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Old 03-29-2012, 07:27 AM
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Cool Is my pricing and range thinking correct?

I wrote this question yesterday, but I wanted to edit it. I couldn't figure a way to edit , so I'm writing a new one.

I'm new to this site, but I've been kicking around the idea of building an electric car in my garage for a few years. I was very surprised and happy when I found this site. Many people have done it. I can learn from their mistakes and hopefully avoid my own.

I want to know if what I'm thinking is right or way off base:

I want to build a EV that can go 40 mph.
Has a range of 1 hour.
Decent acceleration, but nothing special.
I'm thinking size wise a late 80s early 90s Ford probe or similar.
I think that's it. Let me know if I've forgot to factor something in. Please.

I've seen rebuilt forklift motors on ebay shipped to my house for $325.
I know I can get a donor car like I discribed for $100, but I'll put down $250. I'd rather have extra at the end then come up short.
I don't know jack about controllers yet. I'm going to set a really high price.$1500. What I'm going to try first is to get a golf cart controller and modify it for my EV project, But for my end game numbers I want what I know will work.
I can get golf cart batteries for $300 a piece. I haven't looked at them , so I don't know anything about them. I'm guessing, if I get three, I'll get my 1 hour drive time. $1000 for batteries. I going to put down $400 for incidentals. With my overages. I hope they're overages. That should be it. Right? Let's add it all up

Motor: $325
car: $250
controller: $1500
Batteries: $1000
Incidentals: $400
Total: $3475

Am I right on the money? Will I reach my speed and range goals? I don't have much money. I'll be buying these things piece meal. It'll probably take me three years to get everything listed. I don't want to start if my numbers are wrong or my expectation are to high. I really appreciate the help. Thanks.
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