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Old 07-13-2012, 10:31 AM   #141 (permalink)
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My electric Geo Metro features a 10.5" diameter series wound motor from a Nissan electric forklift.

When I ran 144V, I was able to get the car up to almost 75 MPH. ( I was going uphill and knew where the cop hides....)

A big limiting factor in my otherwise stock Geo was the width of the car in front. It was pretty hard to shoehorn that motor in - I had to chop the tailshaft, etc. Of course that was on the transmission, and takes advantage of the gearing.

Depending on where and how you will connect the electric motor, perhaps you could use a big old forklift motor. They are powerful and inexpensive, but will take up some space and weight. That extra 12" wide should give you A LOT more design flexibility than I had working with a stock Metro.

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