Leo Motors, Inc. Completes Successful Tests for Converted Midsize Highway Electric Vehicles
22 April 2009
Korea-based Leo Motors, Inc. (earlier post) has completed testing of an electric vehicle (EV) conversion solution on Kia’s “Morning” car model. The converted Kia achieved speeds of 100 mph and a range of 150 miles on a single charge, going from zero to sixty mph in six seconds.
Leo’s conversion solution can be used in any type of small to midsize vehicle platform (2,000 cc engines or below), for any manufacturer. According to the company, cars can be converted to electric vehicles for real world use both for high-speed highway and city traffic.
Leo’s “kit” consists of a 60 kW water-cooled AC motor with controller, a 30 kWh or a 16 kWh lithium polymer power pack with multi-battery management system (BMS), and charger.
Leo Motors believes that its solution is superior to the competition as a complete conversion technology as well as on a per component basis. The Leo power pack is made up of eight modules of ten lithium polymer cells, with each module assembled from ten small Li -ion polymer cells using a BMS. Each module sends voltage and temperature information to the BMS, which controls and enables optimal battery operation under driving and charging conditions. The price of the kit is $20,000 with a 16kWh power pack. The kit is available now from Leo Motors on an order basis.
Leo Motors has several proprietary designs for new electric vehicles for various uses including taxis; fleet operations such as police, mail delivery, and resorts; as well as a unique electric motor cycle. Leo Motors says it is also developing a new multi-motor system as well as a new type of refuelable zinc air fuel cell.
A.C. Propulsion will make an EV out of a Scion Xb for $50,000, not including vehicle. If these guys sell a kit for $20,000, then maybe more people will buy them and make small cars into EVs. That will take them TOTALLY off of gasoline and oil.
Posted by: SJC | 22 April 2009 at 10:22 PM