Alright, first post.
I am currently contemplating buying an already converted 1985 GMC S15 from my brother. Here is the back story and some considerations.
The vehicle was converted by the local electric authority in Tucson AZ back in the 1993. Not sure why, probably as some promotional thing. The conversion was done by the "Ecoelectric Corporation" in Tucson so I'm hoping it was done well. (If anyone has any info about those people, let me know)
I have some of the schematics for the build, it looks like it is a 120v system, designed to run off of 20 6v Trojans. It has a Curtis PMC(?) motor controller going to an un-named "Advanced DC Motor".
Here are my questions.
1. It's obvious to me that battery technology has improved considerably since 1993. Do I stick with the current plans and go get some 6v Trojans and drop them in? Seems like that would be the easiest solution as all the boxes and connection are already built, but I also want this thing to become my daily driver (30-50 miles/day) so maybe better batteries?
2. I'm also guessing that I might have to look into a new motor controller, and all the electronics in general. The thing has been sitting for about 10 years so not sure if anything works at all. What kind of cost am I looking at for that kind of stuff and what is recommended?
3. I'm gonna need a mentor/someone who knows what they are doing. Anyone know anybody in the Denver area that could help with this? Are there EV clubs, or something like that?
Thanks for looking let me know if you have any thoughts.