quote: Back EMF does not limit current, it represents an increase in voltage that will rise until it matches the input voltage.
quote: With the Tesla, you could easily find yourself out of batteries after doing a few 0-60 sprints "for fun" at full throttle.
quote: Torque converter are viscous couplings and do not "slip".
quote: I don't know if it was true that he was just quoting wikipedia, but back EMF does indirectly limit current. You are correct about the current limit due to wire heating, but that's at low RPM. At higher RPM, there's a power limit due to battery/electronics/cooling, so V*I*pf is roughly constant, and voltage goes up while current (and torque) goes down with RPM. At even higher RPM, you hit a voltage limit from wire insulation and/or IGBT limits. So now you can't keep V*I constant, and ever increasing back-EMF with RPM limits current even faster.
quote: If by "a few" you mean "hundreds", then sure.0-114mph sprint, and cruising back to zero. 1 mile travelled, 0.5kWh used. So even with a leadfoot, you can cover 150+ miles on a charge.
quote: "Slip" is defined as the difference in rotation speed between input and output. Yes, viscous couplings have non-zero slip.