Wanted to share an upgrade I made on a 2003 GEM that I bought. The car did not run, so decided to get a brushless motor, which I am more familiar with from building ebikes.
The motor is a ME30-31001 capable of 22kW or 30HP.
It has a sine/cos encoder as opposed to the more common hall sensor, so went with Kelly KLS-8080N 500A
Edit, sorry to hijack. But I’m excited about this motor on a Gem. I’ve been pushing it for years.
Actually unless you modified motor for halls, that is a PMAC motor.
Dang wish I knew you were doing this. You could have used Sevcon so we could trade files.
I have them on some of my hotrods. Trying to find someone to do more testing on a gem. Only one I know of was 5 yrs ago, and he didn’t like the rpm limitation of pmacs.
Your car must have been a little different. @Troyin909 had to cut his lower A-arm bracket to make it fit. I’ll try to find his pictures.
One hell of a motor. Can peak close to 50hp on 96v.
It was a custom designed motor for a failed ev company. I’ve been buying their surplus stuff since they went under. Paired with 80v S6 Gen4 Sevcon.
Can’t wait to see how fast it can spin without overheating. (or grenading)
PMAC and BLDC are pretty much the same -they are both brushless. It’s only the encoder/controller that are different
Yeah, didn’t know someone else had done this when I got the GEM over the holidays - only found out about this forum this week. I didn’t want to pay extra for a sevcon controller/programming/programmer from Electric Motorsport. Kelly has free SW so I can program it easily. The controller is $399 right now and the motor is only $750 - compared that to the $3000 kit + 3 months delivery time.
I also need to build a new battery. I’ve been testing with my 72V26Ah 20s10 Molicel 26p 350 A capable ebike pack, but will need a bigger pack for the GEM
I am going to build a 72V 100Ah 20s30p Samsung 33G - 300A capable ($1.8 cells from batteryhookup.com) So about ~$1500 with BMS and nickel/holders etc…
But first I need to fix the suspension with Progressive Suspension and beef up the rear axle…
No, could not run above 5000 rpm without overheating. I was not programming for him and did not know much at the time. Depending on gears 5000 is fast enough.
My hotrod is 12:1 with 18" tall tires and is faster than I dare drive it.
I did Tomberlin same setup, but S4 350a controller, on 48v ran just as good.
Went to a guy building a “jetson car” for burning man.
He needs to stand behind his products. I assume 5,000 is conservitive.
32 @ 4500 rpm. It will spin faster, no? What is limiting it? Common sense?
Or controller? I don’t know if your controller does field weakening. I’ve been told that fw is needed for more rpm.
If you want to use this motor as a brushless motor like E-bikes, I can link you to a guy who has installed halls in his ME3031. It is my understanding that brushless motor controls are inexpensive and common.
I have a 6:1 transmission that you can borrow. Another year old project with no takers.
It was a special build for me by @Old_Houseboater “touched by Rodney”. At considerable cost, but I am willing to take a loss or loan it out to get data.
More common but not much cheaper. For example Kelly sells the same controller that can work with hall or sin/cos encoder - need to specify at purchase. The motor/contollers are the same it’s just the logic that is different. I think you could use an Arduino to convert the sin/cos signal to generate hall like signal to get it to work with a Hall sensor controller. But I’m looking for a safe/reliable solution for my family to drive around town. So I’d rather get a more robust implementation
It was, but @djgabriel2004 had flanges welded on to fit 2016 Gem. Maybe he has pictures.
I would think that it will fit in any case as the 2003 mounts a different way.
Worse case saw them off. It is a classic Gem gearbox.