Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: 1963 S1 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:32 pm

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PostPost by: gherlt » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:37 pm

At 12.5K it is a good buy, to leave it as it is if you need a car for future zero emissions zone !
Classic look, no emissions. Questions arise on horsepower...sorry... kw ! and range, of course.
If you throw out everything and restore to original, even then it would be a cheap project.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:40 pm

Looks like it was 0294K, one of the last 30 Federal Elan Sprints!

Whoever re-trimmed the interior has skills.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:14 pm

gherlt wrote:Paint seems perfect.

Nah....
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More divorce material right before Xmas...
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PostPost by: gus » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:17 pm

I kinda like it

questions about weight distribution and performance and why a 4 speed and charging performance and range

I mean 20 years ago you could sell an electric car with no info, but now people want to know stuff
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:27 pm

i'll bet it weighs in at 2,500 lbs with all those batteries front & rear.
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:43 am

gus wrote:I kinda like it

why a 4 speed and charging performance and range



Probably limited by choice of electric motor speed capability.
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PostPost by: gherlt » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:44 am

If you think of it, when the European Union will ban internal combustion engines to be used in 2050, that is the way to go.
Electric motor can be very powerful (Tesla!), batteries still have an issue: weight. And range. And price. And reload time. But they are working on all issues.
And if all works out, I would do it, but will be missing the sound.
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:42 am

Having just gone through the process (not on my Elan) myself, I can vouch for the costs of that conversion. It is slightly older tech but still very good. It looks like a Netgain Warp9 dc motor with a Soliton controller. With a 155 volt battery pack there will be no issues regarding power. High torque from zero will make the Elan faster off the line than even the fabled Sprint! However, it probably run out of puff before 100mph. The gearbox will help. All mainstream EVs have a single speed gearbox. But they also have very powerful motors. By retaining the gearbox you can reduce the size of the motor and hence the cost and the size of the battery. Far more practical for DIY conversions.

DC motors are still good but have fallen out of favor. AC motors are all the rage at the moment. They are lighter, run cooler, no brushes to replace and can easily do regenerative braking. The latter is much promoted by car salesmen. If they are to believed the car can recharge itself almost fully every time you drive it. That’s not the case in reality. However, it does replicate engine braking which is what we are all used to from internal combustion engines.

I’d be a little concerned about the weight of all those batteries in the boot but the conversion itself looks very well done and neat.
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:51 am

I wonder if it’s negative ground......
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:43 am

At that price I would buy it. Looks like a great city runabout.

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:38 pm

gherlt wrote:Paint seems perfect.


the paint looks very poor to me, heavily blistered and splashed on with with rubber in place and poor masking here and there ...
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:18 pm

Interesting concept. Approx 100 mile range limits its use, but as Rohan says, a neat city run around.

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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:12 pm

The biggest problem with electric cars is the cost of battery replacement. In the next 10 years you will see Tesla’s for sale for next to nothing because it needs a $25,000 battery pack. In essence it will be a throw away car until the cost of batteries come down significantly.

Of course that is not a concern with this car as the battery replacement is only $12,000.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:58 pm

Glen, my bro in law has a Tesla S. I made the same observation to him when he got it two years ago.

'They replace them free of charge' he told me. May not be the same deal in the States.

Anyone ever see or drive this chap?

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