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Old 10-14-2014, 10:35 AM   #312 (permalink)
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Electric Cycle - '81 Kawasaki KZ440
90 day: 334.6 mpg (US)

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90 day: 30.48 mpg (US)

Electro-Metro - '96 Ben Nelson's "Electro-Metro"
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Well, it's been seven years since I first built the bike. Time for a new battery pack.

I found a Ford Escape Hybrid battery pack at a junk yard, bought it for $150, and brought it home.

Yesterday, I finally got to crack it open. Once I pulled out a zillion screws and DIDN'T zap myself with 300VDC, I was able to start pulling the cells.

Inside the pack is 50 sticks of 5 1.2V Sanyo NiHM "D" cells. So, those are 6V sticks. It's about 120 lbs of cells.

Full write up on my personal blog - Deconstructing a Ford Escape Hybrid Battery Pack for the motorcycle

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