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so leaf "motor" invert-er etc sits transversely in stock configuration with the
"cvt" allowing both drive axles to exit to front wheels..

would it be possible, to mount the leaf motor longitudinally with a different transmission for "rear wheel drive"

basically thinking about an electric drive unit in an existing vehicle.. obviously there are other hurdles to overcome..
 

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There is no CVT in the Leaf drive unit. The transaxle is (as in almost all production EVs) a simple two-stage fixed-ratio reduction gear set and a differential.

If you use the whole drive unit (with transaxle, not just the motor) and put it in the front of a rear wheel drive vehicle to replace an engine and transmission, you will need to modify (lock) or replace the differential, and you will have too much reduction gearing. So yes, the rational solution is to use a different transmission (which only needs one gear ratio, and doesn't need reverse at all); at least a couple of builders in this forum are working on the mounting and shaft connection to do this.
 

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Yep, I run my Leaf motor up front on a RWD car. Like Brian suggested you don't want to use the gear reducer on a RWD with the motor in the front.

There is a free CAD model of an adapter for leaf motor floating around this forum.

My Leaf motor is attached to a BMW Getrag 260 5 speed transmission for RWD. Its a lot of fun to drive!

I used the motor side of the Leaf reduction gear housing in my setup so that I could take advantage of the big bearing that sits in there. That connects to an adapter plate and then to the transmission.

Good luck with your project!
 
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