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Re: [EVDL] Cheap Controllers

I visited my friendly local forklift dealer last week to pay him for
my 9" 48VDC lift motor. He has another one for me. Two would be fun!

He tells me that all his suppliers are going to AC drives. That makes
the DC stuff a lot more available as time goes on and also a lot
cheaper.

Finally have my Prius framework being done. Should have it back in
about a week. Seems that the hybrids will offer tinkerers a fantastic
low cost resource
of controllers and motors. I wonder if a Prius or Honda hybrid would
operate as an EV with a larger pack and no ICE. That would be a fun
project!
Of course the issue is the fact that most of the conversion work
would involve some serious code re-writing to fool the computers into
thinking the ICE was still there.

The point is (there is one here somewhere) that the breakthrough
might already be upon us with the Prius's and Insights and other
hybrids that are already coming into the junkyards. I have seen '01
Prius's with no frame damage, just bolt on repairs needed for as
little as $2900! Mechanics do not want to touch the high voltages
(200V-300V--what wusses!).

That lack of interest on their part is great for us. I missed a bid
lastr week on an '05 Prius with 15K on it and mostly bolt on repairs
that went for $3.35K.

Whatta country!

Tom

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Re: [EVDL] Cheap Controllers

it just doesn't make a lot of sense to take a complex essentially poor
compromise that the prius is and simplify it to a BEV at great effort
when you instead could convert any ice car to BEV and have a much
cleaner solution (as I see it)

Dan

Tom Gocze wrote:

>I wonder if a Prius or Honda hybrid would
>operate as an EV with a larger pack and no ICE. That would be a fun
>project!
>Of course the issue is the fact that most of the conversion work
>would involve some serious code re-writing to fool the computers into
>thinking the ICE was still there.
>
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