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Discussion in 'Electric Conversions' started by doug, Jun 24, 2008.
VIDEO: Dutch firms begin flood of electric cars with converted Lotus Elises - AutoblogGreen
Cool. Hopefully this trend will continue with Lotus's Eagle platform:-
01/03/08 - First Glimpse Of Project Eagle » Lotus
Detroit Electric makes an electric Elise?
Alternative Energy: Driving The Detroit Electric Lotus Elise And Proton Persona
Dutch venture plans cheap, powerful electric cars
"We are very proud of our tulips, our windmills and our wooden shoes, but we are more than that."
DRIVEN: Detroit Electric’s electric Lotus Elise
Let's see the specs:
Based on the Lotus Elise
150kW (200hp) motor
0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 4.3 seconds
220km/h (137 mph) top speed
325km (202 mile) range
200,000km (124k miles) expected life of battery
Hmm, what car does that sound like?
Edit: Ironically, after watching the videos, I noticed the car literally sounded exactly the same as the Tesla Roadster.
240v 10A charges it in 6.5 hours. (fishy numbers 240*10*6.5 = 15.6kWh, should be impossible to travel 200 miles with just 15.6kWh, that's just 78Wh/mi)
240v 35A in 3.5 hours. (This one gets 240*35*3.5=29.4kWh, bit more believable)
240v 100A charges it to 80% in 10-15 minutes.
The engineer claims his motor is revolutionary because it is it makes 5kW per kg, while typical motors make 0.25kW per kg. The Tesla's motor makes a peak of at least 250hp=186kW, weights ~70lbs=32kg, so 5.8kW per kg.
Anyways perhaps this will be a less expensive version of the Tesla Roadster.
Edit: An interesting point is the electric Lotus Elise prototype seems to have kept the standard transmission from the original Elise. There is a clutch and at least three gears (I assume it has 5 gears, but the author only talked about shifting to third gear). I wonder how long a standard gearbox will last used this way.
I merged this thread with an older one that has a link to some videos that are probably worth watching again.
Sorry doug! I guess I missed/forgot about this thread!
Thanks for cleaning up after me!
Detroit Electric returns
Can't belive we have not discussed this company's rebirth here yet. [Edit: Turns out this entire thread never mentioned my search term "Detroit Electric"]
This post puts them in Tesla territory.
From Martin's Blog (fridge page)
Isn't Detroit Electric now just another name for Zap and their Chinese partner?
Zap! and Youngman both gave up their ownership. There may still be some contractual obligations though.
Detroit Electric hooked up the Electric Cars Europe and Proton. It's a difficult tale to follow and I don't really "get" it. Martin would surely add some credibility to the venture.
I'm famous! (in an incestual way) :redface:
Lotus Elise - Electric Cars Europe
150kw peak power
0-100kmh less than 5 sec
Top speed 215 km/h
10 hour recharge at 16 amps
4 hour recharge at 32 amps
So it's not as good as a Roadster but a lot more expensive. Unless "Versnellingen" is something really cool :wink:
^ Gears. 3 + 1
Automobielmanagement.nl - Athlon wil lease-rijder aan elektro-auto - Milieu
Press releases - E-world energy & water
And one seen charging at RWE here:
Flickr Photo Download: Iaa_2009_ - 23
This one is not really "charging" (the charge posts appear not to be wired in) but infact is being used as a giant videogame controller. It is a real car though.