25 Feb '13, 2pm

BMW i3 Electric Car, i8 Plug-In Hybrid: First Rides For Journalists

BMW i3 Electric Car, i8 Plug-In Hybrid: First Rides For Journalists

Why do you (and others) persist in quoting torque figures for electric vehicles? They are totally meaningless unless related to a radius, from which one might derive thrust. But what radius? The effective value for an electric vehicle is probably quite small, and the torque value at the motor correspondingly tiny. The reason is that electric motors work well at much higher speeds than i.c. engines, and are then geared down much more to drive the wheels. Thrust at the wheels matters; power matters. Torque does not.

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