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Old 07-17-2009, 02:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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How big are the people? If it was up to me I'd grab ~600-800lbs (30kWh) of LFPs, a pickup truck frame (~4500lb gross vehicle weight, but w/ no cab/bed/driveline it should weight in south of 1000lbs), and slap a compact car body on there, somewhere around 1500lb w/o the driveline/suspension. If you're thrifty and handy the body should be under $1000, but the pack would be ~$7,500-10,000, plus the motor/controller/etc, so maybe ~$10K-13K.

Having sliding battery racks connected to the frame would be neat imo and good for weight distribution, and instead of the rear axle, an old 4spd FWD transmission in the front or the back would save a couple hundred pounds compared to the stock axle/rwd trans/etc. All told I think you can get the curb weight near ~3500lbs, which should get you about 100 miles of range at 65+mph, provided you went with a LRR tire set and the alignment was as straight as possible.
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