Re: [DML] Who Killed The Electric Car?
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Re: [DML] Who Killed The Electric Car?

On 12/20/06, Videobob Moseley <videobob@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  The one thing that always seems to be an unaswered question to me concerning
>  these
>  electric cars is, how does the air conditioning and heating work?
>  (or does it?)
>  - Videobob

Bob -

Depends on what you want to spend and how "right" you want to do your
conversion. Heating is commonly done with a basic heating elements.
Eats a fair bit of your battery power to run the heaters, as you'd
imagine, but a good electric car conversion can still have enough
power to keep you nice and toasty in the winter. Nice thing about the
electric heat is it comes on instantly.

Air conditioning works the same as it does in any other car, except
instead of a belt off the crankshaft, you drive the compressor with a
separate electric motor. Again, eats into your range pretty good, but
again, a conversion done right can use the A/C and keep nice and cool
and still get you where you want to go (if where you want to go is
reasonable). :)

I looked pretty seriously into doing an electric Fiero once. Sheer
cost and magnitude of the project changed my mind pretty quick.
~$10k+, plus the car, plus countless hours for a sub-50 mile range
little commuter toy just wasn't going to do it for me.


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