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OwnerMichael McQueen
LocationMyrtleford, Victoria Australia map
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Vehicle Thrusty
scratch built enclosed three-wheeler
Motor 2 x 24V, 1KW
Two brush permanent magnet in series acting as a differential
Drivetrain2x Rear chain reduction, with motors as sprung mass. Unsprung
(regretfully) front hub motor.
Controller Self made
180A, 50V 2KHz push/pull half-bridge chopper. PWM control
determines the (zero impedance) voltage applied to motors. If less than
motor back EMF, regen occurs. Has motor-current as well as -voltage
Batteries15 Thunder Sky LYP-90AHA, 50.00 Volt, Lithium-Ion
15 3.2V-approx LifePo cells in series, with self-made BMS clamps /
low-V detectors
System Voltage50 Volts
Charger Self made
56V, 7A ordinary transformer/bridge/cap float charger with 3055
transistor-amplifed LM317K
Heater220w of resistors and 4x12v fans mainly for de-mist; takes edge off
DC/DC Converter
No other converter (for 12V) or other rail necessary
Top Speed35 MPH (56 KPH)
AccelerationApprox .2G at stall.
Range50 Miles (80 Kilometers)
Regularly used on 58km round trip on mildly hilly, then many rocky
creek crossing terrain.
Watt Hours/Mile90 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Current:29,000 Miles (46,661 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity1 adult
Curb Weight440 Pounds (199 Kilograms)
Tires3 X push-bike mountain
Conversion Time5 Years: not converted, but built from scratch.
Conversion CostVery approx. $6000 AUD
Additional FeaturesAWD.
Body 'slung' suspended (like roman chariot) for zero average body roll, with 3 control arms. Self-made
pneumatic shockers. Wheels are hard-mounted onto a triangular aluminium box-section.
The AWD three-wheeler is all self made. The body construction is aluminium box-section truss.

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