Driving an AmericanBuilt Electric Car

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Driving an American-Built Electric Car

by Philip Proefrock on 19/01/10

Mechanical Products (AMP) on the show floor in Detroit at year’s North American Auto Show, but a few of the company’s brought the company’s X Prize entry vehicle to Detroit. I was offered a chance to drive the car out on the of Detroit, but the weather that day was icy (and I had a particularly slow into downtown Detroit to get to the that day). The lightweight, wheel-drive, electric-converted Sky was probably handled by someone familiar it, so I went for a ride with AMP Steve Burns to experience the Sky.

Given the conditions, we stuck to the streets, so we didn’t demonstrate the 0 60 mph (0 — 100 kph) in about 8 that the car can reach. But, than the big, red cutoff where the gearshift lever had (an X Prize requirement), it was a Saturn Sky and driving around was really no than riding in any other car on a January day.

Since the vehicle we were in is X Prize entry, there a couple elements that more like a test than a finished car. In to the aforementioned cut-off button, was some extra equipment the batteries under the hood, and was soundproofing omitted in the rear, so the were louder than would be in a commercial AMP Sky, not so loud that we couldn’t a conversation. But, beyond the motor noise, the vehicle was an Saturn Sky in look and feel.


AMP’s approach has been to with the best of what is available, rather than new systems from scratch. is why they are working with vehicles that have been engineered and safety to the extent that only a automaker like GM can manage. they take out the gas engine and stacks of batteries and a pair of motors directly connected to the wheels, they leave as of the conversion vehicle intact. is welded to the existing frame. The and tires are exactly as they from Saturn.

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This actually disadvantages the in some ways. For example, the resistance of the stock tires is not as for an electric vehicle. But this it easier to produce the vehicle expensive design and engineering

The electric motors are the same that GM is using in their hybrid. But, using two of to propel a much lighter means that the vehicle can be 100 electrically driven. Again, by stock parts, AMP makes it much easier to build an serviceable electric car.

Customers can take their car to a or service center and have the repaired using identical to a standard Sky.

We’ve started an interview with Burns for an upcoming EcoGeek of the segment. If you have questions like us to ask, you can ask them in the below (before this 1/21/2010).

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