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Old 11-19-2010, 02:07 PM   #4020 (permalink)
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The great thing about ANY custom project is that you can design it exactly how you want.

Overall EV design is ALWAYS going to say that you NEED an emergency disconnect - it's just common sense.

Although we have been talking much lately about wrecking controllers, etc., we don't mean to scare anyone off. EVs are actually SAFER that gasoline cars. How many gas cars do you know with an emergency OFF button? ( That could have come in handy with those Toyotas that while back.. )

In all seriousness though, anything homebuilt, designed by consensus, etc does not have the same level of testing and certification as if it were manufactured by a giant corporation.

It does allow us much greater flexibility, super-cool features, and lower cost then if a part was simply purchased.

And the fun and pride of doing it yourself!
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