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Old 10-29-2008, 01:45 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MazdaMatt View Post
Anyone ever seen an insite with the entire electric drive system removed? I'm interested to see what it weighs and what sort of numbers can be had with it.
Not removed, but I have a MIMA system that lets me turn off the assist (or use more assist/regen). It has pretty poor acceleration without assist, with little power until you get well above 3K RPM.

The electrical system doesn't actually weigh all that much. The battery & electronics are probably under 100 lbs. (I've never weighed them, but have no problem removing & replacing them myself.) The electric motor replaces the flywheel, so it couldn't easily be removed and leave the car runable. At a guess, I'd say all the hybrid components add maybe 200 lbs max to the car.
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