Re: Hat_man's EV planning thread
As for the project this is what we are thinking.
A small in-town errand runner and grocery hauler with the ability to drop down a gear at a stoplight every now and again and turn some heads. Not a daily driver by any means as it's a 65 mile drive one way to work with no real option for re-charging.
Range: 20-30 miles.
Performance: Top speed of 55 MPH but 90% of it's driving will be in town at 30-35 MPH. Good to better acceleration, but not a "track car".
Budget: Not set in stone. As this is a long term project, we will buy components as they become available. The budget may start off a little stingy, but I'm sure will expand over time. We figure it may be about $10k by the time we are done, but are hoping for a bit less. Good common sense will prevail.
Parts already considered: We are still deciding on a donor car but have narrowed it down a bit (more later). We are thinking a forklift motor to start and a good "store bought" controller. As for batteries, it depends. The more I read on here it looks like a Leaf or Volt salvage might be the way to go, but that is a bit farther down the road. Transmission as opposed to direct drive. I don't mind a stick and neither does The Old Man (Dan the Man may never be able to "legally" drive it). It gives options and is something we are familiar with. We haven't even looked into chargers and other items yet. Research and design, then buy and build. That's the theme.