EV Transmission, or CVT?

by Jim D
(Lake Orion, Michigan)

Is a transmission required on EVs? If so would a CVT from a snowmobile offer an advantage?

Hi, Jim -

No, you don't actually need a transmission for an EV. Usually, however, this means using a larger motor and controller, which costs money and weight.

CVTs, continually variable transmissions, offer a perhaps cost effective alternative to the beefier motor and controller usually required in the transmission-less conversion. Read this excellent discussion in the EVDL for Lee Hart's breakdown on electric car transmissions and CVTs.

CVTs seem to be a popular alternative to the controller on small EVs!

Best of luck with your project, and keep us posted!


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cvt on electric converted prius
by: Larry

I was asking if you could convert a 2004-2009 Prius to electric and use the existing cvt.
I really don't like manual transmissions.

I don't see why not. Anyone else? - Lynne

What about converting a Prius
by: Anonymous

What about the CVT that the Prius uses?
Would that be usable on converting a Prius to EV?

Do you want to convert the Prius to a plug-in hybrid, or to electric? Either way, there's no reason to get rid of the CVT.

- Lynne

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