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Old 05-28-2008, 01:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Caps18 View Post
I'm not sure yet. I would guess 144V, but it may be 120V if it meets my needs and it is $1000+ cheaper or something...

I would need some way to tell how much power I have left, good idea.
Is this your first conversion? I will ask the usual questions I tell to people who want to convert: What range do you want and How much are you willing to spend?
I am not critizing you, but $1000 is pretty low for a 120-144V battery pack. I just paid $2700 last week for twenty replacement batts for my E.V. (120v). Of course by my calculations I hope to have a range of 60 miles.

I was thinking about your project last night and I can think of a couple of resources for you to save money or time.
I know one company that makes a complete S-10 conversion kit (battery boxes, parts, controller but no batts) but they want close to $9000
I scan daily this website for cheap used parts. If you are on a tight budget you go to that site.
It has been my observation that 50% of E.V. conversions fail due to not finishing the project, loss of motivation or not having enough money for batteries and or finishing the project. Yeah, it is scavenging, but it is cheap parts.
2000 Suzuki Swift
2001 Chevy Metro
1983 Electric Ford Escort

Last edited by SatanicMechanic; 05-28-2008 at 01:07 PM..
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