[QUOTEHmm... £2k! I'm starting to see why the Kostov motors are a popular choice here in Europe. I'm assuming if you did purchase a motor from the factory it would be up to you to pay VAT/Import charges![/QUOTE]
Hi if it's of any help,
I was where you are now about 6 months ago, looked high and low for the right motor. Came to the conclusion Kostov was the best option for us in the UK, I wanted a K10" but they were out of stock with a 1 month lead time so I purchased a K11" 192v, direct from Kostov in Bulgaria, first class service, may use them again soon for my batteries.
At the moment they don't supply the soliton controllers, (Rebbi) in the Netherlands are the sole suppliers in Europe. My soliton 1 came from them.
By the way you do pay VAT.
Shipping was arranged by Kostov, cost me £185, DHL.
I don't think you could do it cheaper if you picked up yourself.
If you go the second hand route you need to know your motors or know some one that does.
If you check out the UK battery vehicle society forum there was a netgain impulse 9 for sale, second hand from a shelved project, it may still be a available? I nearly bought it, but I was told it was a warp 9. Then found it was the smaller impulse 9 so decided against buying it for my tt conversion.
Hope this helps