Here I video the Saturn accelerating from a stop, shifting through the gears observing 4 gauges, from the left voltmeter, speedometer, tachometer and amp meter. Notice how the ampmeter drops as the RPM increases. If you need to accelerate faster in an electric power vehicle you don't downshift, you up shift. But higher RPM is more efficient I believe.
Seafoam 1998 Saturn Sl2
Using a carbon-eliminating product called Seafoam. Have used it in all my cars and will never stop. Do it about every third oil change :]
1998 Saturn SL2, decent acceleration
1.9l Twin Cam pushing about 100HP to the wheels, keep in mind i was going up an onramp, i've put a CAI and a turbo muffler, wouldn't recommend getting the eagle muffler, sounds like crap!
Eliica - Super Electric Car - Part 4 of 6
The Eliica (or the Electric Lithium-Ion Car) is a battery electric vehicle prototype or concept car first shown in 2004 and designed by a team at Keio University in Tokyo, led by Professor Hiroshi Shimizu. The 5.1 m (17 ft) car runs on a lithium-ion battery and can accelerate from 0--100 km/h (62 mph) in four seconds (faster than the Porsche 911 turbo at the time). In 2004, the Eliica reached a speed of 370 km/h (230 mph) on Italy's Nardò High Speed Track. The team's goal is to exceed 400 km/h (250 mph), breaking the record set by today's street-legal gasoline-powered vehicles.
The Eliica weighs in at 2,400 kg (5,300 lb) and seats the driver and three passengers. The body was tested in a wind tunnel. The front doors open forward and the rear doors open upward like wings. The car's platform contains 4 tracks of 80 batteries, which make up one third of the vehicle's cost. They currently require about 10 hours of recharging from empty to full charge, and can be easily charged off a residential power grid.
The car has eight wheels enabling it to be closer to the ground for better traction. Each of the wheels has a 60 kW (80 hp) electric motor, giving a 480 kW (640 hp) eight wheel drive which can tackle all kinds of road surfaces. The four front wheels steer. The electric motors mean that the Eliica can deliver a smooth acceleration free from gear shifts of about 0.8 g. Each wheel contains a disc brake and employs a regenerative brake system to recover energy.
There are currently (as of 2005) two versions of the Eliica: a Speed model and an Acceleration model. The Speed model is made to challenge gasoline-based records and has a top speed of 370 km/h (230 mph) with a range of 200 km (120 mi). The Acceleration model is made for the street and has a top speed of 190 km/h (120 mph) with a range of 320 km (200 mi).
The estimated cost of development was in excess of US$320,000. Once the team receives corporate sponsorship, they plan to produce at least 200 units. As of early 2007, the projected price was ¥30,000,000 JPY (about $255,000 USD).
Electric Saturn Test
Any questions, ask away...
This is a dry run test of the electric drivetrain and the first time the motor has sat in the car. The motor is positioned where it has to be, but is only resting on the frame right now. The transaxle is bolted down to sort of hold things together. The wooden adapter plate and hokey bolts are temporary, but seem to work well enough. The 10ga wires being used to power the motor are also temporary, but I had some fun before filming and they never even got slightly warm.
The transmission no longer has a clutch and the shifting shown here is done completely with the synchos. Very surprised how easy it was. Just push - wait - clunk. Not even a hint of grinding.
CV shafts and support bearing on the right hand side all run smooth so the test is a success. I also turned the wheels from side to side and all was well (not shown here though).
Now I can start planning the mounts to support the motor, and also the final battery box to eventually complete the project.
Donor Vehicle is a base model 1996 saturn SL1 4door sedan. The motor is a brushless DC rated at a little over 50 Hp peak, and the car will be powered by a 30kwh lithium battery (LiFePO4). Hoping for 100 miles per charge on the highway. We shall see!
Test/Review of the Think City electric car. SD resolution
Watch ElectricAid.org take the Think City out for an extensive and entertaining test drive. Over a period of three days, this electric car was pushed to its limits in endeavors such as mountain climbing and drag racing on ice.
This is Norway. This rather small country with its renowned natural scenery, is populated by a fascinating but contradictory people. They're pretty modest and likes to mind their own business, but at the same time there is nothing they can't do based simply on the fact that they are Norwegian. They were the first to reach the South Pole and the American continent. They can beat Brazil 4-0 in soccer, rule the Winter Olympics and get 99% of their power from hydroelectric dams. So if you where to tell them that you can't run a car on water, they would probably say: Well that depends on how you look at it...
It can do a 110 miles on one charge. Its highway approved, has a top speed of 65 mph. Best of all, this is not even a prototype, It's here.
The Think City is an all electric suburb-to-city car that has it where it counts. Its Scandinavian design is minimal, but comfortable. It packs a lot of space for the city dweller. It's easy to maneuver and above all: its fun. We took the City for an extensive 3-day test drive and it surprised us a lot. But first things first:
Trying to turn it on... Lights blinking all around, yeah! Aaand, I think it is on, handbrake is of, aand Yes, rolling! Fast yeah! It works like a charm. We can make quick turns without problems, its excellent.
Photographer: Pretty aggressive, ey?
Driver: It does not have a servo, but it has a very low radius in "the swing" so you dont have to push it far to get around corners. Its just like, whoo, and were around.
Photographer: Its not called "swing" its called ehm
Driver: Its not called a swing?
Photographer: Its called turning
Driver: Turning! Turning this car is quite easy
Driver: Its not like an automatic, because it doesnt have any gears, but you put it in "D" and push the acceleration Pedal, and it goes like hell. So acceleration is very smooth and all the way good.
Driver: Being a small vehicle you would expect the space to be small and crummy, but as you can see, me being 1.85 meters tall I still have room for my head. I can jump around. In the back we have excellent place. The trunk is very big. We have actually been able to carry our whole film set during this filming
Photographer: Is it possible to have sex in this car?
Driver: It is very possible to have sex in this car, if you would like to do so, but being that all the walls are filled with windows, creating a nice view and also creating a very open atmosphere, you will be spotted. But the space is here, so do whatever you want to do.
Driver: Considering safety in a car that is this small you would think: If I crash I will die, but consider this: You could actually drive quite fast into something quite big and hard and come out walking..
Narrator: Ok so the car is named the City. So you would expect it to perform excellently in city driving conditions. But what if you had to satisfy the Norwegians lust for freezing
-Put a sock in it Hammond