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1987 Honda Accord hatchback?

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I have a beloved 87 Accord that has given me over a quarter million miles, and I'm considering it as a donor for an EV conversion. I'm looking for it to become a simple commuter car, ~40 mile range @ 40 MPH.

First (and probably most important) question: Is this a suitable vehicle?

For background, I've done some basic auto repair activities, but I am bolstered by a group of friends with access to equipment and a greater skill set than mine. They've promised to help, between bouts of laughter at my hijinx.

I've browsed through much of the NuWiki front page links, and while it's overwhelming in toto, I believe I'm seeking the simplest approach: DC, lead-acid batteries, maintaining the clutch. According to web research, my Accord has a curb weight of ~2600 lbs and a CdA of 7 ft^2; can't seem to find anything about the GVWR.
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i converted a 99 hyundai accent hatchback gsi, and i can tell you you probobly wont be happy with 72v, my top speed at 72v is only around 75km/h

i would go with

a "paul and sabrina" DIY controller- 600$ ( 144v)
if your on a cheap budget try and find used golfcart, or new. i have marine batteries that were very cheap and seem to work well ( i bought a 144v, 115ah marine pack for 996$ after tax. then you can later upgrade the size of your pack, or go lithium once the lead batteries die.
for a charger i would shop around on ev websites, i found a 144v 10a smart charger for 650$
and i would definately go with a forklift motor if i were you. read the thread "choosing the right forklift motor" or something like that. i got my motor for 50$

just my 2cents
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