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Old 10-10-2008, 09:20 AM   #624 (permalink)
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1st and 5th are completely useless gears in this car.

1st gear spins up really fast and isn't needed, because you can pull away from a stop in either 2nd or third.

5th just doesn't have any power with the gear, weight, and voltage of this system.

An EV can be built with or without a clutch.
You even CAN build one with an automatic transmission if you really wanted.

Usually the flywheel would not be shaved down, but rather buy or build a custom version of what a shaved flywheel would be like.

Machining something like that is beyond my skills. Buying or having one made would have been a budget buster.

This car drives like a golf cart in 3rd gear. You can pull away from a stop and go up to a little over 35 mph without shifting, using a clutch, or have anything weird happen when you come to a stop.

Just to compare, here is a video response to my YouTube video from another EVer:

Looks like his shifts a lot nicer. He's also using Optima Yellow Tops, which I know you can pull a LOT of amps from!
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Last edited by bennelson; 10-10-2008 at 10:05 AM.. Reason: another video
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