This blog documents the restoration, and conversion, of a 1965 Humber (Singer) Vogue to a fully electric vehicle. The Vogue will be powered by an 11kW(modified), 3 phase industrial AC motor, controlled by an industry standard Variable Speed Drive (VSD) or Inverter. To be able to produce the 400 volts phase to phase the VSD will need about 600 VDC of batteries. A big thanks to the contributors on the AEVA forum:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Electric Motor

About 6 weeks ago I located an electric motor manufacturer in Taiwan and after about 30 emails (in both directions) had ordered the motor for the Vogue. While this conversion was supposed to use an "off the shelf" AC Induction Motor (ACIM), I really wanted some slight changes.
I wanted:
  • lower voltage windings so it would have more torque at high revs.
  • a shaft encoder built in. I could add it later but this was WAY easier.
  • auxiliary forced air cooling - not just a fan running off the motor shaft.
  • a built in thermal sensor so the VFD can adjust to the motor temperature.
  • class H winding insulation so it can safely run a bit hotter.
This isn't the motor but it looks something like it (aluminium frame Qin Wei motor).

They emailed me last night saying it was ready to ship. I might have it in 2 to 3 weeks. (Shipping it is getting complex.)

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