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1998 Ford Windstar

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my skill level is pretty much the next to none, but i found I'm a good learner when working with my hands, and I have a few mechanics in my family and also friends, so they'll be able to help and teach me most things i need to know.

I'm hoping to get 30-40 miles in a single charge (20 min), if that's reasonable.

The speed i'd hope to get is min-55mph to max-65mph
-Typical Average speed 35mph
-Average distance would be 10miles and occosionally 20 miles.
-accelatration good enough to drive calmly on city streets.
-enought Horse power (or what ever it might be called in this situation) to carry 4 people, or just 800 pounds, if this is also reasonable

My Price range ill be expecting is anywhere from 5k-10k, if it can be cheaper without cheap equipment than awesome. if i need i can work work for up to 4k more (14k total), but i'd like to stay away from that much $.

Since I have a Van, i'll have extra room in the very back seats if it's needed, I've been looking forward to breaking away from gas, hopefully everything goes well, Thank you for who ever helps.

also a side question i'm not sure about, if my transmission is starting to break, is that going to be a problem? or will i even need the transmission in the car.
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I don't know how much a Windstar weighs, but it wouldn't be very aerodynamic, not a big deal at low speeds, but once you get on the highway it will really eat up the amps. Are you saying you want to be able to charge it in 20 minutes? Not going to happen. Several hours at least even at high voltage. Someday (and already in some countries) there are quick chargers, but don't count on that now,and I think they'd only work with lithium type batteries anyway.

The range shouldn't be a problem even with lead acid batteries, which is probably all you can afford with your budget. If you scrounged around for less expensive components, you might (with the extra 4k) be able to afford a small lithium pack which could provide you more range. Again, this is somewhat dependent on the weight of the vehicle to start out. Adding four, 200lb, people isn't going to make things easier.

I'm not trying to discourage you, but set realistic goals and you'll be much happier with the outcome.
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