I'm working on a project and I have to choose an electric motor. I need about 15KW of power and as much torque as possible. It for an off-road vehicle that we are trying to design a fuel cell system for it. Could you suggest a motor?
Hi, Yadira! Here's what I'd do: ask Netgain Motors.
Any EV drag racer will tell you that Netgain's WarP and ImPulse motors are the lords of torque!
What's more, they've got their own motor selection software, so that you just tell them what kind of vehicle you're building, how heavy it is, what you need it to do, what conditions you'll be driving in...and they'll tell you which motor is the right one.
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When you're choosing an electric car motor, you'll want to keep several things in mind:
First, how much weight do you have to move, and how fast do you want it to accelerate? The heavier the load and the snappier the acceleration, the more powerful the motor will need to be. Take that Tesla up there, for example - mucho accelerado; )
I am thinking of converting my 89 Honda Civic s/w to an all electric power driven system. I really don't want to go to a kit. Can you recommend some different ideas?
Hi, Ivan! You've got a lightish car, with lightish bone structure, so a smallish motor would be best.
To paraphrase Hi Torque Electric's Jim Husted on this subject - think about this in terms of motor weight. Somewhere between 100-150 lbs. is the Goldilocks "just right" point for your car's electric motor choice. Bigger, and you're looking at dimension challenges (and sacrificing weight that could go toward your battery weight budget); smaller, and you're looking at cooling issues.
DC motors tend to be a bit heavier, AC motors a bit lighter. Industrial, continuous-duty motors tend to be bigger, intermittent-duty motors smaller.