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Ford Think High School Engineering Project

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We are looking for battery recommendations for a Ford Think. We are a high school engineering program working on converting one of our three Ford Thinks into an autonomous vehicle. None of vehicles we have, have batteries. We have just under $1800 to spend on batteries and charger. At this point, our only goal is to get the motor running so we can begin to test basic functions such as our steering, braking and power control. Long term, the vehicle will never be expected to drive over 5mph (safety concerns) and will never leave our campus. With these criteria in mind, I would appreciate any suggestions for batteries and criteria for selecting batteries. Thanks!
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72VDC from what I have read/ Seen at work years ago we had a Ford Think Neighbor part of a pilot program the city leased 4 Think Neghbors split between us and the police department. The neighbor is an LSV had 6 12V gel/flooded LA batteries It uses a 5000W motor. They only want it to be an on campus vehicle speed of up to 5mph. Jennifer Peringer's 2002 Think Neighbor
110 2170 M50LT 3.6v 5000mah 36v 1.95kWh two of these modules in series would most likely be adequate for there needs. They would need a BMS I have an extra 300A 8s-24s ANT Smart BMS they could have. I doubt if they would need an automotive quality BMS.
The Battery modules are premade just link in series and add a bms and some programing of BMS settings.

Ford Think Neighbor
It is not a Ford Think City.
The Ford Think City had a Nominal System Voltage: 114 VDC this is the NiCad model

Later floyd
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