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EV Kit Cars of the 1980s

Posted July 29, 2011 8:00 AM by CarDomain

Remember how in the 80's all those little fly-by-night companies cropped up and started building their own electric cars? Some of them were based on recognizable makes and models like the Jet Electrica (Ford Escort) and Solargen (AMC Concord), while others were out-of-this-world one-offs. This wacky Bradley GT II is a little of both, a purpose-built kit car for converting a VW Beetle to an electric gull-winged wonder. Take a look at the auction!

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07/30/2011 1:07 AM

Funny, I build electric 3 phase asynchronous drive systems for boat propulsions. Company has been doing this since 1892. Only past 2 years have we gone to 3 phase motors. Much more efficient than DC motors and the torque is to die for! Looking to convert a vehicle next year for a concept. Yea, Gull wing doors are cool. Looking for practicality though. Also the KISS method. Suspension is the killer with still having to deal with batteries that weigh more than me. Although we have a boat going to a show now using experimental Li-on-mG-iR batteries running 108VDC 310Ah. Test was full throttle till dead @ 7 knots, 7.5 hours later finally died. Many miles from shore. 2.5 hours recharge on gen while motoring back 7.5 hours to shore. Test was successful, no one lost at sea.

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