Here's How You Can Tune Electric Cars for More Power
Sep 13, 2017 Brian Silvestro
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Can You Tune Electric Cars For More Power?
Sep 13, 2017 - Uploaded by Engineering Explained
How Do Electric Cars Work? ...
It's all about the hardware.
The SLS AMG Electric Drive has four motors, one for each wheel, with total
power output at 526 bhp and 649 ft.-lb. of torque. With one gear delegating
the power, the E-Cell uses both regenerative braking and charging stations
to charge the batteries. Mercedes builds these to order, so don't expect to
see one on your local street. Or ever.
With the age of electric cars upon us, more and more people are wondering:
Can you tune them? Battery-powered cars don't use fuel or air to make
energy, meaning there's no obvious way to tinker with inputs and increase
power output. Or is there?
Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained [
] put together a neat video laying out exactly how electric cars turn energy
into a rotating force, and how that force is used to spin the wheels. As for
if they can be tuned, Fenske tells us it's all about how much power each
component can withstand.
Upgrading the battery and software can only go so far until you run into
other limitations in the drivetrain, such as how fast the inverter can
operate and how quickly the car can translate its electric force into the
spinning motor. Of course, those things can be upgraded as well. So it's not
really about changing the software as much it is about upgrading hardware.
The video gets pretty technical, but describes the process of how electric
cars actually work impeccably well ...
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