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Old 06-01-2009, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Electric motor questions

As Paul's Open ReVolt controller project nears completion, I am thinking it's time to get going on my EV journey. Several guys have mentioned doing an electric drive bicycle as a small project to get their feet wet. I'm thinking an electric go-kart would be fun. It would also get my 13 year old son into it, as well.
I've been around the forum for a while now, and I've read a lot of threads on EV conversions. But I still have a lot of questions. Mostly about power output of motors.
Is the wattage of a motor a good way of comparing them?
Is a 1200 watt motor going to give me twice as much speed/acceleration as a 600 watt motor?
How big of a motor would I need for a go-kart, anyway?
Anyone have some good links where this stuff is spelled out succinctly?

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