August 30th, 2007

It has MOTORS in its Wheels,Electric mini 0-60 in 4 seconds

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Electric Mini: 0-60 in 4 Seconds: It Has Motors In Its Wheels


by Justin Thomas, Virginia
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A British engineering firm has put together a high-performance hybrid version of BMW's Mini Cooper. The PML Mini QED has a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The car uses a small gasoline engine with four 160 horsepower electric motors â” one on each wheel.
These components were replaced by four of our electric wheels, a lithium polymer battery, a large ultra capacitor, a very small ICE with generator (so small it almost fits alongside the spare wheel), an energy management system and a sexy in-car display module.â
* It is adaptable to other vehicle chassis
* It eliminates the need for gearing and mechanical drive train
* It allows more space inside the car
All braking is performed by the wheel motors acting as very efficient electrical generators which return almost all of the energy back to the battery system.
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Check out this, motor wheels, just what I am looking for in my Auto Design.

British Firm Converts Mini Cooper to 80mpg Hybrid

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British Firm Converts Mini Cooper to 80mpg Hybrid

Source: Treehugger
SYNOPSIS: The PML Mini QED supports an all-electric range of 200-250 miles and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km).

A British engineering firm has put together a high-performance hybrid version
of BMW's Mini Cooper. The PML Mini QED has a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph
time of 4.5 seconds. The car uses a small gasoline engine with four 160
horsepower electric motors â” one on each wheel. The car has been designed to run
for four hours of combined urban/extra urban driving, powered only by a battery
and bank of ultra capacitors. The QED supports an all-electric range of 200-250
miles and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km). For longer journeys
at higher speeds, a small conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) is used
to re-charge the battery. In this hybrid mode, fuel economies of up to 80mpg can
be achieved.
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