Re: Flybo Smart Car look a like
well, i do not have any of the electrical expertise of other posters. however, i have spent quite a bit of time searching for an ev that would work for me. and what you have experienced IS the problem with the low voltage dc ev's. the smart/flybo lookalikes have quite a few names on ebay, yet seem to be the same car although maybe smarts are different--i don't know. but the point is, the low voltage dc's do just poop out on hills, including the miles & zenn. the '09 wildfire, wf-120 and all the other names they have for this lookalike have an ac motor this coming year, as well as 120v, so they are supposed to maintain speed going uphill, which i need for where i live as well. i have not been able to test drive any because the ones i've seen on ebay are all back east. zenn & miles are coming out with ac's as well. don't know how fast the zenn ac will be, but the miles will be highway speed, 80 mph, and cost around $38k, available in '09 or 2010. they've spent the $$ for the crashtesting that allow it to go highway speed. i don't think zenn will be crashtesting so they may have to remain an NEV with people tweaking them to higher speeds, usually up to 40 mph, after purchase. these lookalikes are NEV's with after sale computer adjustments for higher speed because obviously they are not crash tested. are the smarts crash tested? what speed can they get up to?
if you continue doing hills, from what i've been learning, you will definitely greatly reduce the life of the batteries, and possibly repeat frying components, hence losing the money saving benefit. that's why i've been putting off buying but am quite anxious to buy.
any inexpensive suggestions out there?