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Vivek Wadhwa / Tesla proves viability of electric vehicles

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:01 am

When designing the Tesla Model S, Elon Musk wanted an electric motor that had the same horsepower as the most powerful internal combustion engine but with nearly-instantaneous torque. And he wanted it to be the size of a watermelon. Engine manufacturers told him this couldn't be done. So the Tesla CEO decided to build his own motor. The earlier versions of this had a hand-wound stator, which increased winding density to help eliminate resistance and increase peak torque. Later versions of the stators were built by robots.

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