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4X4 Adventure Vehicle

Let's build the ultimate electric adventure vehicle. Here is my list:

Night vision, flat proof tires, heads up display, amphibious, built in mini fridge and two burner stove, front seats fully recline to form two beds, water purification system, what else?

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Night vision, flat proof tires, heads up display, amphibious, built in mini fridge and two burner stove, front seats fully recline to form two beds, water purification system!

I think the above are some great options. However lets keep the true 4x4 enthusiast in mind!!! A second "Low Range Gear Option". A telescopic stand with a Wind Generator and Solar Panels incorporated in a sunroof/rear spoiler, that can pivot to face any direction for the best direct sunlight for charging when camping off road, keeping charging as green as possible. Front and rear Diff Locks and adjustable heavy duty suspension to provide high under body clearance off road and lower on road handling! A double decked battery banks for long range travel! Don't forget a Bulbar with a Winch :-) I also have an invention I thought up that I think would be perfect for such an amphibious vehicle, sports cruiser or sail boat! I call it the .......... another charging option! Contact me!! Mitch from Oz.

Low Range Gear ? I believe you may underestimate how much torque an electric motor has at 0 RPM. There is no need for a Low gear. The Model S already has enough torque to drive the car straight up a wall assuming you had traction.

Haeze;
pushbutton-deployed sidewall claws to give grip on walls and trees? ;P That's what jaguars (not Jaguars) use.

Mini fridge full of beer:) That's what I would have in my 4x4;)

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Put us down for an off-road, rugged 4wd camper-van such as a sportsmobile (http://www.sportsmobile.com/4_4x4sports.html).
The new Tesla-inspired mods will be a serial-topology PHEV configuration using a separate suspended electric motor driving each wheel for optimal traction control. There will be a modest-size gasoline or diesel engine driving a generator to charge about a 25 kWhr battery pack. The 25 kWhr pack can, of course, drive the wheels for travel or stealthily sneaking up on game (or through campgrounds when arriving late at night). It can also quietly power an air conditioner or heater all night if desired. Keep the motors and battery contacts water sealed to enable shutdown of the ICE for fording sans snorkel.
I suspect I'll be dreaming for a while but then, again, the Model S seemed such a long way away back when our EV1 was being taken away and crushed 10 years ago.

so any news about an offroad electric tesla car ?

i'm offroad enthousiast and drive mine all around the world (i've been on the rubicon valley ohv road) and i think it could be nice to discover the nature with an electric offroad car :)

a simple car including :

- 4 wheel electric independent motor
- abs disconectable
- traction control (removable)
- choice of 2 or 4 wheel drive
- waterproof
- low gravity center (good for real offroaders)
- led lighting
- wind and solar generator (why not a full solar panel on the body)...

;) please
make my dream came true :)

Wind and solar generators on a car are in the same category as tits on a bull.

Frankly, my wife wants a "Jetson" type flying car.

@dunkane

As soon as I get my hands on one of the Model X's I'll be modding it into a fully optimized off-road vehicle...

I'll post up the modifications and pics when I've made them.

Brian H said:
Wind and solar generators on a car are in the same category as tits on a bull.

But it's not a car, its an adventure vehicle. Do you want to add, a 400hp motor is useless on a sail boat? :-)

I'd say they could be handy as running that fridge for a week whilst parked up at the lake could leave you with no way of getting back to civilization, bearing in mind the OP tomorrowland said:

Let's build the ultimate electric adventure vehicle. Here is my list:

Night vision, flat proof tires, heads up display, amphibious, built in mini fridge and two burner stove, front seats fully recline to form two beds, water purification system, what else?

I'd add to that separate traction and leisure battery, with option to specify range required on the leisure battery to get back to civiliations.

A VW-T5 bus type layout with sliding removable seats and furniture. (as opposed to Landcruiser with fixed seats). Then your adventure vehicle can be used on domestic utility at weekends. ie. 10x more useful than just an offroader. (Given that EVs/minivans have more to gain in efficiency than EV sedans).

3 way Locking diffs. (Done electronically of course). Though would you wouldn't need them if you are using 4 electric motors. What I'm really asking for is to keep all the wheels turning at the same speed and use the electronic brain to best decide where to route the electrons in slippy situations.

Off centered hubs for better ground clearance (as per Unimog)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal_axle

Armoured underbelly to protect that expensive battery from rocks.

A heat pump for better efficiency cabin heating.

Hot water store with solar thermal heating on a pop up angled roof(to save using electric to run the heat pump).

An LPG gas powered backup generator / range extender :) About 5kVa. Just in case it's cloudy, cold (or dark) with no wind. And you ran the traction battery down trying to keep your beer cold.

You could even use the LPG for cooking / space heating rather than trying to collect everything from a limited sized solar array. Ultimate should mean having backups for everything.

Not sure amphibious is a good idea. That would make a lot of compromise in the designs to get to places where you can probably get to by other means. You'd be better off catching a ferry and or towing a small collapsible RIB/trailer sailer/air boat depending on your preference/location.

My final choice would be a roof mounted paintball minigun turret with auto sentry mode + audible voice warning plus a pair of hover drones with IR vision :-) 1 charging 1 flying. Keeps night intruders / day time opportunists at bay while you are out dynamite fishing. Paintballs filled with luminous stinky stuff so a) you can see them b) The drone can track them home c) they get overwhelmed with the choking fumes and give up. Paintballs because I don't think killing people because they want to steal you vehicle is a fair trade. Obviously this is for remote trips into redneck country / developing nations. Same thing innit? :-)

Concentrated stuff. Don't step in it.

Solar and wind are useless on a car. Solar might max contribute a few (<4) miles a day.

But Brian - it's not to charge the traction battery. Its to run the ancillaries like the fridge, cooking and satellite TV, so you don't need to eat up range from the main battery.

The same reason most of the sail boats I looked at in the Southampton boat show last month now come with about 4 PV panels mounted on the back of the boat somewhere. And a small wind turbine. Keeps the leisure battery topped up without having to run a generator. They still charge from the smallish diesel motor if necessary.


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