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I am working on converting a 1968 GMC truck into a EV parade float. There is currently no motor or transmission in the truck. I am thinking since it is low speed that I can connect a electric motor directly to the rear axel.

As this is all new to me, I though I would ask here where should I start reading. Would something like a forklift motor work?

Open to any ideas at this point.
 

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Yes a forklift motor would do fine

At its usual voltage (48v?) it will only do about 1500rpm - if you want more revs you will need to run at a higher voltage

People use 150v quite regularly - I'm an exception because I feed my forklift motor with 340v

The advantage of sticking to the original voltage is that you can use the controller from the forklift
 
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