[EVDL] carrying capacity
I just wanted to share a little story with the list
Saturday we had nice weather, so I thought I'd do some yard work. We are
installing some paving stones, and edging around our yard. We have my EV
(Toyota Tercell SR5. Station wagon) and a Ford Escort. In planning, I needed
to get 15 1' square paving stones (25lbs each), 15 18" long cast concrete
edging blocks (12 lbs each), and 15 wall blocks (25lbs? each). I did the
math and decided I would have to go alone to fit them all in my car. Then I
decided that 560 lbs was probably enough and didnt get the wall blocks.
I drove 4 miles to lowes and found they dont have the styles I want, so I
went another 3 miles to Home Depot. Found what I wanted, and grabbed a 50lb
bag of sand to put the pavers on. I loaded 30 blocks into my car. I put them
as far forward as I can, because 10 of my 16 batteries sit behind my rear
axle. I was loaded! I could tell that the whole car sat lower than normal.
I'm pretty sure I was over my weight limit.
I drove the whole load home (~7 miles). I ended with 10% left on the e-meter
(60% DOD is empty). It drove a little slower, and hills were killer. Braking
was sligtly affected, but not much (the car is 4wd and made for some utility
use). But I made it. I love the utility of my EV! I then loaded th 560 lbs
into my yard trailer and distributed them with my electric mower/tractor. My
back is happy to have an electric tractor!
Anyway, be inspired. Finish your conversions and use them. As my mom says:
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
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