The image of a roaring American muscle car has long overgrown an aura of romance and nostalgia for Golden era motors even for those who are in the 70-ies of the last century was not yet born. Detroit, the pistons, Daytona and many other words excite the minds of car lovers from around the world. Even if these words you are nothing to say about the Ford Mustang you’ve been hearing about, and certainly immediately imagine the car, ready with a menacing roar to flee. That’s only in our time, everything changes and he, too, was bitten by a vampire in electric mobility industry. Although, one element of this legend is still eternal!
One of our former colleague would often tell humorous stories that begin with ”Few people know…”. They were sort of jokes of his own composition and sounded very funny. Today’s story I also want to begin with these words, only jokes in it and really not everyone knows the following fact.
The first electric car
Few people know that the first electric car appeared in 1828, that is, long before the advent of the first fully-fledged car with an internal combustion engine. However, to call this an electric car close to the modern, language is not rotated. He was still just a truck, driven by an electric motor.
But, at that time, formed the definition of a vehicle that is electric. It allows you to separate them from other vehicles.
The term electric vehicle refers to a vehicle used for travel over the ground and for driving the drive wheels of the electric energy obtained by chemical current source.
The first Autonomous vehicle on electricity, which can be described as similar to the modern, was the unit built in 1899 by the Russian nobleman and engineer-inventor Ippolit Romanov. It was the omnibus 17 passengers, with a ”cab”, built on a traditional cab. The novelty could move with one of nine different speeds from 1.6 to 37.4 km/h, and charging is required every 65 kilometers. Good performance for the last century. That’s just the perspective of the transport, as in our days, crashed on the unwillingness of investors to invest in too innovative project.
Another achievement in this industry is dated the same year. That’s when the electric car in the back of the bullet shape has set the speed record, first breaking the land boundary in 100 km/h. He had unprecedented by the standards of that time 106 km/h Reverse record for distance run, almost at the same time it has put the electric vehicle company “Borland electric”, passed 103,8 miles (167 km) from Chicago to Milwaukee. At the same time, the next day after a full charge the car has done a return journey and average speed on the route was 55 km/h. remember, this was in 1889, more than a hundred years ago.
In the twentieth century was also a cool development, most of which, however, was aimed at the commercial sector. It had all the trucks, cars and other special equipment. The beginnings of the movement in the direction of modern electric vehicles was founded in the early 80-ies, when oil prices began to rise and people realized that once it runs out.
In the twenty-first century, all came to the conclusion that every major manufacturer followed by the development of electric vehicles. While these steps are careful, but you can quite clearly see that the new internal combustion engines is almost not developed. Manufacturers do not want to invest in obsolescent technology and teetering on the brink. It is not necessary to say that the big push in a new direction the entire industry asked Tesla, which showed that the electrical transport can be not only a tourist boat in the reserve or inventory loader, but comfortable and modern vehicle.
Recently it was announced about the plans of Ford motor company in cooperation with Webasto to produce a prototype of the legendary Mustang, but on electricity. The car should be used as a testing ground for the study of further developments in this area.
I have only two explanations as to why this car was chosen for such a task. The first is that the Mustang, as I said, is a legendary car and, having installed it on my ”electric rails”, the company will draw even more attention to yourself than if you start experimenting with the same Focus or Mondeo. Attention should from branding point of view and to demonstrate that Ford, which things now are not as good as before, is also at the forefront of progress and will soon be in the top of electromobility.
Secondly, I think this car is because it is approximately midway between the SUVs of the company, the cars and the equally legendary Ford GT. That’s just outright make it electric GT will be Oh what a difficult task, but definitely worth a try. Moreover, examples of electric supercars are even Chinese.
The company does not disclose hardly any of the features of the new electric car, except that it has an 800-volt battery, as presented in September of this year, Porsche Taycan. Another characteristic is the engine capacity in the area of 900 horsepower, which made an electric version even more powerful than the base petrol.
Apparently, the company decided not to change the basic concept of the car and decided to redraw it to accommodate batteries underneath, and just put everything in the free cavities of the car. For example, under the mighty hood, which has a block that says Webasto. Perhaps because the company wants to try to preserve the classic layout of the model. However, if you place let not all, but most of the batteries under the hood, it is unclear how the car will go, from the point of view of weight distribution. Because the batteries weigh a lot. Even more than the internal combustion engine with transmission. By the way, about the box… She’s here too. That’s just not clear why.
Transmission electric car
If to explain the presence of the battery under the hood, and in General manufacture of the electric Mustang is still possible, although it sounds like ”aircraft steam-powered”, then to CAT issues is much larger. Without further explanation to justify its installation is very difficult.
The fact that the motors are famous for is his ability to work in any rpm range. That is, for them, there is almost no such a thing as the increased power and torque depending on the rpm of the crankshaft. In addition, the motor can spin at any speed. He is able to move the car even at a speed of 1 km/h or less. In cars with internal combustion engines this is not possible, since the engine has a minimum speed where it can function normally. If the gear ratio does not allow him to support them by reducing the speed, it is necessary to slack off the clutch. For this purpose, in particular, need CPR.
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As a result, the motor does not need a gearbox for either maximum power or to make the vehicle move. Then why is it necessary? As usual, there are two options.
The first is that the company simply decided to do what is called ”the fan”. That is such oldskulschiki and fans of petrol engines and mechanics, like me, will get their dose of fun. It is not clear how, but get it. The second option is more realistic and promising.
It is possible that the company wants to experiment with a new variant of an electric vehicle in which the drive will not be carried out directly on wheels with engines installed, and through the transmission, as is happening now with the ice. That is, the engine will be one, and the transfer will be carried out through actuators. In this case, you can find explanations to the block under the hood and the presence of CAT.
The block under the door that says Webasto with this arrangement is the engine and box will increase its resources, so as not to have to spin it too much. Accordingly, per unit distance it will commit fewer turnovers and better preserved. Transmission in this scheme will allow you to change gears as you gain speed and reduce the revs of the engine, again, as in the case of the internal combustion engine.
A new type of electric car
If this is so, then Ford is on the verge of new discoveries. As at the time the company’s founder, Henry Ford made a revolution with his model T, so now his followers can rearrange to the more nascent the concept of a modern electric vehicle.
Although, to be honest, it all looks doubtful. Any electric car needs to be economical and environmentally friendly. This is the best suited layout with engines on wheels, as in this case, significantly reduces the loss on the shafts and assemblies. When using ice it is inevitable, but the electric era is a throwback.
Although, maybe the company just PR or preparing a database for instant entry into the market of electric vehicles. After all, if it shoots, they can all the cars to make the electric without altering their concept, but simply placing under the hood a new unit. If this is the case, then it is really tricky. Like it or not, we know not now, but soon enough.