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New AC-50 Motor and 650amp Controller $4400.00

Brand new with warranty AC-50 AC motor, Curtis 650amp controller with wiring package and Curtis spyglass guage showing voltage, amperage, RPM, motor temp, controller temp, etc. In stock not drop shipped. No charge for custom programming. Support at no charge. Experience from EV instructor to help you in the design of your project. 10 years experience in conversions and teaching EV classes. email me at [email protected] for more info. Located in Livermore, CA.
 

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In a 2500 lb vehicle, what would you choose. This ac50, or an warp11 with a 1000amp zilla?

I am assuming the ac50. Needs a trans/clutch too.

I have the funds but not the exp. To know the best combo.

Tyvm, Dean
 

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Re: AC50 motor w650amp controller $4400

Either way you go you should have enough power for that ride. However, using the AC-50 will give you re-generation and programmability of the controller unlike anything else on the market. The AC-50 motor is lighter in weight and smaller. AC-50 comes with the wire harness with all color coded wires for easy hookup. Also provides the 12v relay and spyglass gauge for information on the stutus of the AC-50 system. I prefer clutchless, because you dont do a lot of shifting and almost never in the city. No more reverse from the gearbox as the motor will provide your reverse without any extra contractors. I can provide you with full support at [email protected]
 

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Re: AC50 motor w650amp controller $4400

I was curious and possibly interested but this motor seems overkill for my 83 rabbit convertible. I have used the old FB1-4001 in it in the past and that seemed more than up to the task. How would this motor compare?

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I'd go the AC system for the rabbit if you can afford it. The new controller will give more punch and you gain the regen if that is your thing. I personally use the DC motors but I like the big fat boys. Stuffing an 11" Kostov in my VW Bus. I think for the Rabbit the AC is the way to go. Small, light weight and lots of nice features. I am sure it will be quieter than the DC motor. If your Rabbit is not in good shape then I'd opt to even get a newer Cabrio like a 92 so you have the benefit of a drivers air bag and nicer looking ride and the ability to put the top down on nice cool days of spring and fall.

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Are the dimensions on this motor such that it can re-use existing adapter plates and couplers? For instance I have a ADC 4001A. Can I reuse the adapter plate and coupler from this motor?
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You can use any type of battery you want, from a thousand flashlight cells, to one giant custom made cell. Having said that, if you are a first time EV'er, I would suggest FLA, golf cart batteries. Lithiums are very expensive and are fragile, so require careful monitoring, charging and using. FLA's only need a decent charger, terminal cleaning and water added every so often. Although shorter life span than lithiums, you can change types after the first batteries wear out, 3-5 years or so.

How far on a charge? The often quoted saying: "It depends on your battery pack type, size, voltage, vehicle weight, your driving style and terrain type", still applies here. No difinitive or accurate answer is possible without these values plugged in. Sorry.

Now, if you want a guess....fla golf cart type batteries, 108vdc pack voltage (18 batteries), flat terrain, sensible driving style, my guess is 30 to 35 miles per charge, Just a guess .... If you have room, you can series 18, series another 18 then parallel them to get double benefit. Downside is WEIGHT.

Advice: An early bus had a 4.88:1 ring gear ratio plus the drop boxes giving a nice reduction that would suit the AC50 motor. I would have a 4 spider differential and close ratio third and fourth gears installed. Stock VW trans has an overdrive fourth gear which is not usable with the AC50. Woth the close ratio set up, fourth is direct, third splits second and fourth (evens out the large 2-3 split).

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cruisin - I will PM you. Have interest in AC50 as an auxiliary power source for our DC conversions. Would love to tap into your experience and you are local (I am in San Mateo)

to someone's question on batteries: in this day, LiFePo4 is the only meaningful choice IMHO. Going with lead, you will:
1. Spend up to 2x MORE with lead over the life of the car on batteries.
2. You will have 2x weight of the pack for the same capacity
3. You will have 0.5x the range for the same capacity
It's just a losing proposition all around.

And no, you don't need to babysit them. Lead Acids require more maintenance than LiFePo4.

Lastly, to one of the posts on the first page. Someone asked for a choice between AC50 system and 11"DC with 1kA Zilla. That comparison is just unfair. AC50 will feel like a golf cart compared to 1000A running through a 11" series DC motor. You will see at least 3x the torque and, if you configure your pack voltage right, at least 3-4x the top power. Now, you will pay for that with 3x the weight (~350lbs for motor + controller vs. ~130lbs) and loss of ~15-20% in efficiency. This could result in 15-25% decrease in your range. And that's before considering the fact that when you have power available, you WILL use it ;-))) - further reducing your efficiency. But that's a matter of personal choice. I went with a 11" DC + 1000A controller on 256V Lithium pack on my 2500lb Fiat conversion (http://www.emotorwerks.com/cgi-bin/FiatConversion.pl). I like it! ;-)) I am going with a big DC motor (Warp11HV most likely) and 340V pack for my BMW E46 conversion but am thinking of adding an AC50 system for regen and additional power boost - sort of an AC/DC hybrid ;-))) Cruisin - would love your take on that latter config idea.

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lifepo4

I just cant afford lifepo4. If that were the only choice, id only drive ice vehicles.

Couple that with their fragility, their need for balancing. Their need for an expencive monitoring system and smart charger. Their need to not charge them fully and not use them too low....

Well my opinion is that their technology needs maturing or a betterbattery altogather.

The lifepo4 decision is not so clear where I sit.

Sorry in advance to all this offends. But it is my opinion thats all.

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Couple that with their fragility, their need for balancing. Their need for an expencive monitoring system and smart charger. Their need to not charge them fully and not use them too low....
yeah, mostly opinion, agreed.

Fragile: Not IMHO. I've seen people beat these cells pretty good and they come back. Not as tough as lead, but still pretty tough.
Balancing: Depends on your definition. All you NEED is HVC and LVC to control discharge and charge. You can balance manually yourself.
Expensive monitoring: It doesn't have to be expensive. Some people use Cell-log's to look at the cell voltages and trigger LVC/HVC, and they're cheap. Other options are miniBMS, and it's pretty reasonable.
Not charge/discharge them fully: Why not? If you have a system that monitors HVC/LVC, then it won't overcharge/overdischarge.

It doesn't HAVE to be expensive....

but in the long run, you'll replace SLA more than Lifepo4, and spend more over the life of the car (if you take care of both properly)
 
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