Here's How You Can Tune Electric Cars for More Power

It's all about the hardware.

<p>The SLS AMG Electric Drive has four motors, one for each wheel, with total power output at 526 bhp and 649 ft.-lb. of torque. With one gear delegating the power, the E-Cell uses both regenerative braking and charging stations to charge the batteries. Mercedes builds these to order, so don't expect to see one on your local street. Or ever.</p>
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With the age of electric cars upon us, more and more people are wondering: Can you tune them? Battery-powered cars don't use fuel or air to make energy, meaning there's no obvious way to tinker with inputs and increase power output. Or is there?

Jason Fenske of put together a neat video laying out exactly how electric cars turn energy into a rotating force, and how that force is used to spin the wheels. As for if they can be tuned, Fenske tells us it's all about how much power each component can withstand.

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Upgrading the battery and software can only go so far until you run into other limitations in the drivetrain, such as how fast the inverter can operate and how quickly the car can translate its electric force into the spinning motor. Of course, those things can be upgraded as well. So it's not really about changing the software as much it is about upgrading hardware.

The video gets pretty technical, but describes the process of how electric cars actually work impeccably well. Watch for yourself.

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