Geo Metro - Light Fast and Cheap
OK, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
I did an electric motorcycle conversion last summer.
Now, I want something just as simple to convert, but with a roof and more wheels on the ground. (Cycle just isn't good on Wisconsin snow!)
The natural next step seems to be a bare-bones economy car. Manual everything, automatic nothing. This would be a very inexpensive car frame.
I was also thinking that with a very small car like a Metro, a person could get away with less expensive, mass produced, golf-cart technology.
I have heard of Metros being done as 72V conversions. I would imagine that lower volt gear would cost less and be more common. All these EV parts are specialized and get expensive real fast.
Ideally, I would love to be able to get everything from:
Golf Cart Place
Car part store
Metros are cheap enough that a person could buy a couple and put them together to make one working model.
I love what those guys did with the "Forkenswift" project.
I have a friend who is an engineer at a place that makes manlift scizzor trucks. I am hoping he can find me some big seconds motors, charger, etc.
Any ideas for making a really cheap/easy/practical econo-model EV?