Electric Car Motors
When it comes to electric car motors, you get what you pay for! Buying a good motor is one of the most important choices you will make when doing your conversion.
You need to take into account not just price, but whether your motor is suitable for your car, your load and your terrain. You need one that is powerful and versatile enough to give consant performance, in whatever conditions you will be driving.
Choosing a DC or an AC motor will affect performance and cost.
Some very good and affordable DC motors are simply not suitable for carrying extra load in your vehicle and cannot provide constant power and speed for driving uphill. If this applies to you, you may be better off with an AC motor.
If this is not an issue for you, then a DC motor may be perfectly adequate and it would provide good torque from the get-go. In fact, the Advanced DC Series wound motor is one of the best-selling types of motors used in conversions.
Another popular motor is the Permanent Magnet DC. This can be a bit noisy and is more suitable for small electric vehicles, such as ebikes and scooters.
The most expensive type of motor is, unsurprisingly, also the best. This is the 3-Phase Induction AC motor. This is more complex than the DC version, which accounts for the extra cost. It is also more difficult to install. However, you get better power, better range, regenerative braking and more efficiency.
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