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Old 03-15-2012, 01:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
bennelson
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I'd say you could start gathering up some of the parts, motor, controller, and some other parts.

Save getting the batteries until last. You won't know exactly what you want until you have the vehicle, so you can see how many batteries can physically fit in there and what weight it can take.

What battery charger you need will most likely depend on what you end up with for batteries, so you can hold out on that as well.

I'm a big fan of the Open Revolt controller, as well as any other controller that lets you run a range of voltages. For efficiency and high-speed, high voltage is the way to go, but sometimes low voltage is a good way to test things out and just see how everything works. As long as you have a controller that can handle it, to upgrade you speed and range, you just add more batteries!

Light trucks are a favorite for better-range electric vehicles.
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