Great. Welcome Joe.Well during the last Gas Price spike I was riding a M/C getting 55 mpg so it was not as bad of a hit as it will be now so I want to build an EV. I honestly believe that the Big Auto companies are charging way too much for an EV so time to build my own. I have been thinking of building an EV car for a number of years now and the time has come for me to try it. This will most likely be a slow process as I have little extra time and budget right now but I am very patient (took me 4 years to build my last hot rod ) My biggest challenge will be collecting all the parts as installation and assembly will be the fun part for me
80 mile is doable... but not with lead acid.Goals are to have a commuter I can drive back and forth to work and maybe run to the store with. Thinking of a two seater such as an Del slo or Fiero. Would love a 80 mile range.
perfect.* Your skill level with auto mechanics and fabrication
Skilled Fabricator, been stuffing V-8's in Fiero for several years now (yeah they are a fun toy)
Again I think you are headed for lithium.. lead may get you 40 to 50 tops if u can stuff enough in the car....* The range you are hoping to get (how many miles/charge)
50 min, would be optimal 80 Miles
If you want to cruise at 70 mph, 96 volts isn't going to cut it with a DC motor. You need to be looking at 120 minimum, preferably 144.* What level of performance you are hoping to get
Standard sub compact type Performance with a 70mph cruising speed, most likely 96 volt system
Not going to happen. There are folks that have carved out some inexpensive EV's but they were with used batteries and forklift parts typically. Low speed, low range.* How much money you are willing to put into your project
This is where it gets sticky, I want to spend as little as possible. but know that I will cost me more then I plan for. Goal is around $2k
Those are decent donors, the metro has a lot of off-the-shelf kit parts I believe.* What parts you've already considered, if any.
Looking at Fiero, DelSol, Metro, CRx for donors. Trying to find an used Motor locally that will suit my needs. Still trying to determine if 8 x 12v or 16 x 6v deep cycle batteries would work best. the nice thing about the metro and the fiero is lack of power steering so one less thing to convert. Also I have owned both and feel very comfortable working on them.
Read the thread on Using a Lift Truck motor and finding a good one. It's long, but very helpful.What I am running into is electric motor places not know what I am talking about when I ask for a 96 V DC motor. They give me the impression that they think I am an alien when on the phone.
Cheers,Also I need to figure out what the Bare minimum is to get it up and running. then worry about heat and what not later
Well thank you for reading my ramblings and I hope to be a contributing member in the future.
Edit... PS, look up Paul and Sabrina's motor controller kit to save $