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Transmissions

Somebody wake me up. This cannot be. It just cannot be. One of the reported problems with the BMW Mini-E is that apparently MOST of the vehicles have a problem with the transmission just magically kicking into NEUTRAL while going down the road – even while accelerating. A lot of the owners are returning the …

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Regenerative Braking

The AC induction motor and controller give us the option of employing “regenerative braking”. This concept derives from the fact that there really isn’t much difference between a motor and a generator. If you apply voltage to the motor, the shaft turns. On the other hand, if you turn the shaft, voltage comes out. The …

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2009 Mini Cooper Clubman

We have started our 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman conversion, actually some weeks back. I’m remiss in posting, and indeed the process will be MUCH slower than the Porsche Speedster. We are trying to document each step of the conversion process. There are some 450 participants in the lease process from BMW for the Mini-E. At …

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New Blog

Welcome.   In the last year, batteries sufficient to drive a motor vehicle have become available to mere humanoids.  I’ve waited a number of years for this technology as I was never able to pencil an electric car that would satisfy my design parameters with lead acid batteries or the many variants that were available. …

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