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Converted Lotus Elises - ECE, Detroit Electric

Discussion in 'Electric Conversions' started by doug, Jun 24, 2008.

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    Detroit Electric makes an electric Elise?

    Alternative Energy: Driving The Detroit Electric Lotus Elise And Proton Persona
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    "We are very proud of our tulips, our windmills and our wooden shoes, but we are more than that."
     
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    #6 stopcrazypp, Sep 3, 2008
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    Here's another:
    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.
     
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    I merged this thread with an older one that has a link to some videos that are probably worth watching again.
     
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    Sorry doug! I guess I missed/forgot about this thread!

    Thanks for cleaning up after me!
     
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    #9 vfx, Nov 24, 2008
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    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)
     
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    Isn't Detroit Electric now just another name for Zap and their Chinese partner?
     
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    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.
     
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    I'm famous! (in an incestual way) :redface:
     
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    My guess:
    200km range
    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
    Price: €128.750
    So it's not as good as a Roadster but a lot more expensive. Unless "Versnellingen" is something really cool :wink:
     
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    ^ Gears. 3 + 1
     
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    And another:

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    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.
     

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