Originally Posted by gottdi
Well thats going to be a problem. You WILL spend at least $8K on a decent set of batteries. There is not going around that. It sucks but it is reality. If you really want an EV that is good. It is a good choice to find a decent used EV but since many are looking for them already vs building one the prices of the used ones will move up a bit. Be very picky and know what your getting. Don't just jump in with both feet thinking your getting a good deal unless you fully understand what your getting and what will be required to get it going again. More than likely there is more wrong than just getting a new set of batteries. But with the right deal it would be an excellent way to get into an EV and cost less too. That means more money for your nice lithium pack that will get you down the road and back with no trouble.
I have researched and found lithium polymer batteries for $5,300 in 14KWH configuration. The vehicles I'm looking at still have good battery packs, I just wanted more range and longevity than lead-acid batteries provide. Fantastic technology with Lead Cobalt batteries that cost 20% of lithium, charge faster, safer and greatly increased range. I hope they start selling them VERY soon.