Jim, AC power comes from an inverter, which converts battery DC to 3-phase
AC for the Siemens motor. My conversion will be along these lines:
Tom, it's not that it's difficult. I am just trying to bridge that last
gap to making it like a regular car. No, this is well within BMW's realm.
Ever heard of the Solectria car? The electric S10 pickup? The GM EV1?
All dead now, thanks to Big Oil's big money buying them off. See the
movie, "Who Killed the Electric Car".
JB, battery technology has come a long way since you last checked.
Lithium ions are a fraction of the volume and weight of lead-acid, and
pack many times the energy. Check these:
.. which are what was used in the Eliica supercar:
And check out this little monster:
Here I thought we Americans were the only ones 10 years behind the times.
Dave, electric vehicles don't have to be city-only. How's about a
trailer, with an ICE engine, which actually PUSHES the electric car on
.. or an Insight engine/generator trailer, which provides 10kW while the
EV motor draws 7.2?
That should put the doubters to rest. Now, are there any automotive
engineers in the house, who can help with my questions?