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Old 06-25-2009, 10:01 AM   #1
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can air conditioners be installed in vehicles that have been converted to 100%electric? if so, can i assume that running one draws a large amount of amps?
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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Well,you can always install a 12 volt rooftop air conditioner - that's the easiest solution, however you'll take a huge hit in your arerodynamics unless you're installing it on an RV, bus, or van. If you've converted a Geo Metro to electric its not that practical. Otherwise it can be done, but I imagine that the motor you install to run the compressor will probably take a lot of power to run.
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The Prius uses an electrical compressor. Don't know about its power requirements.
A company that does Ranger conversions, EVlion I believe, leave the factory a/c in place, and run it off the drive motor.
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Compared to the power needed to move the car the electric motor driven A/C compressor is not using a lot of power. Remember you have high voltage in an electric car. eCycle sells their motor as a compressor drive for trucks that usually run off 24 volts but it can run on 12 volts at up to 400 amps depending upon the compressor load.
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After looking around, this company seems to have a decent selection of units. Their 12 volt unit uses 30 amps @ 12 volts. Very doable...

http://www.sunpowertech.com/residential.htm
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After looking around, this company seems to have a decent selection of units. Their 12 volt unit uses 30 amps @ 12 volts. Very doable...

http://www.sunpowertech.com/residential.htm
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After looking around, this company seems to have a decent selection of units. Their 12 volt unit uses 30 amps @ 12 volts. Very doable...

http://www.sunpowertech.com/residential.htm
But at $2699.00 you could buy a decent used car with A/C.
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... or tile the roof with peltier elements.
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