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Old 03-13-2013, 01:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Nerys View Post
nice. I wonder is that 25 miles to 50% DOD or 100% DOD ?
Other people are getting 20 mile range with 6 Optama yellow top batteries in a VW bug so I would guess that the 25 mile range is 100% DOD, so they are killing the batteries, if they are using the largest sealed batteries that they could get then maybe 25 miles is reasonable, less then $1,800 in batteries, flooded golf cart batteries would give more range... maybe 40 miles and cost around $1,400 but take up a bit more space.
Lithium batteries would cost twice as much and last 5 to 10 times as long for the same labeled capacity but they handle the high discharge better and weigh less so your real life range is greater, might be getting close to 40-50 miles.
Trouble that I see is that the Altrax controller they used is undersized so the car is going to feel gutless off the line.
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