two kids and has a 300 mile
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on the Tesla S.
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2012 Tesla Model S - Jay Leno's Garage
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Behind the scenes of building an electric car - The journey
Follow us on a journey of the successes and dissapointments that were
Team Swinburne Electric 2010, AKA tse_10, was the first year a group of
Swinburne engineering students endevoured to develop and build an Electric
Vehicle for the Formula SAE competition. The team hit trouble when they
blew up their motor controller, just over a week before the competition.
The team then borrowed another motor controller which also ended up
blowing. The team then borrowed ANOTHER motor controller, to which they had
some success, until the night before the competition, when it also blew up.
In total the team blew up 3x $4,000 controllers, 6 times (after repairs).
It is thought that the motor is faulty and is causing the issues.
Final Year Members:
Non Final Year Members:
Jacob Vu Tran
ATA and MEVIG
Warning: Although edited, this is behind the scenes footage and may contain
some course language and/or offensive behaviour.
ELECTRIC CAR - Part 1
It isn't really a complicated process to do an electric car conversion, but
you will need to obtain certain specialized parts.
You will need: an electric motor, deep cycle batteries, a controller, a
battery charger, an adaptor kit, and various other small parts.
But first, you are going to need a vehicle that you can do your electric
car conversion with. Any vehicle can be used for this project, but some
work better than others.
Heading the list are small cars and trucks, as they are light and strong.
Your first consideration as shown in the detailed plans is to find the
lightest vehicle that will still do the job of hauling you and whatever
cargo you carry around.
Next, you will want a large DC motor that will produce power for your
electric car. The larger the motor, the more power your electric car will
Don't worry that it will be slow either. Many people have the wrong
impression of electric cars; they accelerate as fast as any vehicle on the
road and travel at least 50 mph.
What about batteries?
You will need to locate about 16-20 deep cycle batteries for your car as
well. The plans outline sources of batteries, even free batteries that you
can find with a little effort. The same source will probably have free DC
It's just a matter of asking.
Why do you need this many batteries? In order to achieve a range of up to
100 miles on a single charge.
A controller is needed to fix the amount of current flowing from the
batteries to the motor which determines how fast you go. The controller is
connected to your old gas pedal linkage for smooth control of the vehicle.
In order to charge your batteries between trips, you will need an on-board
battery charger. That way you can just plug it into any common AC circuit
and get charged up again.
Doesn't this sound like fun?
Isn't it time you got started on your own conversion project?
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Rimac - Electric Concept One Super Car 1088hp
Rimac - Electric Concept One Super Car 1088hp
Power output: 1088 hp
Torque: 1600 Nm from 0 to 6500 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2,8 seconds
Range: up to 600 km (realistic range -- 500 km)
Braking distance: 31.5m (100-0 km/h)
Lateral g-force: 1.4 g
Efficiency: 140-550 Wh/km
40 kW on-board charging
100 kW fast DC-charging
Weight-to-power ratio: 1.79 kg/hp
Weight distribution: 42% front, 58% rear
Total length: 4548 mm
Total width: 1997 mm
Total height: 1198 mm
Ground clearance: Rear: 115 mm, Front: 105 mm
Wheelbase: 2750 mm.
Dry weight: 1950 kg
Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry
Configuration: 1400 cells - 200 series, 7 parallel
Voltage: 650V nominal
Capacity: 91 kWh
Cooling: Freon (gas) with high-voltage heat pumps
Milled aluminum and sheet aluminum housing
Rimac Automobili Active Battery and Thermal Management Systems
Several layers of redundant safety and protection systems
Carbon fibre monocoque with integrated battery-pack
Carbon fibre sub-frames (front and rear)
Carbon fibre crash structure
Front and rear suspension: Double wishbones, fully adjustable, pushrod
Electronically adjustable ride height.
Fully machined aluminum uprights and wishbones
Rear: Rimac Automobili D-PM-OC-600 -- high speed dual permanent magnet
oil cooled motors, 600 kW peak, 10.000 RPM, up to 97% efficiency
Front: Rimac Automobili D-PM-OC-400 - high speed dual permanent magnet
oil cooled motors, 400 kW peak, 10.000 RPM, up to 97% efficiency
Dry sump lubrication
Milled aluminum housings
Reduction gearbox ratio: 3,5
Rack and pinion electrically power assisted steering.
