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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'm in Albuquerque, NM, US. I'm most interested in the low-cost DIY-ish approach to this project, and your thread is inspirational along that front. After reading it, I did stumble on a discussion about the use of used UPS batteries,

you may save cash up front, but have endless headaches and short life span as well as ongong range anxiety dealing with use UPS or old golf cart batteries from the golf course or salvage yard..... save up and go with LiFePO4; something like CALBs.

Dan - in santa fe
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