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Old 12-14-2007, 10:47 PM   #501 (permalink)
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Hi Thalass...

Yup, that was for the total distance. It works out to 3 cents / km for me at the more expensive renewable energy rate. 2 cents at the normal grid rate.

Don't forget to factor battery replacement as an operating cost though. A lot of people omit that from their operating calcs, but the things are consumables, after all. Though a well designed car (ie. not the ForkenSwift) will prolong battery life.

Your 25k km/yr comment got me wondering... I wonder what's the theoretical maximum distance the ForkenSwift can go in a year with its current battery condition, range, and slow, slow, 10A 24v charger....
  • 25 km - distance per charge (in ideal, warm weather conditions)
  • 0.75 hours - let's say that's how long it takes to go that far
  • 24 hours to fully recharge
  • 24.75 hours - a full "drive/recharge cycle"
  • 8760 hours in a year (non-leap)
  • 354 "drive cycles" per year
  • 8848 km - maximum theoretical distance in a year
I don't mean to discourage you though. It can be done, and you'll have a lot of fun doing it.

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