Front brakes: Ventilated ceramic discs Ø 390 mm, 36 mm wide.
6-piston calipers, power-assisted.
Rear brakes: Ventilated ceramic discs Ø 380 mm, 34 mm wide.
4-piston calipers, power-assisted.
Up to 800 kW of regen-braking (adjustable)
Front and side air-bags
Torque Vectoring with stability function
Safety disconnect systems in case of crash
Multiple ECU architecture for monitoring of safety-relevant electronic
Full carbon-fibre body.
Tesla Motors - The Future of Electric Cars [Full Documentary]
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Teenager Builds Electric Car - $.02 a mile to operate!
Tyler Griffin reports on a 19 year-old who decided to build an electric car
to save money on parking and gas at his high school. Mark King is the young
inventor behind the electric car which only costs two cents a mile to
WORLDS FASTEST street legal ELECTRIC CAR
Learn about EV technology: http://www.electric-vehiclenews.com/
Worlds fastest street legal ELECTRIC CAR 1972 Datsun 1200 Whtie Zombie.
This car is based in Oregon... there are something like 18 hydro electric
power plants in that state! Hydro generation accounts for 58% of all
electricity in Oregon (Over 70% in Washington) and coal accounts for less
Only about 15% of the energy from the fuel you put in your tank gets used
to move your car down the road or run useful accessories, such as air
conditioning. The rest of the energy is lost to engine and driveline
inefficiencies and idling. Therefore, the potential to improve fuel
efficiency with advanced technologies is enormous. With an Electric Car it
costs just $1.00 per 100kms with MUCH more performance than with petrol at
$20.00 per 100kms.
EVs use between 1/6th and 1/10th the energy of a comparable ICE powered
Datsun 1200 EV Specs:
- Motor - Hi Torque Electric 'Siamese 8' Series Wound DC Dual Armature 8
- Controller - Zilla Z2K EHV 2000 Amp
- Battery - 60x 16 Ah Hawker Enersys 'Genesis' Lead-Acid 360 Volts
- Final Drive ratio - 4.11 : 1
- Weight - 2,450 Pounds (1,113 Kilograms)
Dual Motor Electric Vehicle Drivetrain With Powerglide 2 Speed Transmission Walkthrough by EV West
Here's a brief 10 minute video that gives a nice overview of the EV West 2
speed Powerglide transmission that runs without a torque converter direct
drive to 2 coupled Warp 11 motors. Depending on the voltage and current,
these twin motors can put out well over 1000 lb/ft of torque, and 600+ horsepower. We used
this motor and transmission combination to power our BMW M3 to the summit
of Pikes Peak in 2012 setting an all time record for street legal electric
cars. The strength and reliability of this system is key. For more
information regarding this bolt in drive train, please visit
http://evwest.com for the latest updates.
The Ultimate Electric Car - Coming to Continental USA ... Better Place Inc.
April 27, 2011 ... Better Place is coming to the continental USA within a
few months. The prototype production in Israel and Hawaii was a great
Get ready to 'throw away' the keys to your gas guzzling clunkers of
Better Place, Sheraton Waikiki and Hawaiian Electric Partner on EV Charge
Network in Hawaii
September 30, 2010
Better Place announced today the start of its initial deployment of EV
infrastructure in Hawaii, with the launch of a project to incorporate its
electric-vehicle infrastructure in Honolulu, in partnership with Kyo-ya
Hotels & Resorts' Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Hawaiian Electric Company.
The project will start with a small number of charge spots in Waikiki and
around Oahu and includes seven electric vehicles. Better Place will manage
the charging of the vehicles via a network operations center located in
Palo Alto, California.
"Hawaii's commitment to being a world leader in renewable energy, as
demonstrated by the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, aligns very strongly
with our mission to help end the world's reliance on oil," said Jason Wolf,
Vice President of Better Place's North American Operations. "This project
marks the beginning of our initial, pre-commercial infrastructure
deployment in Hawaii. It supports the state's goal of leading the nation
in renewable energy use, which Better Place will integrate into the grid
via electric cars."
Th!nk City Electric Car
Following the introduction of Daimler's Smart Car comes another brainy
micro-sized car out of Europe. This time it's from Norwegian manufacturer
Th!nk. Starting in 2009, the company plans to brink its tiny 4-seater
called the Th!nk City to Noth America.