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Greetings!

I am mechanical engineering student at the University of Washington and I thought I share my senior design project that a couple of other students and I are working on for the UW Formula SAE Team. It is to convert the 2010 built car to electric power!

The design phase has gone on for a while now and is nearly complete! Just now have we decided to write about it because it would be a real treat if we could actually build it! Here are some design specs.

System components:
- 30S 111V Lithium Polymer, 40-50AH
- HPEV AC-35 Motor/Curtis 1238-7601 Controller

Projected Performance:
- 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds w/ full aero-package.

You can find our campaign to reach our funding goal in the link provided. It includes video and information about the project. http://startsomegood.com/Venture/uw_electric_sae_car/Campaigns/Show/electric_drive_for_the_uw_fsae_car

More to come!
 

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We (Arizona State University) looked at the AC-35 too. It's a pretty heavy motor though, so we're planning a PM motor from Montenergy instead.

That's a pretty good idea with the video fundraiser.
 

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A quick update:

Genie Industries http://www.genieindustries.com/ has become the main sponsor of the project and we are now building the conversion!!!

Follow the progress on Twitter and Facebook:

http://twitter.com/#!/UW_Electric_SAE

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/UW-Electric-SAE-Car-Capstone-Project/255651507815468

We chose the AC-35 motor based on our budget, hoping that we'd face the fewest reliability issues. Also, it has the optimum torque for the gear ratios available using a single direct chain drive to a differential (simplest and most efficient form of power transmission for this vehicle).
 
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