Across the Do-It-Yourself electric-conversion landscape, there is perhaps no EV drivetrain more longed for than that comprised of a liquid-cooled AC motor mated to a single-speed gearbox. Unfortunately, they are difficult to come by, as the motors are typically only made available to automakers and are usually quite expensive. Gearboxes? Fuggedaboutit.

Now though, a window of opportunity appears to have opened. Azure Dynamics, the bankrupted company behind the drivetrain that powered the ill-fated Ford Transit Connect Electric, has had its assets liquidated and many of the components that were destined for those vehicles have made their way to the open market, courtesy of the folks at EVTV.

You see, what began as a weekly show about converting vehicles to electric drive has expanded to include an online store that sells, as one might imagine, the components necessary to turn gasoline burners into electron sippers. So now, alongside its usual inventory of DC motors, controllers and lithium batteries, one can find an AC induction Siemens motor capable of putting out 150-kW peak power along with the Borg Warner eGearDrive. They also have Brusa 3.3-kW chargers and Azure Dynamics inverters.

If sales of this limited stock go well – and it should, considering some of the very reasonable prices – there is a possibility EVTV may carry the motors and gearboxes direct from the manufacturer in the future, though the prices will likely be higher.

Interested? You can read about the EVTV score on their blog or just scroll on down to watch the Azure episode in its 2-hour entirety.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      Boycott Jack Rickard of EVTV This is what he said about a retired Marine Corps. Coronel, who is probably the kindest, most generous helpful person you will ever know. Who helps out his neighbors dozens of hours a week. The most selfless person there is who always puts others before himself. Email to my friend and fellow EVer from Jack Rickard "You could have made more money if you left the Marine Corp and became a mercenary for the Taliban, Richard. You're a user and a taker.I have time for men.  Not users and takers. Jack Rickard" This was in response to my friend ordering about $1000.00 worth of equipment from EVTV but not ordering his batteries from there. EVTV's price on the batteries was about $2000.00 more expensive. Jack Rickard now refuses to sell him anything. You do not want to have anything to do with any person that would make such a degrading remark about a retired soldier of any branch of the USA particularly a Marine. Please help me and pass on what Jack Rickard said about someone who risked his life for decades protecting us and others.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Leave the military industrial complex propaganda out of this and we might give your complaint some consideration. US Marine = hired killer.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Loan me one, and I'll do all the embedded code that you'll ever need ...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Giza Plateau is no less than Dan the Fredrikson. The man who fables lightweight $500 150KW AC motors weighing 50Kg. No link ever given. Not the only jealous troll it seems. Amazing!
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos to Domenick for bringing this to our attention. These motors are quite reasonably priced considering their performance to dollar ratio. Kudos also to EVTV for helping make these available to the public.
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Actually that Siemens motor type is a dead end. Much too expensive. AC can be much cheaper than that and not something to get excited about, particularly if there is no warranty. But the gearbox is interesting. Jack claims it's the same gearbox used in the Tesla Roadster and in the Coda.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Take a look at industrial AC induction motors. 3000$ is a steal but not in the sense you mean. AT 1/10th the price is would be closer to fair. That a lot of other AC EV motors are similarly priced doesn't make it right.
          Domenick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Tesla used the original 31-01 Borg Warner eGearDrive while the Coda Sedan and the Transit Connect Electric use the 31-03. The 31-03 has a wider range of possible ratios – 6.5:1 to 9:1 – while the 31-01 can handle more input torque. Regarding the Siemens motor, $2,995.00 is a steal for a 150 kW peak AC induction motor with liquid cooling. The form factor is not as great as those from Remy or UQM (190 lbs!), but at that price it's really not touchable.
      lad
      • 2 Years Ago
      BTW, Jack's viewers, including myself, just love this guy; he's down to earth, picks it nose and drinks beer on camera while imparting excellent DIY information on building EVs. Jack and his co-host Richard are the real thing when it comes to a unscripted reality show.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lad
        I find the show to be an excellent sleep aid. It also works great as a bargaining chip with my lady. " oh yeah? don't make me put evtv on!!"
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          PBS....sigh. They stretch out a documentary for hours. 'Why did the Titanic sink?' They interview all sorts of old farts, play old interviews....then my favorite is when they have a painting, and they will add voices in the backgrouns and shoot the camera across the painting, so it is like 'action.' All the while you are saying, "Cause it hit an iceberg, moron!" Then by the end, they hit us with, "we can never be sure."
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          I'm actually an electronics/engineer type, but i'm a young whippersnapper compared to Jack, about half his age. The slow pace of the show drives me nuts. It's like watching PBS in the 1980's, but worse. I think they could fit the same amount of stuff into a 1 hour segment or less pretty easily.
          lad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          It's interesting that most of the viewers of EVTV are engineer/software/electronic technician types with not many car guys. Even though it's a EV car video program...perhaps car guys are not as interested in the minutia of electron flow!
          JP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          The secret is to download the show and use VLC player at double or triple speed for playback. Much better.
          Ford Future
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          I have to actually agree with 2 wheel. These shows need a professional edit, but when the big guy actually starts talking tech, it's very informative.
          EVnerdGene
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          @EZEE butt BigBird needs the bucks
      _Wa2
      • 2 Years Ago
      These guys really need a video editor....
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @_Wa2
        Jack who runs the show doesn't take kindly to suggestions.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          You never suggested. You attempted to redirect. Link please, lol
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