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Old 06-15-2019, 11:48 PM   #1
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Good Evening,

I need help with some basic advice. I am planning to buy a Crown Bus and I want to install Tesla motors and Batteries. Does anyone in this Forum did that before?

What are the pros and cons to take in consideration?

Thanks
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:59 PM   #2
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Gonna have to subscribe to this one. I can only imagine a bus with unlimited off the line torque. Won't be a good cross country bus, but I like the possibilities
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Good Evening,

I need help with some basic advice. I am planning to buy a Crown Bus and I want to install Tesla motors and Batteries. Does anyone in this Forum did that before?

What are the pros and cons to take in consideration?

Thanks
this should be very interesting - welcome to the forum
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Old 06-16-2019, 01:01 AM   #4
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Tessa car motors will not be strong enough, you need to look at whatever motor they are using in the electric trucks and buses on the market now
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Tessa car motors will not be strong enough, you need to look at whatever motor they are using in the electric trucks and buses on the market now
779 horse power should even move a bus

Electric motor Front and rear motor combined output up to 779 bhp (581 kW), 920 lb⋅ft (1,250 N⋅m), 3-phase AC induction motor

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Model_S
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The motors and batteries should be the easy part, but for me the electronics would be a major learning curve. What kind of range are you hoping for?

I have thought of just using one motor and putting it on the driveshaft for braking( and regen), and for a boost on grades, otherwise the bus engine would do it normal thing. Kind of a hybrid thing.
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Good Evening,

I need help with some basic advice. I am planning to buy a Crown Bus and I want to install Tesla motors and Batteries. Does anyone in this Forum did that before?

What are the pros and cons to take in consideration?

Thanks
Are you an engineer and fabricator? Also wealthy? If so this may be your swap.
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You did not state wether you want to add Tesla motors and batteries or replace the engine with a totally electric drivetrain?
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You did not state wether you want to add Tesla motors and batteries or replace the engine with a totally electric drivetrain?
That's what I think they're talking about.
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Are you an engineer and fabricator? Also wealthy? If so this may be your swap.
I am assuming he must have real skills, or at least someone to help who does, I hope. yea money helps to. Have no idea what Tesla batteries go for let alone the motors. For me a dream idea.

My bus did much better pulling a trailer in the mountains then I expected, so pleased about that. But if lots of money falls out of the sky.... the hybrid idea is there....
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