Question by Jon M: CVT and regenerative braking?
I’m working on plans for an electric motorcycle conversion. I’d like to do a Continuously Variable Transmission in order to maximize battery power and speed. The bike is shaft-driven, which makes it particularly difficult to change gear ratios in any direct drive manner, but also makes it good for a CVT.
However, I’m wondering what the effect of a CVT is on regenerative braking? More effective? Less effective? No effect?
Also, any ideas for locating/salvaging and appropriate CVT? The ones I’m familiar with are from 90’s Honda Civics, and I’m not sure it’s feasible to try to adapt.
Answer by Attorney
A CVT should not have much effect on regenerative braking .. I am not familiar with the control systems on a CVT but thinking about it.. a CVT with an appropriate control system it might actually help produce more electricity if you can control it so that the motor is turning rapidly when you brake in a regenerative braking mode.
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