My name is Lex, I've never built an electric motorcycle before let alone A motorcycle. After seeing the mission motorcycle on youtube I've been fascinated. Then, I saw the well-known 72v electric motorcycle on instructables and have been determined to build my own.
As a reference I'm using Carl Vogel's book "Build your own Electric Motorcycle" as well as this website amoung others.
My plan is to build a 72 volt motorcycle that goes to approximately 100 km/h (60mph) for approximately 40 km (25miles)
My original budget was $3000 but realistically for what I want the bike to do I'm now seeing around $4-5 grand spent (maybe more).
I still haven't selected a bike I've been foraging through kijiji twice a day and still haven't found something I wanted in my price range ($400 I don't want to spend too much on the bike itself as the batteries, motor and controller are most of what I've allocated my budget too)
I am definitely going to be using an AC motor as according to Carl Vogel they are virtually maintenance free, have regenerative braking capabilities, small and light in size in comparison to DC, far less expensive (yet to see this as I've noticed DC and AC's seem to be around the same price), and higher efficiency due to low copper and iron heat losses.
I'm going with an AC Controller because they are more reliable, wider speed range, higher efficiency, range of programmable features, and regenerative capabilities. In addition, an AC controller with an AC motor provides constant torque for a wide range of RPM.
A recommendation on an AC Controller and AC motor would be great or should I just get an AC motor / controller package?
In terms of batteries I'm stuck between Nickel-Cadmium and LiFePo4 (I've made cardboard mock ups of the Nickel-Cadmium). Definitely need help with determining which to go with.
Also, I was wondering which batteries from Thundersky are LiFePo4
Is it the lyp's, lsp's, or the lp's?
Furthermore, does anyone know the price for SAFT Nickel-Cadmium specifically the STM 5-100 MRE?
Any help is greatly appreciated and I'm glad to be part of the community.