A while back I was looking into building an electric vehicle and had wild expectations of how simple it would be. While the overview of an EV is quite simple, for someone who has never actually built one it is a task and then some.
That being said, I have come across a couple of motors that appear to have the grunt to do the deed. In their previous existence they were used for moving elevators at a mall.
Fortunately, they came with four regen controllers and what appears to be a control panel. The motors are rated on the tags at 29 hp and 35 hp. One glaring issue is motor speed. To be specific, they are rated at 822 rpm (ratings are for one hour duty cycle, I believe). I have one other issue to deal with, and that would be weight. the motors came with the traction assemblies intact for moving elevators and they weigh 810 lbs each as is. I estimate the traction assembly to be about 350+ lbs. That leaves me with one heck of a heavy motor. Actually TWO heavy motors.
Granted, I was planning to use them in a truck, at this point the likely candidate is a 92 F-150 long box standard cab rwd pickup. It might end up being a different truck, but it will definitely be a 87-96 F-series truck. My requirements are very modest. The truck will be driven on mostly flat ground, typically 10 - 20 miles all stop and go from one shop to another. Almost all day at under 40 mph, occasionally with heavy loads (up to 3000 lbs, but mostly around 2000 lbs max), but I drive slower with a load on board anyways. The only uphill grades I will encounter have about 3/4 mile lead in on level ground, so I have a running start for these two half mile long hills.
Any thoughts about these behemoths?