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Why does Tesla need an inverter - asked and answered…see here.

the other day I was watching the Tesla engineering videos and they seem quite proud (as they should be) of their new combined motor/inverter component in their vehicle - it's truly a marvel of modern engineering. But I had the nagging question as to why is an inverter necessary. My high-school level recall of electric motor (and slot cars) remembered DC electric motors, and I wondered why it was necessary to have an inverter at all given the truly embarrassing amounts of DC power present in the Tesla model S…

Low and behold the internet coughed up the answer! And since I wondered such a question I thought others on this forum might also find the analysis interesting…

The answer of course is in a Tesla blog from 2007…read and enjoy!

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/induction-versus-dc-brushless-motors

The answer is in the question's error: not a DC motor. Next?


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