• Question: Is it possible to build a solar powered car that works with a DC brushless electric motor ?

    Asked by ansh amazing to Andrew, Dona, Liena, Sandra, Stevie on 17 Nov 2015.
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      Steven Wray answered on 17 Nov 2015:

      Sure! A DC brushless electric motor is actually just a special type of AC motor. DC brushless motors are powered by a square wave type signal instead of a purely sinusoidal waveform. You need a special controller to power a DC brushless motor compared to a DC brushed motor, but there is no real reason why you couldn’t use it. DC brushless motors are can be a lot more efficient than DC brushed motors so my guess is that a lot of the world solar challenge cars probably use DC brushless motors already.