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FOUR MODELS OF ELECTRIC CARS WERE EXHIBITED AT THE TURIN AUTO SHOW. THESE MODELS WERE PRESENTED BY MORETTI S. A. S., GIANNINI AUTOMOBILI S. P. A., URBANIAN S. P. A. AND THE GHIA ROWAN, THE SLEEK ITALO-AMERICAN PROTOTYPE WHICH WAS THE HIGHLIGHT. THE MORETTI AND THE GIANNINI ELECTRIC CARS WERE MERELY STANDARD FIAT 500S WITH LEAD ACID BATTERY-POWERED ELECTRIC MOTORS, WHILE THE URBANINA, INTRODUCED AT TURIN TWO YEARS AGO, AND THE ROWAN WERE EXAMPLES OF VEHICLES DESIGNED AS ELECTRIC CARS. THE ROWAN IS POWERED BY TWO NINE HP ELECTRIC MOTORS PLACED UNDER THE REAR SEATS AND CONNECTED TO THE CONTROL BOX. IT HAS NO DIFFERENTIAL, TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, OR CLUTCH ASSEMBLY. THE ROWAN-DEVELOPED METRODYNE DRIVE SYSTEM FUNCTIONS MUCH THE SAME AS A CONVENTIONAL AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, AND THE DRIVER USES THE ACCELERATOR TO CONTROL ACCELERATION, THE BRAKE TO CONTROL DECELERATION, AND A GEAR SHIFT LEVER TO CHANGE FROM LOW- SPEED/HIGH-TORQUE TO HIGH-SPEED/LOW-TORQUE OPERATION. THE METRODYNE ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEM CONVERTS THE KINETIC ENERGY PRODUCED BY THE CAR'S NATURAL MOMENTUM INTO CHEMICALLY STORED BATTERY ENERGY VIA THE CAR'S BRAKING SYSTEM. WHEN THE DRIVER DEPRESSES THE BRAKE PEDAL, HE AUTOMATICALLY STARTS USING THE CAR'S MOMENTUM-PRODUCED KINETIC ENERGY TO RECHARGE THE BATTERIES. THE CAR'S ELECTRIC CURRENT FLOWS FROM THE BATTERIES TO THE CONTROL BOX AND FROM THE BOX TO THE TWO COMPOUND ELECTRIC MOTORS. POWER GENERATED BY THE TWO ELECTRIC MOTORS IS CONVEYED TO THE WHEELS THROUGH GEARS CONNECTED BY A COG-BELT IN FIBERGLASS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 10, No 1, P 21, 2 PHO
  • Publication Date: 1968-1

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  • Accession Number: 00201360
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  • Created Date: May 1 1994 12:00AM