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Old 04-06-2013, 09:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Only draw back of a motor that big is getting it to fit in some smaller cars, but if you want a 4 door car that shouldn't be a problem, a motor that size should give great performance.
My parents EV is a converted VW Golf, the person that built it didn't sink the rear battery box in to the floor where the gas tank was, so the rear battery box comes up to the rear glass, but it doesn't impede on the passenger compartment at all so 2 adults or 3 kids can sit in the back seat, the rest of the batteries are under the hood and they have a 20 mile range with lead AGM batteries.

When their current pack wears out I'm pretty sure they are going to switch to lithium batteries, there are people doing group/bulk buys and getting the price down to $0.34 per watt hour, where my lead acid batteries cost about $0.20 per watt hour, so lithium batteries don't have to cost even twice as much as lead and you will get more range because the batteries have better discharge curves and are lighter.
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