[DML] Re: Electric DeloreanTechnology for sale
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[DML] Re: Electric DeloreanTechnology for sale

This is probably getting off topic but take it from the guy who owns 
and drives a pure-electric vehicle on a daily basis. (Me)

What you're talking about is a serial hybrid. You're right. Any 
generator that would actually make enough power wouldn't fit with the 
batteries too.

In fact, my own research shows that the DeLorean makes a poor 
electric conversion project. Why?

1. Batteries. Unless you have $60,000 for the latest exotic Lithium 
Ion batteries, there is not enough room to pack in enough lead acid 
traction batteries that would give you acceleration beyond 60 mph for 
any reasonable distance.

2. Batteries (again). Packing in that many lead acid batteries would 
grossly throw off the weight distribution. Most of the available 
space is in the rear. Removing our gas tank would not free up enough 
usable space to counter-balance with more batteries.

3. Suspension. We already have underrrated suspension components. 
Nearly everyone who converts a gas powered car to EV beefs up the 
suspension due to the extra weight. Springs would be easy. Redesigned 
Control arms anyone?

As Tilley has shown, mounting a powerful enough electric motor to the 
existing transmission is not a problem. It's simply a matter of 
fabricating an adapter plate- something EV conversion folks do all 
the time. The motor is much much smaller and lighter but what you 
gain from that is immediately overcome by the weight from your fuel 
source, the batteries.

Give me some affordable LiIon batteries and then we can make a good 
EV DeLorean. They weigh 1/4 or less of a comparably sized lead 
battery and contain 3-10 times the energy. Don't even get me started 
on battery chemistry.

The best conversion vehicles are old VW's. Beetles and Karmann 
Ghia's, Pontiac Fieros sometimes but it's a TIGHT fit. If you want a 
real electric sports car and have $100,000 to throw away, buy a 
Tesla: www.teslamotors.com.

We now return you to your conventionally-powered DeLorean programming.

Rich A.

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, doctorDHD@... wrote:
> Kayo,
> I'm envious of you.  I would have loved to see the Tiley  DeLorean 
> I don't think there is enough room in our cars to have an electric  
motor and 
> a gas generator but it may be possible.
> I am interested in building an electric DeLorean but have no 
dreams  that it 
> charge itself while running.
> If anyone else is interested in this, please contact  me.
> D² & 6530
> Dave Delman
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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