Thanks for the additional information. =
There used to be a tax credit for a conversion of 10% of the cost. I think
that is still valid, but I'm not completely sure. I bought my EV already
converted so the original owner took the tax credit.
I'm running Thundersky LiFePO4 cells so I can give comments about that.
However, I haven't had to purchase any in a long time. My general
impression is that prices of bottom-end lithium (like Thundersky) haven't
come down much in price, but the prices of higher performance lithium (like
Headway or A123) do seem to be coming much closer to the prices of
Thundersky. That is actually a good thing because they offer better
A good rule of thumb when sizing your pack for lithium is to assume that 1
gallon of gasoline will be about the same as 8 kWh of storage with lithium.
So, if you were burning 2 1/2 gallons of gas per day, you need about 20+ kWh
of storage. I added the plus because you have to add extra for heat (if you
use it) and don't want to drain your batteries all the way every day. With
my 13 kWh, I get about 50 miles range in a Honda del Sol.
Another item I should point out: Many people come to the conclusion that
they are driving electric because they just think it's the right thing to
do, but it isn't completely paying off. That has been a somewhat frequent
subject of discussion here. It may break even, but probably won't pay off
big, unless you're good at scrounging.
My case in point:
I paid $12K for a Honda del Sol already converted with lithium. I think I
got a bargain because this was about $2K less than the cost of parts, and I
didn=92t have to do the work! However, I also paid $12K for a car that wou=
have been worth $2K tops if it were still gas. I drive about 1K miles per
month, but my normal commuter was a Mazda 626 V6 that I've learned to drive
efficiently at 30-35 MPG. So, even with gas around $3.75, the Mazda only
costs me $117 per month in gas. That's about $1300 a year. =
If the del Sol lasts 10 years without a new battery pack, I will break even.
However, in the mean time, I'm driving electric, grinning every time I pass
a gas station, AND I get to drive a convertible! But, I'm probably not
I certainly don't mean to discourage you, but wanted to make sure you
realize where this could go. Sometimes I wish I had converted my car
myself. I think it would be a lot of fun. However, I've done enough work
on my car to feel like I did everything but the motor adapter. (See my
My dream would be to stuff a Warp 11 HV with high performance lithium cells
into a Mazda RX-8. That definitely wouldn't pay off. But it would be fun!
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> Behalf Of Jessica Bussert
> Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 11:56 PM
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> Subject: Re: [EVDL] Seeking Conversion Mentor for '65 MG Midget
> Wow... I would have never expected so much input in less than 12
> hours! Thanks to all of you for your input. I'm going to toss out a
> info about my situation to see if I can muddy the waters even more.
> First off, my budget is based on the expectation that I can save $200 a
> in gas if I switch to an EV. If I shoot for a 3 year ROI then I can
> invest $7200 in the conversion. I picked $6000 leaving the remaining
> for any probable cost over-runs. Having worked on a number of other cr=
> projects in the past, this $1200 is more than likely woefully inadequate.=
> what? I'll look sexy driving my snazzy MG while wearing my rose colored
> Next, I realize that range is as much a factor of driving style as it is
> batteries. I am not a delicate driver. I'm a friggin leadfoot! I=
> around our twisty, turny, hilly back country roads in my little Midget.=
> really fun drive! So, if I were rich I'd be spinning this as a high
> project with a crazy ton of torque under the hood. It's going to be a =
> change for me to switch my driving style and I hope I can pull it off.
> MG's have no heat to speak of. I was planning on dressing warm and
> up a couple of hot water bottles before I took off during winter
> drives. Again, I hope this isn't unrealistic as I'm really a lover of
> was a big cosmic joke that I was born in Indiana. I just know that I w=
> supposed to have been born a Caribbean princess...
> I'd love LiIon powering this thing, but are there any reasonably priced
> for these? I was in China a few years ago with my old profession and
> sources for small lithium polymer batteries. Has anyone found and tried
> Asian alternatives? What about a whole slew of salvaged marine batteri=
> from one of the local bone yards? Would a pulse desulfator rejuvenate
> these into usable condition? Would the weight be too much for such a
> I know the feds are offering a $7500 credit for factory new EV's. Are
> any incentives for conversions?
> I probably cannot charge at work. As a result, I really need to get at
> miles range and keep myself to an 8 hour charge cycle. I wouldn't have=
> problem running 220vac out to garage if that helps, but I'd also like a
> option for when I'm visiting family or friends.
> Are there totaled hybrids out there that peeps can pick up cheap and
> the parts? Is this a better/worse idea than forklifts? I've not hea=
> salvaging forklifts previously so I can't really comment. What about
> motors? Can someone salvage a big honkin' three phase from a piece of
> machinery and do anything with that?
> Last, but not least, are there any rich 'ol engineering geeks out there
> would want to provide me with a big, fat grant to do this project right?=
> Gates, are you listening? Woz? Are you out there somewhere? *gri=
> Hope this helps. Once
> again, I now realize that I'm probably being unrealistic. Shame, that,
> I'm really sick and tired of paying Shiek Abuexxon al BP such a big chunk
> my paycheck. You know, if we as a nation had spent 10% of our warchest=
> research and development... Well, I guess I shouldn't go there. Suf=
> say I'm just pissed off and want to make a change.
> Thanks again!
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