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Old 10th October 2009, 01:07   #1
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The Swedish company behind the next generation of electric cars


The Swedish company Electroengine in Sweden AB has developed a new system that makes it possible to adapt standard cars with internal combustion engines to high performance electric cars.

The system, which is entitled True Electric™, can be used directly in the production of new cars. It can also be used to convert existing cars to be purely electrically operated cars. This can be done without compromising the safety and performance of the cars. Furthermore, the system has the potential to be considerably more cost-effective than the electric drive systems that are currently on the market. One of its key components is a revolutionary battery management system for which a patent is pending.
Electroengine’s Managing Director, Thomas Bergfjord, comments: "Many people still want to keep driving nice-looking, practical and safe cars with good performance and handling while they are also keen to choose a more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient alternative. True Electric™ now makes it possible to combine the environmentally friendliness and low running costs of electric cars with the functions and performance of existing petrol-driven cars. We can, for example, use our technology to achieve 0-100 km/h acceleration of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h in a SAAB 9-3, as well as being able to drive it 150-200 km purely on electricity without having to change the car’s interior or exterior – thus retaining the luggage space and tow bar."


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I like this feature, since existing cars can be switched to work off the electric power. And ~200kms range sounds good too!
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I was hoping they would have electric motors that would be installed in the hub. giving instant 4WD

But this is good too. when are they going commercial?
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Electric car conversions are pretty common world wide.

All the need is a donor car, which often is a 10 year old car. Plonk out the engine sell off working parts of it(keep the transmission).

Buy a traction motor(designed for fork lifts), a DC power controller(from eBay) and batteries of your choice. Put it all together and voila you have an electric car that can easily do 120-150kms on single charge. There are certain cars in India that form a good donor, Some examples are Opel Astra and Corsa, the old Daewoo cars, Old Padmini's. In many of these cars it might be better off to run them in electric form as you might not be able to trust the engine for long drives anyways.

Though its good that it comes from a manufacturer, which means you might still get some warranty on the components.
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