Meet our motors

26 Sep

Traditionally, a vehicle’s motor couples with its wheels through a drivetrain which includes a clutch, gearbox, drive shaft, and  differential. These components are heavy, complicated and require regular maintenance. Our solution does away with most of the complexity and weight: we will mount hub electric motors in both rear wheels.

We’ll use 1.5kW Crystalyte hub motors, which are commonly used in electric bicycles and are cheap. We can get away with low power motors because our vehicles will be very light and because we’re planning to drive them at relatively low speeds.

Since we’ll be mounting the motors to All Terrain Vehicle rims, we need to make custom longer axles for both motors. Last night at St Patrick’s College we pulled our first motor apart, revealing its internal elegant simplicity.

Motor1    Motor2

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