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Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by stopcrazypp, Oct 17, 2008.
Green Car Congress: AC Propulsion System Powers the MINI E
I thought this copper-rotor thing is Tesla's (patented) trick and AC used aluminum rotors?
Tesla Motors - think
In the Tesla blog "motor city," Martin says,
"Like Tesla’s motors, the EV-1 motor, and the AC Propulsion motor, ours gets its incredible efficiency largely due to its copper rotor."
Maybe they used to make motors with aluminium, but not as of recently.
Thank you for pointing me to that blog. I guess it is copper alright.
Maybe BMW will give ACP a hand in optimizing their manufacturing procces.
BBC NEWS | Business | Mini points to electric car future
Includes a nice little video.
MINI E verdict | First Drives | Car Reviews | Auto Express
AC Propulsion batteries? I don't think so.
That seems ridiculously long to wait to get moving, an EV should start at least as fast as an ICE.
The Roadster takes a few seconds when you turn the key, you can see that in the OnCars video.
I suppose that means the the Roadster could be turned on AND be going more than 60 mph in the same amount of time !! LOL
Doesn't look particularly crash worthy. I wouldn't like to be sandwiched by those batteries. I guess that's a common problem with conversions. For safety, structural members of the car really need to be designed with the batteries in mind. But I appreciate that this is being taken on by Mini/BMW and ACP. Certainly feel better about it than something from Hybrid Technologies.
I agree! But BMW would not be able to sell them in the US if they were not crash tested, I assume?
Or are they getting around the safety tests somehow?
I imagine there is a substantial bulkhead in front of the battery pack. Really the location isn't that much different than Tesla's, is it?
Frankly, I'm glad they are doing an EV and I understand why they would use a Mini, but it's a terrible vehicle to convert. Most home conversions have better battery placement than that because they have more space to work with.
I was in a newsagent this afternoon and saw Modern Mini Magazine had a pretty comprehensive (IIRC) 6 page review of the Mini E. I didn't have time to read the whole thing (and wasn't feeling like buying it) but in conclusion they said it is a good start and "Rome wasn't built in a day"...
UK members might like to pick up a copy if they are interested.
Repost from here since it has some meaty Mini info.
Electric cars coming soon to a road near you - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Road & Track NEW: Road & Track Photo Gallery
A bit off topic, but here's a different Mini EV:
New York City to get 10 MINI Es for road test - AutoblogGreen
MINI E delayed? Not exactly, but it is perhaps too popular - AutoblogGreen