The Curtis 1238 controller is on Ebay however I need the model confirmed, and the model of the charger so I can find one of those as well. The manual simply states it is a Curtis 3 phase AC motor controller with no model number.I thought those things weren't street legal?
Anyway, Google & eBay -- did you bother to look?
I thought those things weren't street legal?
The 25 mph limit suggests that the ZX40S was not approved as a normal motor vehicle, but only as a low-speed vehicle... still street-legal - at least on some jurisdictions - just with limitations.These are left hand drive DOT approved, with all glass and original 13" tires USA spec. Bumpers are a different matter with the original controller limiting the output to 25 mph, for safety regulations.
You could just compare specs (operating voltage and power limit) and wiring (since you have a cut-off wiring harness) of the Curt Instruments controllers with the vehicle, to find the right model.The Curtis 1238 controller is on Ebay however I need the model confirmed...
The manual simply states it is a Curtis 3 phase AC motor controller with no model number.
This puts me at $1400 for the controller and $600 for the programmer. I wonder if buying a smart car drive motor and transmission mounted sideways is a better investment at $1400.
If you could just plug in the Smart components and drive, yes, but there would be a lot more work than that to mount the Smart drive unit and to control the Smart motor... which needs a lot more voltage than the battery of the Miles would provide.This puts me at $1400 for the controller and $600 for the programmer. I wonder if buying a smart car drive motor and transmission mounted sideways is a better investment at $1400.
It looks like you are planning a complete powertrain replacement, including battery. That's a very different situation from just replacing the controller!My existing Curtis system is 72 volt with 6 expensive batteries ( $2500.) with a small Amp Hour availability. 35-45 miles on a 6 hour charge is abysmal performance for a $20,000. factory built motor vehicle. My current estimate to revive this $500. truck is about $6000 in parts, that makes my decision for me and takes me to the Smart EV recycled option. No one has offered a generic upgrade solution, so the 9" motor mated to the 2 wheel drive Toyota designed transmission, batteries and 4 on 100 mm rear axle, will be out of the truck and on EBay by Sunday.
If you don't use both outputs of the drive unit, you will need to lock the Smart or Tesla differential... or you'll just have the unused output spinning and the other one getting no torque. Zero EV offers a ready-made spool to eliminate the differential, although only for the Tesla large drive unit.... they are readily available plus the drive motors have controllers mounted to the motor and gear reduction transmission, which gives me 4 wheel drive options. as I will have a spinning axle output facing forward.
Power, maximum speed, and torque are all limited by the battery, not just the drive unit... but yes, if you put in enough battery any production EV drive unit will be more than enough for a low-speed vehicle.Tesla and Smart traction motors are both "Gear reduced one speed, and simple to mount, as both have rubber mounting ears and both will give ample power to a 1500 lb. mini truck. for the upgrade to the Tesla, the infinite burnout capability would likely be worth the extra $1500.