Hi all, my name is Andrew Burns from Sydney, Australia and I'm considering an EV conversion to a car. The exact car and parts I don't know and I'm hoping for some comments and advice from people here! My situation is as follows:
I currently work about 16 km (10 miles) from home, I drive to and from work every day in relatively bad traffic because the public transport available is expensive, slow and convolouted. I'd really like a small (perhaps even 2 seat) electric car to take me two and from work every day, while I can keep my current car for longer trips when I need it.
Mechanical skill level: I'm a control systems engineer, I have a lot of practical experience with electronics, motors, drive systems etc but less so with car mechanics and fabrication. I do however know some people with a lot more experience and have access to various mills, lathes, welders etc
Range: At least 30 miles per charge (enough to get to work and back)
Performance: I don't want to be holding up traffic but don't care if it goes like a sports car. Maximum speed I get to on the way to work and back is 70 kph (about 45 mph) so a top speed of 50 mph would be fine.
Budget: Not sure about the money, I don't mind dropping perhaps up to 10k over time or more but I don't want to break the bank.
Parts considered: I've not really considered anything. A small car, I'd like to use lithium batteries, perhaps a brushless motor (how common are these in EV conversions?) Keep in mind it has to be available in Australia or importable.
So, as a newb, do people have any recommendations for basically any aspect? Car, motor, battery, controller etc? Anyone in Australia have any tips?
Thanks for your help!