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Hardware design of electric bike with BLDC motor

Posted: 18 Aug 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:controller  electric bicycle  propulsion motors  PWM  transistors 

A controller for an electric bicycle must deliver power that varies from zero to the rated peak of the propulsion-motor, at motor speeds corresponding to bicycle speeds from zero to 48 km per hour (30 mph). With DC propulsion motors, power can be controlled with pulse-width modulated (PWM) transistors. AC motors need variable frequency. Hardware requirements for design of an electric-bicycle control are postulated and basic blocks along with their usage are shown.

An electric bicycle has a conventional bicycle frame, pedals, cranks, chain, and freewheel assembly. Electric propulsion replaces or supplements muscle power. This adds to the bicycle an electric motor, gear reducer, battery, and power control.

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Originally published by Texas Instruments Inc. at as "Hardware Design Considerations for an Electric Bicycle Using a BLDC Motor".

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