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Old 25th May 2009, 07:41   #1
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Default Dodge Circuit EV sports car

The new Dodge Circuit is an interesting vehicle. Sleek styling along with an impressive drive line; electricity! This new electric sports car is sure to compete against Tesla's dominated market. Anticipated to cost around $30,000-$50,000 USD the Dodge Circuit satisfies a new market the Tesla prices itself out of. Read more about it below.

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This unseen footage is shot behind the scenes outside of an auto show and illustrates the fact Dodge has created an EV sports car. Pretty impressive, but I'm curious as to how we can modify this vehicle. Any ideas? How would we add performance value to this electric sports car? Surely stock isn't enough! This is an extremely light weight vehicle and very aerodynamic, any performance gains would yield intense results. Help!
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increase the performance.? change the battery or add more batteries ..
or electric motor swap! .
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Old 26th May 2009, 02:11   #3
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Those are good ideas mulu10, here is what we know so far:

Powered by A123's lithium ion battery & 200kw electric motor (possibly Siemens)
  • 268 hp / 480 tq
  • 2980 lb curb weight estimated
  • 13 sec quarter mile
  • 120+ mph top speed
  • Aluminum modular frame construction
I can't find any bigger electric motors than the 200kw Siemens. Does anyone know where we can get more powerful electric motors? Is there some way to improve the performance of what's already there? I'm thinking an inline capacitor to make sure voltage/amp's stay supplied..Maybe some extra car batteries in combo with the Litium Ion? There must be someway to modify this thing.. Help!

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the best part of EV's is their modular built and hence you can keep adding power to it unless you run out of money.
1. To begin with, you can go on increasing the power-pack capacity to letting you keep the acclerator floored for longer periods of time
2. Swap your motor for a higher capacity motor as amulu10 said. AC induction motors (3-phase) can be found upto whatever capacity you can think of, say even 1000hp or more. But the voltage requires changes and these can be acounted for by putting multiple battery packs (rated) in parallel (think about the moolah! )

3. Generally, an EV will have an e-motor under the hood and a direct connection with front wheels or the rear through differentials. If you've bought a cheap EV and need more juice at wheels, you can let the base engine drive whichever set of wheels it is driving and put a common motor for the other pair of wheels. Since everything here is electronics and electricals, synchronizing the two motors is not as cumbersome as in cars with multiple engines (read http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...2-engines.html (2 Engines))

4 . There's another option developing -> you'll have to wait for a few years until the tech blooms though. Michelin's developed wheel-motors combosof 40hp. Imagine putting those on your EV and making an active 4WD. Soon higher power ratings will be available and you could build your own, say 400hp~500hp beast! lolll!!!
(read Michelin Active Wheel System to hit roads in 2010)

to sum it up, modifying EV's is going to be LOT easier than managing IC engines; but for that, you need quality EV's to come by :(
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The Ram just got electrified.Interesting piece of news.
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