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I recently purchased an escort that was previously converted to ev. the previous owner got another vehicle so stop using it. the batteries, controller, and charger were removed. the build was done in 2011 with lead acid batteries. the paktracker? is still in vehicle. i was looking for advise on what to buy to get it back operational. i want to do lithium batteries. Can this be done with $4-$5K?

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I recently purchased an escort that was previously converted to ev. the previous owner got another vehicle so stop using it. the batteries, controller, and charger were removed. the build was done in 2011 with lead acid batteries. the paktracker? is still in vehicle. i was looking for advise on what to buy to get it back operational. i want to do lithium batteries. Can this be done with $4-$5K?

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Hmmmm, so the motor is still there? Dave removed anything useful from that car and left the useless stuff. If you find a used controller, used Chevy Volt batteries and a low cost charger, you can make it for your $4-5 thousand. Remember, the previous owner couldn't make a go of it for much more $$$. It would have been best to purchase a used EV that was complete except for bad batteries. I have purchased several used EV's that just needed new batteries and that worked out very well. Good luck.
 

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Hmmmm, so the motor is still there? Dave removed anything useful from that car and left the useless stuff. If you find a used controller, used Chevy Volt batteries and a low cost charger, you can make it for your $4-5 thousand. Remember, the previous owner couldn't make a go of it for much more $$$. It would have been best to purchase a used EV that was complete except for bad batteries. I have purchased several used EV's that just needed new batteries and that worked out very well. Good luck.
i have an affinity for the car model actually lol. it will be my 4th one.
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i wasnt in the market for a ev. why chevy volt batteries may i ask?
 

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i have an affinity for the car model actually lol. it will be my 4th one. View attachment 122507

i wasnt in the market for a ev. why chevy volt batteries may i ask?
Chevy Volt packs come in nice size modules and cost less than $3000 for a whole car set, around 18.8 KW for the Gen 2. Leaf batteries are the worst there is, Tesla are around 5K for 120 volts and 25 KW and are the best but sorta larger and harder to fit. And don't forget, you will need a BMS for sure. I owned a Escort conversion, and the 1991 up are Mazda cars and the best Escort of their 20 year run.
 

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Chevy Volt packs come in nice size modules and cost less than $3000 for a whole car set, around 18.8 KW for the Gen 2. Leaf batteries are the worst there is, Tesla are around 5K for 120 volts and 25 KW and are the best but sorta larger and harder to fit. And don't forget, you will need a BMS for sure. I owned a Escort conversion, and the 1991 up are Mazda cars and the best Escort of their 20 year run.
the more i think about it the more im starting to lean towards a more performance oriented build. With lithium batteries the car should still be fairly light. I couldnt see needing long range. my job is 6 miles away. any particular brands of controllers i should be looking for? higher amps the better?
 

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Chevy Volt packs come in nice size modules and cost less than $3000 for a whole car set, around 18.8 KW for the Gen 2. Leaf batteries are the worst there is, Tesla are around 5K for 120 volts and 25 KW and are the best but sorta larger and harder to fit. And don't forget, you will need a BMS for sure. I owned a Escort conversion, and the 1991 up are Mazda cars and the best Escort of their 20 year run.
if i was to go with chevy volt packs what would i need or should get as far as BMS, controller, contactor(?), and charger?looking for ease of use. plug and play.
 
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