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So I own an 89 civic with a blown gas engin, 4 speed manual trany- runs great. I have been looking fir a gas engin, but hear I could do EV for cheaper. I don't know if this is true. I new to the whole thing not sure if I understand everything correctly. I was thinking of going AC for the motor because I have some fair size hills to treck on occation, and heard they are better for the pick up. I want to be able to get at least 600km or 370 miles. I was thinking of rigging a small genorator (with a "auto shut off" when the batteries reach max charge) and wondering if I can charge the batteries fast enough to only run it when I'm parked if I'm going on long trips. I had also thought of using a hydrogen geny (as many as needed) to charge the batteries, cuz I heard I can use water to power them. But I'm not sure how practical that will be. So ya that's basically where I stand. I do have some mechanical, and electrical know how, however I don't know all the terms well, but am confident with my skills. My big thing though is cost. I need this to be as cheep as posible. Around the $600 CND others wise I'm just as far to go with gas. I want the electric for the money saving benifit, and "low maintinence" from my understanding. So ya any advice, including "run away now, far, far away" works for me. To sum it up I'm looking for cheep, simple, easy to do, and dummy English please.
 

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There's no way you can get the performance you require with an EV. At least not yet, and definitely not for around $600 CND. It's possible, with very creative scrounging to build a cheap EV. But check out the "Garage" on this website for more typical costs/performances.

EVs are best as around town/commuting cars with range less than about 50 miles. This fits the requirements of most vehicle trips. For long distances (370 miles!) one would need to either keep a second gas car, or just rent for the day/weekend/what-have-you.
 

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Ok.... Thank for the info. It give me some stuff to concidee now. Thanks again. However, in your/anyones opinion is going with a small gas or fuel cell generator a good idea, and if so which would be recomended. My ubderstandin is that fuel cells are light, "easy" to make, and with enough can give me the power I need.
 

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Ok.... Thank for the info. It give me some stuff to concidee now. Thanks again. However, in your/anyones opinion is going with a small gas or fuel cell generator a good idea, and if so which would be recomended. My ubderstandin is that fuel cells are light, "easy" to make, and with enough can give me the power I need.
You mentioned hydrogen fuel cell and also water. If you mean to convert water to hydrogen and then run that through a fuel cell to get the energy then no. It will take more energy to create the hydrogen then you will receive back out.
 
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