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Old 12-13-2013, 03:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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He's actually asking about an EV conversion, guys...

Originally Posted by cariacou View Post
My goal would be to turn it into a commuter - $ saving car.

-good $/mile
-50-70 mile range on the batteries
-85mph top speed (70% of my commute will be at 75mph)
Allow me to be the bearer of bad news: You can't make a money-saving electric vehicle with those characteristics.

Build it for fun, by all means! Take on the project as an interesting hobby, sure! But abandon the idea that such a project will save you money.

If fiscal prudence is your goal, you're better off finding a $2500, 4-cylinder beater with a manual transmission and aeromodding it to max out highway economy. You'll be many, many thousands ahead of any EV conversion in terms of cost/mile!

My $1000 EV hasn't saved me a penny. It's just another set of expenses. (Yes, also an entertaining set of expenses which I prefer to drive whenever I have the choice.)
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