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Old 11-18-2017, 03:14 PM   #15
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Old 11-18-2017, 03:44 PM   #16
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NO Transmission to leak fluid or break either!
No tranny - how would that work? Would have to have some type of torque converter, right? Please forgive my power train ignorance.
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No tranny - how would that work? Would have to have some type of torque converter, right? Please forgive my power train ignorance.


In an electric motor torque is only limited by how much current you can pump into the motor before you let the smoke out.
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No tranny - how would that work? Would have to have some type of torque converter, right? Please forgive my power train ignorance.


Most of the electric vehicles today have direct drive.....meaning the rotation of the motor matches the rotation of the driveshaft or in the case of the new semi-truck - each wheel has its own motor.

An electric motor has the same torque even at zero rpm, and it can rev to 15,000 rpm ....so no gears are needed.
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Old 11-20-2017, 01:23 PM   #19
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This IS the future. Just not sure how distant.
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The technology is here, the only major issue is the batteries. And you don't want to know what they cost to replace! The next issue would be where do you go to charge it? It's not going to plug into 110 volts!
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The technology is here in other forms. Not if you include useable battery for a 44' RV. Eventually the battery cost should come down and I would expect you can charge on 110v or 220 with a 50@ setup. I try to drive under 300 mikes a day. The range wouldn't be an issue for me. The price??? Well that's the million $ question!
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:18 PM   #22
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Batteries in electric cars have a life expectancy and I have read the Tesla battery bank replacements in their cars are north of $12k. I can only imagine what batteries will cost in this beast to replace. lol It does look cool though!
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Batteries in electric cars have a life expectancy and I have read the Tesla battery bank replacements in their cars are north of $12k. I can only imagine what batteries will cost in this beast to replace. lol It does look cool though!


Yes, but money is saved every year through reduced maintenance and repair costs. No oil or filter changes. No belts or hoses or radiators to break. No tuneups, sparkplugs, air dryers, water pumps, emission controls, fuel pumps, etc.....
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In 06/07 Escape hybrids, battery's were warranty for 8 years. They were 1st generation. msrp at that time was 12k. I'm thinking deduct a Cummins and an Allison and add the batteries and electric motor/drive may be a smaller increase than expected, but this will still be 5-10 years down the road.
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Yes, but money is saved every year through reduced maintenance and repair costs. No oil or filter changes. No belts or hoses or radiators to break. No tuneups, sparkplugs, air dryers, water pumps, emission controls, fuel pumps, etc.....
But if you can't afford to even ask how much what's the point? And the savings is based on miles driven. Will an RV owner ever see the savings?

It certainly a cool idea but so distant in the future with regards to recreational vehicles you'll need a perpetual calendar to guess a the year for the first consumer model is in dealerships.
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I'm sure cooling systems for batteries and a/c, air pumps/driers for brakes will still be needed . I wouldn't expect regeneration braking to suffice as adequate for the weight. Fuel itself would be a huge saving though as well as oil etc,
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Are the electric coaches going to have propane on board for heating and cooking? Batteries and propane tank - there goes the last of the underbelly storage.
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Are the electric coaches going to have propane on board for heating and cooking? Batteries and propane tank - there goes the last of the underbelly storage.
Why would they need propane when you have "all electric" coaches today already?
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