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A complete newbie question as I research a potential EV conversion.

Is a Camry hybrid battery pack a good candidate to power a forklift DC motor?

The pack I'm looking at seems to have 34 modules at 7.5V and 6.5Ah each for roughly 255V total. That's only 1.6kWh, right? Probably not enough for a 900kg vehicle project.

Are these packs easy for DIY newbie to work with when it comes to BMS, controller, and charging setup?
 

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1.6kWh isn't going to drive you very far. If you've got a pile of these hybrid packs lying around then it may be possible to assemble something larger together - but it's probably an easier starting point to get a larger pack or modules from a proper EV if you're going down the salvage route.

Commonly used are Tesla modules - though these are very pricey. I'm personally looking at using almost an entire Nissan Leaf battery pack for my future conversion. Also look into the Chevy Volt (Vauxhall/Opel Ampera in Europe) as these batteries have been used a lot in DIY builds.
 

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Thank you for the responses. Sounds like Chevy Volt packs are the thing to get.
 
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