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Friday, March 19, 2010

Australian Company Prepares to Launch 400 hp AWD Wheel Motor EV

An Australian based start-up company is making final preparations to emerge from stealth mode with the launch of a high performance in-wheel motor powered electric vehicle. Evans Electric, based in Sydney close to the Eastern Creek Raceway, has been hard at work for the last 3 years developing disc type Axial Flux AC Induction wheel motors.

The demonstration vehicle to be launched is a small 4 door sedan based on a well proven model with a long history of World Rally Championship success. The car will feature All Wheel Drive with a 70 kw (95 hp) 3 phase AC Induction disc motor in each of it's 19 inch wheels. The EV sports sedan will be powered by a 400 volt high power density A123 lithium ion Nanophosphate battery pack.

The company is quietly confident that with close to 400 horsepower on tap a 0-60 mph (100 km) time in the sub 3 second region is a realistic performance target.

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Source: Evans Electric



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Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I want one already!!!

Anonymous said...

If a brushless drive using IGBT's or MOSFETs shorts out, the motor will Back EMF and nearly lock up .
Imagine driving down the road on a very hot day and all of a sudden your electric car motor locks up. not good. Induction motors will not lock up on shorted input like brush-less do. Auto mfg's must meet safety standards for pure electric. . brushless don't meet the US imposed safety standard.

Anonymous said...

ohhh, wonderful

Anonymous said...


Unknown said...

Cool..i like solving problems or problems being solved...unsprung mass, how heavy are these wheel motors? Suspensions performance is greatly increased with lighter wheels. Very interesting! :-)

Unknown said...

IGBT's fail open so HOW do you get a short???

Unknown said...

IGBT's fail open. SO how do you get a short??

whiskers12 said...

I still want one or two now!!!

Anonymous said...

I want one for my motorcycle projet.NOW
Is Ewan Company still aroud?
mr shellburg Sweden for contact.

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