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Suitability of an AC motor for sale near me

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I'm wondering how feasable this motor is for use in a sub 40mph buggy. Its pretty heavy compared to other's I've seen and has a lower max rpm rating. However I'd probably be using it as direct drive into a ~3.09 final drive ratio. I am hoping to find a simple DC motor on craisglist one of these days, but a seller has a few of these really cheap, I just wouldnt know how to control it at the moment. For a battery pack I'm leaning towards repurposing a leaf or volt setup.

Westinghouse
Output: 15 HP
Speed: 1800 RPM
Voltage: 208/230/460 Volts @ 60 Hz
Frame: 254T
Full Load Efficiency: 93%
Full Load Power Factor: 84.5%
Full Load Amperage: 17.9A
Weight: 247lb

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