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Hello,

My name is Charlie and I am a long time MX-3 owner and general Mazda enthusiast. I was turned on to the idea of converting an ICE MX-3 to electric through a somewhat heated discussion that came up on the subject on an MX-3 forum that I frequent.

Essentially a guy in Holland was showing the progress of his MX-3 conversion and another guy basically said it was stupid and wouldn't work...blah blah blah. So I started doing some reading to figure out for myself the truth about EV's.

So now I'm totally hooked. I've been obsessed with fuel efficiency for years and i've got my 200hp ICE swap running at 28-30mpg, but I am really excited about building a nice commuter that I never have to buy gas for ever again.

I'm an accomplished mechanic and a professional Mechanical Engineering Technologist so the physical and conceptual stuff are both well within my grasp (although truthfully I've forgotten most of the Electrical Engineering I took). I don't expect to be in a position to start a build until next year so in the meantime I will be spending most of my time on the site reading and learning but I welcome any suggestions any of you have for me.

I will be converting an MX-3. In stock form with full interior etc. the car is ~2400lbs. It has a large cargo area and engine compartment and is quite aerodynamic. I will be retaining the clutch I think. I would like to do Lithium obviously, but of course that remains to be seen. My initial thoughts are AC50 with about 120V pack. I don't need high performance and my daily range is about 60km (40mi). the kicker is that I live in Canada, and today for example, it's -24ºC and I would like my EV to be viable year round...so that creates some additional details to be considered.

Anyway...glad to be here. Look forward to learning a lot over the coming months.
 

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I like the AC conversion for the improved performance on hills, regeneration and high rpm capabilities. I'm nowhere close to starting though so through my research and the learnign curve who knows what I'll finally settle on.

Thanks for your comments.
 
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