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Electric MINI revealed -- The Mini E

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by stopcrazypp, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. WarpedOne

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    I thought this copper-rotor thing is Tesla's (patented) trick and AC used aluminum rotors?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    #47 JRP3, Dec 9, 2008
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    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.
     
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    The Roadster takes a few seconds when you turn the key, you can see that in the OnCars video.
     
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    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
     
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    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.

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    #57 doug, Jan 6, 2009
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    A bit off topic, but here's a different Mini EV:

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