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Old 08-24-2017, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sondors Electric Car Company - 3 wheels, 3 seats, hub motor

This project seems to have just surfaced, and it looks interesting - a three wheeled, three seat electric car, that uses a hub motor (from Protean) on the rear wheel. Most the information I can find is on Facebook, and I hope it is public.

https://www.facebook.com/sondorselectriccar/





The rear seat in the prototype:




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I think the battery is in the front?




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Old 08-24-2017, 01:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks interesting.
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It's beautiful! And built just the way I imagined. Better, even!
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Tube frame = expensive per unit cost though.

Oh, I just realized where the name is familiar from... the Sondors Electric Bike.

They waaaay overpromised on that one, but did deliver an actual product at a reasonable price. So there's that.
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Even though the tube-frame gets quite expensive, might fare well as a safety feature.
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Two FRONT in-hub motors (with regeneration) is gonna be better than a single lightly loaded rear-wheel.
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It worked for the Morgan sports car back in the day.

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It worked for the Morgan sports car back in the day.

That's sorta what I was thinking about historically; ie: dual-pulling around corners rather than single-pushing.

With absolutely no reference to TROJAN™s, it's always better to have two pieces of rubber contact than just a single rubber contact (wink,wink)!
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The single rear hub drive depending on the final price could be cool for the Arcimoto/ Elio type of crowd since it is the cheapest way. It's too bad these new designs must pursue three wheels in order to circumvent the crash laws to make them cheaper. Unfortunately a single rear wheel, front drive or rear, won't work for me on a snowy highway since it will be trying to skip out of the ridge of snow in the center of the lane. I like that they realized it is no aero disadvantage to include the bodywork over the front wheels. Rather than going for the minimum frontal area by using pods over the wheels but having air swirling though open suspension pieces. Aero bodywork out to the front wheels can still fit a pure airfoil template from the top view with a narrow rear track like a more extremely tapered front drive Volkswagen XL1.
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That's sorta what I was thinking about historically; ie: dual-pulling around corners rather than single-pushing.
IIRC the Morgan Three-Wheeler is actually RWD, and Morgan had never made anything FWD.

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