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5 Build Your Own Electric Car: DC Motor Basics


In this video, we delve into how a DC motor works! For this project, we used a series-wound DC motor originally salvaged from an electric forklift.
For some great ideas on different vehicles converted to electric, check out the listing at the EV Album! http://www.evalbum.com

This video is one segment of an instructional video I created in 2010 from a home-built electric car I made in 2008. Of course, battery and motor technology has advanced quickly since then, and affordable, commercially-built, Electric Vehicles are now a reality.

This video series covers ONE low-tech and simple way of converting a car to electric. Many of these same ideas and techniques still apply to go-karts, motorcycles, boats, and lots of other projects. We hope that you enjoy watching these videos and learn a little something from them.

A simple electric car conversion project like this one uses
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On this car, we used a simple power inlet: https://amzn.to/3abNWnI But that also meant we needed to design a separate circuit to disable the ability to drive while plugged-in. That's a built in feature of the now standard J1772 connection used in modern commercially-built cars.
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I show the internal connections you need for the J1772 communications at: https://300mpg.org'>https://300mpg.org/2015/03/31/the-diy...

For a nice forum thread on what to look for in searching for a forklift motor to repurpose for an EV, please see the following link:

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Music Credit:
"B-Roll" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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