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conditions, etc.. The same will be for an EV (Electric Vehicle). However, here are some basic guidelines to help get you started.

Trade Off:

As with ICE's, the faster you go the more fuel is used - the faster an EV goes the more power is used. This will impact how far you can

travel on a single charge.

into the distance question.

The basic formula for determining distance is: ( KW of pack / wh/m ) = Distance

The basic rule of thumb for vehicle is:

Small Vehicle 250-300wh/m

Small Pickup 350-400wh/m

The calculation is: Volts x (Amp Draw / MPH ) = Wh/m

Battery Pack Size (KW):

Pack Voltage x Amp-Hour rating of battery = KW

do not want to discharge the batteries more than 80%.

In addition, because an EV will discharge the batteries faster than the manufacturer tested and rated, we get an effect called “Peukerts”.

Therefore, we will need to correct our calculations for this effect. LiFePO4 Batteries are only marginally effected and we can ignore

Peukerts effect. However if we use Lead-Acid batteries the Peukerts effect if considerable, where we only get to use about 55% of the

power in the Battery.

Usable Pack size: KW x 0.80 x Peukerts = Usable KW

Peukerts:

Lead-Acid = 0.55

LiFePO4 = 1.0

Yes, you get a BIG hit on your available power when using Lead-Acid. However, they are generally cheaper than LiFePO4 batteries.

Putting all this together - Example:

Vehicle: Miata

Batteries: 12 - 12V Lead-Acid, rated at 100 ah

Pack Voltage: 144V (12 batteries x 12V each = 144V)

Pack Size: 14400 Kw (144V x 100 ah = 14400 Kw - Remember, we can not use all this)

Usable Pack: 6336Kw (14,400 x 0.8 x 0.55 = 6336 Kw usable)

From experience, we know that a Miata using a 144V system will draw around 90amps at 50MPH.

Therefore, the Wh/m usage = 144V x ( 90Amps / 50MPH ) = 259Wh/m

The distance our Miata will travel on this setup is: 6336kw / 259wh/mi = 24 Miles (at 50MPH)

If we had a lithium pack of equal voltage and ah, the range would be 44 miles (because Peukerts effect does not play a role)

14400 x 0.8 = 11,520 kw usable / 259 = 44

On a side note, 144 volt pack of lithium ( LifePO4) cells would consist of 45 of the lithium cells (they are nominal 3.2 volts each)

say you need to go 44 miles per charge at 50 mph and want to know what size batteries you need......

we will use the 259 wh/mi avg.

wh per mile / pack voltage = ah per mile

So in our "car" 259/144= 1.8ah per mile

so you would need ah per mile x miles per charge needed x 1.2 (so you still had 20% charge left after the drive)

in our "car" 1.8 x 44 = 79.2 x 1.2 = 95 ah batteries at 144 volts needed to go the 44 miles.

A lot of people wish to go close to 100 miles in our experience. To make it simple, for this car to go say 88 miles (double the 44 it is

capable of now) the total Kw of the pack has to be doubled. This can be done in a few different ways, most common would be to double

the ah rating of the batteries used or double the voltage by using double the amount of the same 100 ah batteries.

In our above case, that would be 45 of the 200 ah cells, or 90 of the 100 ah cells.

Keep in mind the components used must be rated for the voltage and amperage

100ah rating, because of the "C" rating, see explanation below.

With todays Lithium batteries, it is not recommended to draw more than 3 times the C rating for more than @ 10 seconds. 1C for a 100ah

battery would be 100amp draw, and 3C is 300 amps. So if you limited your controller to draw the max of 300 amps from the batteries at

144 volts, the acceleration would be Ok. With a 300 amp limit at 288 volts the acceleration would be impressive.

The usual recommendation is to use larger ah batteries, from 160-200 ah and adjust your voltage to get your needed KW pack, so that

3C is between 480 - 600 amps.

Poor aerodynamics will use more energy

Poor wheel alignment, low tire pressure, other mechanical drags will use more power

Weight is very important-the lighter the less energy needed to move the vehicle

TEMPERATURE- battery temperature below 50 degrees will diminish the range of the vehicle. Generally, lead acid batteries will lose

30% of their useful ah at 30* F, and LifePO4 about 15-20%

demand more than 3C for longer than the recommended time from our 100 ah batteries-putting them in an area that may reduce their

lifespan and create heat in the cell.

If the vehicle is to be used in mountainous areas or for high performance use, larger ah batteries are needed because of this C factor. A

side benefit of course would be longer range- but a costlier pack.

V x A = watts, and watts/746 = HP so V x A / 746 = HP

If we had a 144 volt pack of 200ah batteries, and a 1000 amp controller, using the above formula we could have 193 HP, (at a 5C draw)

and if we had 288 volt pack of 100ah batteries we could have potentially 386 HP ! (these are calculated without efficiency included,

figure about 85% efficient)

Only one problem, that much electrical power put into the motor could easily destroy it rather quickly ! The common "in the field"

estimate of KW power a 9" motor can handle (for short periods) is 100 KW. So using the above formulas, 144 volt system should be

limited to about 700 amps, and the 288 volt system to 350 amps. Still, 135 hp is pretty good for a small car. NOTE: use high power levels

at your own risk for motor damage.

As you can see from the calculations above, the instantaneous watts needed to drive about 50 mph is about 13,000 watts. So to drive

your car strictly on a generator (at a steady speed), your would need a large one in the neighborhood of 15KW. For any type of

acceleration or resistance (hills) the load could easily be 50 KW, and up to 100KW ! If you used a smaller one, say a 2000 watt

generator, you can see it would add about 10 % to your range. It may be better to use the cost of a generator this size to just add more

cells and skip the generator and its complexity to the system (and exhaust emissions).

reasonable amount of time, and about 1500 watts to maintain that temp. So those in a cold climate will lower their range about 15%, or

you will need to add about 15% to the battery KW capacity.

Now the disclaimer: These are all calculation based on theoretical values, averages and assumptions. There are several factors (such as

but not limited to weather, tire pressure, driving habits, battery condition, etc..) which effect all the calculations listed above which are not

used. All calculations should be considered estimates only and can not be relied on as fact.

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