Yes, and when I say that DC motors are low-power, that is not very fair, as they can get to 200HP, but not really more than that. But the Torque is so high from 1RPM that you can expect that 200HP to feel like 300 when taking off from a standstill as compared to a 200HP gas engine which only sees 200HP at a narrow RPM range. But even 200HP in a 2002 would be a lot of power So when I say low-power that isn't very fair. It is only low compared to 485HP of a 240volt Tesla motor.You put very succinctly what I had been trying to grasp. Thank you. My commute in the next year or so (depending on construction issues) will go from 8-10 mins to about 20 minutes. I'd been tinkering with the idea of getting a clean shell of a 2002 and doing a conversion for a DD, but I was a bit intimidated by your efforts. I need to go visit Moment, as they're closer, and try to make it out to see your efforts. Not alot of folks to discuss this with in my part of the world.
The larger issue honestly is that once you put the motor under the hood, half of your battery storage space goes away. So that's why you don't get a lot of range. There just isn't enough room for batteries. You can throw some in the trunk though where the gas tank and spare tire were. (and stay neutral in front/rear balance).